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Koh Tao, the dark side of paradise

Spectacular turquoise water, lush jungles and laid-back vibe: the tiny island of Koh Tao seems like paradise, but behind the beauty lies a darker side.



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Spectacular turquoise water, lush jungles and laid-back vibe:  the tiny island of Koh Tao seems like paradise, but behind the beauty lies a darker side.

The Thai island has landed in the spotlight this week after the shocking discovery of a French tourist hanged outside his bungalow. And it’s not the first time horror has found its way there: The news comes just days after a Koh Tao murder trial was postponed for two Burmese men accused of murdering two British backpackers last September.

Officially, the death of hanged Frenchman Dimitri Povse, 29, has been ruled a suicide,

A criminologist has voiced his support for calls by media and relatives of a victim of suspected suicide by the police and forensic experts to look for more evidences to determine the exact cause of the death the victim.

The victim who was a tourist was found dead in his hotel room on New Year’s Day with his hands and neck tied to ropes.  Police suspected he committed suicide by hanging himself.

279255 imagejpeg 436514But Associate Professor Charnkanit Krittiya Suriyamanee, a criminologist and lecturer at the faculty of social science and humanities of Mahidol University, said he doubted the suicide theory citing some irrelevant evidences.

He said that the victim had been drunk to the extent that he was unable to control himself, he would not have been able to tie himself up so tightly that he died of suffocation.

Had he hanged himself, the professor pointed out that the bruises should have appeared on the neck than on his wrists.  Also, he noted that the several pieces of rope which were used in the suspected suicide appeared to be different which might suggest that the death was not caused by suicide.

A French tourist was found hanged at a bungalow in Koh Tao island on Thursday. Although the man left a message suggesting he might take his own life, but question arose how could he hang himself with both hands tied to the back.

Koh Tao police said they were alerted around 3 pm on  January 1 and rushed  to a bungalow on Koh Tao where the body of a 29 year old French man was found hanging from the ceiling of his rented bungalow.

Suspicions arose over what appeared to be a suicide when on further inspection it was discovered the man’s hands were tied behind his back.

Wounds were discovered around the man’s neck as well as two 5 cm lacerations to his arm, one near his wrist, and  the second near to his elbow.It is thought the man had been dead for around two hours.

The door to the man’s bungalow with the word “Dmitri”, on it was open and there was no sign of a struggle. Police and rescue workers found a note on the man’s bed that suggested a recent love affair may have come to an end and that the man recently lost one of his grandparent.

However questions are being asked as to how it is possible for anybody to commit suicide with their hands tied behind their back.An autopsy is expected to reveal whether or not that man was drugged.


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The Bachelor Japan Season 4 showcases Thailand



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Bangkok, 2 December, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to report that Thailand features as the main location in the Japanese reality TV show ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’, of which the first episode aired on 25 November, 2021.

In cooperation with the TAT Tokyo Office, a film crew from Amazon Prime Japan and YD Creation Japan comprising 65 actors, production staff, technicians and others travelled to Thailand to shoot for the show in the spectacular Southern provinces of Phuket, Phang-Nga, and Krabi between April and June 2021.

A total of six out of the 10 60-minute episodes of ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’ were filmed in Thailand.

 Aside from the valuable promotional exposure the destination will receive in Japan, a key source market for visitors from the Asian region, the foreign production also generated much-needed income and employment opportunities in the local tourism and film-related sectors of the three chosen locations.

Phuket, Phang-Nga’ and Krabi were among the first destinations in Thailand to reopen to tourism under the Sandbox programme, and the TAT Tokyo Office has capitalised on the interest of foreign filmmaking to promote the world-class tourist appeal and public health safety standards of these destinations.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said “Popular TV shows like ‘The Bachelor’ are an effective way to deliver promotional messages directly to international markets, in this case Japan, which is among the 63 countries and territories from which fully vaccinated visitors can enter Thailand through the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) programme. With Thailand featuring so significantly in ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’, this helps us to promote travel to Thailand now that entry rules are being relaxed and tourists are once again welcomed.”

Fully vaccinated visitors from every country around the world can also visit Thailand via the Living in the “Blue Zone” Sandbox destinations programme. Meanwhile, partially or unvaccinated visitors are also much welcomed via the Happy Quarantine programme. However, to prevent and control the spread of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, Thailand currently imposes travel restrictions on arrivals from Africa.

Photo Credit: Instagram: @BachelorJapan外部リンク, @bachelorjap外部リンク

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COVID-19 vaccine guide for travellers to Thailand

International travellers, including returning Thais and foreign residents, who are above 18 years of age should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) or the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before their travel date.



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Bangkok, Updated on 29 November, 2021.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update to our guide to COVID-19 vaccines for international travellers to Thailand effective from 16 December 2021.

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