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Happy New Year from Big Joke! Cardboard image greets the tourists at Bangkok airport

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Happy New Year from Big Joke! Cardboard image greets the tourists at Bangkok airport | Samui Times

Thai immigration chief Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn ordered his minions to roll out the red carpet and greet tourists for New Year at Suvarnabhumi airport at the weekend.

Happy New Year from Big Joke! Cardboard image greets the tourists at Bangkok airport | News by Samui TimesThough the chief could not be there in person there was a towering cardboard image of the poster boy of the Thai police to greet the hundreds of thousands of tourists.

And to make matters swing the Lt Gen had ordered that Thai angels in traditional costumes hand out Thai sweets and souvenirs as the band played Thai music.

Tourists had their pictures taken at the passport hall with deputy chief of Region 2 immigration Pol Col Cherngron Rimphadee and the dancing girls with their treats.

A sign from the man known as Big Joke said: “Wishing you a wonderful year full of blessings and joy”.

It was also in Chinese.

This greeting was somewhat of a contrast to the Lt Gen’s activities this past year in deporting thousands of unwanted visitors to the kingdom under the “X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner” campaign.

But it was all smiles yesterday as Pol Col Cherngron assured reporters that all passport booths were open with no time off given to immigration officers during the New Year period.

TNA reported that 157,000 visitors passed through Suvarnbhumi on Friday which compared favorably to the 145,000 on the same day last year.

The fancy welcome to tourists will continue until January 3rd at both Bangkok’s main airport and Don Muang.

Thai Visa / TNA

Happy New Year from Big Joke! Cardboard image greets the tourists at Bangkok airport | News by Samui Times

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