Happy Birthday HRH Princess Chulabhorn
by Peter Cummins
Special Correspondent, Pattaya Mail
Photos courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household
Born on July 4, 1957, Her Royal Highness Princess
Chulabhorn is the youngest daughter of Their Majesties King Bhumibol
Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand and herself has two daughters, the
princesses Siribhachudhabhorn and Adityadhornkitikhun.
Princess Chulabhorn graduated from the Faculty of Science and Arts at
Kasetsart University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organic Chemistry,
First Class Honours, in 1979, following with a doctorate in 1985, being
awarded a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Organic Chemistry from Mahidol
University in July of that year, capping off a record of excellent academic
In 1986, she was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of
Chemistry in London and was awarded the Einstein Gold Medal by the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The following year, she undertook post-doctoral studies in Germany, and has
since been a visiting professor at universities in Japan, Germany, and the
United States, as well as holding Honorary Doctorates from nine universities
around the world.
Her Royal Highness is chairperson of the Working Group on the Chemistry of
Natural Products collaborative program between the Japanese Society for the
Promotion of Science and the National Research Council of Thailand.
HRH the Princess has received international recognition for her scientific
accomplishments, resulting in her appointment to various United Nations
posts, namely special advisor to the United Nations Environment Program and
member of the Special High-Level Council for the International Decade for
Natural Disaster Reduction of the United Nations.
As a result of her experience as a scientist, HRH the Princess became aware
of the difficulties Thai researchers have in obtaining the necessary funding
for their research and so, in 1987, she established the Chulabhorn Research
Institute to provide a new fund-raising agency for such research.
This institute now acts as a focal point for the exchange of intellectual
and other resources in Thailand, for the purpose of solving urgent problems
confronting the country in areas of health, environment, and agriculture.
As president of the Chulabhorn Research Institute, HRH the Princess
currently directs five special research projects; the AIDS program, a
programme on restoration and integrated development of the flood-affected
areas in Southern Thailand, seawater irrigation for cultivation of economic
marine species and preservation of the mangrove forests, a rabies
eradication programme, with a special project for accelerated immunization
in five southern provinces in Thailand.
Through these programs HRH the Princess plays an auspicious role in
improving the environment and living standards of the villagers in a number
of Thai provinces.
One of the vitally-important duties HRH the Princess has undertaken in the
immediate past has been the establishment of the Ban Namsai Community
Project, to assist the victims of the 2004 tsunami, by applying the
expertise of the biotechnology and sea life experience of the Department of
Sea and Coastal Resources of the Chulabhorn Research Institute to alleviate
the suffering of the people affected by this freak of nature.
On the occasion of HM the Queen’s sixth cycle, seventy-second birthday on 12
August 2004, and the 30th anniversary of the founding of diplomatic
relations between China and Thailand, HRH the Princess presided over and
presented Third Thai-China Relationship Concerts in October 2005 at
different locations in the Kingdom.
Two years ago, on her fourth cycle, forty-eighth birthday, the Princess
delivered the address, Innovative Scientific Paradigms in Cancer
Chemotherapy, aimed at supporting researchers and scientists at the highest
levels of Biomedical and Life Sciences in Thailand.
The honoured Innovative Scientific Paradigms in Cancer Chemotherapy speech
for HRH Princess Chulabhorn was held for the third time.
The Chulabhorn Research Institute, in collaboration with the Royal Thai
Ministries of Health and the Environment, held a broad-ranging Technical
Subjects Meeting on the Environment of Asia and the Pacific, held in Manila,
December 2005. Representatives of many Asia-Pacific countries, vitally
interested in the affects of waste, pollution and other toxic substances on
the environment and health, contribute to this important area of human
More recently, HRH the Princess delivered the keynote address to
participants at the Fifth International Symposium on Chromatography of
Natural Products, at the Polish Academy of Science and the Phytochemical
Society of Europe, held at the Medical University of Lublin, Poland.
But, probably one of the most outstanding events in the life of this
talented and hard-working Princess - especially in view of the 60th
anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol’s accession to the Thai Throne
celebrated last year - is the day, some 16 years ago, when she went to
Cambridge, near Boston, Massachusetts.
