East Water promises no more droughts with completion of supply system
(From right) Fuangfa
Nimcharoen, vice president corporate affairs of Eastern Water, Cherdchai
Pitiwacharakul, vice president Maptaphut Operations Center and Chaloempol
Choopetch, general affairs manager Maptaphut Operations Center.
East Water has promised there will be no more droughts in Pattaya for
the next 10 years, following the completion of a program designed to
alleviate the continual water shortages that have been suffered by the city.
After the droughts of 2004 and 2005 in Pattaya and the Eastern Region that
affected locals, tourism and the industrial sector, the Irrigation
Department at Chonburi appointed Eastern Water Resources Development and
Management (Public) Company Limited, otherwise known as East Water, to carry
out a program of works that would ensure sufficient supplies.
On September 27 the company provided an update on the situation to Mayor
Niran Wattanasartsathorn at Pattaya District Office.
Fuangfa Nimcharoen, vice president of corporate affairs at East Water said
that the pipe feed connecting the five reservoirs was now complete and all
that remained was for the water to be pumped from Bang Pakong River to Bang
Pra Reservoir. Currently the system is undergoing testing to check the
existence of silt residues.
The works program is enough to supply all Pattaya’s needs for the next 10
years, said Fuangfa, because in addition to the new pipeline the company has
contingency plans to pump water from Rayong, namely from the Dok-krai and
Nong Plalai reservoirs, and from Bang Pra and Nong Kho reservoirs in
Chonburi, directly to the filtering and processing system of the Provincial
Waterworks Authority. Each of the reservoirs will be able to deliver 50-60
million cubic meters of water per year. There are also other reservoirs with
an additional 150 million cubic meters per year available to serve extra
demand if needed for the whole of Chonburi province.
Mayor Niran proposed that the company carry out a research of actual water
consumption in Pattaya at present which will benefit the city in the
long-term in calculating production costs.
Chonburi Buffalo races underway this week
Chonburi to spend 1.3 million baht on this year’s event
Chonburi Municipality is to spend over one million baht on this year’s
buffalo races, which are due to be staged at Chonburi District Office Field
from October 3 to 11.
racing, a symbolic tradition of Chonburi, is underway this week.
The races, a traditional event in the province, were jointly announced on
September 26 by Deputy Governor Thongtawee Pimsen, Chonburi Municipality
Mayor Ukrit Tansawat, former MP for Chonburi Wittaya Khunplome, and Sanga
Ukrit said that the traditional format would be maintained this year as in
other years. The official opening ceremony will be held on October 6, which
corresponds to the waxing moon on the 14th day of lunar month 11, at 8:45
a.m. Sonthaya Khunplome, former advisor to the prime minister, will be the
co-presenter for the opening along with Chonburi Governor Pisit Ketphasook.
There will also be a parade with 13 floats, each representing a cultural
aspect of Chonburi.
The total budget for this activity is approximately 1,300,000 baht. There
will be three buffalo racing classes: midget, small and large. There will be
a buffalo fancy dress contest, a healthy buffalo contest, bull and cow
pedigree shows, and a Ms Farmer’s Girl competition.
They will also be other traditional sports that reflect life in Chonburi,
such as a tug-of-war, oiled post climbing, kite fighting, and a
boiled-mussel-eating competition. OTOP products will be on sale, along with
local goods and products at factory prices. Stage performances will include
a country music concert with well-known bands, and other entertainment.
First 3D map kiosks will be in place this year
Five 3D multimedia map kiosks will be erected at various locations in
Pattaya before the year-end and a further 30 will later be placed at
locations in Pattaya and Chonburi province, following a contract signing
between Pinyo Tanwiset, chairman of Chonburi Provincial Administration
and Kampol Tangaekachai, president of Hai-ya Innovation and Technology
Co Ltd, at the Hard Rock Hotel on September 25.
Among the guests at the signing were Revat Phonlookin, deputy chairman
of Chonburi Provincial Administration, Thanet Supornsahasrungsri,
chairman of the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association, and Suwanthep
Malhotra, executive director for sales and marketing at Pattaya Mail
Publishing Co Ltd.
Hai-ya Innovation and Technology has developed the 3D multi-media
program to show images of the tourist attractions and entertainment
outlets, along with maps showing visitors how to get there. The project
has been organized in cooperation with the Chonburi Provincial
Kamphol said that the project has been allocated a budget of 30 million
baht. Five 3D map kiosks will be in place by the end of the year at
locations in Pattaya such as in front of department stores and at
Walking Street and an additional 30 will be placed later.
