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  • Thai cops’ epic ‘Special K’ bust turns out to just be soap

    When the police got word of a staggering amount of the party drug ketamine sitting in a warehouse east of Bangkok, they moved fast. Two weeks later, after a battery of tests failed to turn up one bump’s worth of the drug, they conceded today that all 11.5 tons were nothing more than a common ...

    This article, Thai cops’ epic ‘Special K’ bust turns out to just be soap, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    When the police got word of a staggering amount of the party drug ketamine sitting in a warehouse east of Bangkok, they moved fast. Two weeks later, after a battery of tests failed to turn up one bump’s worth of the drug, they conceded today that all 11.5 tons were nothing more than a common cleaning compound.

    Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin today said the 475 sacks of ketamine, which had been estimated to have a nearly US$1 billion street value, contain the very run-of-the-mill trisodium phosphate, a compound commonly used in detergents that you definitely don’t want to kitty flip with in a Thonglor bar toilet.

    “I admit that the agency lacks knowledge about this compound because it’s new,” Somsak said of the cleaning compound that’s been in wide use for at least seven decades, “and has never been found to be tested purple in Thailand.”

    ‘Biggest ketamine bust’: 11 tons of Special K seized east of Bangkok

    The disclosure came following negative test results of samples from 66 of the bags. Somsak said narcotics field officers were to blame as they didn’t know that the compound, also known as TSP, can turn purple in the same way ketamine does by a rapid test kit.   

    The minister denied accusations that cops interceded to hide narcotics in the bags on the behalf of an unnamed powerful owner. He said they will send more samples to three labs, including the police forensics science division, medical sciences department, and narcotics control board, with results expected within a week. He added that other agencies are welcome to obtain samples for their lab if they are interested.

    Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin and police officers with 475 bags of suspected ketamine on Nov. 12 at a warehouse in Chachoengsao province.
    Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin and police officers with 475 bags of suspected ketamine on Nov. 12 at a warehouse in Chachoengsao province.

    Narcotics Control Board Secretary Wichai Chaimongkol said they would still investigate the product’s origins and purpose. Officers had been tipped by Taiwanese authorities after 300 kilograms of the drug were found in a number of the same bags imported there from Thailand. 

    Wichai said the TSP would make sense to hide the Special K, due to their similar appearance. 

    “We don’t have information about this drug ring yet, but it doesn’t mean that they have never committed any crimes,” Wichai said. “The warehouse owner escaped the last time, but police now are collecting evidence and asking for an arrest warrant from a court for his possible involvement in the ketamine case in Taiwan.”

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    ‘Biggest ketamine bust’: 11 tons of Special K seized east of Bangkok

    This article, Thai cops’ epic ‘Special K’ bust turns out to just be soap, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    24 November 2020
    Coconuts Bangkok
    News, Crime, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1024604
  • 5,800+ police to greet protesters at king’s property bureau

    Nearly 6,000 cops will await protesters tomorrow outside the agency once responsible for managing the king’s considerable wealth. Workers have been spotted erecting signs designating the area targeted for tomorrow’s rally at the Crown Property Bureau as royal grounds and therefore off-limits, while national police spokesperson Yingyot Thepchamnong today said they were anxious about the ...

    This article, 5,800+ police to greet protesters at king’s property bureau, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    Nearly 6,000 cops will await protesters tomorrow outside the agency once responsible for managing the king’s considerable wealth.

    Workers have been spotted erecting signs designating the area targeted for tomorrow’s rally at the Crown Property Bureau as royal grounds and therefore off-limits, while national police spokesperson Yingyot Thepchamnong today said they were anxious about the rally because of the venue’s “sensitivity and importance.”

    He said that they will be ready to look after the protesters and prevent any clashes with royalist counter-protesters. The spokesman said the force has learned lessons on how to avoid conflict.

    The protesters are seeking to further encroach upon territory once forbidden by taboo with perhaps their most provocative move yet by calling attention to the wealth of King Vajiralongkorn, who’s considered the world’s wealthiest monarch with a net worth estimated at US$30 billion to $40 billion. After he ascended to the throne, he transferred all of the bureau’s holdings to his personal control.

    Bangkok Metropolitan Police Headquarters is reportedly preparing 5,850 policemen to provide security at the rally at the bureau’s offices in Dusit district.