Cambridge is generally known as home of the prestigious Harvard University.
But for the Thai people, the name of the city also brings a special warm
feeling, for it is where the country’s beloved Monarch was born. When HRH
Princess Chulabhorn visited the city, it was more than a personal
sentimental visit to her father’s birthplace. It was an official occasion of
pride and was joy both for Thais and for the citizens of Cambridge: the
inauguration of the King Bhumibol Square in honour of “Baby Songkhla”, as
His Majesty was identified on his birth certificate at the Mt Auburn
Hospital in 1927, when his father HRH Prince Songkhla was a medical student
in the United States.
The city of Cambridge passed a resolution, “by acclamation” to dedicate
“King Bhumibol Square”, in recognition of the King’s birth in Cambridge, as
well as to acknowledge his world-renowned achievements and dedication to the
welfare of the Thai people - as was overwhelmingly demonstrated by the huge
number of royal guests who came to Thailand to honour our King last year.
Hundreds of Thais and Americans crowded in to the new Bhumibol Square to
witness the event and the street sign reads: “King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Born
December 5, 1927, Mt. Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts.” It also
bears the “tri-couleur” of the Thai flag.
HRH the Princess then delivered a speech to thank the city of Cambridge. The
square, she said, was more than a reminder of His Majesty’s birth because it
also embodied the common goals of both countries to work for the benefit of
Thank you HRH Princess Chulabhorn for your own lifetime of dedication.
All of us at the Pattaya Mail, Pattaya Blatt, Pattaya Mail on TV and the
Chiangmai Mail join the entire Kingdom in wishing Her Royal Highness
Princess Chulabhorn a Most Happy 50th Birthday on the fourth of July 2007.
Overhead cables to be removed soon, as power lines go underground
Installation of the power lines and other cables underground along Pattaya
Beach Road is now complete, and training of officials and technicians for
future remedial works and problem solving is underway.
Bejrakashem from the Provincial Electricity Authority in Bangkok says that
after testing the system and training the officers the overhead cables and
electricity poles will be removed.
Saman Suttipongkaset, director of the Provincial Electricity Authority at
Banglamung officially opened the training course at Pattaya City Hall on
The city has been working in association with the Provincial Electricity
Authority and Demco Co Ltd on this project, designed to make the city’s
beachfront more attractive, since 2005.
Saman said the system is now being tested, a phase that is critical because
repair of the cables and system once everything is buried underground
becomes more difficult.
Taveechoke Bejrakashem, one of the underground cable experts from the
Provincial Electricity Authority in Bangkok said that after testing the
system and training the officers the overhead cables and electricity poles
would be removed.
Refuse pit closed after villagers protest
Sixty villagers from Village No 14 at Ban Tungklom in Nongprue made a formal
protest to Nongprue Municipality on June 19, demanding the closure of a
refuse pit in their area that they say was causing foul odors and was a
potential environmental threat.
Hennah, a British inhabitant in the area, points out the foul odor from the
The pit, which had filled with water during recent rains, is located near
Chaknok Reservoir. This is only 500 meters away from the community, and
fears were voiced that the garbage-filled water might poison this water
Resident Mrs Chamnian Tanner, 54, said the municipality started dumping
refuse at this location five days previously without informing the
Another villager said it was inappropriate to use the area as a refuse dump,
as it is primarily agricultural land and only 5 percent of the land is used
for other purposes. Residents said that under the provincial zoning plan for
2003, many uses are specifically banned from this area, including markets,
sports fields, golf courses, and waste disposal.
Mayor of Nongprue Municipality Mai Chaiyanit said that the municipality
obtained permission from the landlord of a 15-rai area to dispose of waste
free of charge. In this way, the municipality could save 20 million baht
from its budget. He said the location is some way from the community and
that he thought it would not create any problems.
Mai said, however, that the decision would now be reversed in the light of
the complaints, and that it was encouraging that the villagers were showing
informed concern over the environment. He promised that in future
administrators would be more careful in performing their duties and would
pay more attention to public opinion.
