Happy New Year from Pattaya Mail
New Year fun to last 4 days
This year Pattaya City council is holding huge celebrations
spread over four days between December 29 and January 1 that are designed to
bring in large numbers of tourists.
The New Year celebrations will be divided into two phases,
namely the countdown, which will be held over the final three days of the year,
from December 29 to 31, and the festivities on January 1.
The celebrations will include music performances and other
activities featuring leading entertainment stars under the RS Promotions 1992
banner including Hyper, Baby Bull, Pink, Cinderella and Academy Fantasia Year
ITV will set up booths attended by leading actors and
actresses who will give out prizes and have their photographs taken.
On January 1, ITV will televise live throughout Thailand
between 9:30 p.m. and 12:10 a.m.
On New Year’s Eve the government will allow entertainment
venues to remain open until 6 a.m., but people must still remain within the
limits of the law, and police will be extra vigilant on drunken driving.
Pattaya Police superintendent, Pol Col Somnuk Changate said
that plans have been drawn up to increase safety on the roads. Police units
will be deployed at key traffic congestion areas such as Sukhumvit Road and
checkpoints will be set up to carry out breathalyzer tests on motorists.
On crime prevention and safety a larger number of officers
will be on duty and more stringent checks will be carried out at entertainment
venues. At the scenes where celebrations are being held police cage vehicles
will be parked to deter rowdy behavior.
Pattaya Mail wishes you and your family peace, health and happiness in 2006.
15 million baht budget is allocated to promote Pattaya in key Asian markets
City hall has allocated a 15 million baht budget for
domestic and Asian public relations activities during the coming year, and
a meeting was held on December 15 to discuss the most productive ways of
Deputy Mayor Weerawat Khakhai presided over a gathering
that included Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, Tourism Authority of Thailand
Central Region Office 3 director, Thanet Supornsahasrungsi, president of
the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association, and council member Pisai
Panomwan na Ayudhaya.
Mayor Weerawat Khakhai presides over a meeting on Pattaya marketing and
Chattan said that he contacted organizations in three
important Asian markets, namely the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong and
Taipei and that replies had been received from the three detailing costs.
Public relations activities in Korea will require a
budget of 5 million baht, which will involve promotion packages. TAT will
cooperate with an airline over arranging ticketing for familiarization
trips, there will be advertisements at Seoul and Pusan train stations, two
television programs will be aired on well-known Korean TV stations and a
road show will be held in Seoul in June next year.
Hong Kong will require a budget of 3.9 million baht for
documentaries to be produced showing new images of Pattaya. Other items
may be added this year like restaurants, show venues and three-minute long
sport advertisements on giant TV screens in Times Square and Kowloon’s
Tsimshatsui district, as these two areas are frequented by a large number
of foreign tourists.
At Taipei a 166 x 550 centimeter box lamp will be
installed at the underground department store, Happiness On Earth, which
will be on display between January and June at a cost of 500,000 baht.
After Chattan had reported on the foreign public
relations costs, Thanet said most of the efforts will focus on Korea with
a budget of 5 million baht, which seems a high amount and the results of
such an investment must be calculated.
Talks were also held on domestic advertising. It was
proposed that large advertisements be placed in main cities like Chiang
Mai, Suphanburi, Phuket and Bangkok that will help to attract local
Weerawat added that, in order to maximize the potential, the city
council should hire a consultant to organize the activities and the
advertising, using the remaining budget after the international efforts.
The appointment needs to be carried out urgently in order to not waste
High cost of Call Center equipment questioned
TOT is asked to provide breakdown
Pattaya City Engineering Director Sittiparp Muangkhum has
raised questions about the cost of the new Call Center. TOT, which is being
contracted to operate the center, has been asked to provide an itemized
breakdown of the costs.
Deputy Mayor Weerawat Khakhai on December 14 called a
meeting of TOT representatives and relevant government department heads to
question the price of the Call Center equipment, which is considered to be
City Engineering Director Sittiparp Muangkhum complained about high
equipment costs for the new Call Center.
A TOT representative told the meeting that the total cost
Pattaya City council would incur over a five-year period was 412 million
baht, but he failed to list the actual costs on an item-by-item basis and
did not include staff costs.
Sittiparp questioned why the equipment costs would total
about 60 million baht. The TOT representative was unable to explain the
reason, but did give out documents so that people at the meeting could
Sittiparp said that he would like to see TOT provide an
item-by-item listing of equipment costs so the council can check the prices,
as they may be cheaper elsewhere, and if possible they would buy the
equipment from elsewhere to reduce costs by millions of baht.
