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Chaowalit ‘Paeng Nanod’ Thongduang’s Dramatic Return: From Bali Capture to Solitary Confinement in Thailand

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Chaowalit ‘Paeng Nanod’ Thongduang escorted by police from Don Mueang Airport

High-profile prison escapee Chaowalit Thongduang, famously known as “Paeng Nanod,” is now back on Thai soil and under rigorous quarantine at Bang Kwang Central Prison after being apprehended in Bali just two weeks ago. According to the Department of Corrections, Chaowalit is enduring a mandatory ten-day Covid-19 quarantine and is set to be moved to solitary confinement once this period concludes.

The prison superintendent, Mr. Yuthana Nakruangsri, shared on Monday that Chaowalit will be shifted to the solitary block situated in the prison’s second wing—an area designated for the most hazardous and influential criminals. Within this confinement, Chaowalit will be confined to his cell 24/7, equipped with only a ventilation fan and a toilet, entirely cut off from participating in any group activities.

Additionally, Chaowalit will attend court hearings not in person but via a video link, another precaution to prevent any potential breakout plots. Mr. Yuthana emphasized that while Chaowalit’s mental state will be regularly assessed and his basic human rights upheld, he will not receive any special privileges. The warden also noted with assurance that designated officers will only supervise Chaowalit in pairs to prevent manipulation—a tactic to ensure he can’t pull off another great escape.

These officers will be on a rotation to avoid building any sort of rapport that may jeopardize the prison’s security. They are drilled to remain perpetually alert and disciplined to counteract any escape attempts by someone of Chaowalit’s notoriety. The convict’s past exploits serve as glaring reminders of the lengths he can go to evade the grasp of justice.

This isn’t Chaowalit’s first dance with high security; previously he was serving time in Nakhon Si Thammarat Prison for attempted murder and facing multiple other charges, including murder, attempted murder again, and firearms possession. His audacious prison escape on October 22, last year during a routine hospital dental appointment threw the nation into a frenzy. Authorities embarked on a rigorous manhunt, but Chaowalit slipped through their fingers, reportedly escaping Thailand via a speedboat from Satun.

Remarkably, Chaowalit managed to keep his escapade alive for several months, ebbing away from authorities and even posting videos alleging unjust treatment by the justice system. Justice didn’t pause for him, though. On December 25, even in his absence, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for attempted murder. Life on the run, however, didn’t bode too well for Chaowalit. Earlier this month, he was nabbed by Indonesian police in Bali, involved in drug dealing activities, flaunting a fake Indonesian ID, and reportedly assaulting women.

On June 5, he was extradited with immediate effect to Thailand and has since been starting his span of the ten-day Covid-19 quarantine. Meanwhile, Mr. Yuthana revealed that a list of ten registered visitors has been compiled, each of whom will be allowed to meet with Chaowalit under stringent conditions. The prison authorities aim to communicate with these visitors to gather further necessary details.

Chaowalit’s saga continues to be a riveting tale of intrigue, betrayal, and the relentless pursuit of a man hell-bent on escaping the hand of justice. While the solitary confines of Bang Kwang Central Prison promise a bleak and austere environment, the eyes of the nation—and indeed, the world—remain fixated on this notorious figure, anxiously waiting to see what the next chapter in his extraordinary story will unveil.


  1. Larry D June 10, 2024

    I’m glad they finally caught Chaowalit. He deserves every bit of punishment coming his way.

    • EmmaLovesBooks June 10, 2024

      I don’t know, man. His videos hinted there might be more to his story.

      • Larry D June 10, 2024

        Sure, but attempted murder and escaping custody are pretty hard to overlook. The justice system isn’t perfect, but running from it doesn’t help.

    • Justice4All June 10, 2024

      Prison escapes like his are rare and dramatic, but it makes you wonder about the strength of our justice system.

      • CJ Writer June 10, 2024

        Right? If he can escape once, what’s to stop him from doing it again? The system needs to be airtight.

  2. Joe June 10, 2024

    Solitary confinement is inhumane! No one should be treated like that, no matter their crime.

    • Survivor2015 June 10, 2024

      I agree, Joe. There are better ways to deal with criminals. Solitary can destroy a person’s mind.

      • Megan June 10, 2024

        It’s a necessary evil for someone who’s proven they can manipulate the system and escape. Safety first.

      • Joe June 10, 2024

        But what about his mental health? We can’t ignore that. It’s a human rights issue.

    • Megan June 10, 2024

      Joe, I get your point, but this guy is dangerous. He needs to be contained for everyone’s safety.

      • Joe June 10, 2024

        Maybe, but there have to be better ways. Solitary just seems like a medieval method.

  3. grower134 June 10, 2024

    All that drama just for him to end up back where he started. Seems like a waste of effort on his part.

    • Chase June 10, 2024

      Agreed. Crime doesn’t pay in the long run. He’s back and now facing even more charges.

    • PaigeMaster June 10, 2024

      He’s a criminal mastermind, though. People like him can’t be underestimated.

      • grower134 June 10, 2024

        Mastermind or not, he’s behind bars now. I doubt he’ll escape this time.

  4. Sophia A. June 10, 2024

    Can’t believe he managed to escape and evade authorities for so long. Incredible and terrifying!

    • TechGuy June 10, 2024

      Tech and social media played a big role in his escape. Authorities need to catch up.

  5. Ted W June 10, 2024

    The coverage of this guy is insane. Why is he getting so much attention compared to other criminals?

    • Olivia J. June 10, 2024

      It’s probably because of the drama and his escape. It’s like a movie plot!

      • Ted W June 10, 2024

        True, but doesn’t it make you wonder about media priorities?

  6. Anna Lisa June 10, 2024

    Chaowalit’s escape and capture show a huge flaw in our prison system. We need reforms, urgently.

    • James June 10, 2024

      Reforms yes, but where do we start? Officials are underfunded and overworked.

  7. Carlos R June 10, 2024

    What about his allegations of unjust treatment though? Maybe there’s corruption involved.

    • HistoryNerd June 10, 2024

      Could be possible. The justice system isn’t immune to corruption.

    • Carlos R June 10, 2024

      Exactly. It’s a complex situation, and we might not know the full story.

  8. EllaG June 10, 2024

    Solitary seems harsh but practical for someone who escaped once.

  9. Frances June 10, 2024

    It’s interesting how technology is being used for court hearings to prevent escape. Smart move.

  10. Nina B June 10, 2024

    Serious question—shouldn’t we be focusing on rehabilitation rather than punishment?

    • Michael K June 10, 2024

      That’s a whole other debate. For someone like Chaowalit, the priority is public safety.

  11. Luke June 10, 2024

    Just a matter of time before we hear another crazy twist in his story. This guy is relentless.

  12. Tommy42 June 10, 2024

    This whole saga feels like it could be a Netflix series. Unreal story!

  13. Katie June 10, 2024

    So he’s in solitary and only authorized visitors can see him? Seems like they’re really tightening security.

    • Journalist19 June 10, 2024

      Absolutely. They don’t want another scandal on their hands.

  14. Davis FL June 10, 2024

    Chaowalit’s actions are a testament to the flaws in our international criminal justice cooperation. Pretty embarrassing for both Thai and Indonesian authorities.

    • Oliver T June 10, 2024

      International cooperation is tricky. Different laws, different priorities.

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