entertainment areas have been zoned
Zone 1: 50 meters from both sides of Sukhumvit Highway
from Pattaya City limits in the north to Pattaya City limits in the south.
Zone 2: 100 meters from both sides of Naklua Road from
the Dolphin Roundabout to the far north end of Naklua Road, as well as
Sois 12, 14, 16 and 18 in Naklua.
Zone 3: 100 meters inland from Beach Road (as well as
all the beach side of Beach Road) from the Dolphin Roundabout to South
Zone 4: 50 meters from both sides of Pattaya 2nd Road
from the Dolphin Roundabout to South Pattaya Road.
Zone 5: 50 meters from both sides of Pattaya 3rd Road
from North Pattaya Road through to the second intersection with South
Pattaya Road (which includes Walking Street).
Zone 6: 50 meters from both sides of all roads around
the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.
Zone 7: 50 meters from both sides of the entire length
of Thepprasit Road.
Zone 8: 100 meters inland from Jomtien Beach Road (as
well as all the beach side of the road) from the Dongtan corner to city
limits in the south.
The Ministry of Interior must approve the zoning
control plans before they become official, but the approval is expected to
be forthcoming very soon. Once the Ministry of Interior approves the
plans, they will become law.
The Ministry of Interior ordered the zoning to help
curb the growing number of young people lured into drug use and other
Entertainment businesses that fall under the plan
include beer bars, go-go bars, pubs, karaokes and discos.
Entertainment zoning in other tourism areas in
Thailand, including Bangkok, Phuket and Phistanalok are also underway.
Pattaya’s first Government and Private Sector
(G&PS) meeting held last September renewed interest in zoning to
restrict and control the growing number of entertainment businesses.
Zoning first started to become a reality after Chonburi
governor Sujarit Pachimnan created a zoning feasibility committee made up
of members from the private sector, business community, city government
and legal advisors. Deputy governor Veerasak Pornpibul chairs the
committee. Chonburi Juvenile and Family Court Associate Judge Sopin
Thappajug, president of the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association (PBTA)
Surat Mekhawarkul, president of the Thai Hotel Association (THA) Eastern
Chapter Chatchawan Supachayanont, and Suwat Phaepiromrat, chairman of the
Pattaya Hotel Community (PHC) are also on the committee.
Pattaya’s deputy mayor Nirand Wattanasatsathorn said
the zoning implementation is focused on restricting bars from operating on
Pattaya’s main roads. He said that the implementation of zoning
basically intends to move what is considered unsuitable viewing of bars,
go-go and karaokes inside side-streets at a distance of 50-100 meters from
the main roads.
PBTA president Surat Mekhawarkul said that the zoning
controls may not appear to be limiting the number of night entertainment
businesses in any clear sense, but the important factor is moving the
businesses away from the main roads and preventing the area’s youth from
City still plans to
widen Beach Road
No date set for construction to begin
It appears the city still plans to widen all of Beach
Road by 8 meters, although no date has been set for the beginning of
construction, or for some, destruction.
The city’s reasoning for widening Beach Road is to
provide a footpath for pedestrians and to maintain a higher standard of
organization than that which is currently there, full of clutter by pavement
vendors and other types of businesses.
city administration plans to widen Beach Road by 8 meters to get rid of the
“clutter”, but hasn’t yet announced when the construction will begin.
The city plans to undertake the project in two stages:
stage one being the section from North Pattaya Road to Central Pattaya Road,
and stage 2 from Central Pattaya Road to South Pattaya Road.
Discussion continues as to when the project will start as
many of the businesses and buildings along the section will be forced to
either relocate or close shop.
The city recently called a meeting with land, building
and business owners to discuss the plan. Mayor Pairat Suttithamrongsawat
chaired the meeting, held at Mike’s Shopping Center, and asked for
cooperation to help develop the city’s image. The meeting was also held to
avoid any unnecessary conflict that could arise during the planned
A committee will be formed to present the pros and cons
of the project to the city council as to when construction can begin.
beaten with toilet seat
Jumps from 3rd floor balcony
Chotimoni Kongsri, a 22-year old “woman of the second
category” from Surin, was badly beaten by his ex-lover, who used a
toilet seat as a weapon. To escape the tirade, Chotimoni allegedly jumped
from the 3rd floor of the Marina Inn in South Pattaya’s Soi Sunee, where
the assault took place.