People at the meeting agreed with Sittiparp and resolved
that TOT should go back and prepare an item-by-item listing and provide a
breakdown of service costs, excluding equipment.
City council members, however, reiterated that they want TOT to oversee
the operation of the system over a five-year period as previously agreed.
An extra Christmas cleanup for Walking Street
Walking Street had an extra cleanup on December 22 when
Ladawadee Chaona, head of Public Health Zone 3 Office, led a team of 28
sanitation and environment workers along with two water trucks and a waste
collection truck for a Christmas and New Year special during the morning.
Chaona, head of Public Health Zone 3 Office led a team of 28 sanitation and
environment workers to clean up Walking Street for the holidays.
The Walking Street Committee and the Pattaya Public
Health Office carry out a monthly Walking Street cleanup but many additional
activities are held here at Christmas and New Year, hence the need for extra
Ladawadee said that the Walking Street Committee asked the Public Health
Office of the Department of Sanitation and the Environment for water trucks
and a team of workers with brushes and soap powder, and they went to work.
Shop owners and tourists also lent a welcome helping hand.
Tourism spending in Pattaya
is up despite fall in numbers
Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, Tourism Authority of Thailand
Central Region 3 director, says that although the number of tourists
visiting Thailand and Pattaya has fallen, the income from tourism spending
in Pattaya has actually risen and people have been staying in the city for
The city council and TAT have undertaken more
international public relations for Pattaya than before, said Chattan, and
next year there is a year-long program of PR activities.
The number of tourists visiting Thailand overall has
fallen over the previous year, partly because of the floods in Chiang Mai
and the unrest in the South. Chattan, however, said that more tourists visit
Pattaya than the south of the country during the high season. Data provided
by TAT shows that the number of tourists visiting the south has dropped
dramatically and hotels have not achieved total occupancy rates as
Chattan said that the government provided 70 million baht
for marketing and public relations activities for the eastern region of the
country with each province generating tourism for the other provinces in the
region. For example, he said, when a group of tourists visit Rayong they can
also travel to Chonburi and Chanthaburi.
Statistics provided by the Region 3 Office show that
between October 2004 and September 2005, 4,816,678 tourists visited Pattaya,
generating a total income from tourism of over 50 billion baht. This was a
reduction of the total number of tourists of 3.38 percent but an increase in
total income of 7.41 percent.
Traffic study reveals black spots on First and Second roads
A recent survey has identified Pattaya’s traffic black
spots and a number of options are being studied to find out which will be the
most suitable to implement.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn on December 22 presided
over a meeting of the Committee of the Pattaya Traffic Study Project to
urgently remedy the traffic woes in Pattaya.
On June 15 the city council appointed Prajomklao
University Thonburi (TDRC) under a one-year contract to research traffic and
act as a consultant to set up traffic plans for the long-term development of
Dr Thawatchai Laosiripongtong, president of the Center for
Traffic and Transportation Research and Development at TDRC said that the
latest data revealed the most worrisome traffic problems occur on Pattaya
First Road (Beach Road) and Pattaya Second Road at three main locations: the
Dolphin Roundabout, which is unable to handle the number of vehicles, Pattaya
Klang Intersection on Beach Road where pickup trucks park blocking traffic
into First Road, and South Pattaya at the entrance to Walking Street.
Proposals for rectification include the installation of
traffic lights at the Dolphin Roundabout, improving the curve at the front of
Walking Street, and setting up quotas for public transport vehicles and other
vehicles parking along Beach Road.
“Additional study is required for traffic flow plans,
both one-way and two-way, and there are four choices,” said Dr Thawatchai.
“The present one-way system could be improved, or we could implement a new
one-way system, or implement new one-way systems in some areas, or make
Second Road a two-way system.”
Additional data is now being collected to set up a working
model for managing traffic flow. This will then be followed by a seminar to
discuss the practicalities.
Happy New Year from City Hall
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn and
city administrators send Pattaya residents New Year blessings
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn led his city
administrators in sending New Year blessings to Pattaya residents.
Mayor Niran told Pattaya Mail, “I, as mayor, plus the
four deputy mayors and government department heads would like to thank the
residents of Pattaya once again for giving me and the team of
administrators the opportunity to work for you. We will continue to work to
make Pattaya a better place for its residents, to facilitate a better
quality of life, and provide safety to life and property of residents and
City administrators led by Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn bless Pattaya
residents for the New Year.
