Songkran Reveler from Taiwan Falls to his Death from Chiang Rai Hotel
Win Kwang Yao, 56, fell three floors to his death from a hotel balcony
CHIANG RAI — Muang Chiang Rai police investigator Padungkij Kijchanapaiboon has reported a 56 year old Taiwanese man fell three floors to his death from a hotel balcony in Muang district on Thursday after an hours-long Songkran drinking spree.
Win Kwang Yao, 56, who arrived Thailand to celebrate the Thai New Year with a group of 20 compatriots, was found at the ground level of a hotel building by a staff member at about 6am.
According to the tour company, Mr.Huang Ming Gin and his room mate had started drinking beer when the group left Chiang Mai. After check-in, they bought two cases of beer and retired to their room.
Pol Lt Col Padungkij said an initial inquiry found the two men continued drinking until 2am when Mr Gin retired bed first. Yao, who was thought to be very drunk, went to smoke a cigarette on the balcony and may have lost his balance and fallen over the metre-high railing.
The roommate said he only learned about Yao’s death in the morning.
There were no signs of struggle or indications of foul play. Police found about a dozen empty beer bottles, some amount of unopened beer and cigarette butts on the balcony, Pol Lt Col Padungkij said.
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