Chotimoni was rushed to the Pattaya Memorial Hospital,
where he is currently recovering.
Tenants told police that the assailant was seen fleeing
into Soi 17 soon after Chotimoni hit the ground.
Somsak Thiengtham, a 22-year-old employee of one of the
local gay bars, was later arrested for the assault. He was wearing blood
stained clothing at the time of his arrest.
Somsak later told police that Chotimoni had him go out
to purchase two methamphetamine pills and while consuming the drug
Chotimoni informed him that their relationship was over. The shock of
losing his lover, who Somsak described as a striking beauty just as
beautiful as a real woman in every way, sent him reeling with rage, which
he said was compounded by the amphetamine drug. He said ripped the toilet
seat off and commenced to beat Chotimoni until the latter was forced to
retreat, jumping from the balcony.
Somsak was charged with assault and consuming a class 1
commits suicide rather than face sexual assault charges
Chamnan Chosuwan, the owner of the Suan Ahaan Chamnan
Restaurant on Khao Pratamnak Road, was found dead in his living room on
the afternoon of June 13. The 40-year old restaurant owner was lying on
the floor clutching a suicide note.
Following the initial investigation, police and medical
examiners believe Chamnan took his life by ingesting weed or insect
killer. A number of bottles of the poisonous fluid were found in an
The suicide note was addressed to a close friend. In
the note, Chamnan wrote he was no longer able to cope with his pain and
requested his friend’s assistance in arranging his funeral.
Another close friend of the deceased told police that
Chamnan was unable to face the ordeal of going to court to face charges of
sexually molesting a 14-year old girl. Living with the torment and
embarrassment for so long he must have decided to end his life once and
for all, his friend said.
Chamnan was to appear in court the day his body was
Speeding van runs
down monk on Sukhumvit
Continued heading south like nothing
An 84-year-old monk was run down and killed by a
negligent driver just past 1 a.m. June 15 on Sukhumvit Road near the South
Pattaya Road intersection. The monk, later identified as Phra Pheuy
Chantarapho, was on an ascetic journey from Wat Photaram in Yasothon
Witnesses told police that Phra Pheuy was waiting to
cross Sukhumvit Road from the east side when a van driving at a high rate
of speed accelerated, running the red light. The van veered into the outer
left edge of the road to pass stopped vehicles, where it struck the monk
and kept on driving in the direction of Sattahip as though nothing had
Other than the van’s silver color, none of the
witnesses could positively identify the make of the van or provide the
plate number, although there was some speculation that the van had plates
Police alerted units in adjacent districts but no
vehicles were reported as suspect. Police still hope to identify the
vehicle with the information collected from witness statements.
Personnel from the Sawang Boriboon Rescue Foundation
transferred the monk’s body to the Banglamung Hospital.
Used fake credit cards to go on spending
Lim Chaun Leong, a 28-year old Malaysian, went on a
two-day spending spree in Pattaya using fake credit cards to purchase
500,000 baht worth of hi-tech electronic equipment.
Alert clerks at the Namchai Group store on
Pattaya-Naklua Road finally put an end to his free spending, and his
freedom as well. Lim is now in police custody.
Chaun Leong’s 2-day spending spree with fake credit cards came to an end
when store clerks alerted police.
Lim made a huge purchase on June 10 at the Namchai
Group store, walking out with an assortment of expensive hi-tech
electronic equipment. However, the storeowner became suspicious when Lim
declined assistance transporting the bulky items. The storeowner ordered
clerks to call in the credit card and followed Lim to a hired baht bus.
The clerk informed his boss that the credit card was
not valid, and the storeowner immediately contacted police to report the
vehicle and license number. Pattaya police alerted the Laem Chabang police
station and Lim was arrested at a roadblock set up on Sukhumvit Road, 200
meters inside Laem Chabang’s municipal boundary.
