Direk and Kwanjai overcame his chronic illness and persevered as he became bedridden, but when Thailand’s coronavirus lockdown destroyed their tour boat business, the hardships apparently became too much to bear.
The Pattaya couple ended their long struggle this week when they carefully planned out their double suicide, lit a charcoal grill and laid down to sleep, never to awaken.
Kwanjai’s niece, Mullika Maliwakur, 25, discovered the bodies of her aunt Kwanjai Muangmoon, 39, and uncle, Direk Areerach, 57, lying side-by-side in their East Pattaya home Friday.
Direk had laid flowers, incense and candles on his chest while his wife tied her hands with string that also held a Buddha amulet.
Direk, Mulika said, has been bedridden due to chronic illness for the past 10 years. The couple had owned a tour-boat business which, like all tourism-related ventures in Pattaya, hit the rocks when the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Mullika said the couple never even hinted at their intentions. She had visited her aunt the day before and had sent a message later that night, but got no reply. So, she came over the next day and found them.
Kwanjai left behind a note asking her family to arrange their funerals and willing their property to family members.