There are two pits near Village No 14, and Nongprue Municipality is prepared
to close them and find another location, said Mai.
Three US warships visit Juk Samed
Captain Sanont Pha-Aem (right)
welcomes the US Naval envoy.
Captain Sanont Pha-Aem, deputy chief of staff of Sattahip Navy Base welcomed
Captain Alfred Collins of the US Navy, Commander Eric R Kyle of the frigate
USS Jarret, Commander Michael J Taylor of the frigate USS Ford and Commander
David L Bollert of the USS Harpers Ferry at the base’s reception hall on
The three ships are participating in the Carat training exercises with the
Thai Navy in Sattahip Cove and are moored at Juk Samed.
Snakes alive, there’s a 5-meter python in the camp
Rescue workers gain control of
the lengthy python before transporting it out of harm’s way.
The rescue services call center received an urgent request for help during
the afternoon of June 18 from Amnaj Samrit, 40, a foreman at the Navy House
Village in Sattahip, who reported that a large python had entered the
construction workers’ camp.
Rescuers found the 5-meter long python in the camp and dropped a noose over
its head. The snake was taken away and released far from any populated area
at Khai Laem Puu Jao.
Amnaj told rescue workers that the snake had crawled in from the forest,
probably in search of prey. Workers nervously attempted to send the snake
back by shoving it with pieces of wood, but it fought back aggressively, and
Lucky escape for motorcycle taxi driver who attempted
to beat the train
A motorcycle taxi driver was lucky to escape death when he drove around the
lowered barrier at a level crossing in an attempt to beat the train and then
lost his balance in the middle of the railway line.
humorist Will Rogers once said, “Common sense ain’t all that common” - it
was proved once again here by this motorcycle taxi rider.
The ignorance happened during the morning of June 9 where the railway tracks
cross Soi Siam Country Club, near Nongprue Railway Station. Road users had
stopped at the lowered barriers and were waiting for the train to pass when
Wanchart Saejuu, 53, a motorcycle taxi driver working out of the Soi
Nernplabwan motorcycle taxi rank, attempted to drive through before the
As he rode over the tracks, Wanchart lost his balance. The motorcycle fell
on its side and the train rode over it, totally wrecking the front of the
bike. Wanchart suffered only minor injuries.
Volunteer police officers who were also working for the railway company
notified Banglamung police who sent a patrol to investigate. Officers found
an orange Honda Wave 125, lying alongside container train number 834 on the
Maptaput to Laem Chabang route.
Wanchart, a resident of Kamphaengphetch, told officers that he was driving
back after taking a passenger to Soi Siam Country Club and was in a hurry to
pick up another passenger at Poy Prate Market in Soi Nernplabwan. He saw
that the barriers were down, so he bent down and tried to cross the tracks
before the train arrived. He lost his balance and the motorcycle fell on its
side as the train came closer. He tried to drag the motorcycle off the
tracks without success and the train hit it.
Witnesses said that people waiting at the barrier cried out in alarm at the
motorcyclist as he attempted to cross the tracks in front of the approaching
train, but he ignored them.
Hungarian’s sex pills story doesn’t stand up
Police have arrested the Hungarian owner of a Jomtien mini-mart, 46-year-old
Gyorgy Kardos, for illegally selling the erectile dysfunction drug Kamagra.
Police allege that he was a major dealer, and that he brought the pills in
Kardos (seated) is feeling a bit down after his sex pills story didn’t stand
up to police scrutiny.
Investigations had revealed that Kardos was selling the sex-aid pills
illegally to foreign tourists, and police mounted an undercover operation to
buy one Kamagra Gel pack from him for the price of 4,000 baht. An
appointment was made to meet him at the Dolphin Roundabout in North Pattaya,
and when Kardos produced the pack he was arrested and taken to Pattaya
Armed with a warrant from Pattaya Provincial Court, officers searched
Kardos’s apartment at MM House on Soi Naklua 14 where they found 135 packs
of Kamagra, each pack containing four pills, along with 52 packs of Kamagra
Kardos admitted that he brought the pills in from abroad but said they were
for his personal use only. Police voiced some disbelief over this, given the
volume of goods found in his apartment.
