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Boat enthusiasts rejoice! With several boating events celebrating Thailand’s rich sailing tradition, September is your month! The popular Thai-Laos long-boat racing takes place in Bueng Kan throughout September for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup, while the annual Pa Sak Boat Racing Festival in Saraburi province on September 29-30 has boats attending from all over the country.

The Mon Floating Boat Festival from September 23-25 in Sangkhlaburi is held in honour of the spirits of the river, forest and earth. A bamboo boat over one month in the making and beautifully decorated with colourful paper flags is pushed out onto the Samprasob river in the hope that it will cleanse the merit makers of bad luck and misfortune.

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Hardly a month goes by in Thailand without a running event and September is no different. The Human Run 2018 starts a month of running on September 2 with more than just a race. Its “a day” concept encourages people to grow themselves, meet new people and widen their perspectives. The race features distances from 5-21km, so there is something for all levels.

If you’re on Phuket on September 2, head to Thanyapura for the annual King of the Mountain Trail Run, a 3km, 8km or 15km trail run taking participants through the hilly terrain in the Khao Phra National Park surrounding Thanyapura.

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Nature lovers will also enjoy the River Kwai International Half Marathon which takes runners along the Kwai river in Kanchanaburi on September 9.

If the heat and humidity of central Thailand is too much for you, consider the annual Chiang Rai Marathon on September 16. Set in the mountains of the north where temperatures drop significantly during this time of the year, this race offers a welcome respite.

A week later on September 22, head south again for the Sundown Marathon Krabi, part of the popular Sundown series. Held for the first time in Thailand, the series was created with the objective of creating an inclusive event for running enthusiasts.

Then head east across to the Gulf of Thailand on Koh Samui for the Samui Festival Marathon and Trail on September 30. Combining shorter 5km Fun Runs with more strenuous Marathon distances and a 30km trail run, there’s plenty of opportunity to test your endurance and stamina. Adrenaline junkies can get their fix at the King of Battle race, the largest Thai designed military obstacle course with no less 25 obstacles. With a number of races to choose from, such as The Operation, The Stamina and The Warrior, there’s something for even the most hard-core participants.

After all that activity, September is also a month of indulgence. The World Gourmet Festival is held for the 19th time from September 3-9  at the Anantara Siam. With 13 chefs from nine different countries and with 12 Michelin-starred restaurants represented, the festival is a true gastronomic powerhouse.

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If that doesn’t satisfy your appetite, you’ll have another chance at the annual So Amazing Chefs when it returns to So Sofitel Bangkok for the 8th time on September 14-23 . A celebration of all the good things in life, the event brings together 21 chefs from around the world for a series of dinners, workshops and pop-ups. And if that wasn’t enough, eat your way across the city during BK Restaurant Week from September 14-29. More than 60 restaurants are putting on a three-course dinner for just 1000++ baht. Eat your heart out!

For stimulation of a different kind make sure to book tickets for Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music from September 12 to October 18. Held for the 20th time, this year’s program is packed with world-class acts, including the talented Zubin Mehta and the world’s oldest historic opera theatre, Teatro di San Carlo from Naples, Italy, with a talented cast of over 250 artists.

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Attracting more than 15,000 visitors every year, Phuket Wake Park is one of Phuket’s premier lifestyle and recreational facilities. Known as the ‘Best Wake Park in Asia’, Phuket Wake Park is a first-class facility for all ages and abilities and is conveniently located in the middle of the island. Combining water skiing, snow boarding and surfing techniques, wake boarding has seen a rise in popularity in recent years and wake parks are increasingly becoming lifestyle centres rather than specialist sports facilities.

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And, opened in March 2018, Ice Arena Phuket is the ultimate ice skating experience for the whole family, expected to attract over 150,000 people per year. Located at Phuket Boat Lagoon, Ice Arena Phuket is the island’s first ice rink and offers a first-class skating facility for people of all ages and abilities. It is a place where the whole family can gather to enjoy a day of fun or learn something new. Having been open for just a few months, the ice rink has already become a popular entertainment destination on Phuket.

Finally, the Salak Yom and Salak Kapat ceremony is a showcase of ancient Buddhist culture and merit-making. Held from September 22-24 at Wat Prathat Haripunchai in Lamphun province, villagers decorate a bamboo structure and fill it with household supplies and the eight necessities of a Buddhist monk before offering it to the temple.

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Summer storms leave 6,900 homes damaged this month

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More than 6,900 houses, mostly in a patch through the central-north regions of Thailand, have been hit by summer storms since the beginning of April, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

Chayapol Thitisak, the director-general, says the department has received reports that 6,940 houses in 1,010 villages in 307 tambon of 115 districts had been damaged by storms since April 5. Twenty-nine provinces have been affected.

He said nine villagers were reported injured during the period as a result of storm damage.

Chayapol said his department has coordinated with Army bases and government agencies concerned to provide help to the affected villagers.

