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Russians putting down roots in kingdom

Tourists crowd old town Phuket, a favourite with international arrivals from Europe and Russia who travel to the resort island for the warm weather. (Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran)

Russian tourists have been flocking to Thailand since pandemic travel restrictions were eased, with many choosing to invest in the kingdom’s real estate sector after an extended holiday in the country.

Since January, over 370,000 Russian tourists have visited the country, according to Pol Maj Gen Phanthana Nutchanart, deputy commander of the Immigration Bureau — a sharp increase compared to last year, which only saw about 435,000 Russians visit the country in the entire year.

Despite the influx, there has been no indication that Russian criminal…

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