Pattaya City plants hundreds of coconut palms to beautify Bali Hai pier area
Bali Hai decked out to welcome World Youth and Student Travel Conference
The Pattaya Engineering Office, headed by Sittiparb
Muangkham, Pattaya civil engineering director, recently bought 250 coconut
palms from Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, and planted them at the Bali Hai
pier. A number of city workers and officials were present for the planting
ceremonies in South Pattaya with the operation drawing great interest from
both residents and tourists.
beautiful new port building has resourceful information and ticket sales
agents that help locals and tourists alike get to their island destination.
The coconut trees recently planted along the beach, sidewalks, and parking
area aid in the environmental feel while providing shade for all around.
Sittiparb said, “The planting project has been
financially supported by Pattaya City at a cost of 400,000 baht. The aim is
to beautify the area and provide additional shade to visitors.”
The project also coincides with the welcome party held
for the participants in World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC)
organized by Federation of International Youth Organization (FIYTO) on
October 13. The conference was held at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort and
“It is also necessary to find someone to take care of
the trees, which might be destroyed by vandals ... We expect the pier to be
a significant site for entertaining international guests and important
assemblies,” said the engineering director.
Officials seek ways
to ease Second Road traffic congestion
The dangerous conditions that motorists now face when
they try to navigate through the snarls that surround the intersections of
Pattaya Second Road and the Dolphin roundabout finally prompted traffic
police and city officials to seek ways to alleviate the congestion in this
area. However, a recent meeting at city hall revealed there are no
A variety of opinions were voiced at the meeting, since
the junction feeds traffic coming and going in so many directions, and the
pros and cons of the one-way system provoked debate.
Major road construction and improvements are being
implemented in the central Pattaya area. Because of this, a one-way system
was temporarily introduced on Pattaya Second Road, from Tops Supermarket to
the Dolphin roundabout, which also leads to the Pattaya/Naklua Road. These
projects are still not completed and the flow of traffic has been severely
disrupted. The former straightforward routes usually taken by motorists in
this area have now become more complicated.
Authorities say they are aware that months of
construction work in one of the busiest areas in town is causing great
inconvenience to residents and businesses. However, the improvements were
long overdue and needed to be implemented to accommodate Pattaya’s rapid
growth and higher expectations from the international tourism industry.
Traffic police representatives suggested that Pattaya
Second Road continue being one-way because it improves the flow of traffic
and reduces accidents, and if meticulously regulated, some of the drawbacks
could be overcome.
But city council members disagree. They say the change is
creating more harm than good.
Council members said after this controversial road became
a one-way track, more vehicles jammed Beach Road. This detracted from the
plan to create a clean, attractive and peaceful section of the city that
faces its most precious attraction for tourists - the beach.
It was cited that Beach Road could not accommodate
bumper-to-bumper traffic and retain its popularity with tourists. The
one-way system on Pattaya Second Road forces many vehicles to use this road
as their only choice, whereas the former two-way system left more
alternatives and reduced traffic on the most scenic road in the area.
City council members added that presently, local
passengers and tourists must hire baht buses to navigate a circuitous route
to get to destinations in Central and South Pattaya, which is time consuming
and more expensive.
Nevertheless it was decided that the road will continue
to be one-way.
Another issue concerning Sukhumvit Highway traffic was
brought up. The city is planning to make the first left-hand lane at every
traffic light juncture a ‘non-stop’ lane during weekends, starting from
Naklua to Thepprasit Road, to solve the massive traffic jams.
Mayor Pairat said, “After a serious study on
Pattaya’s traffic pattern, it has been concluded that there are three main
causes for our current traffic woes - the vast number of baht buses, illegal
parking of private vehicles along roadsides, and the tremendous increase of
vehicles in the city.”
The mayor cited that currently there are almost a
thousand baht buses running on Pattaya roads. Many problems including
overcharging, bad driving and overlapping services have not been solved. He
said the issue would be brought to the governor of Chonburi to urge quicker
action to unravel this ongoing dilemma. He concluded that traffic
professionals absolutely must work out a compressive and effective plan for
traffic control in Pattaya City.
Chaos reigns supreme on Central Pattaya Road as regional electrical authority replaces all electrical poles at the same time
Pattaya motorists received further aggravation last week
when the regional electrical authority undertook the mammoth task of
re-routing and replacing power poles along Central Pattaya Road.