He added that Hai-ya Innovation and Technology would benefit from
advertising fees at the kiosks, charging not more than 5,000 baht per
advertisement per year.
300 take part in underwater cleanup
Deputy Mayor Wutisak
Rermkitkarn presided over the start with Sarut Jutasan, chairman of the
project and president of Marine Dive Company Limited and Bamroongsak
Chatananthawej, Ph.D., head of the conservative section of the Department of
Marine and Coastal Resources.
More than 300 people took part in an underwater operation to clean up the
sea around Bali Hai Pier and Koh Larn on September 30.
Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn got the event off to a start, with Sarut
Jutasan, chairman of the project and president of Marine Dive Company
Limited and Bamroongsak Chatananthawej, head of the conservative section of
the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.
The underwater cleanup is held annually, this being the eighth of its kind,
and this year more than 300 people took part.
“Koh Larn attracts a great number of tourists, which also means that a lot
of waste and refuse enters the sea,” said Wutisak. “About 1,000 kilograms of
rubbish is found each year during the underwater cleanup, most of it being
bottles. However, the annual cleanup helps to prevent an accumulation of
Sprayed pesticides found at
Lan Pho Market during FDA swoop
Inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration went to Lan Pho Market in
Naklua on September 27, where they found instances of sprayed insecticide on
dry seafood and vegetables at every outlet.
Manit Arunakoon inspects food at Lan Pho Market in Naklua.
The inspectors said that merchants who violate the food safety and hygiene
regulations are likely to suffer serious legal consequences.
Pharmacists Manit Arunakoon and Weerawan Taengkaew, both senior officials at
the FDA, along with a team of officers inspected the food at random outlets
in Lan Pho Market, where they found sprayed insecticide on dried seafood and
on vegetables. The results were such that the inspectors were sent for more
extensive checks. Vendors were directed not to sell food that had been
The FDA has now warned the merchants not to sell contaminated food again.
Products have been taken away for analysis at the Department of Medical
Sciences to look for other contaminants. If contaminants are found in food,
the producer and the merchant are both liable to legal action that can
result in imprisonment of up to two years, or a fine of up to 20,000 baht,
The inspectors say they always investigate the source of the produce, in
addition to the merchants.
Manit, who is deputy secretary general at the FDA, said that a set of
guidelines is issued to every province and to Bangkok, and that these must
be followed. Consumers are advised that it is important not to choose meat,
seafood or fruit and vegetables that have an abnormal color, or unusual
smell, he said. The FDA guidelines available to the public set out specific
details on what to buy and what to avoid.
“If the Food and Drug Administration finds contaminants in food, then there
will be serious legal consequences,” he said.
Korean tourist market is growing for Pattaya
Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay said that following a visit to Seoul and Busan
between September 13 and 18, the Korean tourist market is showing good
potential for Pattaya.
The promotional visit was carried out in cooperation with the Tourism
Authority of Thailand Region 3 and the Pattaya Business and Tourism
Mayor Verawat Khakhay, of Pattaya City says there is still room for growth
in the Korean tourism market.
Verawat said the trip provided the opportunity of setting up booths to
promote tourism and a chance to meet with representatives of leading Korean
tourism companies at Busan International Travel Fair 2006. He said that the
honeymoon and water sports enthusiast sectors showed especial promise.
However, the tour companies have asked for stricter safety measures for
water sports because many Korean tourists had been injured in the past.
Discussions will be held with the relevant organizations, said Verawat.
TAT statistics show that the number of Korean tourists to Pattaya increased
by 28 percent last year over the 2004 figures, and that during the first six
months of this year the market grew 33 percent compared to the same period
Vendors complain about smaller size of their locations at New Naklua Market
Vendors from the New Naklua Market on September 27 filed a complaint with
Pattaya City Hall, saying their locations are smaller than what they had
Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay met with the protestors, who said they were
afraid city hall would allocate new vendors for the extra space that was
New Naklua Market, about which the vendors filed a complaint with Pattaya
City concerning the smaller size of their stalls.
Verawat, along with Chatchawan Chimtin, engineering inspector for the New
Naklua Market construction, acting on behalf of the Public Health and
Environment chief, said that the smaller size vendor concessions were
because more space was needed for the power and water supply systems.