“I am determined to develop a good socio-economic
system, promote culture and traditions and develop other aspects to
international standards, placing emphasis on the importance of the benefits
of Pattaya residents. I and the team of administrators give our word to the
residents of Pattaya that we will do our utmost to fulfill the trust of the
residents of Pattaya for the betterment of Pattaya, the place that we all
“On the occasion of New Year 2006, myself, Pattaya City administrators
and government department heads pray that the Buddhist dharma, all things
sacred and the virtues of all Thai kings past and present bring blessings,
peace and happiness to you all and may you all fulfill your wishes.”
Local ‘big shot’ is banged up for attack
A Thai man who attacked a British tourist and a Thai girl
and then claimed he was an important man and above the law has been
Khunwattana told officers that he was a big name and had been dragged into the
police station on many occasions and was afraid of no one.
Police were called out at 11 p.m. on December 20 to a
food vendor’s stall at the back of Pattaya Chu department store in South
Pattaya where they found a foreigner who had had a bottle smashed over his
head, covering him in blood, and a Thai girl with an injury to her head and
a split right eyelid.
The man was identified as 62-year-old Kenneth Gibson
from the UK, and the girl as 26-year-old Miss Anchalee Srikrachang. On
questioning, the officers were informed that the assailant’s name was
Rakkate Khunwattana, who was still sitting coolly at the food stall. The
officers arrested him and took him to Pattaya police station.
Anchalee told officers that she was sat drinking with
Gibson when Khunwattana walked in, sat down and started insulting her. She
argued with him and Khunwattana hit her with a bottle and then struck out
Khunwattana, 42, told officers that he was a big name and had been
dragged into the police station on many occasions and was afraid of no one.
The reason he attacked Anchalee was because she did not know who he was and
had the cheek to argue with him. He refused to admit that he had attacked
Gibson and didn’t have a clue how he had suffered his injuries. Police
kept him locked up.
and rob Russian woman
Six youths on three motorcycles attacked and robbed a Russian
woman just after midnight on December 21, but passers-by managed to catch three
of them and detain the youths until police arrived.
Officers arriving at the scene on Beach Road in front of the
Metro Condotel found the woman nursing a bruised left eye. A red Yamaha Apple
motorcycle was lying on its side nearby and a few meters away a group of locals
was surrounding three youths. Police took them to Kokotongtaal sub-station for
The 40-year-old victim, Miss Elmadzhi Natalia, a Russian
national, told officers that she was staying at Sigma Resort on Jomtien Beach
and had walked out to find something to eat. On her way back to her hotel, on
reaching Metro Condotel six youths on three motorcycles stopped in front of her
and assaulted her, snatching her purse containing 6,500 baht and 85 dollars in
cash before speeding off. Locals apprehended three of the assailants.
The three arrested youths were identified as Wattana Insing,
18, Sak (a pseudonym), 16, and Saal (a pseudonym), 15. They admitted
participating in the assault only, saying the three who got away took the money
with them to an undisclosed location in Huay Yai. Police have been supplied with
their names. The arrested youths have been charged with assault and robbery.
Woman gives police officer headache over missing motorcycle
An officer at Pattaya police station may have just cause to
complain about female logic when a woman claimed her motorcycle was stolen but
said she couldn’t remember her license plate number and then failed to file a
The unfortunate officer was Pol Lt Col Anan Thammachaiyakul,
investigator on duty, who at 2 a.m. on December 21 received a visit from
22-year-old Ms Nanthicha Srisanam to say that two men aged about 20 years had
threatened her with a knife on Soi Thaiudom in Naklua and taken her blue Yamaha
Mio motorbike. She said she thought the license plate was Gor Gor Por 295
The officer immediately sent out a radio message ordering
officers to block the area, but the thieves and the motorcycle failed to
Police checked the possible license plate Gor Gor Por 295
Phuket on the on-line computer, but found that the number did not correspond to
the statement. Officers asked Nanthicha for clarification but she appeared to
have lost interest and left the police station without filing any report.
Pol Lt Col Anan said her behavior gave him a headache. Police
are now waiting to see if Nanthicha turns up again, and have presumably stocked
up on aspirins.
Couple tumbles from 4th floor balcony during horseplay
An Italian and his Thai girlfriend were injured when they
tumbled from the balcony of their 4th floor apartment during horseplay that went
Police were called out at 6 a.m. on December 22 to The World
Apartment on Soi Bongkot in South Pattaya, accompanied by Sawang Boriboon
Foundation officers. They found two people injured in the parking lot.