Huge cranes lined the outbound side of Central Pattaya
Road for the better part of the day. The project had electrical workers,
crane drivers and countless others working furiously to complete the project
in the allotted one-day program.
cranes lining the outbound side of Central Pattaya Road caused aggravation
for locals and tourists, but city officials said it was for the good of
everyone, for once finished, fewer power lines will replace the old rat’s
nest mess that formerly lined the street.
Many residents and businesses along Central Pattaya Road were
left without power for the day, but the work will improve overall safety by
replacing the power lines and poles. In addition, the finished look will be
slightly more attractive than the previous tangled mess once seen on the
The new poles are taller and the new cables are able to carry
more voltage than before, hence the need for fewer cables. The replacement
project was apparently planned to reduce the previous dangers presented by
numerous cables and wires leading to premises and shop signs.
No information was released as to whether the other side of
the road will also be completely revamped or whether other areas in the city,
apart from Beach Road beginning next year, will also receive these upgrades.
Tesco Company surveys environment around Larn and Phai islands
Evaluates tourism potential
Pattaya City contacted Tesco Company earlier this year to
evaluate land and underwater resources in the Larn Island area and
neighboring islands. These areas are very popular holiday destinations for
swimmers and divers.
Since Pattaya City is one of the most visited tourist
destinations in Thailand, and the city is surrounded with many beautiful
islands, an evaluation of underwater conditions must be made and systems to
conserve and improve this precious resource must be put in place.
Tesco has collected data regarding the status of the
natural environment of Larn and Phai islands. The initial report said that
the beaches of both islands are places where sea turtles lay their eggs. It
also said the corals on the seabed in this region are abundant and healthy.
In addition, plans are being made to install a technical
system designed to monitor underwater conditions near and Larn and Phai
islands. The system automatically reports its readings to the main office on
land and quick action can be taken when natural resource exploitation
Fuel Tanker capsizes
in Rayong Bay
Luckily no oil leakage was reported
On Sunday, October 5, a fuel tanker named Ao-Thai 1
capsized in Rayong Bay. The tanker was being used as an offshore refueling
station, and was filled with 60,000 liters of diesel.
Royal Thai Navy patrol ship keeps a watchful eye on the nearly sunken Ao-Thai
1 offshore refueling ship.
The Ao-Thai 1’s sister ship, the Ao-Thai 2 was the first on
scene to provide assistance, and was able to rescue all 6 sailors from the Ao-Thai
1 without incident. However, there was still a significant risk of the fuel
spilling out into the bay.
The Royal Thai Navy was notified at 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5,
and by 6 a.m. the navy had dispatched a ‘Sea Hawk’ helicopter, a patrol ship
and life saving boats to evaluate the damage.
Navy boats warned passing ships to stay away from the area so
as not to rock the overturned ship and cause the fuel to leak. Navy planes
scouted along Sattahip and Rayong shores for signs of oil, but luckily found
Environmental experts from the navy were brought in to help
with damage control, and the Fisheries Department was contacted to tow the ship
to shore. However, the latter found that, due to the ship’s condition, towing
wouldn’t be possible, and elected instead to try and pump the seawater out of
the ship, right it, and then tow it to shore.
Both ships belong to the Supply and Service Company from
Samut Prakarn province. An initial examination revealed that a water pipe used
to cool the engine had broken and flooded the engine room, nearly sinking the
ship. Only a tightly sealed, empty fuel compartment filled with air kept it from
sinking to the bottom.
At last report, the Supply and Service Company was sending
their expert crew to pump out the oil from the ship.
The Royal Thai Navy has sent out a team on the sea and in the
air to inspect possible damage to several islands, including Samet, Juang, Jarn,
Kham islands, which are habitats for sea turtles to live and lay their eggs.
Tour bus company asked to move buses following residents’ complaints
Mayor and police at odds about the law
Complaints about the Srimongkol Tour Bus Company situated
on Pattaya Third Road have been pouring in. Residents are fed up with the
company’s practice of parking their buses on the road and causing traffic
jams in the area.
who want to travel to Ubon from Pattaya will now have to find another place
to board their bus, as the Srimongkol Tour Bus Company has been asked to
refrain from parking their buses on 3rd Road.
In response, Mayor Pairat Suthithamrongsawat, Supakorn
Chusilptong, director of building control and Pol. Maj. Somchai Pongsai, head of
Pattaya traffic police went to inspect the company which runs its buses from
Ubon to Pattaya. The group found the buses parked where residents had complained
and informed the manager of the company to file a report with the Chonburi
Transport Department and remove the buses from the side of the road for the
convenience of motorists.