    Last week, dozens were injured in clashes with police, who made frequent use of chemical-laced water canons and tear gas outside the parliament house where charter amendments were being debated. Though six protesters were shot by an unidentified assailant, a police investigation has made little progress

    A day later on Thursday, protesters gathered to splash paint and graffiti at police headquarters in downtown in response.

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    This article, 5,800+ police to greet protesters at king’s property bureau, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    24 November 2020
    Coconuts Bangkok
    Politics, News, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1024575
  • Thai student leader tapped as one of 2020’s 100 most-inspiring women

    A 22-year-old student who’s become an instrumental voice in confronting the monarchy’s role in Thailand was among three Thai women recognized today as inspiring and influential global leaders. British broadcaster BBC this morning revealed its list of 100 women “leading change and making a difference during these turbulent times” of 2020 on a list that ...

    This article, Thai student leader tapped as one of 2020’s 100 most-inspiring women, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    A 22-year-old student who’s become an instrumental voice in confronting the monarchy’s role in Thailand was among three Thai women recognized today as inspiring and influential global leaders.

    British broadcaster BBC this morning revealed its list of 100 women “leading change and making a difference during these turbulent times” of 2020 on a list that included three Thai women: student activist Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom and model-activist Cindy Sirinya Bishop.

    They were named among a slate of women acknowledged for their smarts, leadership, creativity and advancement. Others included 23-year-old Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow, Singaporean COVID response leader Leo Yee-Sin, Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, and award-winning Syrian journalist and filmmaker Waad al-Kateaba.

    Rung, the youngest of the three Thais, was virtually unknown just months ago. But as a large pro-democracy movement swelled into near-daily rallies consisting of and led by young protesters, she quickly emerged as one of its most recognizable faces. Vaulting her to public attention was a fiery speech she gave Aug. 10 at Thammasat University, where she is a student, Rung delivered a now-famous 10-point manifesto calling for reforms of monarchy, turning the fury of the state against her – she’s been charged with numerous serious crimes including sedition – and winning tremendous support from the protest movement.

    “Every human being has the same red blood. No one was born with blue blood,” Rung said at the school’s Rangsit campus, referring to the color associated symbolically with the monarchy. “No one should be superior than others.”

    Panusaya 'Rung' Sithijirawattanakul. Photo: United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration / Facebook
    Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanakul. Photo: United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration / Facebook

    On Oct. 15, Rung was arrested at her hotel room near the Democracy Monument and accused of violating the emergency decree and organizing a major rally. She was jailed four days, released and rearrested again on Oct. 21 and returned to jail. Upon her release, Rung spent several days in a hospital recovering from fatigue before returning to the protests.

    The second Thai named on the list was Kotchakorn Voraakhom, a 39-year-old landscape architect whose green urban designs tackle climate change. After Thailand suffered the worst flooding in half a century in 2011, Kotchakorn responded by promoting climate-resilient green spaces as buffers against the annual inundation. Among her works are Chulalongkorn University’s Centenary Park, a major urban eco park in the heart of Bangkok. She also founded Landprocess — a Bangkok design firm now building a 36-acre park up in Rangsit featuring “Asia’s biggest” urban farming green roof. Kotchakorn last year was selected by Time magazine as an emerging leader on its 100 Next list.

    Kotchakorn Voraakhom.
    Kotchakorn Voraakhom.

    Last but not least on the list is Cindy Sirinya Bishop, a 41-year-old actress, model and and instigator of Thailand’s #DontTellMeHowToDress campaign to fight the attitudes that fuel sexual assault and challenge the deep cultural roots of victim-blaming. “[All women] deserve to be safe, no matter what they wear,” Cindy told Coconuts Bangkok last year. 

    Cindy Bishop. Photo: UN Women Asia and the Pacific
    Cindy Bishop. Photo: UN Women Asia and the Pacific

    This article, Thai student leader tapped as one of 2020’s 100 most-inspiring women, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    24 November 2020
    Chayanit Itthipongmaetee
    Urban development, Politics, News, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1024560
  • Natural Wine Week kicks off today at 25 Bangkok venues

    With the festive season comes a strong desire to send 2020 on its way with heavy, strong drinks. Fortunately, this can be done. To get the juices flowing, Natural Wine Week kicks off today and will run through Sunday at more than 20 venues throughout Bangkok to promote chemical- and additive-free wines.  During the event, ...

    This article, Natural Wine Week kicks off today at 25 Bangkok venues, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    With the festive season comes a strong desire to send 2020 on its way with heavy, strong drinks.