Additionally, city hall architects have enlarged the walkway to 1.9 meters
for the public’s convenience, including water drainage to avoid the path
becoming wet as it did in the past.
This means vendors have 2 meters in width and only 1.5 meters in depth,
instead of 2 meters. However, officers had already checked to make sure the
carts would go through a size of 1.5 meters.
Some vendors were still unclear about the smaller size, saying they were
afraid that the extra area would be kept for new vendors. Verawat denied
this. City hall intended all the original venders to have a location, he
Vendors were also urged to put their picture and name in front of their
location, so the public could know whom they were buying from, and to avoid
locations being sub-leased at a higher price than Pattaya City collects.
Verawat and officers will survey the location once again to adjust and
enlarge it, so vendors will have more space to put out their goods.
“Sometimes you should make a sacrifice for the common interest,” he told the
Yugoslavs arrested for 4 mn baht ATM robbery
Cool thieves rip cash machine off bank wall
A gang of Yugoslavian criminals broke open the ATM of a bank in Chonburi and
hauled away the safe containing 4.4 million baht in a rented pickup truck.
Chonburi police received a report from Kasem Sornchai, the manager of
Kasikornbank Oom Muang branch on September 23 saying that the 300-kilogram
machine had been torn away from the wall of the bank.
lead away Milan Nikolic, one of two Yugoslavs arrested for a 4 million baht
Pol Lt Gen Soros Iamsa-ad, commander of Region 2, and a team of officers
inspected the scene where they found tire tracks and skid marks, and the
remains of the ATM machine scattered about. The safe that held the money was
missing. The thieves had used duct tape to cover the closed circuit video
Pol Lt Gen Soros ordered the Foreign Crime Investigation Bureau under the
direction of Pol Lt Col Pirom Preeyakorn of Banglamung police to carry out a
background check on foreign criminals. Investigations revealed that three
foreign nationals had carried out the crime.
At 5 p.m. on September 25, Pol Lt Col Pirom and Pol Lt Col Thaveesak
Suothong arrested two suspects, identified as Milan Nikolic, 35, and Lazic
Branislav, 46, both Yugoslavian nationals. The two were hiding out at BS
Mansion in Nongprue. Police also confiscated a Toyota pickup with a Chonburi
license plate, a number of tools including drills, knives, and
telecommunications equipment, and 2.4 million baht in cash.
Police said that the gang had hired the pickup from a car rental company on
Pattaya Third Road on September 18. The owner of the company read that a
gang had robbed an ATM machine and got away with 4.4 million and suspected
the foreigners that had rented his pickup.
After carrying out the robbery the gang opened the safe and emptied it of
its contents before throwing the safe into Mabprachan Reservoir. They kept
the money in their apartment. Only 2.4 million baht was recovered, the rest
having already been spent.
Police bring in iron-bar attackers
14-year-old girl is amongst the beach thugs
Charges have been brought
against Kaittisak Kaewkam, 18, Anuson Bunyapab, 25, Nattasak Chaipipat, 26,
and a 14-year-old girl given the alias of Miss Top for robbery, assault, and
causing serious injury.
Three men and a girl have been charged in connection with the assault on
two Russian men with metal beach umbrella poles, and a similar attack on an
Israeli that had taken place a few hours earlier.
The Russians had been beaten and robbed on the beach near Soi 6 around 4
a.m. on September 24, and had been hospitalized. Police believed that the
same attackers were responsible for the assault on an Israeli tourist that
had taken place about 9:30 p.m. on September 23 on the beach in front of the
Hard Rock Hotel.
Pol Lt Gen Panya Mamen, commander-in-chief of the Tourist Police, ordered
Pol Col Supapol Arunsit, superintendent of Tourist Police Headquarters 2 to
set up an investigation and bring in the criminals as quickly as possible.
Pol Col Supapol organized a team led by senior officers whose investigations
revealed that a gang had been assembling for unlawful purposes in that area,
and a list of names was quickly drawn up. By September 27 arrest warrants
were obtained from Pattaya Provincial Court, and at 12:30 a.m. on September
28 four people were arrested near Beach Road Soi 6. The four were identified
as Kaittisak Kaewkam, 18, Anuson Bunyapab, 25, Nattasak Chaipipat, 26, and a
14-year-old girl given the alias of Miss Top.