However, Pol. Major Somchai asked the mayor what he wanted to
do about the situation since as a policeman; he was only there to perform his
duty. He added that in fact the company was operating within the law as there
were no signs or markings to indicate a no-parking area and even the motorcycle
taxis are able to park there.
The mayor - not pleased with the issue - said that in the
near future no motorcycle taxis or buses would be allowed to park on any road in
Pattaya where they would cause traffic snarls and possible accidents.
“The building and transport law Paragraph 10, Section 62,
which affects car parks, buildings used for parking and boat mooring will be
enforced to solve this type of chaos on the street. I want to remove this type
of problem once and for all,” concluded the mayor.
Pavena to the rescue, again!
Mother caught selling children for sexual favors
Last week, Pavena Hongsakula, president of the Pavena
Hongsakula Foundation for young children and women, along with a team of
Laem Chabang police officers raided the Fuang Far karaoke bar in Thungskhala
district, Sriracha, to rescue two young girls reportedly being forced into
Hongsakula (left) once again saves the day, this time rescuing a 13-year-old
girl and a 16-year-old girl from a karaoke bar where their mother was
forcing them to sexually service customers.
Fifty-year-old Char Mee-amnat made a report to Pavena
Hongsakula that his two daughters were being forced to sell sex services in a
karaoke bar in the Laem Chabang area. Pavena contacted Laem Chabang police and a
sting operation was arranged. An undercover officer was sent in to sting the
culprits in the bar with 3,000 baht.
The officer confirmed that the bar was offering sexual
services with underage girls and immediately radioed his waiting team to move
Police arrested Dao Mee-amnat, age 47, the mother of the two
daughters, a cashier named Nayana Yothayaksa, age 25 who received the sting
money from the undercover officer and Uthai Piyang, age 34, the manager of the
bar. The two girls broke into tears, rushed to their father and hugged him when
they saw him. Police arrested 8 more service girls and fined them 200 baht each.
At the police station, Pavena Hongsakula had a conversation
with Char and his daughters, who were only 13 and 16 years of age. The children
told Pavena that their mother, Dao, had been forcing them to offer sex to
strangers in the karaoke bar for the past month. They said they were very
unhappy and wrote letters to their eldest sister to tell her about their
sorrowful lives. The eldest sister told the story to her father. When Char heard
of his daughters’ plight he went to Pavena to ask for help in getting his
children out of that sinful bar.
After Pavena listened to the whole story from every side, she
commented, “The reason that these children had to suffer this misfortune was
because of their parents. Both parents were having huge and unsolvable problems
and were living separately.”
The girls’ father, Char pleaded with Pavena to take his
daughters into care and sponsor their school expenses because he was only a
construction laborer and was not earning enough money to support them.
Magic phallic symbol credited
with saving woman’s life
Special wooden tool used to concoct anti-toxic potion
Pra Boonsong Chatimo, deputy abbot of Thepprasart Temple
or ‘Wat Taotan’, used a magic wooden penis to save 66-year-old Ladda
Satiya’s life after she had eaten a number of toxic brown mushrooms.
Satiya, holding the magic penis in one hand and the dastardly mushrooms in
the other, stands healthy after drinking the magic potion that cured her.
Ladda called Pra Boonsong when she felt dizzy and breathless
after eating the mushrooms.
Pra Boonsong gave a small wooden carving of a penis to her
brother Boonyong Indi, 49, and told him to use it to grind rice and water and
let her swallow the mixture. Miraculously, the woman began feeling better soon
after consuming the magic white liquid.
“It felt quite warm inside my body like eating pepper but
those terrible symptoms quickly disappeared,” exclaimed Ladda.
Pra Boonsong said, “The carved penis was made from wood in
the northeastern forests of Thailand and I cast a spell on it to make it
auspicious for its holder. This kind of wood is able to heal people poisoned by
toxic substances and people also believe it can prevent its bearer from black
magic. Ancient people had it for the protection of their family. But I can’t
reveal which kind of the wood it is as I’m afraid of the possible forest
English businessman gunned down in Najomtien
Body found five days later in klong
The body of local English businessman Robert William
Henry, aged 42, from the United Kingdom was found dumped in a Na Jomtien
klong. He had been shot six times in the back and head.