    Fortunately, this can be done. To get the juices flowing, Natural Wine Week kicks off today and will run through Sunday at more than 20 venues throughout Bangkok to promote chemical- and additive-free wines. 

    During the event, wine lovers can venture out to try five wines by the glass. Among the 25 participating restaurants and bars is Bangkok’s self-proclaimed “first natural wine bar,” About Eatery, newly opened vino sipping lounge Must Wine Bar as well as Siri House, Jua, Broccoli Revolution and Cloud Wine inside The Commons Saladaeng

    Apart from the drinking, there will also be seven natural wine masterclasses, natural wine pairing with Thai and Japanese food and more. 

    The event is organized by five wine purveyors – Wine Garage, Soul Wines, Fin Wines, Soil N’ Vine and Estella.

    Natural Wine Week runs today through Sunday at several locations. More details are available online.

    This story originally appeared in BK.

    This article, Natural Wine Week kicks off today at 25 Bangkok venues, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    24 November 2020
    Coconuts Bangkok
    Food Guides, Food & Drink, F&B News, Bars & Nightlife, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1024549
  • Get whisked away on a magical holiday with Marriott Bonvoy

    | Coconuts Bangkok x Marriott Bonvoy | Here’s how to make good use of your annual leave.

    This article, Get whisked away on a magical holiday with Marriott Bonvoy, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    It’s that time of year again to think about how to use up those remaining days of annual leave. Maybe you’re planning to escape the imminent year-end smog, but you haven’t decided where. To travel up North and stay cool in the mountains of Chiang Mai and Issan? Or to get some good ol’ vitamin sea down South? No matter where you look, Thailand has many destinations just waiting to be discovered, so pin up a map on a dartboard and get your throwing arm ready.

    Find inner peace and be at one with nature up north in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. The northern region is known for its abundance of nature, historical architecture and ancient temples. Perfect for those looking to travel back in time to a slower pace of life. If a breath of fresh air is what you’re looking for, both figuratively and literally, this is the place for you. 

    Looking for something a little warmer this festive season? ‘Tis the sea-son for a beach holiday in Southern Thailand. There’s a reason destinations like Phuket, Krabi or Koh Samui remain popular options for those wanting to feel the sand between their toes. Relax and unwind here while basking in the sun, or get in on the bustling nightlife scene for a great time. Don’t fancy flying that far? Hua Hin, Rayong and Pattaya will offer the same experiences while being closer to Bangkok.

    No matter where that dart lands, you’d need a place to stay. Lucky for you, Marriott Bonvoy has multiple hotels and resorts at all of the locations mentioned, and over 40 other hotels scattered across the country. From now untill January 4th, Marriott Bonvoy is making wishes come true with their “Seven Wishes” promotion. Make a booking within this time period, and you’ll be granted “Seven Wishes” — exclusive extras to make your stay as magical as possible. 

    You’ll be able to enjoy perks such as free upgrades to your room along with THB500 worth of hotel credit per night to spend on dining and spa treatments. Extended check-out times means more time to chill, and if you change your mind you can always cancel up to 24 hours before check-in. That’s not all, as you’ll also get free breakfast for two, and children under 12 years old eat for free when ordering from the kids menu.

    Ready to make a booking? Check out the Marriott Bonvoy website for the full list of participating hotels, and start planning your next vacation today. Don’t forget to use promocode: 2AP to get access to the promotion!

    This article, Get whisked away on a magical holiday with Marriott Bonvoy, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    24 November 2020
    Coconuts Bangkok
    Lifestyle, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1024508
  • Lonely? Thai tourism wants to help you get some.

    Find love in a time of pandemic with the help of Thailand’s fanciful tourism authorities, who today teased trips for singletons looking to mingle on Valentine’s Day among plans for next year. Journey through the sky like a love-seeking missile or float suggestively down the mighty Chao Phraya River on tours being dreamed up by ...

    This article, Lonely? Thai tourism wants to help you get some., originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    Find love in a time of pandemic with the help of Thailand’s fanciful tourism authorities, who today teased trips for singletons looking to mingle on Valentine’s Day among plans for next year.

    Journey through the sky like a love-seeking missile or float suggestively down the mighty Chao Phraya River on tours being dreamed up by imagineers at the tourism authority, booster-in-chief Thapanee Kiatpaiboon said today.

