THIS Is the luxury hotel where Thailand’s king is holed up during the coronavirus lockdown with an entourage of 20 concubines.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn – also known as Rama X – is said to still be “isolating” at the posh German hotel which reportedly has a specially built “pleasure room” for him and his harem.
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The four-star Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in the resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been given “special permission” to stay open because the party was classed as a “single household” amid the pandemic.
Rama X, 67, who has been the king of Thailand since 2016, and his entourage currently occupy the hotel’s entire fourth floor, reports Bild.
The concubines have been dubbed his “sex soldiers” as he reportedly enjoys playing a kind of military role-play with them.
The king last year broke up with his mistress, Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi of the Royal Guard, and stripped her of her military ranks as he accused her of being “disloyal”.
Speaking on TV, Bild reporter Max Boddeker said the king’s diplomatic immunity means he is untouchable.
He said: “We found out that he and his 20 concubines are still living in the hotel.
“Not only that, but he’s got it organised with military discipline and calls them the SAS, like the British military elite force.
“They are numbered from S001 to S020 or whatever, and they all get a military rank such as major.
“And they also get an honorary title of Sirivajirabhakdi, which means ‘The Beautiful One Who Will Be Faithful to the King’.”
He claims a “pleasure room” has been set up for the exclusive use of the king and his concubines, which the reporter dubbed as his “playthings”.
Pictures show the luxurious furnishings inside the hotel, which says on its website that it is not taking bookings due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The king has reportedly decked out his private floor at the resort with treasures and antiques from Bangkok.
Reportedly the Thai king – who has an estimated fortune of around £25billion – had actually booked this stay at the hotel more than a year in advance.
A former employee said: “It is said that when he comes he doesn’t just fill up the top floor, but the safe as well.”
His stay comes as both Germany and Thailand continue their battle with the coronavirus, with 168,276 cases and 7,277 deaths, and 2,992 cases and 55 deaths respectively.
He is known to have flown back to Thailand from Munich Airport at least once due his stay in Germany.
The king however is reportedly spending most of his time at the hotel, allegedly feeling connected to the country due to an affinity with the German Kaisers – whose rule was deposed in 1918.
He is said to own property on Lake Starnberg and he is also a frequent visitor in Upper Bavaria.
Rama X was pictured last week inspecting personal protective equipment in Thailand with his wife Queen Suthida, 41, but is believed to have then headed back to Germany.
Thailand expert Andrew MacGregor Marshall said: “The concubines give a lot – with the hope of winning big.
“Some are happy to join and are hoping for riches and success for themselves and their families.
“Others give in to the king’s pressure to join over fear of the consequences if they refuse.”
Rama X was crowned king last May, nearly three years after his father’s death, in a six-hour ceremony that cost £25million, and is known for his jet set lifestyle and eccentric behaviour.
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News of the monarch’s self-isolation was met with anger by tens of thousands of people in his homeland, who risked breaking the country’s laws by slamming him online.
Under the archaic laws, anyone who insults or criticises the monarchy faces up to 35 years behind bars.
But a hashtag which translated to “Why do we need a king?” appeared 1.2 million times on Twitter within 24 hours of news breaking he was in Germany, reports The Times.
Previously, he made his his poodle Foo-Foo a chief marshal in the Thai air force and when the pet died in 2015 and it was given a four-day Buddhist funeral.