Sattahip police officers received a call from residents at 2
a.m. on Saturday, October 10. Police and Rojanatham Institute Foundation and
medical personnel rushed to the crime scene where they found the body of a
foreigner face down in the shallow waters with 6 bullet wounds from either a
.38mm or 9mm pistol. Preliminary medical examinations revealed that the man had
been dead approximately 5 days before being discovered and was already in a
state of advanced decomposition. Near the body police investigators found a map
of the location, motorcycle helmets from two South Pattaya motorcycle shops and
registration papers for two bikes.
A local resident told officers that around 5 days prior he
was riding by and saw a large amount of blood on the side of the road but paid
no attention to it. Other residents had heard two very loud motorbikes at around
10 p.m. on the same day.
Due to the style of the shooting, police initial suspicions
pointed to a contract killing with the killers meeting the dead man at the
location where the body was discovered.
Sunday, local police sifted through evidence and said they are certain of
making an arrest, but refused to divulge any other details in the case.
The dead man’s wife, Wilai Cheiwcharn came forward to
identify the body as that of Robert William Henry. She said she had last seen
him on October 4 and that he was a director of a local skydiving company, Siam
Police questioned the woman and she told them that she had
argued with her husband on the morning of his disappearance. She stayed at a
friend’s house and was given 4 sleeping pills. When Wilai awoke her
husband’s friend told her the following day Robert Henry had gone to the Sky
Dive Bar, located in Soi 6. She tried to find her husband but was told by
business associates that her husband was missing.
Wilai told officers that she thinks her husband was killed
due to problems in any one of his businesses, which included the Sky Diving
company, a money lending business in which both Thai and foreign nationals were
involved, or other illegal activities. She surmised that Thais were involved in
Wilai also said that when her husband first went missing, she
received a phone call from someone demanding 4 million baht ransom. Then, a few
days prior to discovery of the body, the caller called again and demanded 2
million baht for her husband’s return.
Police investigators are currently searching for Robert
Henry’s business partners and others involved with his business dealings in
Region 2 police headquarters ordered Pattaya police to aid in
the investigation. They discovered that there were problems with insurance
payments with last year’s plane crash in which 7 people were injured.
Documents within the court system were uncovered and officers began searching
for Robert Henry’s business partners. Immigration officers were informed and
asked to prevent any suspects in the case from fleeing the country until they
On Sunday, local police sifted through evidence and said they
are certain of making an arrest, but refused to divulge any other details in the
case. Three separate units were dispatched to gather further evidence at the
crime scene. Officers are knocking on local residents’ doors to gather further
information from potential witnesses. Police also now believe that Robert Henry
was shot elsewhere and dumped in the klong.
A spokesman from region 2 criminal investigation told
reporters, “The case is becoming difficult because it is now down to the finer
points. We know that Mr. Henry was involved in business dealings both legal and
illegal ... the motive for the shooting most likely stems from the latter.”
Phone records show that Robert Henry last called a business
associate, identified only as Raffree (sic) at 6 p.m. on October 4 before his
disappearance. Wilai told police that the pair had been conducting business for
over a year but did not know what type of business. Also involved were an
Englishman identified as Davis, a close friend of Robert Henry, who on the same
day Robert’s body was found had tried to get his passport back from the person
holding it. All suspects have been stopped from leaving the country.
Two other associates, identified as Paul and Ron Loveridge,
are currently under suspicion in the case. They allegedly told Wilai that her
husband had been kidnapped. On October 6 they travelled to Cambodia to renew
Wilai told reporters that she suspected that Paul might
somehow be involved in her husband’s murder because of his unusual behavior.
She alleged that he had tried to persuade her not to inform police of Robert’s
disappearance, plus, after Wilai had been hit by her husband during their
argument, she alleged that he called friends to relay the story. She also
alleged that after police discovered her husband’s car on Jomtien Beach Road
on October 6, Paul went to renew his visa and allegedly told Wilai to transfer
all her husband’s fund to his bank account because, she said he told her,
Robert was not returning. Wilai said she refused, telling him that she could not
do that without express permission from her husband, and she wouldn’t touch a
single baht in the account. She also said it seemed as if Paul was preparing to
leave the country in a hurry.
Map seller caught snatching tourist’s mobile phone
Culprit told cops he sold his own phone and needed
Last week Tuesday around midnight, Pattaya police
received a report from German national George Hedger that his expensive
mobile phone had been stolen.
The 46-year-old German tourist told officers he was
having a drink in a bar on Pattaya Second Road when a local map seller came
up and snatched his phone and ran off.
