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  1. Was hit by one of these buggers in 2009 13th December, after diving between Tao and KPG. Very painful, Unconscious in less than 5 mins, heart stopped on way to hospital (evacuate Boat) Eyes turned red due to blood vessels exploding in them. 4 Days in ICU. Recovery took months, and I still have nerve damage as a result. Wasn't fun at all, at the time pretty much everyone said they are not here etc etc. Good to see that the government are finally warning people. I had 1000's of hours in the sea around Tao and KPG , stung once by the first git I encountered . I have been in the sea since but a bit more cautious now. History of stings show rainy seasons are the worst time. Ironically live in Cairns now and deal with research for other venomous sea creatures.
  2. Sadly a death like this is not unusual, despite all the keyboard cynics screaming murder. I worked as a medic in the gulf 8 years and also with various Embasseys for 6, unprovoked murders such as that with Hannah and David are rare in Thailand.Murders involving bad business deals, romance and drugs with expats sadly not so rare. Deaths that involve, a cocktail of pharmaceuticals and alcohol or just one of each to excess, happen alarmingly frequently.This won't change while there is a constant stream of young experimentally minded people,easy access to drugs legal/illegal and cheap alcohol sold without limitation. Many get away with it, sadly this young lady looks like she didn't, however with recent events it's only prudent to see what comes up in the autopsy. Rip young lady, and thoughts for the family who must be devastated right now.
  3. The diving is pretty much the same price for certified divers, look at schedules Am or PM and dive sites to get what you want. As for those calling to boycott Tao, muppets.It's awful what recently happened there, as any violent incident, murder etc is in many parts of the world including other parts of Thailand.
  4. B131 all over again. Good luck to any that have been using agents, last time like this, cost many a small fortune to put right
  5. Or maybe the Koh Tao community page members ( mostly westerners who live there ) are showing respect for both the victims and there families.A lot more than can be said for some posting on this forum and others with with there speculative nonsense. If you cared to scroll through the FB group you will see a vigil was held to show respect for the victims, their families, and to help the local community come to terms with what has happened on the otherwise peaceful island, they call home. Meanwhile for those living there life continues during these sad times, they are not making light of the situation quite the opposite.
  6. this person in the black t shirt looks the same person put on the facebook pages and another newspaper we cant quote . this is dated 16 sept 14 Is this villiage headman with the gloves on at the crime also ? Hard to tell with the grainy imagery, look at the hairline though, the contour of it and shape. Are you suggesting that is Worapan ? if so wrong, and typical of the incorrect detective work by armchair TV pundits. The guy who you have singled out in the pictures wearing gloves is Dr Chasit, who has been on the island for years treating locals and tourists alike from his practice in Sairee village. Said it before so Ill repeat it. regarding the picture The guy in the white gloves is a local, Dr Chasit who runs a clinic on Sairee.
  7. this person in the black t shirt looks the same person put on the facebook pages and another newspaper we cant quote . this is dated 16 sept 14 Is this villiage headman with the gloves on at the crime also ? Hard to tell with the grainy imagery, look at the hairline though, the contour of it and shape. Are you suggesting that is Worapan ? if so wrong, and typical of the incorrect detective work by armchair TV pundits. The guy who you have singled out in the pictures wearing gloves is Dr Chasit, who has been on the island for years treating locals and tourists alike from his practice in Sairee village.
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    Warning. Burglary

    In just 9 months of living in Chalong, Disturbed one break in and found two machetes on balcony. Had door cracked with screwdriver again disturbed by neighbours this time Had a fight from bar about 500 mtrs away enter my garden two people badly stabbed My wife was assaulted twice, once by a guy who followed her masturbating ( ran off when others came out) another time two guys tried to pull her off bike Had motorbike stolen A bad run of luck as the other 13 and a bit years in thailand very little has happened to us.
  9. Hoes as suspected to be used in this horrible double murder, are easily found along the beach there. They are used for making sand holes dug daily for bars and restaurants to put plants, signs in etc, they are also used for construction that's ongoing near and around the beach. All the speculation going on here is simply ridiculous, the local police there would of been totally unprepared for an event like this, within 24 hours there was over 70 police on the island. I truly hope the truth comes out and people are brought to justice, for the victims, the families, and the islanders who are distraught this has happened on the island.
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    Have I been scammed?

    My experience is opposite.I ask for a car or bike to get sorted, i.e you find something wrong fix it and it comes back with only essentials fixed from independent garages Main dealers Toyota and Honda have always been good from my experience, and will always phone to let me know costs involved and give a choice on parts.They also wash and clean a car as part of the service. Labour costs are low as a rule in Thailand, new slave cylinders on Mazda fighter cost only 800 bht plus parts for example. What irks me the most in Thailand is the insistance on leaf spring rear suspension, it's also worth remembering cars do take a hammering here due to road conditions and climate.Especially the suspension and steering components .
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    Leaving Thailand - Where now?

    Ibiza, turkey cyprus. Good climate, cheaper than UK if you don't live like a tourist, and stay out on the edge of town.
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    xanax detox

    I'm glad you got to your root, and hope your doing well. However Anxiety has many causes, not all are fear or experienced based. Some non mental illnesses that effect the endocrine system, especially the Adreanal gland can cause clinical anxiety.(uncontrolled flight or fight reaction) Understanding your own cause, triggers or just recognising it building can help a lot. As for Xanax can help a lot of people, if not dependent. Anxiety/Fear what ever you want to call it, is very real for a lot of people, totally debilitating and misunderstood by many. It can be beaten or at least controlled.Drugs alone are not the answer.
  13. More info can be found here two links below and PDF file2009_Jellyfish stings in the Gulf of Thaialnd.pdf But yes they have been around for years. http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/71217-jellyfish-the-facts/ http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/220824-jellyfish-stings/ As suit while diving will protect you, they tend to be more prevalent during the NE monsoon.It's unusual for this time of year.Water clarity has nothing to do with it.There is nothing in 7-11 that will help with sting apart from possibly vinegar to neutralise the stinging cells. The chances of being stung are unlikely, but in the event knowing what to do can save a life.
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    Fishing Around Surat Thani

    Gulf of Thailand wasting your time from the shore, long toms about all your get. Get off shore and you will have a chance.GOT does have a good Marlin/Sailfish season, but your competing with quite secretive locals when they are running through, normally about now (August.) Try the wrecks north of Koh Tao, had some lovely trevellay from there.
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    Define Living in Thailand ...

    Heaven for living, as long as your financially secure Hell for doing any substantial business
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