Thai airlines have canceled all flights to Europe, but their two planes at Zurich and Munich airports are ready to depart at any time. It is in Munich that the king of Thailand Maha Wachiralongkorn (67), better known as Rama X, is waiting for the coronavirus crisis, who closed the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl for his personal use. In addition to two restaurants, this hotel has a golf course and an indoor pool as well as a spa, bar, lounge area and café. The King has 99 rooms at his disposal, which have been converted into an “apartment building”.
A representative of the local administration confirmed that “Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Garmisch-Partenkirchen county in Bavaria in southern Germany. – Ed.) has granted the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl exceptional permission because the hotel guests are a unique group of people who usually live together without any outsiders. In addition to the King and his valet, this group includes 20 women who have been called “concubines” by the German press, security officers and a dozen servants. Sources from the Royal House of Thailand reported that the monarch was in Munich at the time of the pandemic outbreak, which he often visits for medical reasons, and that he sent 119 servants back to Bangkok. The German media assure that the flight was infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Rama X is a frequent guest at the best hotels in Bavaria.
He spent most of 2017 in Munich with his concubine Koi, a former flight attendant of Thailand Airways, later the girl ended up in a Thai prison. Queen Sutida, Rama’s wife (41), spends most of the year at the Waldegg Hotel in Engelberg, Switzerland. Both are found in commercial areas, and their specific tastes are well known to local hotel owners. This time, however, in the midst of a global health crisis, the King’s presence in Europe is being severely criticized. On Twitter under the hashtag #What’s the King for?
Thai Internet users are criticizing the monarch and the law prohibiting criticism of the king with a penalty of up to 15 years imprisonment. The action was initiated by Thai Professor Somsak Jamterasakul, who was exiled to France. In social networks, he reported that “bored” in Germany Ram X flew in his private jet from Munich to Hamburg at the height of the pandemic, as measures to contain the pandemic in northern Germany are less strict than in Bavaria.
Thailand’s Anti-Fraud News Centre and Minister of Economy and Digital Society Puttipong Punnakanta warned that spreading false news and pictures is a crime without explicitly referring to the news of the king while highlighting the equipment donated by the king to fight COVID-19. However, the official denied that the monarch did not care about the victims of coronavirus in Thailand.