The king of Thailand broke containment rules last week to travel 12,000 miles to a party in his country.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 67, who isolated himself with 20 women in a hotel in Bavaria (Germany), made the round trip in 24 hours. He flew 12,000 miles in Bangkok before returning to his place of containment in Germany.
However, the sovereign is accused of having closed – with a view to his arrival – Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok, the 6th largest in Asia!
The monarch, also known as King Rama X, first stopped in Zurich, Switzerland, to retrieve his wife, Queen Suthida, who self-isolated there, and then dropped her off again on the way back.
He then returned to his harem at the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in Bavaria, at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a winter sports resort, which he took back for solitary confinement.
He made the trip aboard a Thai Airways jet to celebrate Chakra Day in Thailand last Monday – an annual holiday marking the birth of his royal dynasty in 1782.
He was received in Bangkok by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha and the head of the Thai armed forces Apirat Kongsompong and together they took part in a sumptuous banquet.
The king paid tribute to the monument to King Rama I with his wife Queen Suthida, Princess Bajrakitiyabha and Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana. Although he broke the confinement, he said at the party: “This pandemic is not anyone’s fault. “The government must solve the problem by understanding its causes.”
“There is a need to establish a system and communicate it to the people and understand it well.”
The controversial monarch has been criticized for his jet-set lifestyle and for choosing to spend containment in Germany rather than with his people. But that is said muted because critics of the monarch risk 35 years in prison under Thai law.
He was crowned king last May, nearly three years after his father’s death, in a six-hour ceremony that cost £ 25 million. After being crowned, he hired a royal wife, but withdrew the title a few months later for “disrespectful” behavior towards the queen.
His current wife, a former bodyguard, is his fourth.
Thailand declared a state of emergency and entered containment two weeks ago, with 27 deaths and 2,250 cases of covid-19 contamination.