Thai Crown Prince Takes Refuge in Five Star Hampshire hotel

DAILY MAIL - While his country is reeling from a military coup, the heir to the throne of Thailand is hiding out in a five-star hotel in a quiet village in Hampshire.

Maha Vajiralongkorn, 61, only son to 86-year-old King Bhumibol, arrived at Tylney Hall in Rotherwick a week ago, before the army, in which he holds the rank of general, overthrew the Thai government.

Taking over a wing of the extravagant hotel, where rooms start at £250-a-night, the crown prince has brought an entourage of ‘about 30′, including several guards and security staff.

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  • matowe

    SaiLangKham has a point. A coup was the least worst option and the timing was crucial for other reasons important to the country’s political future security. It will take some time to fully work out. But as at June it is clear that that purpose is being achieved

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    • meebal

      Thanks, excellent addition to the issue. Certainly looks like Thailand could suffer; U.S State Secretary announced that the US was to withdrawn foreign aid.

      • SaiLangKham

        What a joke! $3.5m is a drop in the ocean. The King, who has a very successful PR operation, is greatly respected but his son is ‘not quite so popular’. As an aside, Maha Vajiralongkorn has connections in this country as he was schooled for 5 years in nearby Somerset.

        With regard to the coup, Prayuth was probably reluctant, but had little choice if he was to prevent serious bloodshed on the streets of Bangkok and possibly civil war…. a coup was the least worst option. Prayuth is due to retire later this year and has little to gain, and much to lose, by staging a coup; his reputation will be defined by what happens in the next few months. Opposing sides are not about to compromise and he has a difficult time ahead of him. When it gets down to it, this is all about one man, Thaksin Shinawatra, and his money.

        Yet another anti-Thailand diatribe from Meebal. Please refrain from attempting to write on a subject about which you know nothing.

        • meebal

          We didn’t write it… it was a Daily Mail article; which is why it’s a snippet with a link to the main article.

          The issue here of course is what damage will it do to Thailand. The rich can always get out but the folks on the ground are stuck and labelled with the damage. Any western sanctions or pulling of international aid will only affect the poor.

          Military intervention only removes democracy although it appears neither the Yellow or Red shirts know what democracy is for whilst it supports the right to protest it doesn’t allow for violence; which has been escalating.

          Without doubt this is a sad time for Thailand, its people and any trace of democracy it did have.

          • SaiLangKham

            I was replying to “Certainly looks like Thailand could suffer; U.S State Secretary announced that the US was to withdrawn foreign aid.” The Thai military budget is, I suspect, more than a thousand times the $3.5m in question, hardly a cause of ‘suffering’.

            Yesterday, three anti-Thai articles, today only two so that’s an improvement. Why pick on Thailand? It appears to be an obsession with you…….. nothing about Syria, Nigeria, Afghanistan etc…. strange.

          • meebal

            We were talking about the situation as a whole hence the ( ; ) which then stated about what the US Secretary has done; this is of course just on incident and other governments are now voicing their concern.

            If you’re so concerned about Syria, Nigeria, and Afghanistan, all of which we have published extensively on, then write about it and pop it over.

            Thailand, because of the current situation is grabbing the headlines and all news sites focus on top stories in the main. You’ll also notice we publish articles on a wide variety of subjects, from UK Politics to Entertainment, Science and much more.

            It’s not about picking on any one country or indeed individual but rather focusing on what’s popular and topical.

          • matowe

            Meebal, the reverse is true. The coup has already resulted in better security and less corruption. Better to have dealt with the problems without military intervention, of course but there was a need to be pragmatic. Events since May 2014 show the sagacity of that. It’s not a sad time for Thailand and democracy at all. I respect your views but your sources are not sound.