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Painful or not? Thailand’s cheek-piercing vegetarian festival

PHUKET: As burning incense fills the air, devotees in trances force skewers and swords through their cheeks in ritualistic acts underpinning southern Thailand's colorful -- and seemingly painful -- vegetarian festival. The Taoist "Nine Emperor Gods" event held on the holiday island of Phuket, began October 9 and coincides with observances of Chinese communities across the region who refrain from meat and other indulgences such as drinking and gambling. As burning incense fills the air, devotees in trances force skewers…

Man falls to death while parasailing in Phuket, horrific video goes viral

PHUKET: A man tragically lost his life while on a ‘dream holiday’ while parasailing in Phuket, Thailand. Identified as Roger Hussey, 70, he fell 100ft to his death in Phuket, Thailand, yesterday afternoon while dozens of people watched. The deceased was an Australian businessman and had arrived in Tahiland for a holiday trip. He was taken to Patong Hospital but was pronounced dead soon after arrival. The operator of the boat that was pulling him and the man with him on the parasail have both been arrested and…