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Phuket motorbike taxi driver cycling to Bangkok for late King

PHUKET: A 56-year-old Phuket motorbike taxi driver is riding on a mountain bike from Phuket to Bangkok to pay his respects to the late King Bhumibol at Sanam Luang, with this now being his second trip to the capital by this mode of transport.

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Tuesday 3 October 2017, 05:30PM

Mr Thanongsak Samakkee, 56, seen here prior to setting off on his 842km journey this morning. Photo: PR Dept
Mr Thanongsak Samakkee, 56, seen here prior to setting off on his 842km journey this morning. Photo: PR Dept

Mr Thanongsak Samakkee, from Phuket, set out on his 842 kilometre journey from Phuket Provincial Hall this morning (Oct 3) and he said he was determined to go to the capital and join all Thais who will mourn the late King from Oct 25-26.

“I really appreciate the many good things the late King done for the nation. I have ridden a bicycle from Phuket to Bangkok to commemorate the late King before, and today I am going there again to for the last time,” said Mr Thanongsak.

The ride is expected to take Mr Thanongsak about seven days.



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Rorri_2 | 20 October 2017 - 09:14:20

Any follow up on this story? Surly this, and the wheel chair guy, are of national interest.

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Rorri_2 | 06 October 2017 - 15:12:11

No "anger or bitterness" only hoping it is honest respect.
As for ""this being the land of fakes..."Does this mean you are a "fake "too,because you live here" just a stupid reply from our usual fake bird, and we expect no more than it. I see no one, including the bird brain, didn't take up my challenge, I guess for obvious reasons, can't criticize the truth. 

If we have documented PROOF that these 2 do make the FULL trip, by their mentioned transport, then I will be the first to congratulate them.

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ematt | 06 October 2017 - 08:58:59

So much anger and bitterness! The man simple wants to show his respect for the King. Pity that people feel the need to throw shade.

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Eagle | 06 October 2017 - 08:57:29

"this being the land of fakes..."Does this mean you are a "fake "too,because you live here?

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Rorri_2 | 05 October 2017 - 14:35:22

Of course some people can achieve some amazing things, I NEVER suggested they couldn't, riding a push bike, 842kms is NOT an amazing thing, but for an untrained person, very difficult, and this being the land of fakes, well say no more, let's see a follow up, photographs, and video, along the route, I only ask for it to be genuine respect, however, as for a wheel chair bound person they CAN NOT travel that distance, in that time, especially with only one leg, and one arm, if you don't believe me, just ask any wheel chair bound athlete... I dare you, though I know no one will take up my challenge, why, because they are only hell bent on attacking others who comment.

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Eagle | 05 October 2017 - 11:55:09

Why can't people achieve something if it is impossible for you to do?

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Rorri_2 | 04 October 2017 - 18:47:09

I hope he is watched a lot closer than the one armed, one legged wheel chair dude, who, in my opinion, never wheel chaired all the way, a pity PN never followed it up.

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