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Thai Princess Closes Koh Samui Beach For Private Vacation As COVID Surges
Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images It’s a beautiful season in Thailand and Princess Sirivannavari, daughter of the unpredictable King Maha Vajiralongkorn, is determined to enjoy it. With less than impeccable timing, Sirivannavari has decided it is time for a diving vacation.Thailand is reportedly ruling its nation out of the German ski resort with an entourage of concubines. Their alleged foray into the island paradise of Koh Samui comes as the country suffers from a virulent third wave of the coronavirus, a catastrophic vaccine roll-out hampered by cronyism, central international tourism trade and a political crisis that has resulted in an imprisoned anti -Monarchy and pro-democracy activist fell seriously ill after a 42-day hunger strike. Most of the kingdom is tightening travel restrictions and imposing quarantine requirements, however Sirivannavari happily shared pictures from the vacation on her private Instagram account posted by subscription newsletters tter Secret Siam, Secret Siam which has become a go-to place for those who are interested in the day-to-day abuse of power by the Thai elite, was written by Andrew MacGregor Marshall, a former head of Reuters’ Bangkok office, who can freely quote his Thai sources without fear of the country’s draconian censorship laws as he is no longer lives in Asia. MacGregor Marshall says orange flags bearing Sirivannavari’s regal coat of arms have been hoisted on the island and that five naval vessels are anchored at the beauty spot Crystal Bay. Sail Rock between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, widely regarded as the best dive site in the Gulf of Thailand, is completely closed to all other boats. Local diving companies should stay away during their trip. MacGregor Marshall Suggests Sirivannavari’s Vacation Perhaps to celebrate the release of her latest book, The Princess’ Dog Diary 2, about her beloved Yorkshire Terrier perfume, which launched April 17th at the Mandarin Oriental. The behavior is tiredly familiar to watchers of the corrupt Thai royal family: a trip to Phuket and the surrounding islands with a large retinue of high society friends for New Year’s in 2020 wreaked havoc with fishing boats, ferries and tourist cruises departing from large parts of the ocean were banished. The Thai royal family does not normally respond to press inquiries, but a request for comment has been sent to the Thai embassy in London. Compared to her father’s peccadillos, Sirivannavari’s vacation habits are small beers. The king’s transgressions include bigamy, which allegedly broke his sisters’ ankles by jumping to their feet when they complained about bigamy, maintained a harem of 20 concubines in Germany, and an extraordinary fleet of 38 jets and helicopters for the Exclusive use of the Thai built the royal family and expropriation of the country’s $ 30 billion sovereign wealth fund for his personal use, making him the richest monarch in the world. A video posted on the internet of a birthday party done in the caligula style for his dog, a white poodle named Foo Foo gave a global glimpse into the king’s unorthodox lifestyle. The video, which the Thai authorities were never able to completely suppress, shows his then-wife, Princess Srirasmi, wearing a G-string and feeding the dog cake while courtiers crawl around her on the floor. Foo Foo was also the inadvertent star of a 2007 reception hosted by US Ambassador Ralph “Skip” Boyce. “Foo Foo was … dressed in formal evening attire with paw gloves, and at some point during the band’s second act he jumped on the head table and started licking guests’ water glasses,” Boyce wrote on a WikiLeaks document. Another 2009 note from the US Ambassador to Thailand, Eric John, published in the Wikileaks cable dump, stated, “Vajiralongkorn is believed to have a blood-related disease (various sources claim he is it also: HIV positive; has hepatitis C; has a rare form of “blood cancer” or a combination that leads to regular blood transfusions. ”The Thai authorities never commented on the allegations. the princess’s insistence on closing large swaths of the sea so that she can enjoy herself far from the prying eyes of the citizens cannot help but contrast sharply with the devastation that is sweeping the land had successfully mastered the first wave of the pandemic with relatively few cases, it was hit hard by a new wave of coronavirus s 2,048 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths, local media reported. The country has stumbled heavily The government placed an order for 61 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with a royal company, Siam Bioscience, in an effort to increase the royal family’s popularity. The result has been a predictably slow adoption of vaccines. This didn’t stop the royalist prime minister and leader of the 2014 Thai coup, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, from praising the palace and promoting royal propaganda in live TV addresses. Pushing back is dangerous: Thai police on Tuesday charged a banned opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit with defaming the monarchy after he said the government abused the vaccination campaign and gave the king’s company an unfair advantage on a Facebook live stream. His household and even his pets. There has been open defiance over the past year and a series of student-led protests unsettled the government. Opponents of the command position and privilege of the Thai royal family were briefly encouraged as rallies increased by student protesters against the establishment. However, leaders of the protests were later rounded up and detained, particularly Parit “penguin” Chiwarak. Chiwarak has done so now Chiwarak has been extremely weak in recent court appearances and has used a wheelchair. When Princess Sirivannavari returns from her vacation, it is believed that her attention will be focused on her horses as part of her ongoing campaign to Read Thailand at the Paris 2024 Olympics. Read more at The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.