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Burmese worker nabbed for Phuket gold heist

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PHUKET: Phuket Police today arrested a Burmese man who robbed a gold shop in Karon last night and made off with nearly two kilograms of solid gold, despite being shot by the shop owner.

Burmese national Lacheman Kumar, 19, was arrested this morning at his home in Patak Rd Soi 10 in Karon, where he lived with his father, mother and girlfriend.

The arrest came after police officers keeping the house under surveillance spotted Mr Lacheman returning home on foot before sunrise.

In his statement to police, Mr Lacheman confessed to the robbery. He said he planned and carried out the crime alone.

“I went to watch the gold shop twice on Tuesday; I just wanted the money to go back to Burma,” he said.

Mr Lacheman explained that after the robbery, he drove to a rubber plantation in Rawai, where he dumped the motorbike and hid among the trees until about 5am.

“When I saw no one around I started walking back home,” he said.

“My girlfriend rented the motorbike, but she had no idea I was going to use it to rob the gold shop,” he added.

Chalong Police Superintendent Sirisak Wasasiri thanked the Nepalese community in Karon for their help in catching Mr Lacheman.

“Without their help we might not have caught him within 17 hours of the crime,” he said.

A search of Mr Lacheman revealed that he was carrying just one of the many necklaces he made off with from the Thong Thai Gold Shop in Karon, at about 7:30pm last night.

Still missing are necklaces comprising 10-bahtweight of gold (a Thai standard of one bahtweight equaling 15.1 grams of raw gold) valued at about 245,000 baht.

Shop owner Papan Aummaratta last night told police that Mr Lacheman came into his shop and asked to see items graded as having five-bahtweight in gold.

“The man said he was shopping for a marriage proposal gift for his girlfriend, but he asked to try on too many items at once, which made me suspicious,” Mr Papan explained.

“So without him knowing, I pressed the button to remotely lock the door. Soon after that, he demanded that I give him the gold, and he reached into his backpack. I thought he was going to pull out a gun, so I shot him through his right arm,” said Mr Papan.

“Then I fired another shot as a warning,” he added.

Mr Lacheman begged Mr Papan for his life and to be set free, but as Mr Papan put down his gun Mr Lacheman escaped with two trays of necklaces comprising a total of 1.963 kilograms of solid gold.

Spilling gold from the trays as he fled, the injured Mr Lacheman managed to get to his motorbike only to realize he was unable to drive and carry the two trays at the same time.

Leaving one tray behind, he rode away with the other carrying items comprising 453g of gold.

Police at the scene were able to hand back to Mr Papan the 1.51kg of gold that had either fallen from the trays or been discarded by the thief in his attempt to get away.

With Mr Lacheman in custody today, police learned that the teenager suffered only a minor injury to his right wrist.

Evidence recovered from the scene consisted of a hammer and a backpack, both belonging to Mr Lacheman. A search of the backpack revealed a knife, a replica gun and a Myanmar Ministry of Labor – Overseas Worker identification card in the name of Lacheman Kumar, age 19.

— Kritsada Meuanhawong

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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