Police found in their possession five one-foot-long beach umbrella metal
support bars and items of property later identified by the victims. Police
said that other property had been sold at the Pirom secondhand shop on Soi
Buakhao in Central Pattaya. The money had been spent on alcohol and drugs.
Charges have been brought against the four for robbery, assault, and causing
Burglar’s career ends with a splash
Doughty service girl eventually wins battle with drunken thief
A burglar who broke into the apartment of a bargirl looking for money to buy
drugs and who ended up being fished out of a lake by police is now in
custody and presumably contemplating a change of career.
Samanmit uses the bar she was attacked with to point out soggy burglar Sayan
Namkam as police protectively look on.
At 04.30 a.m. on September 14, Pattaya Municipal Police received a report
that a burglary had taken place at a room at Thong Ha 2, Soi Bongkoch, Third
On arrival at the scene, officers led by Pol Capt Somphorn Supolsongkram
found that the room in question was located on the first floor, and were met
by Miss Phatcharaphorn Samanmit, 26, a native of Surin Province who worked
as a service girl in a bar. She had suffered a split lip and bruising to her
arms, especially her left shoulder after being attacked with a steel bar.
There were signs of a fight with belongings scattered everywhere.
Phacharaphorn told the officers that she had arrived home from work,
unlocked the door and was grabbed from behind by a thin man who had long
black hair and was carrying a steel bar. He looked like a drug addict. The
man pushed her into the room and punched her in the face, splitting her lip.
He pulled at her shoulder bag and she pulled back at the same time screaming
for help, but nobody responded as anyone who might have heard probably
thought it was a domestic quarrel.
Eventually the attacker thought the situation wasn’t looking too good and so
he hit her over the shoulder with the steel rod, knocking her over, and
managed to run out of the room carrying her black shoulder bag. She ran
after him still screaming for help but the assailant jumped into a lake and
disappeared into the night.
After questioning Phacharaphorn, police followed the burglar’s escape route.
The small lake was located in a wooded area behind the building and as the
night was very dark the officers presumed that the thief had already made
However, as they were about to take the woman to the police station to file
a report, Pol Capt Somphorn spotted the attacker still hiding in the lake.
Realizing he was spotted, the burglar went under the water to try and make
his escape, but he was dragged out looking very wet and carrying a one-meter
long steel rod and a black leather shoulder bag that contained 1,060 baht in
cash. Clearly, the circumstantial evidence was against him. Phacharaphorn
identified him as her attacker.
The burglar was named as Sayan Namkam, 28, a resident of Udon Thani. He
admitted carrying out the assault and told officers that he used to work as
a waiter at a karaoke bar in South Pattaya. Because he was addicted to
amphetamines he was fired. He tried to find other employment without
success, and had no money to buy drugs. He turned his hand to burglary,
admitting that he had committed numerous offences.
Sayan was charged with assault with a weapon and burglary. His records will
also be checked and he will be tested for drug addiction. Brave bargirl
Phatcharaphorn was sent to hospital to have her wounds treated.
Market traders awarded
for high food safety standards
Twenty-two traders were presented with plaques signifying they had passed
food safety and hygiene standards at a ceremony on September 22 led by
Praiwan Arromchuen, member of Pattaya City Council.
Srikram (left), owner of Rompho Market, receives an honorary plaque from
city council member Praiwan Arromchuen.
The traders, who are based at the Rompho and Najomtien fresh markets, were
awarded stars under government policy for the supply of safe food. Also
awarded was Somsak Srikram, the owner of Rompho Market, who passed the
requirements for operating a 5-star standard fresh produce market.
The Food and Drug Administration has mobile food safety units traveling
through all 76 of Thailand’s provinces checking on standards. The program
includes a public relations element to ensure consumers that food safety
standards are being monitored and adhered to. This includes the award of
stars and plaques.
City hall in association with the Health and Environment Department and with
the assistance of Banglamung Hospital and Banglamung District Health
Department inspected food production locations at 14 markets in the Pattaya
area. Rompho Market was categorized as a 5-star fresh produce market, and
Najomtien Market passed the standard at the 3-star level.
Rompho’s Somsak said the market has been in operation for only nine months.
Located on an area of land 2 rai in size, the market contains 40 shops.
Cleanliness is the basis of market operations, he said. Water is not allowed
on the walkway, and the wastewater channel is cleaned out every two days.
