Pattaya Mail joins the people of Thailand to humbly wish
Her Royal Highness
a very Happy Birthday Thursday July 13
(Photo courtesy of the Bureau
of the Royal Household)
Flotilla of 200 fishing boats moor off Sattahip in protest of rising fuel costs
Fishermen fear inevitable collapse of the fishing industry and their livelihoods
The flotilla of fishing boats moored off
Sattahip protesting the high cost of fuel.
Over two hundred fishing vessels complete with crew anchored off
Samaesarn Beach in Sattahip on July 1 to protest against rising fuel
costs and to call upon the government for a fuel subsidy.
Many boat owners are facing financial ruin because of the rising costs
and this, coupled with low market prices and dwindling numbers of fish
in the Gulf of Thailand, is taking its toll on the local fishing
“I’ve been a fisherman all my life and so were my parents,” said Prakit,
a boat owner joining the flotilla, who declined to give his family name.
He said that the market prices for fish were too low compared to the
price of fuel.
“Some of the fish sell for 15-20 baht per kilo and fuel is almost 30
baht per liter. We are in serious debt because of this.”
Prakit added that many of the boat owners were facing financial problems
because of the dwindling fish population in the gulf as well as
“As a boat owner I also have to take care of my crew,” he said.
Many smaller vessels have a crew of eight to 10, with the larger boats
as many as 20. Because of the region being fished out, many have to
travel further out into the gulf for a decent day’s catch.
“We have no other alternative but to ask for help,” said Prakit.
The protest lasted most of the day with fishing vessels lying at anchor
just offshore as they tried save their profession and families from
The fishers’ wharf in Sattahip may hit a
depression if things don’t improve.
Food vendor regulations tightened for new
city hall building
Food shops in city hall.
Inset: Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn.
With Pattaya’s new city hall building nearing completion, administrators
have taken the opportunity to implement tighter regulations for food vendors
in the building.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn chaired discussions on June 27. Food vendors
previously enjoyed some freedom by selling to employees and members of the
public in a small outside area behind the current city hall building but
will now move indoors to a mini food court in the new premises. This left
many operators confused as to what the city wants and the discussions aimed
to answer queries and clarify new operating regulations.
One vendor told reporters that income has decreased dramatically after
moving to the new area. “Many people still don’t know we have moved,
especially those people contacting city hall. On top of this we have had
food and equipment go missing.”
The vendor said that a number of people asked to take their plates outside
to eat and had failed to return them. Officials have been asked to tighten
regulations as some people were still operating outside the building, paying
rent to city hall.
“They still have the advantage of being seen by the public. We want city
hall to assist in creating an even field,” the vendor said.
Mayor Niran stressed that all vendors were requested to move into the new
building’s food court area and mobile food carts were prohibited from
selling inside the grounds unless they were given specific permission.
Racha Juengsanguansith, financial controller for city property and food
supervisor said, “All food sellers will move into the new building after
paying 2,500 baht per month in rent. They will also pay for their own
electricity and water usage. Since we have increased the space available and
numbers of operators has increased we can reduce the rent to 2,000 baht per
month with a one-year contract.”
With food vendors facing difficulties the mayor offered to assist by
suggesting that during the initial period the city subsidizes water and
electricity for each of the vendors as the relevant meters had yet to be
“I would also recommend we reduce the rent to 500 baht per month in the
interim to help the vendors after moving inside the new building since their
income has dropped. Should there be further problems then we correct them
when the time comes,” Niran said.
The mayor added that requests for continued operation in the previous
positions outside would be considered but is not a favourable option for
City hall’s new office and car park buildings are located directly behind
the current premises.
Tempers flare at city council meeting as Sanit goes on the warpath
Fingers pointed at lack of performance
The monthly council meeting in July was a stormy one with heavy debates over
the current state of Pattaya and accusations over the performance of the
City councilor Sanit Boonmachai opened the meeting and immediately set the
tone by pointing out numerous deficiencies in traffic control.
councilor Sanit Boonmachai criticises lack of action by city employees.
Sanit cited three major U-turns as a cause for many accidents as well as the
lack of systematic problem solving by administrators. The U-turns are those
opposite the Toyota showroom near Jittapawan College, at the Redemptorist
Center, and at the Soi Nernplubwan intersection.