    The trips could pilot as soon as February, just in time for International Love Day. Thapanee teased ideas like traveling to pay respects and make merit at love and fertility sites frequented by the unlucky-in-loves nationwide.

    “It will only be available for single people. This will be a chance for them to find their soul mate and develop a relationship with somebody to welcome February, which is the month of love,” she said.

    Beyond that, they are planning more holy flights after their Thai Airways pilot program — a flight over 99 sacred venues — sold out within days. Thapanee said that they may expand it to an actual tour with stops at some sites aboard a beefier Airbus A380, an airframe usually reserved for international flights.

    Other trips under consideration would serve expats, LGBT travelers, foodies, astronomy fans, health nuts and digital nomads, she added.

    This article, Lonely? Thai tourism wants to help you get some., originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    23 November 2020
    Coconuts Bangkok
    News, Business, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1024524
  • Americans in Bangkok: Give thanks for life without COVID at these Thursday feasts

    Given the raging pandemic and unsettled election, Americans may find Bangkok the best place to Thanksgiving this year. Though many cannot travel home to see (and argue with) their loved ones (who, ideally, are skipping it this year), they can safely join the feeding frenzy with adopted families, local loved ones or others just stuck ...

    This article, Americans in Bangkok: Give thanks for life without COVID at these Thursday feasts, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    Given the raging pandemic and unsettled election, Americans may find Bangkok the best place to Thanksgiving this year. Though many cannot travel home to see (and argue with) their loved ones (who, ideally, are skipping it this year), they can safely join the feeding frenzy with adopted families, local loved ones or others just stuck in town.

    There are an array of venues in Bangkok serving up bird and fixings on this special Thursday day. We found a veggie option and even one set for Friday, for those time-zone purists out there.

    Na Cafe

    A zero-waste cafe tucked inside a century-old building in old town, Nang Loeng will host a Thanksgiving meal that starts with a kombucha welcome drink and builds to a full buffet starting at 6pm along with live performances. Tickets are THB1,200 and must be reserved in advance

    6pm-8pm, Thursday, Na Cafe, Nakhon Sawan Road, Pom Prap Sattru Phai

    Roots

    K-Village bar and grill Roots will host a five-course turkey feast for THB1,700 (THB2,100 with drinks). Vegetarians won’t feel left out as the venue also offers a five-course vegetarian meal for THB1,400 and THB,1800 (with drinks). The menu is available online.

    6pm-9pm, Roots, K-Village, Soi Sukhumvit 26, Khlong Toei

    Roadhouse BBQ 

    The annual event at this American bar and restaurant might be the closest to a true traditional Thanksgiving dinner as, from noon to 10pm, the joint will host a feast for THB995 (for kids, it’s half a price) that sees Thanksgiving staples of traditional roasted turkey, Virginia ham, pumpkin and pecan pies. More details are available online.

    Noon-10pm, Roadhouse BBQ, Rama IV Road, Bang Rak

    Moonshine Pub & Restaurant 

    Stepping into its 17th year of operation, Moonshine Pub & Restaurant on Soi Sukhumvit 7 will hold a classic Thanksgiving feast with homemade meals from 6:30pm. The meal specials, from deep-fried butterball turkey and honey-baked ham to deviled eggs, lasagna and sweet potato pies will be the courtesy of owners Wassana and Mitch, so expect a “while supplies last” scenario. Guests are welcome to buy drinks and tip the staff. More details are available online

    6:30pm onward, Moonshine Pub & Restaurant, Soi Sukhumvit 7, Watthana

    Cuisine Unplugged, Pullman Bangkok King Power

    Concerned about your turkey? An upscale kitchen in Soi Rangnam, Cuisine Unplugged, has the organic, free-range turkey from Khao Yai for you. The bird will be served alongside a huge selection of seafood, barbecue meats and many European and Asian dishes. The meal is currently THB1,050 per person when booking online.

    Thursday, Cuisine Unplugged, Pullman Bangkok King Power, Soi Rangnam, Ratchathewi

    Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok

    This newly opened hotel in Soi Ton Son is cooking up a feast that will include traditional roasted turkey and bourbon-glazed ham. Price is THB8,500 for 10- to 12-serving meals and reservations in advance are required

    Thursday, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok, Soi Ton Son, Pathum Wan

    Alati, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

    From 6:30pm to 10pm, this casual Mediterranean restaurant will serve a feast exclusively made by chef Carlo Valenziano, beginning with so-called Seafood on Ice that comes with Alaskan snow crab legs, New Zealand mussels and fresh oysters. The course then features cold cuts and cheese, a slow-cooked butterball turkey, baked and salted sea bass, pumpkin gnocchi and more. The dinner is THB2,500 per person, with an additional THB1,000 for free-flow alcohol, juices and other beverages. More details are available here.