The design of the market building features a high ceiling to allow maximum
New baby giraffe
for Khao Kheow Open Zoo
A giraffe was born at Khao Kheow Open Zoo on September 17, the fifth birth
for the zoo and one that will no doubt be a great attraction for visitors in
the weeks to come.
Zoo director Suriya Saengphong said that the baby giraffe’s mother is
12-year-old Dam and that the father is also 12 years old and is named Kay.
Both animals were brought from South Africa.
latest member of the zoo.
The mother gave birth at 10 a.m. on September 17 in the African Savannah
Park, located on five rai of land and designed to resemble the African
animals’ natural habitat. The savannah is very popular among the many
tourists who come to take photographs and they can see the giraffes up
Mother Dam began contractions at 6 a.m. and the baby could be seen as early
as 8 a.m., finally emerging two hours later. Vets pronounced the baby, which
is the third to be born to Dam, as fit and strong.
Mother Giraffes are pregnant for 420-468 days and give birth to one
offspring at a time. The young wean at 10 months and they live for 20 to 30
Muslims gather to celebrate the month of Ramadan
Muslims gather to celebrate
the beginning of “Ramadan”.
Moslems gathered at the Darul Ibadah Mosque on September 22 ready for
the beginning of Ramadan, which had its official start on September 23 and
will continue until October 23.
Leading a group of devotees watching for the first sign were Deputy Mayor
Wattana Chantanawaranon along with Farooq Wongborisuthi, member of Pattaya
City Council, who had brought a number of Thai Muslims to the Sukhumvit Road
Farooq said that the month of Ramadan is deeply important in Islamic life,
because it is the month that the Qur’an was given, so Muslims could use it
for their lives, and to lead humans to follow the correct path.
This month is the month of forgiveness and to gather goodness, which will
bring development and good fortune to people’s lives. This month is also the
month of donations and for people to make sacrifices and help each other.
Muslims also believe that Ramadan is physically good for the body, the act
of fasting helping to clear the body’s systems, tone up the skin and
muscles, and sharpen the senses.
Eastern provinces launch website
in 7 languages to attract tourism
Sucharit Patchimnan presided over a presentation at the Pattaya Sea,
Sand and Sun Resort and Spa in Sattahip on September 25 to announce the
official launch of the www.easternthailand.com website.
The website is designed to boost tourism to Eastern Thailand and has been
created by Chonburi Governor Pisit Ketphasook and by the governors of three
other Eastern provinces, namely Rayong, Chantaburi and Trat.
To ensure maximum traffic from its potential tourism markets, the website
can be viewed in seven languages: Thai, English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean,
Russian, and German.
Sucharit said the website was created to boost tourism throughout Eastern
Thailand, which has many diverse attractions and which can be easily
accessed from Bangkok.
The presentation was attended by a large number of provincial administration
officials and tourism industry professionals, and ended with a mini concert
given by Ko Saxman.
Drunken Frenchman no-no in go-go bar
The tourist police were called out at 2 a.m. on September 18 to the Honey
A-Go-Go Bar on Soi Diamond, Walking Street, when the management complained
that a drunken foreigner was refusing to pay his bill.
Officers found French citizen Michael Saliou in an advanced state of
intoxication. He was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and disturbing
the peace, and removed to a cell for his own safety until he could sober up.
Dutch motorcycle rider dies in rain after hit-and-run
A Dutchman was killed when his motorcycle was rammed from behind
by a hit-and-run driver at the U-turn in front of the police traffic point
at Central Pattaya shortly after midnight on September 23, a time of heavy
Police attended the scene with Sawang Boriboon Foundation officers. The dead
man was named as Hendricus H.I. Mostard, 64, a Holland national. He was
wearing a military design T-shirt and was lying on his back in the middle of
the road beside an overturned blue Suzuki Viva motorcycle. Death was from
Police established that the deceased had been staying at Central Park
Village. Witnesses said he had been riding his motorcycle from the South
Pattaya direction and had turned at the U-turning to head towards Central
Park 2, opposite to the scene of the accident. Suddenly a bronze Isuzu had
approached at speed and hit the rear of the motorcycle. The deceased had
been thrown backwards against the car windscreen. The Isuzu driver didn’t
stop but sped off in the direction of Chonburi.
Police put out a call for patrols to look for a car with a smashed
windscreen and damage to the front, but the vehicle was not found. The
search, however, continues.