Lim had three fake credit cards in his possession, a
Citibank Visa Card, Tai Mall Master Card, and a Standard Chartered Bank
Card. He also admitted to using one of the cards on the previous day at
the Sony Center on the 2nd floor of Pattaya Plaza. During his two day
spending spree he accumulated digital CD players, digital cameras and
Lim’s crimes are now under investigation by
provincial police from the special criminal investigations center.
High on “E”,
man tries to drive through condo
Leaves string of wrecks in his wake
Kawee Chaosukholpanya, 32, from Chantaburi, just didn’t
know when to stop. Literally.
High on the drug “E” on June 12, Kawee tried to drive
through the Nirand condominium in Soi Arunotai. When police arrived on the
scene, Kawee was still behind the wheel of his red Hundai sedan, wedged
against the wall of the condo. A wrecked pick-up and two destroyed
motorbikes were left in his wake.
When pulled from the car, Kawee failed to respond to
questioning and had no comprehension as to what had just transpired.
A police search of his car police turned up 41 pills
identified as the illegal drug known as “E”.
After a sufficient amount of time had passed for him to
sober up in jail, Kawee admitted to police he acquired the drugs in one of
Bangkok’s night entertainment areas for 380 baht, with the intent of
selling some to other users in Pattaya and using some for himself. He said
he sold mainly to well-to-do young people who could afford paying 800-1,200
baht per pill. After selling out he said he would drive back to Bangkok to
make another purchase.
found in Naklua
Police find one baht coin in her mouth
On June 17, Naklua residents discovered a decaying
woman’s body 200 meters from Sukhumvit Road in a secluded area surrounded
by eucalyptus trees.
Banglamung police and Sawang Boriboon rescue personnel
responded to the call, and found that the body, covered with tree branches,
lay at the base of a eucalyptus tree.
A cloth had been wrapped around the throat and there were
marks indicating she was strangled. A pair of men’s light blue under
shorts and a pair of red athletic shorts were also found in the area.
The preliminary examination suggests the death occurred
around 20 days earlier. Police investigators surmise the woman was raped
while a second person held her in place. She was then murdered, and covered
with branches to conceal the body.
Police found a one baht coin inside her mouth, signifying
the murderers may have been superstitious, maybe believing an ancient custom
that holds the coin would appease evil spirits and allow souls to pass
through the heavens unobstructed.
The woman appeared to be in her early twenties. She was
wearing a light blue pullover shirt and gray shorts with elastic trimming.
No identification was found, and police are hoping someone can help identify
the body in order to assist the investigation. Police request that anyone in
the community having information pertaining to this case or the girl’s
identity contact Pol. Lt. Col. Surapol Asawamethee at the Banglamung police
Election Commission Officials meet in Jomtien
Members of the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) and
the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) met during the International
Electoral Officials conference at the Jomtien Ambassador City Hotel on June
11-12. AEC chairman T.R. Morling opened the conference. The agenda included
an exchange of ideas and the first election of officials to the
Kanasut, ECT chairman, and T.R. Morling, AEC chairman.
In addition to ECT and AEC members, there were
representatives from 10 countries attending the conference including
Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Sri Lanka, and Papa
New Guinea. Members from the Swedish organization International IDEA also
attended along with officials from the Australian Embassy in Thailand.
AEC members attended the conference as a lead up to
India’s election commission’s 50-year anniversary.
Members at the conference discussed developing policies
to add efficiency to future elections. They also promoted mutual assistance
among member countries. Following these discussions, members elected
officials to sit on the International Electoral.
After observing Thailand’s House of Representatives
election this past January, the AEC said it is in full support of the
important job belonging to the election officials sitting on the Election
Commission of Thailand.
Yurarat Kamolvej, Election and Anti-Corruption
Commissioner, addressed the conference and identified various obstacles and
problems experienced during recent elections in Thailand. He referred to
votes bought at 100-500 baht per vote, parties and gifts for votes, and
other violations that prompted up to five re-elections in some provinces.