Charges have been brought against Kardos, who owns a mini-mart and
motorcycle rental business in Jomtien, under the Drug Act (Section 101),
which carries a punishment of up to five years imprisonment and a fine not
exceeding 5,000 baht.
Former wife arrested in shooting of German ex-police officer
The former wife of a German man shot dead in Pattaya on June 25 has been
arrested along with the alleged assassin.
Led by Pol Lt Col Suchart Pranee, deputy commander of investigations for
Region 2, and a team of officers arrested 32-year-old Ms Rungnapha Sridaech,
a resident of Trat, while she was sleeping with an unnamed man said to be
the killer in a room at Niran Condo in Soi Arunthai. Both have denied having
anything to do with the murder.
Heinrich Hermann Friedrich, 63, a German former police officer was shot dead
in Soi Suksomboon, Nong Pla Lai. Banglamung police, Sawang Boriboon rescue
workers and doctors from Banglamung Hospital were called out to the scene
where they found the body lying face down in the road.
The deceased was wearing a blue short-sleeved shirt, black trousers, gray
training shoes, and a gold necklace. In his right trouser pocket he had a
gold colored watch, and 12 baht in coins. His spectacles were lying in the
road. Police turned his body over and found that he had been shot in the
right temple, in the middle of the back, in the left shoulder and in the
left knee. Near the body police found four 9 mm shell casings, a plastic
7-Eleven bag and a bottle of Beer Chang.
Miss Nanthana Sukdee, 25, the girlfriend of the deceased arrived in a black
Ford car to see the body, and told officers that she had lived with
Friedrich for about two years. They were not married. They lived together in
a house about 100 meters from the shooting. Heinrich had bought the house
for 5 million baht, but it belonged to his former wife and the couple had
divorced. His former wife had taken him to court to divide the property and
the case had not yet been settled. The agreement states that Friedrich shall
keep possession for a period of 30 years.
Nanthana said that Friedrich was a convivial man who liked to drink beer
with the neighbors. Everyone in the village liked him and he had never been
in an argument with anybody. Before the shooting he told her that he was
going to buy some beer at 7-Eleven, which is located about one kilometer
away. Shortly afterwards, one of the neighbors came to the front door
shouting that Friedrich had been shot dead.
Pol Lt Col Somchai Yotsombat, deputy superintendent of Banglamung Police
Station said that after questioning locals who lived near the scene, all had
provided a similar statement in that the deceased left the house as usual
and probably went to buy beer. They heard an argument and someone calling
for help before hearing four gunshots. Witnesses came out to check and saw
two young men drive off on a red motorcycle. The driver was wearing black
and the passenger was wearing white.
Pol Lt Gen Asawin Khwanmuong, commander of Region 2 police assigned a team
of officers to the case, and on the following day, June 26, Ms Rungnapha
Sridaech was arrested.
Child abuser caught fighting victim on beach
A man who sexually abused a 14-year-old boy for two years was finally
caught, whilst fighting with the youngster on a beach.
The boy, Tum, had managed to flee from his abuser, but when the attacker saw
him walking on a beach he started to attack him.
Fortunately, Pol. General Sutin Suppuang and Police Lieutenant Chalerm
Sirimak saw the Thai man hitting the boy on Jomtien beach at 1.30pm on June
17. They stopped the attack and took the man to the Dong Tan Police Box for
Tum, 14, said that two years ago he went to live with his guardian Sompong
Sae-Seng, 38, from Trang. During that time, he was sexually abused every day
and was kept a prisoner inside the house. He finally managed to escape a
month ago and became homeless in the Pattaya area.
He was walking on the beach when Sompong spotted him. Sompong was drunk and
hit him but luckily the police helped him from getting badly injured.
The boy had bruises on his face and body and the police sent him to the
hospital for treatment.
Sompong Sae-Seng was charged with sexual abuse on a person aged under 15.
