YouTuber finds human skull on banks of Mekong River in Thailand

A YouTuber found a human skull while filming content on the banks of the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom province in northeast Thailand yesterday.

At 6pm, Chanathip Chapuban – aka Mukdahan Moss – was riding a motorbike and filming content for his YouTube channel when he noticed something by the water on Sai Thong Kot Boon Beach (Si Khotrabun Golden Sand Beach), about 800 metres from Sawan Chai Khong Road.

Moss said he wondered why no one else had found the skull since a lot of people attended the beach for Songkran celebrations between April 13-15. He finished filming his YouTube content and called the police to the scene.

Police and staff from Sawang Nawa Ruam Rescue Foundation travelled to the scene to inspect the human remains. Officers found the upper half of a human skull about five metres away from the water. The lower jaw was nowhere to be found.

Many types of shellfish were found inside the skull, so it is expected that this person died a long time ago and the current carried the skull along the Mekong River until it washed up on the shore and was found yesterday.

In February, a fisherman pulled a human skull from a canal in Buriram province in northeast Thailand. A local woman named Nid identified the skull as belonging to her husband who went missing in October. She said she was sure it was him because he had distinctive teeth that she couldn’t forget.

Nid said she was hoping to find her husband’s remains after a friend dreamt about him…

Someone in the village dreamt that my husband was in cold water and wanted to come out. So I made merit at the temple with water-pouring ceremonies until my husband’s remains were found.”

In March last year, a dog carried a human skull out of a eucalyptus forest in Ubon Ratchathani province in Isaan. Police searched the forest and found human remains and clothes belonging to a police officer’s missing brother.

Northern Thailand News


Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.