Sanit stated that these three areas were troubled by frequent accidents and
cited that there were many more traffic control problems that needed to be
addressed in the interests of public safety.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn responded by saying that Sukhumvit was to
undergo a facelift in the near future and that these problems would be
solved after further study.
“We need to wait until we look at the pros and cons for the project before
we decide what needs to happen,” said Niran.
Sanit then opened up another subject with a tirade concerning building
regulations and procedures and the lack of action by city employees.
“We have seen in the past how municipal employees have performed their
duties, specifically those in charge of building regulations and planning.
They have still failed to perform their tasks accordingly,” claimed Sanit.
“I ask Sitthiparp Muangkhum, former head of city engineering and municipal
clerk to inform us of the systems in place and which have been due for the
past year. To date there is no sign of this as well as effectiveness of the
city’s town planning and engineering department.
“They are all content to push around the public but have not bothered to do
anything concerning the larger property investors.”
The mayor responded by informing Sanit of the current problems and told him
that these would be solved as soon as possible.
Sanit continued with his line of fire as the mayor answered the questions
and accepted that his administration was at fault on some issues, “Not
everyone is 100 percent perfect”, said the mayor.
Further discussions took place concerning South Pattaya’s Bali Hai Pier and
the increasing chaos currently plaguing the pier and the lack of order from
boat operators. The mayor asked Sanit to speak with him outside the meeting.
Both men were quick to leave.
Before leaving Sanit concluded that he had worked with the mayor over the
years and that there was nothing personal in the arguments. “If there was,
there would be charges filed.”
The council chairman closed the stressful meeting calling for solidarity and
cooperation for the betterment of the city and the public.
South Gate to Walking Street will be ready in time for celebrations
Additional volunteers requested to ensure safety and security
Soonthorn Kangsirikul (center), Vice President
Walking Street Committee.
The new southern entrance gate to Walking Street for the Bali Hai area
will be completed ready to coincide with the Queen’s Birthday celebrations
on August 12.
Soonthorn Kangsirikul, Walking Street committee vice president said the
celebrations will feature exhibits such as fashion, magic, cheerleader and
international shows as well as a beer drinking contests not to mention the
traditional extravagant fireworks display.
Efforts are being made to encourage visitors to explore the sois off Walking
Street and the no-drive zone will be extended from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. from
August 11 to 13.
A preparation meeting was held on June 20 to address issues concerning city
officers monitoring the area and to assign further roles of responsibility
to city employees.
Municipal chief officer Wirat Riapriang said there are three main areas for
officials to monitor. “Naklua and Jomtien present few problems, but as
Pattaya is more popular we are facing major problems due to the sheer number
of visitors and tourists,” he said.
“Those officers, specifically in Walking Street are overworked and we have
had many of them take days off for sick leave. They are tired and with the
increase in activities it can be expected to escalate.”
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn, Walking Street Committee president offered
to help resolve the problems as quickly as possible in order to redistribute
responsibilities and increase the number of staff.
“We now have more municipal officers to look after the area and safety is a
very important factor, for which we cannot place the entire burden on the
police. For the benefit of all concerned more volunteers will be sought to
watch over the area,”he said.
Wannabe transvestite bag-snatcher ‘snatched’ by intended victim
A transvestite who attempted to snatch the bag of a foreign resident in
front of the Bangkok Bank South Pattaya branch opposite the VC Hotel in the
early hours of June 19 was seized and held by his victim until police
points to the snatched bag-snatcher.
Receiving a radio alert, officers rushed to the scene where they found a
Norwegian national named Jarle Nyegaard, 36, with a transvestite later
identified as Atit Kunapan, 24 of Chiang Mai.
Nyegaard said that while he was waiting for a song taew (baht bus) to take
him back to his hotel three transvestites came up to him and offered him
their services, and as he wasn’t interested in paying for sex from a woman
or a transvestite he declined.
But the three started hugging and kissing him and one of them made a grab
for his bag containing two Visa cards and 9,480 baht in cash. He grabbed the
transvestite who was pulling at his bag and the other two fled.
Atit was charged with robbery.
