He rushed to bomb site to offer help
He thought he heard thunder.
Bangkok-based Singaporean Robin Loh was at a hotel about 700m from the blast site when there was an explosion on Monday evening.
The 34-year-old realised only later that a bomb had exploded. While others rushed home, evacuating the city centre, Mr Loh quickly made his way towards the bomb site at the Erawan Shrine.
Hospitals were looking for Thai-Mandarin translators for the Chinese casualties and he wanted to help.
So Mr Loh went to the Police General Hospital, which was closest to the blast site and where most of the foreigners were being treated.
"I thought that since I can speak Mandarin, English and Thai, I should offer my help," the general manager of a logistics company told The New Paper over the phone yesterday.
"It was quite chaotic, but most of the injured were being tended to and hospital staff were managing well."
At the blast site, he saw burnt motorbikes and debris all over.
Mr Loh, who lives with his wife and daughter in the Latphrao area, about 12km from the city centre, said that with the recent attacks in the Thai capital, he will be more cautious even though "I seldom go to touristy and crowded places to begin with".