A spokesman said: ‘We can confirm the death of a British national in Hua Hin, Thailand, on April 3.We are providing consular assistance to the family at this sad time.’A Thai court at the time heard how Mr Charnaud, who was educated at Marlborough College, sold £2.5million Latimer Manor estate near Chippenham, Wiltshire, after falling in love with 35-year-old Laoruang, whom he met in a Bangkok bar while on holiday.
Tragic: Iain Mackay, 40, (pictured) is understood to have got into a fight at the Hua Hin resort, 125 miles south of Bangkok, after discovering the woman chatting with another man at a bar in the coastal city Those close to Mr Mackay said he had been in a relationship with his girlfriend for several years.
Mr Mackay, an underwater research specialist, is believed to have been employed by seismic research company Polarcus, which is based in Dubai.
One Australian bar owner in the bustling Khaosan Road area, which is popular with backpackers, gave his customers paper cups to discreetly sip their beer in case police were watching. “Cowboy” Edwards, who was partial to a straw boater, opened up the first bar there in 1977. “This is incredible,” said Fabrice, an Air France flight attendant who came Saturday night to take in the historic shuttering.
On the Soi Cowboy strip Saturday night, the lane of about 40 night clubs was eerily silent and dark except for the occasional bright light of a street vendor passing through with a rattling cart. “But we know how the king is in the heart of the Thai people. It’s something we’ve lost in Europe.” Although the go-go bars were closed, the world’s oldest profession continued apace on Bangkok’s streets.
Although the government made it clear that visitors should continue with their travel plans — as long as they try to dress and act respectfully — bars and restaurants have since been closed, loud music avoided and alcohol sometimes difficult to come by.
All of this has put a damper on one of the world’s most popular party spots.
Workers worry about lost wages and tour companies and airlines about declining business — although most experts think the impact on tourism will be modest in the long term.
The V8 Diner in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok was closed for two days and reopened Sunday, for example, losing about ,800 of business in the process.
“We didn’t feel like working anyway in this kind of mood,” said Bam, the manager.