    6:30pm – 10:30pm, Thursday, Alati, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, Rama I Road, Pathum Wan

    Viu, St. Regis Bangkok

    The all-day diner inside the St. Regis Bangkok is going under the sea this year with meat far more juicy and succulent than any turkey on the market – lobster. For THB2,300, guests can enjoy this unconventional Thanksgiving dish as well as a classic roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing with the option of paying THB4,100 for free flow wine for two hours. The doors are open from 6pm until 10pm. Reservations are available online

    6pm – 10pm, Thursday, Viu, St. Regis Bangkok, Rajadamri Road, Lumphini

    Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers

    If you want a tried-and-true, eat family-style meal, you could do worse than the Royal Orchid Sheraton, a veteran of the Bangkok hotel dining scene located next to the Chao Phraya River. Sup on the usual Thanksgiving suspects of roast turkey, maple-glazed ham, baby carrots, sweet potatoes and bread stuffing. A family set dinner of four or six is THB3,000 or THB6,000 respectively. More details here

    6pm – 10pm, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Soi Charoen Krung 30, Bang Rak

    Friday! Next2 Cafe, Shangri-La Hotel 

    Too busy Thursday? Want to Zoom-join your family when it’s Thursday in the states? For whatever reason you would Thanksgiving on Friday, this riverside cafe inside the Shangri-La Hotel will feature a classic holiday menu curated by its talented culinary team. At the venue, diners can choose from international cuisine to Thanksgiving essentials such as roasted turkey with fresh herb stuffing, cranberry compote and pumpkin pie. Seafood lovers won’t disappoint as well with lobsters, Alaskan King Crab legs, oysters and more. Meals are THB1,980 per person. Kids from 6 to 11 will get a 50% discount. More information is available online.

    6:30pm – 10:30pm, Friday, Next2 Cafe, Shangri-La Hotel, Soi Wat Suan Phlu, Bang Rak

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    This article, Americans in Bangkok: Give thanks for life without COVID at these Thursday feasts, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    23 November 2020
    Coconuts Bangkok
    Food Guides, Food & Drink, F&B News, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1024485
  • Bangkok’s Krung Kasem canal boats go fully electric

    The 170-year-old moat that once protected Bangkok’s old quarter will step into the 21st century Friday. After piloting e-vessels alongside its legacy diesel boats for the past six months, Bangkok’s Phadung Krung Kasem canal is going fully electric as of Friday. The eight solar-powered boats will depart every 15 minutes from 6am to 7pm (8am ...

    This article, Bangkok’s Krung Kasem canal boats go fully electric, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    The 170-year-old moat that once protected Bangkok’s old quarter will step into the 21st century Friday.

    After piloting e-vessels alongside its legacy diesel boats for the past six months, Bangkok’s Phadung Krung Kasem canal is going fully electric as of Friday.

    The eight solar-powered boats will depart every 15 minutes from 6am to 7pm (8am to 7pm on weekends) between 11 piers from Thewarat Market to MRT Hua Lamphong, City Hall spokesperson Pongsakorn Kwanmuang said yesterday.

    They will initially run free of charge and hold up to 30 passengers, including wheelchair users. Each boat includes bicycle storage for pedal-powered commuters.

    The piers at Thewarat Market, the Energy Ministry and MRT Hua Lamphong will link the service to other transportation such as the Chao Phraya Express Boat, Saen Saep canal boat service and the MRT subway, respectively.

    The boats are 10 meters long by 3 meters wide and are mounted with 12 solar cells on top. They’re powered by dual Torqeedo Cruise 10.0 RXL motors from Germany. Every seat is equipped with life jackets. Through GPS, the boats will be trackable from an application, likely the ViaBus app (iOS/Android) currently used by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority.

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    This article, Bangkok’s Krung Kasem canal boats go fully electric, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    23 November 2020
    Coconuts Bangkok
    Transportation, News, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1024480
  • Wonderfruit to open the fields for weekend mini fests starting next month

    Following the cancelation of next month’s Wonderfruit Festival, the folks behind Pattaya’s answer to Coachella are back with a season-long, locals-only spinoff. Moobaan Wonder will turn The Fields at Siam Country Club into a space for performances, workshops, food, design and more across five weekends starting Dec. 4 and ending Jan. 17. Each three-day weekend ...

