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Patong bar owner Nicke Kring, mourned by many friends

Phuket Bar Owner Mourned by Patong After Bike Crash, Life Support Turned Off

Saturday, February 2, 2013
PHUKET: Tributes and farewell messages are being posted for Phuket bar owner and online forum pioneer Niklas ''Nicke'' Kring, who was killed in a motorcycle crash riding home this week.

Mr Kring, 42, a popular Swede and a father of two, is believed to have had life support switched off at a Phuket hospital on Thursday evening after a bike crash earlier in the week.

He lost control of his motorcycle riding home from Patong on Phuket's west coast after work to his house near Loch Palm Golf Course in central Phuket, a friend said today.

Bill Harris, who runs the Summer Breeze Hotel in Patong's Soi Sansabai, said: ''We were very close friends.

''Everyone who you speak to in Patong will tell you that Nicke was a fantastic guy. I can't tell you what a sad loss it is for Patong.''

Messages to Phuketwan say that Mr Kring established the Mai Tai bar in Patong's Soi Eric, off the Soi Bangla walking street.

''He ran the bar for about 10 years,'' Mr Harris said. ''We were very good friends. Nicke had a Thai wife and two daughters, aged seven and three.''

He also played a leading role in setting up the site, where condolences were being sent today, and was well-known for his sense of fun.

The decision was made on Thursday evening to switch off life support at Phuket International Hospital in Phuket City because Mr Kring had suffered irreversible internal injuries, Mr Harris said.

''At this point everybody is grieving,'' said another friend in an email. ''His parents were also on Phuket. Nicke was very well known around town.''

Friends were today posting anecdotes that showed Mr Kring's sense of fun and deep affection for everyone around him.

Mr Kring's body is at Kathu Temple, where his funeral and cremation is planned for Monday.


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a very good man lost his life, he will be missed....

Posted by Anonymous on February 2, 2013 08:42


One of the kindest gentlest most sweet natured guys you could ever hope to meet. Someone who perfectly fit the term jai dee.

Rip friend.

Posted by livinlos on February 2, 2013 09:57


RIP Nicke. You will be missed by many.

Posted by NomadJoe on February 2, 2013 10:45


RIP made me feel like family everytime i was at your bar. Rare guy and very sad loss. My condolences to your family.

Posted by Tom on February 2, 2013 11:04


RIP Nicke.

Taken far to soon. You'll be missed.

Posted by Soupdragon on February 2, 2013 11:22


He changed so many peoples lives forever. Will be greatly missed by so many. RIP

Posted by Kuhio on February 2, 2013 11:34


A very good guy and will be sorely missed by so many.

Posted by W. on February 2, 2013 11:54


You brought many of us together as friends and without you, I may never have returned to live in LOS. Sincere condolences to your family. RIP Nicke.

Posted by kaptainrob on February 2, 2013 12:03


R.I.P. nicke you are sorely missed.

steve (aka r3aps)

Posted by steve shepherd on February 2, 2013 12:04


R.I.P Nicke. I always felt very welcome visiting you at your bar.

Posted by One Expat 13 years on February 2, 2013 14:12


OMG I am in shock. What a waste of a good man and with such a beautiful family.

Posted by Arthur on February 2, 2013 14:21


This is shocking news. When I worked in Patong as a police volunteer, I'd often drop by his bar for a chat. He was a really nice guy!

Sad to say, but that's the second good friend from Soi Bangla bars who has lost his life in a bike accident :(


Posted by Simon Luttrell on February 2, 2013 14:48


A true champion!

Phuket will not be the same without you mate

My thoughts and wishes go out to the family.

RIP Nicke

Posted by Mister Tee on February 2, 2013 14:52


RIP Nicke, thanks for the memories

Posted by Gary S on February 2, 2013 15:30


A good man gone
Condolences to his family.

R.I.P Nicke , you will be missed by so many.

Posted by Mike V on February 2, 2013 16:12



My condolences to the family!

Posted by Jens on February 2, 2013 16:26


Our condolences to your family.