Ms Panida Somchit, 22, was moaning in pain. She had a long
wound on her cheek, head injuries, and she couldn’t move her legs or arms.
Beside her lay Giorio Brioschi, 33, who was injured under his
chin, had a broken tooth, and a sprained arm. The couple was taken to Pattaya
Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Panida was treated and proclaimed to be out of danger.
Brioschi’s only injury was the broken tooth.
He told officers that he and Panida had been living together
for more than a year, and they rented the room at The World Apartment. They had
gone out drinking with friends but had returned home because they had some kind
of argument. Panida was petulant and he teased her. On the balcony of the room
he had lifted her when she was opening the door. She struggled because she was
angry and frightened and he lost his balance. The balustrade was only at waist
height and they had gone over the side. They didn’t have any intention to
commit suicide. He said felt sorry and was worried about his girlfriend’s
Police are treating Brioschi’s statement with suspicion and
will further question their friends along with Panida when she is better.
Fire breaks out in a
watch shop in the middle of Pattaya
Pattaya firefighters rushed to Taifa Watch Sellers on
Second Road in Pattaya Klang after receiving a report that a fire had broken
On arrival they found a three-story commercial building
with smoke billowing out of the third floor storage room. Firefighters
sprayed the building to prevent the fire from spreading and the blaze was
brought to a close within about 30 minutes.
On inspection, officers found that the room was used to
store unused items comprising mostly old wood, cardboard boxes and a bed.
The fire was caused by a ceiling light that had shorted out. The room had
suffered minor damage.
Sonthaya Ruangsuwan, 42, the shop owner told officers
that he had opened the watch shop a long time ago and lived on the premises
alone. Prior to the fire breaking out he was eating in the kitchen after
closing shop and getting ready to go to bed. A passerby had noticed smoke
billowing out and ran to tell him. On inspection he found that the old wood
was burning and had spread to the bed. He tried to put out the flames with a
fire extinguisher but was unsuccessful and called the fire brigade.
Beer bar owner takes a
bath as fire engulfs her bedroom
A woman taking a bath prior to going to work at a bar she
owned on Walking Street emerged from the bathroom to find her bedroom going
up in flames.
The fire happened at a house behind Com Tower.
Firefighters took a little over 20 minutes to bring the fire in the
third-story bedroom under control. On later inspection it was found that a
bed, TV and furniture had been damaged by the blaze.
The owner of the house, Miss Surangna Tabnoi, 34, told
officers that she was in the bathroom when the fire broke out. She was
getting ready to go to work at her bar in Walking Street. She heard someone
shout “fire!” She hurried out of the bathroom and found that the fire
was burning the bed and rushed downstairs without picking up any of her
Surangna said that a lot of her property had been damaged
by the fire, including more than 100,000 baht in cash that she had saved.
Frenchman is stabbed while
beating Thai wife
A Frenchman who was beating his Thai wife stopped when
she seized a knife and stabbed him.
Stephane Pasqvier, a French national aged 30, suffered
stab wounds to his shoulder and right buttock. After medical treatment he
was declared out of critical condition.
Pasqvier told officers that he had been in an argument
and a slapping match with Miss Chanthana Hinnok, 23, his Thai wife who then
stabbed him. The fight happened at Cycle Court in the Pattaya Klang
district. Chanthana gave herself up to the police.
Chanthana, who had also suffered injuries, told officers
sorrowfully the reason she injured her boyfriend. She said that they had
been together for about a year but had many quarrels. Her first foreign
boyfriend who knew her present boyfriend was always encouraging him to break
off the relationship.
Recently Stephane had become more jealous and arguments
broke out between them. They had rented the apartment where the incident had
occurred. Chanthana said that lately Stephane had been sleeping around with
other women and didn’t come home very often. She wanted to break off the
relationship and another argument broke out. She told officers that every
time they had an argument Stephane resorted to beating her, resulting in
injury. She filed a police report but withdrew it when Stephane asked her to
After a while the arguments got more severe and she was
beaten daily and eventually had to go and stay with a friend. On returning
to collect her belongings she found that Stephane had brought a Thai girl
back to the apartment and another argument broke out. Stephane proceeded to
beat her and tried to strangle her. She took the knife used for peeling
fruit that she had carried out of the kitchen and stabbed him before running
downstairs to give herself up at the police station, while someone took
Stephane to the hospital.
Police inspected the premises and took Chanthana for
medical treatment, as she may be pregnant. If she is, the fetus may have
been injured through the constant beatings that she has endured. Officers
will question the couple again and affirm that they will be justified in
bringing the highest possible charges.