He said that characteristics of elections varied among
different countries, depending on the inherent nature of each society;
however, fair and clean elections are the main principles required by all
participants associated with all election commissions.
fleet dock in need of repair
80% needs major work
An estimated 80% of the Naklua fishing dock is in need of
repair; however, who will be responsible for the work has become a matter of
The city concession at the dock recently expired, and
future concession rates have been under review by the Pattaya
administration. The current contract started in 1986, just after fishing
businesses were relocated from the South Pattaya dock in order to separate
them from tourist businesses.
Naklua dock is in dire need of repair
Before the 15-year concession contract expired the
current contract holder, Prasad Deeboonchai, was to contract engineers to
assess the overall work required to repair the badly deteriorating dock,
which has had 15 years of continuous use. A preliminary inspection was
conducted last year identifying over three million baht in needed repairs,
but the assessment was never substantiated. The city maintenance office says
that approximately 80% the 481 meter long dock is unserviceable, requiring
major construction to bring the dock up to acceptable standards.
The concession holder has so far failed to contract
engineers to substantiate the repair assessment, and recently requested the
matter be turned over to city maintenance. Some repairs have been made on a
length of nearly 200 meters, although the repairs may not be up to
acceptable safety standards and delays are holding up the contract renewal.
Repair costs are paid by the concessionaires operating on
the docks, and they are requesting two more years to come up with a
finalized plan to complete the repairs. But the city is inclined to a
one-year period. The concessionaires also request the city forego the
monthly 17,000 baht rental fee until repairs are completed.
Royal Garden Plaza
undergoing 200 million baht in upgrades
Pattaya’s Royal Garden Plaza is undergoing major
upgrades and improvements, which will take place over the next few years and
cost an estimated 200 million baht.
The main work is scheduled to begin next month, starting
with changes at the front along Beach Road and the ground floor area. In the
fiscal year 2002-2003 improvements will start on the 1st and 2nd floors,
followed by improvements in the basement parking area.
Royal Garden Plaza is undergoing 200 million baht in renovations.
According to the vice-chairman of the merchandise sales
section, Pratana Manomaipibul, the upgrades are needed to keep the place
looking good. The Royal Garden Plaza first opened eight years ago. The
majority of the shops rent out on three year leases, with the remainder
being on extended leases covering 5-9 year periods.
Pratana said that in May alone this year, a survey showed
that there were more than 500,000 shoppers in the plaza.
The Royal Garden Resort Hotel adjacent to the plaza
received 170 million baht in improvements and recorded 85% occupancy from
January to April this year. More changes are scheduled this year, with plans
budgeted at 130 million baht. This September the hotel will change its name
to the Marriott Royal Garden Resort.
Giant sea turtle
found dead on Jomtien Beach
A dead, 200-kilo sea turtle washed ashore on Jomtien
Beach in front of the Sigma Resort on June 12, saddening residents, tourists
and beach vendors. The turtle was believed to have been over 50 years old.
giant sea turtle, weighing over 200 kilos and believed to have been over 50
years old, washed ashore on Jomtien Beach.
The turtle had signs that it had been hit by a boat
propeller, as there were gashes on its head and other parts of the body.
Officials surmise it had been dead approximately 5-7 days.
Sea turtles in this part of the Gulf of Thailand are
generally found around Sattahip where they lay their eggs on Krarm Island.
This is first time a turtle of this size has been found in Pattaya waters.
Na Jomtien municipal mayor Vichit Chyanak called in
officials to remove the turtle for proper disposal.
100,000 baht to the Muslim community for education
Mayor Pairat Suthithamrongsawat, representing Pattaya
City, presented a check for 100,000 baht to leaders of the Muslim Community
Pairat Suthithamrongsawat, representing Pattaya City, presented a check for
100,000 baht to leaders of the Muslim Community in Pattaya.
The donation will go toward school funding in the Muslim
community. The presentation, made at the Darul Ibbadah Mosque on Sukhumvit
Road, was part of the city’s effort to promote local education.
Mosques in Thailand are used not only as a place of
worship but are places where Thai Muslim children attend school and study
their religion. The donated funds will be distributed to five mosques in the
The Thai-Muslim community plays an important role for the
thousands of Thai Muslims in Pattaya. They welcomed the opportunity to
continue educating their children in the way of the Islamic faith and for
the development of Thailand’s future education.
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