Yoeri, Jose en Lambert
Uit Nederland

Posted by Lambert on February 2, 2013 17:46


R.I.P Niche, the place will never be the same without your wecoming smile and friendship, My condolences to the family!.

Posted by Marlin258 on February 2, 2013 18:02


What a big loss, Nicke was a great person and a good friend for many people. My condolences to Ead, children and his family.

Posted by Jean-Pierre Klaver and Lek ( Wassana Thunglad ) on February 2, 2013 18:22


Nicke was one of the most genuine people you could expect to meet, one of God's true gentlemen, never a bad word for anybody - he will be sadly missed, my condolences go to Ead and the girls and his Mum & Dad,

Posted by Gollum on February 2, 2013 19:30


Så länge vi minns lever du..

Posted by håkan Axelsson on February 2, 2013 19:45


RIP Nicke - So glad I got to meet you, we're all hurting a lot all over the world.

Posted by Nigel Hughes- Ireland on February 2, 2013 20:37


A total shock. I've spent many many nights drinking and playing cards with Nicke A genuine guy and top host. Don't know if would go back to Phuket now knowing he won't be there... RIP Nicke.

Posted by Anonymous on February 2, 2013 22:25


Shocked to read this very sad news about Nicke.

Checked the PhuketWan home page as I do almost daily when I am home here in England and saw a familiar blurry image disappear off my page as the news photos rotated. 'Oh no, that looks like Nicke' I thought.

Feeling so sad now, my condolences go out to his wife and family, staff and many friends at Mai Thai Bar.

I fly to Thailand next week and will be visiting Phuket later on my trip. I am sure that I will miss Nicke's welcoming smile and hospitality at Mai Thai Bar.

RIP Nicke!

Posted by Firecat on February 2, 2013 22:43


rip! thanks for all, whit you i have beutiful holiday!!!!

Posted by eric on February 2, 2013 23:30


So very sad...

Posted by Romi on February 3, 2013 07:12


RIP my friend...
What shocking and sad news,
Always to be remembered for sure...

Posted by me123 on February 3, 2013 09:04


R.I.P Nicke!!!! :-(

Posted by Andy Karon Sweden on February 3, 2013 14:25


RIP will miss you next trip you were a good man

Posted by Happy58900 on February 3, 2013 14:48


A man that has been loved by many for his kindest gentlest ways. I always respected the dedication he had to his children and family. A very sad lost...
A true friend rip

Posted by Jeff from Suzy Wong's on February 4, 2013 00:25


It breaks my heart to see a very good young guy like Nicke leave us so early.

a fine man indeed

Posted by bob johnson on February 10, 2013 18:34


A great guy.Gave me an education on Thailand

Posted by Martin on February 22, 2013 23:43


R.I.P Nicke. My condolences go out to your precious family who like all your dear friends must be feeling the shock and pain of one so liked and loved being taken way to early.

Posted by Wayne on March 11, 2013 17:12


I have only just found out about Nicke's passing. He was a very kind and nice man who was always so welcoming. A sad loss, my condolences to his wife and children and his family. Nicke touched a lot of people with his gentle spirit.

Posted by HurryUpHarry on April 7, 2013 19:35


It's hard to find the strength to express my feeling. We've been friends for more than 10 years and we were still having a drink a few days before it happened. We all miss you mate. Sincere condolences to your parents, Nat, Ann and Ead. RIP.

Posted by Bobby & Boonsong on April 15, 2013 22:51


One of the first people aI met in Phuket, back in 2000. It's a real shock to hear of his passing. I guess life isn't fair.


Posted by John on April 29, 2013 05:21


Visited MTB many times.Nicke was a great bloke in a good bar.A sad loss RIP.

Posted by glassmanengland on May 1, 2013 01:58


Rest in peace Nicke, you were first bar owner I meet and had good times in your bar. What a sad loss to all in Patong !

Posted by greo on January 27, 2014 01:38


Muk and myself still miss you mate love to you where ever you are

Posted by stephen & muk on January 1, 2016 11:31

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