Jealous Englishman stabs Thai girl to death
An Englishman stabbed a Thai woman to death in the early hours of July
8, and then attempted to take his own life by slashing his wrists.
Police received a report from a woman named Miss Busadee Maneechan, 21,
to say that a foreign national had stabbed and seriously injured her
sister in the Honey Inn Hotel. Officers at the scene found the woman,
Miss Chawee Pimmasri, 26, lying in her own blood after suffering knife
wounds to the left side of her chest and her right arm. She was rushed
to Pattaya Memorial Hospital.
distraught Gill stands in defiance, knife in hand as he attempts to take
his own life.
Witnesses told police that after the attack the assailant had run up to
the third floor of the Honey Inn Hotel, carrying the knife with him.
Police ran up after him, and found British national Denis Gill, 64,
standing and trying to slit his own wrists. Officers told him to stop
and put down the knife, but he ignored them. He managed to cut through
the main artery and sat down on the floor. The officers spoke to him for
more than 30 minutes, then offered him water and managed to overpower
him. He was taken to Bangkok Pattaya Hospital.
Doctors at Pattaya Memorial Hospital meanwhile contacted officers to
inform them that Chawee had died of her injuries. Gill was placed under
security at the hospital and will be charged murder.
Police questioned Busadee, the victim’s younger sister. She told
officers that Gill and the victim had been living together for six
months and had invested 600,000 baht in the Apple Bar, in the soi.
Gill had transferred funds to the victim and had only returned to
Thailand two weeks previously. He was staying in room 319 of the hotel.
The bar was open and some foreign customers were drinking and teasing
Chawee. Gill became jealous and Chawee told him to go back to his hotel
room and go to sleep. He went to the room but came back with the knife
and stabbed her.
Former security guard arrested for
A police undercover operation during the evening of July 3 led to
the arrest of an amphetamines dealer with 100 tablets on his person.
Police investigations had indicated that a dealer known as Nong was selling
the ya ba, and undercover officers arranged an appointment with him at the
Jomtien Complex Condo parking lot on the pretext of buying supplies. Nong,
identified as Chamnan Rahothan, 42, was then duly arrested.
Chamnan said that he had been employed in Uthai Thani before coming to work
as a security guard in Pattaya. He had previously been arrested with 110 ya
ba pills intended for distribution, and imprisoned. After being released he
couldn’t find work and so went back to dealing in ya ba. Once again he has
been charged with possession and intended distribution of a Class 1
Police investigate deaths of two
Police are investigating what are believed to be two unrelated
cases of the dead bodies of newborn infants found abandoned on the same day
in outdoor areas.
The first case was discovered at 3:00 p.m. on July 5, when Banglamung police
station received a report from a member of the public that a dead baby had
been found in bushes beside Soi Tungkha, Huay Yai Alley, at Moo 6 in Huay
Officers and Sawang Boriboon Foundation officials at the scene found the
corpse of a male infant aged approximately two days, naked and placed in a
box. The baby had been covered with Pattaya Memorial Hospital towels, and on
the left wrist was a bracelet with the name Mrs Anong Prasertsin. Police
have assumed this is the name of the mother.
Reports that a white car was seen near the spot shortly before the body was
discovered are being investigated, and police are questioning doctors and
nurses at Pattaya Memorial Hospital.
The second case was reported to Banglamung police station only an hour after
the first, at 4 p.m. when a dead infant was found buried in a tapioca field
at Moo 13 in Nongprue. The baby was male, about one day old, and had been
covered in a yellow towel and placed inside a black plastic bag.
A construction worker had made the discovery when he went into the field to
relieve himself. He told police he saw a woman aged around 20 years, wearing
a black robe and carrying a white plastic bag, walking into the field. He
thought at first she was throwing garbage away, but then he saw her run back
to where a man was waiting on a motorcycle. She got on the back, and they
had sped away.
The worker was suspicious so he walked to where the woman had been standing.
There was a shallow hole in the ground and the body had been placed there.
Investigators found that the body of the infant was abnormally small, and
are working on the theory that the child had been aborted and then dumped.
Student shot dead by motorcycle gang
An 18-year-old student was shot dead and another injured when a
gang of youths on motorcycles opened fire on them outside a food shop on
Sukhumvit Road, in North Pattaya.