The summer storms, quickly developing tropical storm-cells, are prevalent this time of the year, usually when cooler air from China starts to interact with the rising south-western monsoon. They can be quite violent, sudden and bring strong winds, torrential rain and even hail.

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Thailand suffers calamities at both ends of the annual weather spectrum – both drought and flood. But as the demands on agriculture grow, with a growing population and the rise of tourists and development, the effects of these two extremes are becoming more apparent.

Which leads us to this year’s outlook of lower rains which is exposing the poor management of the Kingdom’s water resources. Greater development and growing population bases hasn’t been met with more or larger water catchments.

So Thai farmers are expected to face a tough 2019 as forecasters say the drought will be more acute than usual, lowering the water levels in reservoirs in the central and northeastern provinces especially.

Int eh south, Phuket, Thailand’s largest island and surrounded by water, has an acute water shortage as of Songkran and, without adequate monsoonal rain between now and November, will be facing a water crisis if it has to rely on its own island resources.

The Director General of Department of Agricultural Extension Samran Saraban says the drought this year is exacerbated by El-Nino weather cycle which causes temperature to rise 1-2 degrees higher than normal and cause the water levels in major reservoirs to drop to worrisome level. Higher temperatures mean more evaporation and more usage of reserves.

The Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has called for farmers not to grow off-season rice as drought is predicted to spread into northeastern and eastern regions. That there will likely be a new administration coping with political instability will not help leaders focus on the country’s looming water shortage.

The long dry season will lower certain farm outputs, pushing up their prices. However, an overall farm income is set to decline because the drought will leave other negative affects to farmers who are also the consumers as well. This will affect the purchasing power of farm households, which account for one-third of Thais.

Etc, etc, etc.

Economists estimated the damage from the drought on the economy this year could be high. Kasikorn Research Center estimate the drought could cost at least 15.3 billion baht. Whilst Anusorn Tamajai, Dean of Economics Faculty, Rangsit University, estimates the drought to cost even more – 20-30 billion baht -because it would affect the outputs of off-season rice, sugarcane and tapioca.

“It will dampen the purchasing power of farmers in the second quarter.”

Siam Commercial Bank’s Economic Intelligence chief Yanyong Thaicharoen said that the lackluster farm income can slash the growth rate of domestic consumption this year to 3.5% versus 4.6% growth last year, in addition to other factors, namely, high household debt and slower demand for durable goods.

Spending power from farmers, according to SCB, is crucial to sustain the growth of the economy. However, the grassroots economy is bracing for negative outlook this year.

There will be intense pressure on this season’s management of Thailand’s valuable water resources, through the remaining hot season and as the catchments gather water during the monsoon.

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Infamous ‘large’ passenger dies in Koh Samui

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A 200 kilogram tourist, who forced flight crews to wipe his bum as he moaned with pleasure in January, has died on Koh Samui.

The American, who hasn’t been named, died whilst staying on the Gulf island due to an undisclosed illness. But he has left an indelible memory in his wake.

At the same time, as the news emerged about his demise, EVA Air were putting plans in motion to ban the oversize traveller from flying with their airline ever again.

The man shocked readers is January when he was accused of forcing cabin crew to strip him in a cramped airline toilet (remember this guy weighed 200 kilograms) and wipe his bum while he “moaned with pleasure”.

The incident occurred on an EVA Air long-haul flight from LA to Taiwan’s Taoyuan Airport and was covered extensively on world media.

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A flight attendant, who on the same flight, described how the passenger boarded the plane in a wheelchair and then insisted on having three adjoining seats in economy class due to his size. He then demanded to use the plane’s business class lavatory, as he couldn’t fit into the economy toilets.

But (put down your food if eating) while in the toilet, he demanded cabin crew strip him down so he could relieve himself, saying he had an arm injury that prevented him from doing it himself.

“I told him we couldn’t help him, but he started yelling. He told me to go in there immediately and threatened to relieve himself on the floor. As the passenger’s genitals were now exposed, one of my colleagues brought a blanket, which I used to cover his modesty.”

“But he very angrily slapped my hand away, saying he didn’t want it and only wanted me to remove his underwear so he could use the toilet.”

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The flight attendant who ‘assisted’ the man should be awarded lots of medals and a lifetime supply of latex gloves

The passenger then asked crew to wipe his bum for him leading him to groan as the chief attendant fulfilled his request while wearing three pairs of latex gloves.

“He said: ‘Oh, mmm, deeper, deeper,’ and then accused my chief attendant of not properly cleaning his backside, requesting that she do it again,” recalled the attendant, who was holding onto the passenger to keep him steady.

She said the attendant repeated the action three times before the man said, “You can pull my pants back up now.”

The two female flight attendants involved, who both said they were traumatised by the incident in January, are both on extended paid leave.

The Sun.co.uk, reporting this story, says that “Party island Ko Samui – the second largest island in Thailand – is known for its prostitution and seedy nightlife.”

Despite the source, the incident has been widely reported by ‘respectable media’ on January 20 this year, and the large man has indeed passed away on Koh Samui.

SOURCE: The Sun

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