“Ya Dong” seller beats drunk customer to death for kicking his four year old


Poh Teck Tung rescue foundation who were called to a “Ya Dong” (herbal liquor) stall in Bangkok found a 39 year old Surin man had been beaten to death. 

Narong Mumthong, a messenger, had been killed by Noppaporn Phosri, 30, from Kamphaengphet who is the owner of the stall in Ram Inthra Soi 8 in Bang Khen district. 

He gave himself up to police and told them that Narong had been drinking Ya Dong since early evening. He was drunk and kicked Noppaporn’s four year old daughter in the butt causing her to cry as the little girl played and ran around the stall.

Furious about this Noppaporn confronted Narong and a fist fight ensued that resulted in the drunk man being knocked down. Still unable to contain his anger he kicked the victim until he was still.

He called Poh Teck Tung who declared him dead when they arrived at the scene. 

Noppaporn has been charged with assault resulting in death. 

Thai Visa / Thai Rath

The post “Ya Dong” seller beats drunk customer to death for kicking his four year old appeared first on Samui Times.

Pollution improves, but Chiang Mai braced for more


The haze situation in urban Chiang Mai had improved by Friday morning but remained hazardous enough in some areas that vulnerable groups – small children, the elderly and the infirm – were still being advised to wear facemasks while outdoors.

Downtown Chiang Mai had a PM2.5 level – particulates 2.5 microns or less in diameter – of 38 micrograms per cubic metre of air, down from 43.88 on Thursday. 

There was a slew of cropland-clearing fires this week ahead of an announced ban on outdoor burning throughout March and April, necessitating immediate measures to discourage the practice.

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) put PM2.5 levels in the North between 35 and 63mcg, the upper figure recorded in the tambons of Mae Mo in Lampang’s Mae Mo district and Ban Klang in Muang Lamphun.

Bangkok and five neighbouring provinces were below the safe limit of 50mcg, the PCD said, and the situation was expected to improve further on Saturday thanks to measures taken by state agencies.

In the Northeast, PM2.5 ranged from 49-67mcg, with tambon Nai Muang in Muang Khon Kaen worst off.

The Nation 

The post Pollution improves, but Chiang Mai braced for more appeared first on Samui Times.

NewGen Airways ground staff disciplined after rant at Chinese tourist


NewGen Airways has issued a public apology for the actions of one of its staff after the woman had an expletive laden rant in Thai with a Chinese passenger over a cabin baggage dispute.

The Chinese tourist bound from Don Muang to Guiyang wanted to carry on a 13 kg bag even though the airline’s regulations state the limit is 5 kg. 

The flight on Tuesday morning was delayed for 15 minutes as the ground staff and the tour group leader spent half an hour remonstrating with the passenger. Eventually the bag was loaded for free in the hold.

The rudeness of the staff member was paramount in footage viewed by thousands.

The airline said on their fan page that the actions of the staff member were “inappropriate” and they apologized saying that it will not happen again. 

They said that they had not been idle in facing their responsibilities and the staff member had already faced internal disciplinary procedures. 

They said that the weight limits on carry on bags were for passenger safety in the event of an emergency. 

NewGen (originally called Sabaidee Airways) flies to 30 destinations in China from several Thai airports. 

Thai Visa / Daily News

The post NewGen Airways ground staff disciplined after rant at Chinese tourist appeared first on Samui Times.

Valentine’s Day shooting: Husband shot after wife questions “mysterious” phone call


A wife in Kalasin was furious after her husband refused to explain a mystery phone call to his smart phone during a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.

Early this morning police found him seriously wounded with a gunshot to the head. His wife said a 9mm gun went off by accident as the couple fought over clothes after she ordered him out of the family home.

The wife is a prominent businesswoman selling Pla Ra (fermented fish) while the husband has a doctorate and is a prominent figure in Kalasin educational circles. 

Somdej police arrived at a two story house in their jurisdiction after Asoke Foundation had been called by the wife named as Mayura, 44. 

She was shaking beside the bloodied and prostrate body of her husband Dr Ratthasat, 45, who had been shot in the right cheek. He was rushed to hospital after surviving the shooting.

On the floor was a 9 mm gun. Clothes were scattered all around.

Pol Col Thaweesak Raksasin of the Somdej police said that Mayura had told him that the couple had been out to dinner when her husband received a call on his smartphone. She asked who it was from and he was evasive. 

Back at home the couple began arguing again and she ordered her husband to pack up his clothes and get out of the family home. He did so but then things calmed down until 4.30 am when the arguments resurfaced. 

The wife said that the couple were grabbing and wresting over clothes when her husband’s gun in the pocket of a garment went off resulting in her husband being shot in the head. 

She immediately called the foundation rescue team. 

She has been charged with attempted murder that could be changed dependent on the condition of the husband who is in a serious way in hospital. 

Daily News reported that Dr Ratthasat is on the executive board of a well know school in Kalasin. He is known as an innovative and forward thinking educationalist driving improved standards in the province.

His wife runs a fermented fish company selling in many provinces. 