    This article, Wonderfruit to open the fields for weekend mini fests starting next month, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    Following the cancelation of next month’s Wonderfruit Festival, the folks behind Pattaya’s answer to Coachella are back with a season-long, locals-only spinoff. Moobaan Wonder will turn The Fields at Siam Country Club into a space for performances, workshops, food, design and more across five weekends starting Dec. 4 and ending Jan. 17.

    Each three-day weekend will bring something different with more than 200 performers, 40 workshops, 40 food outlets and 80 design stores set to take part.

    Think musicians and DJs like Yellow Fang, Sabai Sabai Radio, Sarayu, Sunju Hargun, Singtho Namchuk, and Greasy Cafe, plus shows put on by the Tiffany’s Pattaya crew on the main stage every weekend.

    For activities, expect sustainability workshops for the whole family, from ceramics and painting to home composting and craft-making using upcycled materials.

    In between it all, local artists, architects and designers will transform the landscape with immersive installations and creative spaces.

    Fruitfull, the pandemic-era offshoot that recently hosted a weekend of feasts and festivities at the Jim Thompson House, will operate a lakeside restaurant and space for culinary pop-ups. Here, you’ll find an all-day cafe and bar by the Samrub for Thai team, ya dong cocktails from Studio Lam, and more.

    The entire program will be underscored by Wonderfruit’s commitment to sustainability. There will be a ban on single-use plastics, while biodegradable plates, cups and cutlery will be used as fertilizer for an onsite farm, food waste will be composted, glass and aluminum will be recycled, liquids will be naturally treated, and coconut husks shredded to fertilize the coconut groves.

    Tickets are THB690 for day passes, THB2,190 for single weekends, or THB6,800 for the full season (all five weekends). Dates are Dec. 4-6, Dec. 11-13, Dec. 25-27, Jan. 8-10, and Jan. 15-17.

    Find the full schedule, more information and tickets online.

    This story originally appeared in BK.

    This article, Wonderfruit to open the fields for weekend mini fests starting next month, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    23 November 2020
    Craig Sauers
    Lifestyle News, Lifestyle, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1024472
  • Royalist, ‘pink man’ top suspects in shooting of six protesters outside parliament

    Police today are investigating two suspects in the non-fatal shooting of six protesters outside the Parliament. Investigators are looking for a man seen aiming a gun in video filmed at Tuesday’s rally as they continue to question a second man arrested on the scene with a gun. The latest suspect was filmed wearing a pink ...

    This article, Royalist, ‘pink man’ top suspects in shooting of six protesters outside parliament, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    Police today are investigating two suspects in the non-fatal shooting of six protesters outside the Parliament.

    Investigators are looking for a man seen aiming a gun in video filmed at Tuesday’s rally as they continue to question a second man arrested on the scene with a gun.

    The latest suspect was filmed wearing a pink coat and brandishing a weapon on Thahan Road at the Kiak Kai intersection, according to deputy metro police chief Piya Tawichai.

    Although Piya said he suspects the man was a guard associated with the protesters who clashed for hours with police, several clips show a man in pink marching among yellow-shirted royalists. It is unclear whether they are the same man.

    The other suspect was a royalist counter-protester, Kasidit Leelamuktanun, who was taken into custody Tuesday night on the scene. 

    Col. Krich Kanchana of Tao Poon Police yesterday said Kasidit confessed to owning the .357 pistol and ammunition he was carrying, but denied shooting anyone. 

    The 35-year-old suspect said he brought it for self-defense. 

    At about 8:20pm on Tuesday, shots were heard where protesters were still gathered near Kiak Kai Intersection. According to reports, six people including vocational students were shot. Their wounds were not life-threatening and they were taken to nearby hospitals.

    Krich said they are investigating whether Kasidit’s gun had been discharged recently and looking at CCTV footage from outside the Parliament house before deciding whether to file charges.

    Kasidit initially was charged with possessing and carrying a firearm without permission and released on a THB75,000 bond.

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    This article, Royalist, ‘pink man’ top suspects in shooting of six protesters outside parliament, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    20 November 2020
    Coconuts Bangkok
    Politics, News, Crime, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1024441