Bangkok has become one of our favorite destinations for obvious reasons: its interesting, preserved heritage sites that speak well of their glorious past, the rich flora and fauna, food and fruits (check out the pungent and buttery kanyao variety of durian; duku langsat or lanzones; atis or sugar apple, pomegranate, guava, dragon fruit) and a personal favorite, crispy banana chips with tamarind paste. There are good buys in weekend markets, while modern retail shops offer a wide variety of products and services. We can’t seem to have enough of it. To sum up our Bangkok experience, I’ll rate from bad (in a good way) to baad (a rip off). Bad: I booked our airport pickup online (Viator for P2,262.39 or US$43.14). The six-passenger van was new, clean and spacious. The driver was polite and experienced. Baad: It took us over 40 minutes to find the van. My name was spelled wrong, making it difficult for me to spot the welcome sign displayed among hundreds of signs. In exhaustion, … [Read more...] about Bad, baad Bangkok!
Myanmar thailand money exchange
PUTRAJAYA: A police inspector who was investigating money laundering involving the Wang Kelian trafficking camps revealed to the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) that at least two Malaysians were involved in the syndicate by receiving ransom from victims’ families. Former Bukit Aman Anti-Money Laundering Division investigation officer Inspector Mohd Suffian Abdul Rashid said the Malaysians had received money from family members of those held at the transit camps, both on the Malaysian and Thailand sides of the border, to see their releases. One of them, “Ku Hamid Ku Musa”, was previously arrested by the police to assist in investigations, while the other suspect, “Ariffin Abdullah Ali”, is still on the loose. Mohd Suffian said in October 2015, his division was given a list of names suspected to be involved in the syndicate, three of which were Malaysians who used their bank accounts for the transfer of ransom money, while the remaining six were Thais who … [Read more...] about Wang Kelian RCI: M’sians received ransom from victims’ families