Gold snatchers arrested after chase
Two thieves who snatched a gold necklace from a woman were caught after a
police chase on Sukhumvit.
Police followed the pair to their house, where they found two more people
On June 18, at 2 a.m., Monparat Channam-ang, 52, from Phuket, was riding
along Sukhumvit on a motorbike with her German husband when two thieves
grabbed her gold necklace.
Dieter Hermbroct, 69, drove after the thieves until the police stopped them.
Officers radioed to volunteers and other policemen to stop the muggers and
chased them to their home address. The officers arrested them and seized
another two teenagers who were smoking hemp inside the house.
Thieves Thongpoon Sakulna, 29, from Nakhon Panom, and Anupong Gade-chawee,
18, from Phitsanulok, both work as male prostitutes in South Pattaya.
The pair followed the couple’s motorbike and Gade-chawee grabbed the
victim’s necklace, but she tried to pull the necklace back, and the necklace
Police searched for part of the broken necklace, but the thieves said they
threw it away during the chase. Police didn’t believe them and went back to
their house to search for the necklace.
dies after eating som tam
A young Swedish man died after eating som tam prepared for him by his Thai
Officers from Plutaluang Police Station together with Rochan Thamsathan
rescue workers were called out to an address at Plutaluang by Miss Sopha
Kula, 29, who reported that her 29-year-old Swedish boyfriend Lars Mikaes
Gustafsson was dead in his room.
At the scene, a single-story house, the officers found the naked body of the
deceased, face up, and with both hands clenched. The room was in disarray,
with clothing and other items scattered everywhere. A large quantity of
soiled paper was found and there were traces of excreta in the bathroom. An
inspection of the body showed no signs of violence and no money was missing.
Sopha told police that she had met the Swedish exporter at Koh Chang in
April this year and that he came back to Thailand on June 20, when she went
to meet him at Suvarnabhumi Airport. She suggested that to save money he
stay at the house of her friend, 34-year-old Mrs Thaoval Yothorn, which
became the scene of his death.
On June 22 at about noon they made som tam with the added ingredients of
crabs and fermented fish. Her boyfriend only tasted a little, as it was very
spicy. Sopha said that after eating the som tam Gustafsson started to suffer
from stomach cramps and diarrhea. They were going to take him to the doctor,
but he said he had some pills. In the late evening she went back home and he
stayed at her friend’s house in the room that had been prepared for him. She
came to visit him at 09.30 hrs and found that he was dead. She believed that
the som tam caused his death.
Greater police vigilance urged as intellectual property offences soar
Intellectual property offences are soaring, despite continuing cooperation
from the Department of Intellectual Property and the Royal Thai Police, and
the only way to reduce the number of offenses is through law enforcement,
says the DIP.
Panitchayakul, deputy director general of the DIP
A seminar for Provincial Police Region 2 was held on June 15 and attended by
200 police officers from Chonburi, Rayong, Prachinburi, Trad, Chantaburi,
Srakaew, Chachoengsao and Nakon Nayok.
Somsak Panitchayakul, deputy director general of the DIP, which comes under
the Ministry of Commerce, presided over the seminar at the Town in Town
Hotel, along with Pol Maj Gen Koson Puawet, deputy commander of Provincial
Police Region 2.
Somsak said that intellectual property is one of the fundamental aspects
underlying the economy, affecting business, investments, and international
trade. The government will continue to place emphasis on the protection of
intellectual property rights, and pursue those who flout the law.
“All laws associated with intellectual property will be used, including
customs laws, taxation laws, and the price of goods and services laws,” said
In 2005 there were 7,689 arrests for intellectual property law
infringements. In 2006 that had risen to 9,575 cases and in the January to
April period this year there have already been 2,404 cases, in which nearly
6 million baht worth of property has been in dispute.
