Swedish woman murdered in Phuket


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Swedish national Hanna Charlotta Backlund, 26, was found murdered at Mai Khao in Phuket on Saturday. According to reports, the body was dressed in a swimsuit and her throat had multiple stab wounds. There were also lacerations to her back, midriff and hands. Police said that this was an attempted rape. When looking for a […]

Henrik Rasmussen


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This is a sad story that I touched on briefly the other day. Henrik Rasmussen, 47, was a Danish tourist holidaying with his cousin. Henrik suffered from Down syndrome and went missing from Royal Paradise Hotel in the early hours of January 28. Despite a reward of 10,000 baht being offered and various search parties […]

Danish tourist found dead


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A Danish tourist with Down syndrome who went missing from his hotel in Patong on January 28 has been found dead, according to a report this morning. Henrik Rasmussen was 47. Check the Gazette later this morning for more details as they become available. It will be very interesting to see what’s behind this.

Thailand's Lost Boy does boats


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Last night was the final day of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. The regatta is a big deal down here, but as I have no interest in boats I wasn’t particularly excited. I was told many times that the final party of the regatta is meant to be a bit special. Pretty much everyone I’ve […]

Enraged tourists launch hate campaign against hotel


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I know many of you dislike it when I blog about Phuket, but really, this post is so universal it could be about anywhere in Thailand. As a traveler, holidaymaker, backpacker, whatever, you pick up certain hints in guidebooks and from websites. One such hint, which I have read frequently, it to distrust anything resembling […]