The couple have two children – the eldest is a boy and the youngest a girl. 

Thai Visa / Daily News

The post Valentine’s Day shooting: Husband shot after wife questions “mysterious” phone call appeared first on Samui Times.

Abbot finally arrested on attempted murder charge after 15 years


Crime Suppression Division officers moved to arrest an abbot at a well known Suphanburi temple after he had evaded capture for 15 years on attempted murder charges. 

Paphonsan Phetphan, 40, was taken into custody at Wat Ror Charoen in Bang Pla Ma district on Thursday and taken to Tha Sala police station in Nakorn Sri Thammarat for interrogation. 

He was wanted on two warrants of attempted murder and gun related offences. 

The incidents occurred in Tha Sala in 2004 and on Koh Samui in 2005. 

The monk admitted to the former charge but denies being involved in the incident on Samui.

He said that he and others laid in wait in Tha Sala for a rival with whom they had argued. The rival was shot sustaining grievous injuries. 

Following the incidents he ordained into the monkhood rising up the ecclesiastic order until he became an abbot in Suphanburi. 

Thai Visa / Daily News

The post Abbot finally arrested on attempted murder charge after 15 years appeared first on Samui Times.

Big Joke: Busts company issuing fake visas and 90 day stamps


Visa agents in Laksi in Bangkok have been busted by immigration after they circumvented immigration by issuing fake visas and 90 day stamps.

The immigration site on Facebook said that their leader Lt-Gen Surachate Hakparn personally led a raid on CBS World Co Ltd, a company that arranged for migrant workers to come to Thailand. 

They appeared to be catering to people from Myanmar. 

Arrested was a Thai man called Surawut Sinthawachiwa, 60, and Namfon, 42, a Myanmar national. 

Taken into evidence were 489 passports and 29 counterfeit stamps. 

The immigration site said that the pair had admitted running the business for 10 years and charging 1,500 to 2000 baht a time for the fake stamps. 

They said that a member of the public had alerted them to the fake stamps.

INN reported that the arrests came after contact was made to immigration offices in Prajuab Khiri Khan and Nakorn Sawan where there were irregularities discovered in 90 day reporting stamps.

Thai Visa

The post Big Joke: Busts company issuing fake visas and 90 day stamps appeared first on Samui Times.

Thai immigration NOT showing the love on Valentine’s Day: 522 arrested


There was no let up in the Thai immigration drive to rid the country of people on overstay and those who have entered the kingdom illegally. 

Daily News reported that there was a Valentine’s Day roundup at 220 places resulting in the arrest of 522 foreigners. 

These were mostly migrant workers on overstay or who had entered illegally.

Various work places, hotels and flats were raided in the sweep. 

Immigration chief Lt-Gen Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn was notable by his absence on this occasion with deputy Maj-Gen Itthiphon presiding over affairs at the Chana Songkhram police station near Khao San road last night.

Thai Visa / Daily News

The post Thai immigration NOT showing the love on Valentine’s Day: 522 arrested appeared first on Samui Times.

Airbnb witnesses 100% growth in Guest Arrivals from China this Chinese New Year


Thailand ranks as one of top 5 global destinations for Airbnb guests from Mainland China. Thai hosts on Airbnb earned a total of THB186 million in host income this CNY, which represents a 50% jump in earnings.

Airbnb, the end-to-end global travel platform, released new data  highlighting Thailand as one of the top 5 global destinations for travellers from Mainland China this Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday — described by many as “the world’s largest annual human migration”.

The Chinese travel market is embracing a golden age of ‘consumption upgrading’ and the rise of the “experience economy”, such that Thailand becomes one of the top destinations for Chinese travellers all year round, and especially during peak festive periods like the CNY.

China continues to grow in importance as a market for Thailand’s tourism and the local host community. Key travel trends include:

·         Growth and Diversity of Local Tourism. The number of guest arrivals made by Airbnb guests from China for travel during CNY increased 100% compared to last year. Bangkok is one of the top global cities with an increasing popularity of extended trips to secondary destinations such as Chon Buri, Hua Hin, Rayong, Saraburi and Ayutthaya.

·         More Income for Locals. Welcoming more than 44,000 guests, local Airbnb hosts earned a total of THB 186 million in extra income. During this peak CNY travel season, the typical Airbnb host in Thailand earned more than THB 43,000 within the span of eight days.

·         Millennials Continue to Choose Airbnb. More than 80% of bookings made by independent Chinese travelers on Airbnb for the 2019 CNY holiday were made by users born in the 1980s and 1990s. Millennials are one of the most powerful consumer demographics in the travel industry and there are more millenials in China than there are people in the United States.

·         Travel With Family. Nearly 60% of reservations made by Chinese guests for CNY travel are for groups of three or more travelers.

·         The Rise of the Experience Economy. Beyond just a place to stay, Airbnb sees a rise in popularity with Chinese travellers booking Airbnb Experiences in Thailand. Chinese travellers can connect with locals through cooking classes and biking tours in off-the-beaten track neighbourhoods, which are amongst the most booked activities.

