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Thailand Event Round-Up – June 2018

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by Paul Poole, PAUL POOLE (SOUTH EAST ASIA)

June is the month for runners in Thailand.

One of Thailand’s most hotly anticipated sporting events take place on June 9 & 10, the popular Laguna Phuket International Marathon. Now in its 13th year, the race is one of the most well-attended races in Asia with runners flying to Phuket from all over the world. Races are held from sunrise to sunset over two days across five distances, with a 2km kids run, a 5km run and a 10k run taking place on 9 June, and the half marathon and full marathon distances taking place on 10 June.

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Other races taking place in June include the Scenic Half Marathon in Chanthaburi on June 17, and the Tri-Factor 10 Challenge and Triathlon on June 16-17 in Hua Hin. Runners can compete in three distances in the Scenic Half Marathon, a 5km distance, a 10.55km distance and the half marathon distance. Part of the Asian Championship Series, the Tri-Factor 10 Challenge and Triathlon will see competitors compete in three disciplines, open water swimming, cycling and running.

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For those more interested in trail running, the Khao Pratabchang Trail 2018 takes place on June 17 & 18 in Ratchaburi. Runners compete in five distances, a 2km kids run, a 3km walk and run, a 10km distance, a 21km distance and a 32km distance.

For something a little different, the 14th LangSuan Mini Marathon takes place on June 17 in Chumpon. The 14km and 5km races is held in the picturesque area of Chumpon, taking runners past quaint fishing villages before concluding with a final stretch of one kilometre through 30 centimetres of water to an offshore island.

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If running is not your thing, head to Pattaya on June 8-9 for the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival. The festival will light up Pattaya Beach by fireworks designed by teams from China, the Philippines and Japan. The event, which also features a live concert, is aimed at positioning Pattaya as a world-class tourist destination for both local and international travellers.

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June is also typically the height of the Thai fruit season with fruits such as durian, rambutan, mangosteen and lychee all being harvested this month. Throughout the Kingdom fruit festivals are organised to showcase the best fruit and vegetables. The Prachinburi Agricultural Fair is held throughout June, and Sisaket hosts the Rambutan-Durian Festival, also throughout June.

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Phuket police arrest meth dealer, discover drugs valued at 15 million baht

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Drugs valued at 15 million baht have been seized in a drug crackdown in Phuket. On October 22, Phuket police, along with Phuket Governor Pakkapong Tawipat, reported to the media about a drug crackdown that ended up with a total seizure valued around 15 million baht.

Earlier, the police received a report from an undercover agent that a woman named ‘Ying’ or ‘Suthicha Thirawut’ was a local drug dealer trading drugs in Phuket area, so police planned to purchase drugs from the woman. They contacted Ying through another woman named ‘Noina’, Ying’s close friend. Around 10pm on October 20, police bought 1 gram of crystal methamphetamine from Noina before arresting Ying and another man, Thanet Thongtan, at the Naka Condominium.

The two confessed that they receive the drug from a man who they weren’t able to name, in order to sell in Phuket. They were paid 40,000 – 50,000 baht per time and admitted to police that they have done this for the man three times already. This time, the drugs hadn’t been sold to customers as they were arrested before being able to make a sale.

Apart from 2.4 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, valued around 4.8 million baht, the police also discovered 76,800 methamphetamine pills, worth around 11 million baht.

The three are now assisting Phuket police with their enquires related to the case.

SOURCE: Newshawk Phuket

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Out of 37 countries, Thailand has the worst pension system, says Bloomberg

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Thai Residents reports that on Sunday, Bloomberg published an article on the world’s best pension systems, using information gathered from the 2019 Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions Index.

The survey looked at the pension systems of 37 countries with metrics including employee rights, savings, the number of homeowners, growth of assets, and growth of the economy. The purpose of the analysis was to determine what was needed to improve state pension systems and to gauge the level of confidence citizens had in their state pension system.

The Netherlands and Denmark were found to have the world’s best state pensions, with Australia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, and Chile next. Out of all 37 countries, Thailand finished last, with what the report described as an extremely ineffective and ambiguous system.

“Thailand was in the bottom slot and should introduce a minimum level of mandatory retirement savings and increase support for the poorest.”

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Thai Residents states that only those employed within the government system in Thailand are eligible for a pension based on salary. For most Thai citizens, pension amounts vary from 600 baht to 1,000 baht a month, depending on the recipient’s age.

A report carried out by The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) advises Thai citizens to have at least 4 million baht saved by the time they retire, but Thai Residents reports that 60% of Thai retirees have less than 1 million baht in savings, with one in three citizens who have reached retirement age are forced to continue working in order to survive.

SOURCE: thairesidents.com

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Immigration police arrest German man in connection with death of German woman in Pattaya

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Immigration police arrest German man in connection with death of German woman in Pattaya | The Thaiger

A German man who has overstayed his visa has been arrested in Pattaya in connection with the death of a German woman found dead in a canal in Chonburi province.

The Pattaya News reports the dead woman as 77 year old Marg und Schaefer and says she ran a bar with the man who was taken into custody on Tuesday.

The alarm was raised when Ms Schaefer’s family in Germany contacted German police when they were unable to contact her. German authorities then contacted the police in Thailand, who tracked down the man after finding his visa had expired in June 2017. He is believed to be 52 years of age and known only as Mr Richard.

It’s understood the arrested man is also facing fraud charges in his home country and fled to Thailand after allegedly conning several elderly women out of more than 6,000 euros.

Police have questioned his Thai girlfriend, who claims Ms Schaefer died in January after falling in the bathroom. She says Mr Richard then disposed of her body in a canal in Chonburi, adding that he had been spending the German woman’s pension fund on a daily basis.

A warrant was issued for the man when Ms Schaefer’s body was found in the canal on January 12 and he was eventually tracked down to a rented house earlier this week. He denies all charges against him.

It’s understood the police will be using DNA testing to confirm how Ms Schaefer died.

SOURCE: thepattayanews.com

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