Woman stabs herself after
husband in arms
of mia noi
A woman distressed at her husband’s infidelity stabbed
herself in the stomach. Police were called to a house on Soi Wat In on
December 19, where they found Mrs Prasat Klaharn, age 52, lying down and
injured with a 4-inch open wound on her belly, through which her intestine
was protruding. Beside her was a 1.5-meter long Sparta sword. She was
transferred to Pattaya Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Prasat told police that her unfaithful husband was
causing her great unhappiness. She had tried to commit suicide because she
came back home and found her husband in the arms of his minor wife. She
asked him about it but he hurt her and their child and the child left home.
She had no more will to live. Police advised her to remain calm in the face
Nursing personnel amongst first arrivals at Had Yao Camp
December 26 saw the first arrivals for the 25th Asia
Pacific Scouts Jamboree begin to assemble at Had Yao Camp.
leaders and guides are starting to report for the 25th Asia Pacific Scout
Jamboree at Had Yao.
Around 150 teachers and students from Chonburi Nursing
College and Scout leaders and Guides from Thailand and abroad were the first
The nursing personnel were required to report before
anyone else arrived, as they will be responsible for taking care of the Thai
and foreign Scouts in the event that anyone falls ill or suffers an
accident. They are also responsible for showing the Scouts around and
getting them acquainted with the camp facilities.
The nursing students will also have to follow the Scouts when they go
training inside and outside the camp and are responsible for the overall
safety of the Scouts. Other than the arrival of the nursing students, a few
foreign Scout masters have started to report in.
Ceremony honors King Rama VI as Scout Jamboree begins
Sutham Phanthusak, commander of the 25th Asia Pacific
Scout Jamboree, presided over a ceremony in memory of the founding father of
the Thai Scout movement, King Rama VI, on December 22.
Phanthusak (behind man in white), commander of the 25th Asia Pacific Scout
Jamboree, presided over the ceremony at the statue of King Rama VI.
Joining him at the statue of King Rama VI were Vice
Admiral Chanchai Charoen Suwan, commander of Sattahip Naval Base, Rewat
Pollok-In, deputy chairman of Chonburi Provincial Administration, and the
Scout Jamboree organizing sub-committee.
Sutham said that the Jamboree is being held to honor 60
years on the throne of His Majesty the King and 50 years of the Asia Pacific
Scout movement. The event will help Thai youths develop into responsible
citizens with an international outlook, helping to forge good relations
among Scouts worldwide.
The Jamboree is an opportunity for Thai Scouts to prove themselves and
learn lessons that later can be applied to their adult lives.
members of the Scout Jamboree organizing sub-committee, comprising Thai and
foreign members, who attended the ceremony in Sattahip to honor the founding
father of the Thai Scout movement, Rama VI.
is needed to make Thailand Grand Sale 2006 a success
Deputy Mayor Weerawat Khakhai presided over a meeting on
December 15 to discuss the Thailand Grand Sale 2006, with Pornthip Onnoom,
executive director of the tourism investment department of the Tourism
Authority of Thailand also present, along with a representative of Visa
International (Asia-Pacific) Ltd.
Pornthip said the Grand Sale, which is scheduled from
June 16 to August 15, will be larger than last year. Visa Card, department
stores and small shops will participate in this event, but it needs
cooperation from local officers and all other associated departments for
Sirirat Rienvatana, marketing manager of Visa
International (Asia-Pacific) Ltd and Chotiroh Vathanagul, client service
director and general manager of Vathanagul Group Co Ltd, spoke about
Visa’s cooperation, saying that Pattaya is one of three front-line sectors
in terms of income, along with Bangkok and Phuket.
Weerawat added a note of warning when he said that the
Thailand Grand Sale in past years has not really been a grand sale at all.
He wondered if in 2006 it would be different.
Chotiroh said that the last Grand Sale had discounts of
10-15 percent at 245 participating shops, including all the department
stores in Pattaya City, which were contacted and invited by Visa Card
officers personally. They need cooperation from Pattaya City to contact
local shops to make clear discounts for customers so that tourists will buy
the goods. There also should be an official opening to activate this
Chotiroh then spoke about Visa 2006 additional
activities, saying that they need to publicize this by distributing
brochures to customers, putting up posters, and running advertisements in
Weerawat said that most of the customers don’t pay
attention to the rewards because they don’t stay long enough. It would be
better to give the rewards to the project’s participating shops, and then
they would probably have more shop participation.