Baywatch: No-go for wheelchairs
Pattaya’s curse of damaged road surfaces seems to affect even
wheelchair access ramps. City hall has pledged a budget of 1.5 million baht
to build ramps for the disabled along the beach, part of a program to make
Pattaya internationally renowned as a destination with first-class
facilities for the disabled. Fifty of these ramps are to be in concrete, and
10 are made of wood. Shortly after its installation, the wooden ramp
opposite Soi 6 has already split into two halves. It is a danger not only to
wheelchair users but also to pedestrians, and is very unsightly. Does that
Seminar shows how protection against piracy and terrorism can be enhanced
Vice Admiral Jamnong
Kittiphirachol addresses officers on the important role the Region 1
Strategic Fleet Sea Resources Protection Center at Sattahip plays regarding
Vice Admiral Jamnong Kittiphirachol, director of the Region 1 Strategic
Fleet Sea Resources Protection Center at Sattahip on June 22 presided over a
seminar for government and private sector organizations on the role of the
center in the protection of international ships and ports from terrorism and
Rear Admiral Chomphol Vongwakin, chief-of-staff of the Region 1 fleet
reported that the sea is a great economic benefit to the nation and is also
greatly relevant to the security of the nation. The Office of the Board of
National Security understands the importance of the issues and the lack of
unity in operations, and the seminar was being held to help attendees
understand how protection could be enhanced.
The seminar was attended by Navy officers, representatives of the Chonburi,
Rayong, Chantaburi and Trat administrations, the Marine Police, shippers and
the merchant navy, the Customs Department, the Association of Fisheries, the
Labor Social Welfare Office, and private sector organizations.
Laem Chabang to showcase logistics expertise at China expo
Laem Chabang Port is to showcase its logistics potential to business people
throughout the region at the 4th Four China Asian Expo, to be held at
Kwangsi in China during the period October 20 to 23.
Chabang Port has great logistics potential.
Chonburi Governor Pracha Taerat called a meeting of relevant agencies from
the tourism, transportation, industrial and trade sectors to prepare for
participation in the event, designed to promote trade and investment
opportunities amongst the Asian countries.
The Department of Export Promotion at the Ministry of Commerce was contacted
by the Chinese government to select potential provinces to show their
products at the expo. Each year the event has a different theme and last
year the DoE selected Khon Kaen and Chiang Mai to represent Thailand under
the arts and culture theme.
This year’s theme is ports and tourism cities and the DoE selected Chonburi.
It is anticipated that Laem Chabang Port will highlight details of transport
routes to facilitate logistics on both land and sea, and the development of
the Danang-Burma route as well as shipping between southern China and
The Laem Chabang Port Authority is coordinating with private sector
operators to feature booths at the event. The governor has also expressed an
interest in displaying OTOP products at the show.
Snake on a wire causes police explosion
A stray snake caused an explosion at a Tourist Police station after it
strayed onto power lines.
Fax machines, computers and phones were all damaged in the blast.
a snake (not shown) crossed electrical wires and caused a power surge, which
in turn caused electrical fires at the Tourist Police Station.
On June 16 at 4pm, Police Lieutenant General received a report about how the
electricity generator had exploded at the Tourist Police Office on Thappraya
Hill. Fire engines and officers from the Provincial Electricity Authority
went to the scene.
The explosion damaged three air conditioning units, computers, electric
breakers, telephones and fax machines. In addition, the inside wall had a
three-meter crack and there were cracks on the outside, caused by the blast.
The TAT office, which is 100 meters away from the police office, also
reported its fax machine had been slightly damaged by the burst of
An officer checked high voltage poles outside the building and found a dead
snake on one. It is believed the snake had inadvertently caused the
explosion by crossing over the wires.
Police Captain Supraphan Pobirom was at the scene when the incident
happened. He said five officers were working in the office when they heard a
loud explosion from outside. After that the air conditioning units and the
electrical machines started to explode.
Niwat Sa-thong-lai, from the Provincial Electricity Authority, said the
snake might have crept onto the wire and interrupted the system. That meant
400 volts struck the police office. The cost of the damage has not yet been
A slippery thief was caught stealing chickens
The owner of a door and window frame manufacturing business was puzzled why
the number of his chickens appeared to be decreasing, so he hid out to try
and catch the suspected thief. He found that a python was the culprit.
workers found the 1-meter python, estimated to be about a year old, looped
around a beam and enjoying a postprandial snooze.
