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Army Region 4 officers rounded up 42 punters – 31 women and 11 men – at a temporary gambling den set up in the middle of a rubber plantation in Songkhla’s Khlong Hoi Khong district.

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The arresting soldiers also seized gambling tools such as a “po pan” betting set, nearly 200 gambling chips, 12 betting tickets and 2,980 baht in cash from tents set up in the plantation in Tambon Thung Lan.

They also impounded five cars and dozens of motorcycles.
While some punters managed to flee into the nearby forest, those who were arrested were taken to the Khlong Hoi Khong Police Station. The punters, who face charges of illegal gambling, were released after their relatives posted bail.

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2 shot outside Bangkok massage parlour

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Police are investigating a shooting at a Bangkok massage parlour where a person was shot in the neck and another person shot in the butt. Police have not identified the shooter, but a post by a Facebook user accused a well known gambler of shooting the 2 people.

Police were called at 3am Wednesday to the Saree Sauna & Spa on Ratchapruek in the Phasi Charoen district. A fight allegedly broke out around 10:30pm Tuesday between the 3 people. A person allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the other 2.

The suspect has not been identified by police. Investigators are collecting more evidence and reviewing surveillance camera footage before naming a suspect and issuing an arrest warrant.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thailand tourism officials to tap into Chinese market as they attract more visitors

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Thailand has so far welcomed 2 flights with Chinese visitors on the new Special Tourist Visa, a first step after a 7 month ban on international tourists. Now, tourism officials are proposing to bring in more whilst tapping into the vast Chinese market to draw in more visitors.

Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn says they’re planning on 7.45 million Chinese arrivals next year with hopes that travel restrictions ease up (in 2019 there were around 11 million Chinese visitors to Thailand). Tourism officials expect a high season in July during the school break, assuming that international travel restrictions are lifted by then. Next year’s overall goal for the Asian market is 11.2 million, a 34% decrease from 2019, before the pandemic.

“Some 7.45 million arrivals from China is in our sight, but it depends on how situation develops.”

A marketing strategy is being prepared by TAT’s deputy governor of marketing for Asia South Pacific, Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya.

“When the pandemic subsides we will change their focus from business travellers and retirees, to a younger generation that are ‘less concerned’ with health risks.”

He says he’s focusing on millennials, those born in the early 1980s to late 1990s. China has 321 million millennials, while Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan altogether have 69 million.

“Millennial travellers have more flexibility as they can actively penetrate technologies and online information — essential tools for post-pandemic tourism.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Thai woman dressed as a zombie sells dead people’s clothes – VIDEO

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A zombie saleswoman is selling dead people’s clothes online. 32 year old Kanittha Thongnak sells clothes of the deceased on a Facebook live stream while dressed as “the living dead”. She gives a story behind every pieces of clothing, explaining how each person died. Perhaps it would be a real business kill in most countries, but not in Thailand where the spirit world and superstition are just as real to some Thais as the world of the living.

It all started at a funeral, Kanittha says. Traditionally in Thailand, clothes of the deceased are burned.

“There were a lot of clothes from the deceased, so I thought it would be better to sell them than to burn them.”

She gets the clothes from a local temple. She says a monk does a blessing for the deceased before the clothes are given to her. The prices range from 10 to 100 baht. Some brand names and designer clothes are also sold at vastly reduced prices. She’s donated some money from the sales back to the temple. In addition to the dead’s clothes, Kanittha sells handmade zombie dolls.

“All the clothes belonged to dead people who died from various cause – accident, drowning, suicide.”

Kanittha live streams each week from her home in the Northern province of Phetchabun. It takes her up to 3 hours to apply her zombie makeup, but she says the costume helps draw in viewers.

“Since I started to wear scary makeup, the audience increased to 5,000, then 6,000.”

Many Thais believe in ghosts and spirits and just about anything vaguely superstitious. While some might be concerned about buying clothes that belonged to someone who is now dead, Kanittha says the people who end up making a purchase don’t get scared.

SOURCE: Reuters

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