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Aussie on long walk from Samui to Bangkok for late King

SURAT THANI: An Australian tourist is walking from Koh Samui to Bangkok to pay respects to the late King Bhumibol at the Grand Palace.

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Bangkok Post

Thursday 20 October 2016, 09:55AM


Michael Hammill is walking from Koh Samui to Bangkok for the late King Bhumibol. Photo: Supapong Chaolan
Michael Hammill is walking from Koh Samui to Bangkok for the late King Bhumibol. Photo: Supapong Chaolan

Michael Hammill heard about the passing of the King last Thursday (Oct 13) while on a three-month vacation on the resort island in the southern province.

The 46-year-old tourist was determined to go to the capital on foot after hearing of the nation’s loss and started his long journey yesterday (Oct 19) to join all Thais who mourn the late King.

He arrived on the mainland at Don Sak, with a black sports outfit and a portrait of the late King with a message reading “Walk for King”.

Drivers seeing him walking offered him a ride but he declined their generosity.

Mr Hammill said he felt the same way as Thais over the loss of the King and has set his sights on signing a condolence message at the Grand Palace.

The tourist plans to walk about 50 kilometres a day. If he is able to maintain the pace, he will arrive at the Grand Palace in the next 15 days.

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