Diversifying the Tourist Spendings to Thais and Local Neighbourhoods

With the Tourism Authority of Thailand anticipating an 8% increase in visitor numbers this year, this allows locals to be a part of the tourism ecosystem by allowing passionate local Airbnb hosts share about their culture with Chinese travellers.

Locals are increasingly seeing the benefits to hosting especially during peak travel seasons — Airbnb’s host community in Thailand earned a total of THB186 million in host income this CNY, which represents a 50% jump in earnings compared to CNY last year.

Tatiya, a geophysicist who is passionate about travel and meeting new people, decided to turn hosting with Airbnb into a full time career. She is now both an Airbnb Home and Experiences Host, and hosted two Chinese families during the CNY week.

Fu, Airbnb guest from Nanjing, China shares his positive feedback.

“Tatiya is friendly and welcoming. The listing is not the typical tourist hotspot, but near unique local neighbourhoods which provided a different travel experience. I also wished I stayed longer so I could take her cooking class.”

Jiaxuan, another guest, quips, “We enjoyed the breakfast she provided for us every morning, and her house was cosy and comfortable. We also had memorable conversations with Tatiya and learnt more about Thailand.”

Airbnb’s Head of Public Policy for Southeast Asia, Mich Goh, said the positive numbers highlighted the growing importance of the local Airbnb community to Thailand’s tourism economy. “Known for their welcoming hospitality, passionate Thais have become the forefront of an important type of tourism that is people-driven, local, authentic and sustainable,” shared Goh. “Airbnb is focused on promoting a more healthy form of tourism that continuously empowers the local Thai host community and helps drive economic activity into communities and neighbourhoods that our hosts call home.”

Around the world, guests from China travel to 1,048 cities in 111 countries and regions during CNY. While traditional travel destinations like Japan, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Korea, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Russia, and France continued to receive Chinese travelers, the top five most popular destinations for travel outside of mainland China are:

1.                   Taiwan

2.                   Bangkok

3.                   Osaka

4.                   Hong Kong

5.                   Queenstown

Thai Visa

The post Airbnb witnesses 100% growth in Guest Arrivals from China this Chinese New Year appeared first on Samui Times.

Hundreds of Thais flock to marry at “The District of Love” on Valentine’s Day


Immigration Chief Lt-Gen Surachate Hakparn has told the Thai media how a change in police tactics means that Nigerian romance scammers and their Thai accomplices will no longer get off the hook. 

Previously Lt-Gen Surachate – known as Big Joke – said that romance scammers were just charged with fraud.

In such cases victims could withdraw complaints if they were compensated by the scammers. 

This led to some walking free and being able to repeat the crime on others. They were previously just not scared of the Thai law.

Now this is not the case. 

Commenting on the recent case of a gang of Nigerians and Thais operating out of Malaysia Surachate said that those responsible would be charged with fraud committed against the Thai public – a charge that cannot be withdrawn by the payment of money. 

In addition investigative work by the police’s tech arm has meant that those involved in the latest case can be charged with conspiracy and money laundering that will ensure they pay for their crimes with long jail time and are not free to re-offend. 

The latest arrest was of Nigerian Nadoo Buchi Kenneth Oti, 40, and a Thai woman called Kanokkarn Charnkla, 27, and six other Thais that INN did not name in their report. 

They are believed to be part of a large gang now being moved back to Thailand from Malaysia.

Previous reports suggested the gang was targeting Thai women in Chiang Mai. 

Surachate once again warned the Thai people not to fall for the scammers. 

Thai Visa / INN

The post Hundreds of Thais flock to marry at “The District of Love” on Valentine’s Day appeared first on Samui Times.

Big Joke: Romance Scammers will now be scared of the law!


Immigration Chief Lt-Gen Surachate Hakparn has told the Thai media how a change in police tactics means that Nigerian romance scammers and their Thai accomplices will no longer get off the hook. 

Previously Lt-Gen Surachate – known as Big Joke – said that romance scammers were just charged with fraud.

In such cases victims could withdraw complaints if they were compensated by the scammers. 

This led to some walking free and being able to repeat the crime on others. They were previously just not scared of the Thai law.

Now this is not the case. 

Commenting on the recent case of a gang of Nigerians and Thais operating out of Malaysia Surachate said that those responsible would be charged with fraud committed against the Thai public – a charge that cannot be withdrawn by the payment of money. 

In addition investigative work by the police’s tech arm has meant that those involved in the latest case can be charged with conspiracy and money laundering that will ensure they pay for their crimes with long jail time and are not free to re-offend. 

The latest arrest was of Nigerian Nadoo Buchi Kenneth Oti, 40, and a Thai woman called Kanokkarn Charnkla, 27, and six other Thais that INN did not name in their report. 

They are believed to be part of a large gang now being moved back to Thailand from Malaysia.

Previous reports suggested the gang was targeting Thai women in Chiang Mai. 

Surachate once again warned the Thai people not to fall for the scammers. 

Thai Visa / INN

The post Big Joke: Romance Scammers will now be scared of the law! appeared first on Samui Times.