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Chiang Mai biker feeding the homeless

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PHOTOS: Facebook/Patchara Mayerku

The “Shut Up and Ride” motorcyclist gang in Chiang Mai is being praised for feeding homeless people every Friday night.

The leader of the project, Patchara Mayerku, says the group leader was carrying out the activity over five weeks and has inspired groups in other provinces to follow suit.

Patchara has posted photos and stories of the charity activities on his Facebook page which have already been widely shared.

He says the group was formed to ride out every evening to enjoy sunset views of Chiang Mai. Then they started gathering and donating gifts to poor hill-tribe children but they found it was inconvenient to ride that far.

The group eventually decided to hand out food, water and medicine to homeless people in central Chiang Mai, Patchara said.

Motorcyclists from elsewhere had now contacted the group to join in the activities but Patchara is recommending they help the homeless in their provinces instead.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Making your point, head first into a fish spa

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Sometimes you have to go the extra distance to prove your point. Like putting your head in a fish spa.

Sanook reports that a Thai owner of hundreds of fish spas around the country has made hi point about an Australian woman and the foreign media for discrediting his business.

The actions of Chaiyaporn Lojaya follow the Australian's claim in UK media that she lost her toes due to an infection she picked up in Thailand at one of his fish spas.

To prove that his spas are clean he has plunged his head into a tank of the small nibbling fish normally reserved for tourists' feet.

A woman's indulgent Thai holiday spa turned into a living nightmare when an infected fish tank led to all five toes being amputated on her right foot. Property manager Victoria Curthoys, 29, initially received an infection in her big toe after treading on glass, resulting in doctors amputating half ...

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Storms and strong winds hit Chiang Mai

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A major road in Chiang Mai province has been blocked by fallen trees and power poles following strong winds and heavy rains today.

Trees and power poles on the Chiang Mai-Fang road in Mae Taeng district were brought down at about 10am, officials said. Phairin Limcharoen, chief of the province’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, coordinated with the Provincial Electricity Authority’s Chiang Mai office to send officials to remove the obstructions as a matter of urgency.

Then, at about 11.30 am, downtown Chiang Mai was hit with heavy rain, leading to flooding as rainwater flowed down Doi Suthep mountain too fast to be drained.

Meanwhile, officials on Tuesday visited 27 houses in four villages of Tambon Mae Thalob, in Chai Prakan district, that had recently s...

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Tourists caught up in Chiang Mai karaoke bar overcharge ‘scam’

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A Chinese tourist and three friends lodged an official complaint with the Chiang Mai police about the operators of a karaoke bar who allegedly overcharged them. They say they were 'shocked' after being presented with a bill for 14,000 baht.

The incident on Monday night resulted in the men seeking police assistance after being handed the bill.

The tourists drank a total of 27 bottles of beer and ordered a small selection of food (as we rush for our calculators).

Daily News is reporting that the men also requested to enter the ‘VIP’ section of the bar and asked for four female staff members to serve them with drinks and food throughout the evening.

When presented with the 14,000 baht bar bill they are reported to have been 'shocked' and refused to pay. Witnesses say there was a minor altercation between the men and bar staff.

Local police were called in and 'in...
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