Tourist dies after falling off rock in Nong Khai

Tourist dies after falling off rock in Nong Khai

Visitor was taking pictures just before losing balance at popular viewpoint that has no guardrails

Rescuers prepare to rappel down the side of a cliff to the spot where a visitor fell to his death at Wat Pha Tak Seua in Sangkhom district of Nong Khai on Friday. (Photo from 191 police rescue unit Facebook page)
Rescuers prepare to rappel down the side of a cliff to the spot where a visitor fell to his death at Wat Pha Tak Seua in Sangkhom district of Nong Khai on Friday. (Photo from 191 police rescue unit Facebook page)

A tourist from Saraburi died on Friday after falling about 30 metres from the top of a popular scenic viewpoint in Nong Khai.

The accident took place around 2pm after the visitor to Wat Pha Tak Seua in Sangkhom district had finished taking photos of the Mekong River, say police.

Rescuers who arrived on the scene used ropes to rappel down to the ground about 30 metres below and retrieve the man’s body, which took two hours.

Pol Col Sujin Baosuporn, a deputy chief of Sangkhom police station, identified the victim as Seksan Thimaphan, 52, from Saraburi, who had been visiting the temple with five other friends.

The group was planning to go to the glass skywalk, a popular new attraction at the temple overlooking the river.

His friends told police that Seksan decided to go to a nearby rock to take photos first. He finished taking pictures and was walking back towards the path to the skywalk when he lost his balance and fell.

The rock has no safety barriers but it is still a popular site for tourists seeking good photos of the river.

Last month, a visitor also fell to death from a clifftop with no guardrails at Pha Diew Dai, or Lonely Cliff, a famous spot in Khao Yai National Park.

A man looks down at the area where a tourist from Saraburi fell after taking photos from a scenic viewpoint in Sangkhom district of Nong Khai on Friday. (Photo from 191 police rescue unit Facebook page)


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