Police received a report of the shooting at 2:10 a.m. on June 18, and went
to the scene where they found a group of six teenagers on three motorcycles
gathered around two men who were lying in the road. Sak Somboon, 18, a Level
3 vocational school student had been shot with a .38 caliber weapon to the
right chest and the right shoulder. He was lying near a gray and black
Yamaha Mio motorcycle. Thiraphat Unloy, 20, had been shot in the right foot.
Police transferred the injured men to Banglamung Hospital, but Sak was dead
Officers questioned the teenage students, who said they had traveled on
their motorcycles from Chonburi to Pattaya. When they arrived in North
Pattaya in front of the porridge shop, they saw seven men and one woman on
four motorcycles. They stopped and looked at the group, and suddenly the
gang pulled out guns and fired six times, hitting Sak and Thiraphat.
Police are now searching for the armed gang.
Sales office robber found behind the fridge
An attempted robbery of the sales office of a condominium project
was foiled by an alert security guard who found the would-be thief hiding
behind a refrigerator and froze his escape.
Pattaya police station received a report at 2:20 a.m. on June 27 from an
employee of the project, who said that a man had been caught trying to steal
from the Beverly Hills condominium sales office belonging to the ISS
Construction Co Ltd, and was being detained.
Arriving at the scene on Thappraya Road police found the accused with the
property he was stealing, which included a printer, coffee machine, sanitary
equipment, an aluminum stand, and some office equipment and tools. The man
was identified as Sorasak Amsutthi, 32, of Pitsanulok province. He stated
that he entered to steal the property, because he needed money to go back to
his hometown. Normally he worked as a marker for a snooker table
establishment on Soi Tonyang.
Security guard Mongkol Galek, 33, said that he noticed the sales office door
was unlocked so he stepped in and found the office materials moved around.
He discovered the robber hiding behind the refrigerator and detained him
until the police arrived.
New Pattaya Tourist Police
headquarters in full operation
Pattaya Tourist Police formally opened their new Region 4 headquarters
on June 26, having moved from Pattaya Second Road to Phra Tamnak Hill, near
the Tourism Authority of Thailand Region 3 offices.
Malhotra, Managing Director of Thoss Co. Ltd. a lover of the arts presents a
painting to Pol. Lt. Col. Wuttichart Luaensucant commander of the Pattaya
Tourist Police .
Pol Maj Gen Wutt Liphataphunlope, deputy commander of the Central
Investigation Bureau opened Pattaya Police Station 4 in the presence of
special guests from government and private organizations. Plaques were also
presented to organizations that had supported Pattaya Tourist Police, and
Pattaya City Council presented a 50-inch screen for their mobile vehicle.
Construction of the police station was completed on 8 June. Pol Maj Gen
Panya Mamaen, commander of the Tourist Police said that the old tourist
police station was initially located on Beach Road, but due to the rapid
development was moved to commercial premises on Second Road. That location
was however not convenient for either visitors or services, and as the scope
of the division increased space once again became a problem, as did car
Pattaya Tourist Police therefore approached Pattaya City Council to ask for
the use of 180 square meters of land near the TAT office at Khao Phra
Tamnak. The TAT, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Budget Office,
also assisted the project by providing a budget of 9,635,300 baht for the
construction of the new police station.
Pattaya Tourist Police are responsible for three provinces, namely Chonburi,
Chachangsao and Samut Prakarn. There are only 50 officers, but they are
assisted by 200 local and foreign volunteer tourist police. The tourist
police carry out their duties on land and at sea as well as radio
communications to protect tourists in the three provinces.
Police Major General Wutt Liphataphunlope, Deputy
Commander of the Central Investigation Bureau (centre), Niran
Wattanasartsathorn, Mayor of Pattaya City, Pratumporn Kamnoedrit, Chief
Judge of Pattaya Provincial Court, Senator Santsak Ngamphiches and Pol Maj
Gen Panya Mamaen, (center rear) commander of the Tourist Police perform the
opening ceremonies of the premises.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn, of Pattaya City
presents a 50" television set to Police Major General Wutt Liphataphunlope
as guests and dignitaries look on.
Former Thai ambassador donates funds to conserve Golden Coral
Beach area under Navy protection
Local monks sail out in small
fibreglass boats to view the coral.