The Sawang Boriboon radio center received a call on the morning of June 22
from Srithai Maksamoe, the 44-year-old owner of Chor Srithaicharoen
Kanchang, located on Soi Chaiyapornwithee in Nongprue. He said a python had
been eating his chickens, and that the snake was curled around a crossbeam
behind his house.
Rescue workers found the 1-meter python, estimated to be about a year old,
looped around the beam and enjoying a postprandial snooze. Its stomach had a
suspiciously chicken-sized bulge. They used an iron pipe along with a
4-meter PVC pipe to snare the snake.
Srithai said he had nearly 100 chickens behind the house, which backed on to
a wooded area. However, the population had been dwindling every day. He had
hidden himself to keep watch, and was astonished when he found the reason
for the lost chicks. The python was released into the wild far away from any
New image on cards for Pattaya
Tourism bosses are brainstorming to come up with a new slogan and image for
Pattaya. The current logo looks dated and so officers from four provinces
have joined forces to think of a new brand image.
left: Chomroon Wisawachaipan, chairman of Pattaya Business and Tourism
Association, Sinchai Wattanasartsan, vice president of PTBA and Deputy Mayor
On June 14, at the A-One Royal Cruise Resort, Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay
led a conference between local government organizations, the Tourism
Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Business and Tourism Associations from
Chonburi, Rayong, Chantaburi, and Trat to come up with new ideas.
TAT hired advertising agency Leo Burnett to come up with a new image and
highlight any weak points in its tourism strategy. The agency spoke about
the current theme, “The Jewel of the Coast”, which reflects the important
treasures of Thailand, such as beaches, sports and tourist attractions.
However, the agency also thought “The Jewel of the Coast” didn’t represent
the heart of the tourist zone, and wasn’t keen on the logo. They thought it
looked similar to a design used ten years ago, and so there is a need for a
more updated image.
Good support from business sector
as mobile unit visits Wat Chaimongkol
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn
and city administrators distribute food and other goods to residents of the
Chaimongkol Temple Community
Pattaya City’s mobile road show rolled into the Chaimongkol Temple Community
on June 19, distributing food and other goods and providing free services.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn, mayoral adviser Itthipol Khunplome, deputy
mayors Wutisak Rermkitkarn and Verawat Khakhay, along with a number of city
councilors attended the event.
The Tesco Lotus branches in North and South Pattaya provided 155 bags of
rice and 100 consumable packs for free distribution to residents.
Miss Pannee Limcharoen, acting on behalf of the director of the Social
Welfare Section said that good cooperation had been received from business
people for this visit of the mobile unit, who were supplying goods at low
prices in addition to the free support provided by other organizations.
The Social Welfare Bureau sent 50 masseuses to provide free foot massage,
free haircuts were given by Juthamas Beauty School and the Vocational
Training Center, and repair of electrical machines was carried out by the
Redemptorist Vocational School.
Electricity Authority changes name for easier identification
Officials celebrate the
Provincial Electricity Authority of Banglamung’s name being changed to the
Provincial Electricity Authority of Pattaya City.
The Provincial Electricity Authority of Banglamung has now officially
changed its name to the Provincial Electricity Authority of Pattaya City,
for greater ease of identification by Thai citizens and foreigners.
Noranit Rangsiwichitprapa, deputy director of distribution and service for
Region 3 made the announcement on June 22 at the Grand Sole Hotel, and the
change becomes effective on July 1.
