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Man Who Went Missing In Asia Found Casually Playing Bongos In Thailand

"You can be sure he'll be getting a good kick in the arse."

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A 32-year-old New Zealand man who went missing after going on holiday in Bali has been found "running around learning to play his hang drum" in Thailand.

Josh Goudswaard, who has been living in Perth, Australia, for the past four years, recently went on a holiday to Bali with a woman he met on Tinder.

Friends appealed on Facebook after Goudswaard went missing, and family spokesman Aaron Smith said earlier this week that Indonesian police had told Goudswaard's family he had flown out of Bali on November 1 for an unspecified country.

On Thursday night, Smith wrote on Facebook that New Zealand Police had confirmed CCTV of Goudswaard leaving Bali, and that Josh had been found in Thailand playing the bongos.

"I'll make sure he realised how big this has become," Smith wrote. "Bloody classic! Turns out he's made a couple of bad business decisions and with the current economic climate he has taken some time-out."

"You can be sure he'll be getting a good kick in the arse."

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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