Chaiyakote (seated), sold his own phone and tried to take an easy route to
replace it - by stealing German tourist George Hedger’s nice, new,
high-tech phone. The hitch in the plan was that he got caught.
A police squad immediately spread out and looked for the
thief. The brief hunt turned up a Thai man identified as Suraphol Chaiyakote,
age 36, from Sri Saket province who still had the German’s phone in his
Suraphol was transferred to Pattaya police station and under
interrogation confessed. He explained that he had recently sold his own phone
and was looking for a better one. He said while he was selling maps along the
street, he noticed the German’s high-tech hand phone and grabbed it.
The rash map seller was charged with theft and spent the
night in the local lock-up before paying his fine the next morning.
Twenty-year-old man arrested after trying to extort cash out of 14-year-old boy
Clear-headed youngster leads cops to culprit
Times are tough and the criminals are becoming more
desperate. The latest incident involved a 20-year-old man attempting to
extort 4,000 baht out of a 14-year-old boy. Afraid of being hurt, the boy
reported the incident to police and a sting operation using marked bills was
The boy met with the man and handed over the 4,000 baht.
No sooner had the ‘brave’ criminal put the cash in his pockets, police
moved in and arrested 20-year-old Pinyo Kruebutr and took him in for further
Pinyo confessed to his crime. He said he had recently
been laid off from work and had no money to pay his room rent. Rather than
ask for money from his parents he decided to threaten the younger child by
telling him to pay up or face a severe beating.
Unsympathetic to the bully’s story police charged Pinyo
with extortion and threats of physical violence. He was placed in a nice,
cozy jail cell where he will not have to worry about paying rent for quite a
Life starts at 66 - or so they say
An old song, written by famous Austrian singer Udo
Juergens, says that life starts at 66. The mayor of Bangsaen, Somchai
Khunpluem, and the father of the minister for tourism and sports, proves
this saying. He is still going strong and he showed it recently during his
66th birthday party which he celebrated amongst hundreds of his friends and
associates at his private house in Bangsaen. Tents were set up and tables
were overflowing with food and drinks for all who came.
Somchai Khunpluem graciously received all the well
wishers - many of them high-ranking politicians and well known personalities
in society and business circles - who came to wish him a happy birthday and
present him with gifts of flowers. Numerous people from Pattaya also
attended the celebration to congratulate Somchai on this auspicious
The well wishers also brought baskets loaded with fruits,
food and other items for daily life, knowing that Somchai Khunpluem is a
very charitable man and would pass these useful items on to needy members of
the community. A very nice and laudable gesture indeed!
president Nittaya Patimasongkroh (4th from left) together with other
members of her club.
mayor of Bangsaen, Somchai Khunpluem (center), recently turned 66, and
threw a great birthday party with his wife Stil (left) and hundreds of
his friends and associates at his private house in Bangsaen.
Ngampiches, advisor of the minister of tourism and sports (right) and
his son Poramej, member of Chonburi parliament.
Hengtrakul (right), advisor to Somchai Khunpluem’s son, who happens
to be the minister of tourism and sports, and Khru Yodthong Saenanand
from the Professional Boxers Association of Thailand.
Pattaya Mail’s Boonlua Chatree elected new VP of Pattaya Media Association
Last Wednesday, Thonglor Umphung, the president of
Pattaya Media Association chaired a meeting at Pattaya City Hall in the
presence of Mayor Pairat Suthithamrongsawat, Yodthong Sriwalalak, senior
advisor to Pattaya council, and Pattaya Media Association members.
In June, Manop Maneechan, the former vice president, was
shot dead, so an election was held for a new vice-president. The majority of
votes went to Boonlua Chatree, Pattaya Mail Newspaper’s crime reporter.
Boonlua Chatree has been in the field for over 10 years. He is a true
professional and is held in high esteem in media circles.
Most of the meeting, however, centered around new rules
for members. Thonglor said, “In the past there have been incidents where
some non-members passed themselves off as media association members and
immorally threatened and cheated innocent people using their fake title.
These unscrupulous fakes damaged Pattaya Media Association’s image was
damaged and now it has to be rebuilt.”
Thonglor said, “Special hard-card ID press cards will
be produced and distributed to legitimate Pattaya Media Association members.
Members should start receiving their new cards this month.”
Thonglor explained that when the new ID cards are issued,
members will be subject to a background check, must submit comprehensive
personal details including current residence, before being eligible for
registration into the Pattaya Media Association.