Present at the briefing was Banglamung District chief Pratheep
Chongsoubtham, Saman Sutipongkaset, manager of the Provincial Electricity
Authority of Pattaya City, Banglamung District, and Narongsak Kamalet,
director of the Provincial Electricity Authority in Zone 2 (Central),
Noranit said the Power Authority divides its services into three levels. In
the past the Banglamung Power Authority was classified as a Class 3 power
board, servicing the main consumer unit. It has 6,642 consumers with a
monthly average income of 2.6 million baht. However, the Banglamung Power
Authority provides service equal to the provincial level, and it has
therefore been promoted to Power Authority Level 1, having one power
authority bureau under its responsibility, the Power Authority sub-branch of
Currently Pattaya City has 109,316 consumers. The purpose of the name change
from the Provincial Electricity Authority of Banglamung to the Provincial
Electricity Authority of Pattaya City was for it to be better known by Thai
people and foreigners. The address remains the same, at 100, Moo 2, Naklua,
Banglamung, Chonburi 20150, tel 038 221007, or Call Center 1129.
Noranit said that the Power Authority has announced this change in writing
to homeowners and entrepreneurs under its responsibility. He added that in
the future it is planned to install a branch at Na Jomtien, to take care of
the opposite side of Sukhumvit Road for the convenience of Thai and foreign
residents in that area.
Markets must improve
to attract tourists says city hall
City fathers want to organize
local markets in order that they become more productive tourism attractions.
Market operators gathered at Pattaya City Hall on June 13 to see how better
organization could lead to them becoming more productive tourism
Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay led the session, saying that 16 fresh markets
are currently registered and another five are unregistered.
Market operators need to ensure their markets comply with the Market Act of
Pattaya City Sections 35, 37, 55, and 58. This is in accordance with the
Public Health Act BE 1992, and Section 70 of the Pattaya City Administration
Act BE 1999.
Under these regulations there are three categories of market: a market with
a building structure that is held at least once a week; a market without a
building structure that is held at least once a week; and a market without a
building structure that is held on a temporary basis.
All three categories have to proceed in accordance with the Pattaya Act for
all measures, such as cleanliness of the goods distribution location, and
hygienic garbage collection and disposal.
City hall will next survey and evaluate the markets to see if they are
complying with the Act, and if not they will be given 15 days to rectify
their deficiencies. Two such periods are allowed, and if the market does not
pass muster after this its license will be suspended for one year.
Bubpa Songsakulchai of the Sanitation Department said that if the markets
operate to the required standards they could increase their numbers of Thai
and foreign customers by 10 to 20 percent.
Mae Laor Market is currently top of the line for cleanliness and safe food
in the market sector, said Bubpa.
Landmark bill against marital rape gains NLA approval
Under the terms of a new legal provision of the Thai
Penal Code, a husband can no longer physically abuse his wife or engage in
involuntary sexual relations against his spouse’s will.
Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved an amendment
providing that a marital rape is now subject to a maximum jail term of 20
The Thai Penal Code Section 276 currently exempts punishment for a husband
who has sexual intercourse with his wife against her will, an understanding
which is widely seen as gender discrimination against women.
There have been many attempts to change this legal provision, but NLA action
represents the first time that a wife’s rightful willingness will be
protected by the Thai Penal Code.
Following promulgation of the amended Section 276, a marital rapist will
face a minimum jail term of four years, up to a maximum 20 year
incarceration, or a minimum fine of 8,000 baht up to 40,000 baht or both.
“Mr. Clean” leads unofficial
polling for next PM
Purachai Piamsomboon, former deputy prime minister who
resigned from politics in January 2005, has emerged as the favorite choice
for prime minister in a survey conducted by the ABAC Poll.
The Assumption University survey - better known as the ABAC Poll -
interviewed 1,750 Thais and 558 foreigners in Bangkok and surrounding areas.
It found that 41.7 percent of the respondents wanted Purachai, dubbed “Mr.
Clean” for his staunch anti-corruption line while he served during the first
term of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Slightly over one third of the respondents - 37.7 percent - wanted ex-prime
minister Anand Panyarachun to head the new government after a general
election, likely to be held this November, while 34.6 percent favored
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.
As many as 59.3 percent of foreign respondents said they agreed that the
ousted government of Thaksin was engaged in rampant corruption while 7.4
Almost half of the foreign respondents, 49 percent, also believe attempts by
an ongoing demonstration to drive out the Council for National Security from
power would lead to violence in the country, while 87.9 percent believe that
a general election would be the best way to solve the country’s political