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Chiang Mai – now SEVEN deaths linked to Downtown Inn


A Canadian man from Edmonton has become the SEVENTH MYSTERY DEATH in a MONTH in a controversy which has rocked the northern Thai capital of Chiang Mai.

Canadian Bill Mah, 59, died after using  the facilities of the Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai, where a British couple and a Thai tourist guide were found dead in their rooms, and also from where a 23-yr-old New Zealand woman was taken convulsing and vomiting  before her death in hospital.

Today friends and relatives of Mr. Mah, who worked for Telplus Communications in Edmonton as a telephone installer and repairman, were seeking clarification of the cause of his death saying Mr. Mah had no history of any heart problem. The death was not made public at the time.

Ken Fraser, who was on golfing holiday with his friend from Alberta said: “His death is a complete mystery. He seemed fit enough with no history of heart problems. We have not been told his cause of death. We only have an initial report.


“That report states ‘Suspected natural disease pending lab reports and toxicology’, but we have not been given the results of the tests and we have pressed the Canadian consul to try and get answers for us.  I know Bill used the facilities at the Downtown Inn because he asked me to go there with him but I had other things to do. What natural disease are they saying he had?”


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In early February, I spent three nights at Chiang Mai Ram Hospital with, what I think of as a SEVERE case of diarrhea and nausea.  I thought the care was EXCELLENT; however, they were unable to diagnose the cause.

And YES, I take sensible precautions on what I eat.


March 21, 2011 - Posted by | hotel deaths | , , , ,


  1. Unfortunately, I neither speak nor read Thai, so I pose a question to the Thai people:

    Q: Have you seen or heard anything (Thai TV, radio or newspapers) regarding similar ‘unexplained’ Thai deaths?

    Google translate:

    แต่น่าเสียดายที่ผมไม่พูดหรืออ่านภาษาไทยก็เลยทำให้เกิดคำถามไปยังคนไทย :

    Q : คุณเห็นหรือได้ยินอะไรเลย (ไทยโทรทัศน์วิทยุหรือหนังสือพิมพ์) เรื่องที่คล้ายกัน’ไม่ได้อธิบาย’เสียชีวิตในไทย?

    Khup knun krup

    Comment by seattle99 | March 21, 2011 | Reply

  2. The Thai authorities’ reaction to all this is typical. Issue nonsensical declarations “It’s all a coincidence” and from then on stonewall and wait for it all to go away. And it will if they are not constantly reminded by the press of their responsibilities. Ditto the Phuket Island air crash of some years ago. Stonewall and wait for it all to go away because the tourist dollar is more important.

    Comment by Sam Wilko | April 24, 2011 | Reply

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