Upon learning of the news of the golden coral find in Sattahip, a former
Thai ambassador paid a visit to the site where he was welcomed at the beach
area by senior navy personnel.
Wiwant na Pompetch, 91, former Thai ambassador to the United Kingdom and
Australia was joined by his children and grandchildren on the visit to the
naval base. Wiwat donated funds to the naval base to encourage further
preservation and conservation of the 2-kilometer beach area.
Wirat Paemor, deputy commander in chief of the RTN Marine base accepts the
donation from Wiwant Na Pompetch.
Currently, naval guards are on watch over the precious find and to assist
the numerous visitors to the area, where only rowing boats are allowed near
the fragile coral.
Preparations are also underway to declare the 2-kilometer stretch of beach a
protected environmental zone.
The coral deposits formed in the shallow waters give off a golden appearance
and were discovered on the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King’s
accession to the throne. They have been dubbed the “Chalermprakiat Flower”
in his honour. Rear Admiral Sakdichai Uboldech-pracharak, Royal Thai Marine
Corps commander made the discovery while exercising on the beach and since
then naval personnel have kept a close watch on the area.
Oceanographers and marine biologists were called in to investigate the find
and to identify the coral species. On July 3, they had concluded that the
area was just right for this type of coral due to the warm waters and clean
environment. There is an opinion this could be an effect of El Nino.
“After going public with the find, large numbers of people have come to view
the coral in small fiberglass boats,” said Rear Admiral Sakdichai. “For Thai
people, the golden colour reminds them of His Majesty the King, which is why
we named it in his honour.
“We have now declared this a protected area, which is ideal for students and
those wishing to view the coral from small boats. We have also arranged the
beachfront and waters to be thoroughly cleaned, removing all forms of
rubbish in order to protect the coral as much as we can.”
Rear Admiral Sakdichai added that this is a gift from nature and that the
nation’s youth have the opportunity to further their knowledge and
understand the importance of conservation.
“The navy already has an environmental protection policy and we do our best
to protect marine life in this area,” the Royal Thai Marine Corps commander
“This discovery has come at an auspicious time when the nation celebrates
the 60th anniversary of His Majesty’s accession to the throne.”
Massage training improves herbal and medicinal skills
Massage training sessions are being conducted by the Pattaya Health and
Environment Department to upgrade existing skills to higher levels, with the
issue of a certificate for participants completing the course.
Announcing the program, the department’s director Mrs Wannaporn Jamjumrus
said the training was of especial use to medical practitioners and the
operators of massage outlets and spas because it includes knowledge training
on herbs and medicines.
Wannaporn said the growing spa sector in Thailand, and the increasing number
of massage outlets, is leading to greater expectations from international
travelers. Combining massage therapy with the recommendation of medicines
and herbal remedies requires an upgrade in skills, which the course aims to
provide. Most of the attendees on the first course were operators of massage
The training will be held every Friday until August 25, from 9:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. Anyone interested can attend by calling 0 3842 0823.
City hall readies for 2007-2009 development strategy
Pattaya’s development strategy was discussed on June 28 at a meeting
chaired by Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn and attended by Deputy Mayor
Verawat Khakhay, deputy district chief of Pattaya Sittiparp Muangkhum, and
members of the council.
Niran said the meeting was held to discuss the three-year Pattaya
development plan for 2007-2009 to prepare a framework of procedures for the
administration, and to remedy problems and respond to residents’ needs.
Five Pattaya development strategies have been determined as well as 17
procedures and 2,591 projects, with the areas covering long-term city
planning and economic development, quality of life, management and
administration, strengthening of technology and communications, and tourism
Practical training held
for large-scale road accidents
A simulated setting of an
Yarnsangwararam Temple Hospital in Huayyai on June 23 conducted training
for traffic accident support, in conjunction with the Rotchana Thammasathan
Foundation, focusing on the emergency procedures to be adopted in the event
of a school bus accident.
workers enact how first aid is administered to an accident victim.
Dr Santipa Yoothanorm, who led the medical team, said that large-scale
accidents overload hospital facilities and therefore it is necessary that
officers in all departments rapidly and efficiently cooperate in the event
of a disaster.
In the past the rescue services have always transferred injured people to
the nearest hospital as the first step in an emergency. In the event of a
group accident, medical officers should join the rescue workers at the scene
where they can begin work on the critically injured, and use their
experience to separate the categories of injured for faster and more
efficient treatment when they reach hospital.
Pattaya joins the nation
in celebrating Buddhist Lent
Thousands of faithful turn out to make merit
Buddhist monks all over the
country perform religious ceremonies to mark the holy day.
July 10 and 11 marked Asalaha Bucha Day and the beginning of Buddhist
Lent respectively, and thousands in Pattaya turned out to partake in Taak
Baht and Wien Thien ceremonies, listen to sermons and make merit at temples
throughout the city.
Temples in Pattaya and Banglamung including the larger temples such as
Sawangfa, Chaimongkol, Pothisamphan and Boonkanjaram were overflowing as
residents, families and visitors presented offerings to monks and gave alms
as part of the tradition.
Asalaha Bucha Day, which coincides with the 15th night of the month on the
lunar calendar, this year July 10 – also a full moon – denotes the three
important events occurring on this day in history. Called the Triple Gem
(the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha), these commemorate the first sermon given by
the Buddha, called the Dharmachakapavattana Sutta and concerning the Four
Noble Truths presented to the Buddha’s first five disciples. The sermon set
in motion the Wheel of Dharma, which is the meaning of Dharmachaka, and the
day is considered to be the birth of Buddhism.
During the evening the faithful again visited the temple to worship and pay
respects to the Lord Buddha, presenting flowers, joss sticks and candles to
conclude Asalabucha Day ceremonies in preparation for Khao Pansaa, the
beginning of Buddhist Lent, also the time of the rains retreat, this year on
Buddhist Lent is steeped in tradition. For three months monks reside in the
temples and study the teachings of the Lord Buddha in their quest to relieve
their bodies and minds of its wants. In essence, it is a time to recognize
and be mindful of suffering through the ego, whether physically or mentally,
and observe the impermanence of the human condition.
Lent Candles symbolize light but also come from practicality when there was
a time with no electricity and before the modern road system, when many rice
farmers planted their crops to coincide with the rains and the monks stayed
in their temples so as not to damage the crops.
At this auspicious and holy time, government departments close down and many
people return to their homes in the provinces to visit their families.
Monks lead a candle light
procession as the faithful strive to abide by the teachings of Lord Buddha.
More than 50 floats make up colorful Lent candle parade
Students carry a portrait of
His Majesty the King.
More than 50 parade floats made up the Lent candle procession on July 7,
making a colorful display along the 2-kilometer route as it wended its way
from Naklua to Pattaya Beach Road.
The floats were decorated in a competition organized by Pattaya City in
cooperation with Banglamung Cultural Council, with the 10 schools under city
hall jurisdiction and a number of other schools participating alongside
floats from government departments, private organizations and local
Everyone was dressed in their
Designs of floats and candles presented a magnificent sight for the crowds
of visitors and locals who lined the way, with Buddhist scenes and
traditions depicted along with cultural themes.
The parade started from Lan Pho Public Park in Naklua and proceeded to
Naklua Market, then onto the Pattaya-Naklua Road to the Dolphin roundabout,
stopping at Pattaya Beach Road Soi 4-5. Participants then changed to foot,
and walked along Beach Road to Chaimongkol Temple in South Pattaya for the
Winning team for float decoration was Pattaya School No 9, which received a
30,000 baht award. Runners-up were Srisuwit School, receiving 20,000 baht,
and Phodhisanphan Pittayakarn School, receiving 10,000 baht. The Lent candle
decoration prizes in order were Pattaya School No 6, winning 20,000 baht,
Pattaya School No 2, 15,000 baht, and Pattaya School No 7, 10,000 baht.
Deputy Mayor Wuttisak Rermkitkarn and Surat Maekawarakul, chairman of the
Cultural Council of Banglamung district presented the awards.
During Buddhist Lent monks perform their daily tasks very early in the
morning and late at night, and need light. Preparing special large candles
that are presented to the temples has become a Buddhist custom, and
communities get together to make the candles as ornate as they can.
Over ten thousand people took
part in the Grand Candle Lent Parade.