Kingdom of Thailand rejoices at the celebration
of Their Majesties fifty-eighth wedding anniversary
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Mom Rajawongse
Sirikit Kitayakara were married by Her Majesty Queen Sawang Vadhana, the
paternal grandmother of His Majesty, at the Sra Pathum Palace in Bangkok on
April 28, 1950.
Mom Rajawongse Sirikit, the daughter of the Thai Ambassador to France Mom
Chao Nakkhatmongkol Kitayakara and Mom Luang Bua Sanitwongse met the
soon-to-be-King at the Thai Embassy in Paris in 1948. They were engaged to
be married at the Windsor Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 19, 1949.
They returned to Thailand during the government of Prime Minister Field
Marshal Pibul Songkhram and a stunningly beautiful marriage ceremony was
held while the Thai military forces formed to honor and salute the Royal
Following the Royal marriage, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great
ascended the throne, becoming the ninth King of Thailand in the Chakri
Dynasty with all the pomp and pageantry befitting a Royal coronation on May
Their Majesties have four children, HRH Princess Ubolratana, HRH Crown
Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and HRH
Long live His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great and Her Majesty
Songkran adds 500M baht
to city treasure chest
Last year saw 8% increase in tourism says TAT
Songkran is estimated to have added at least 500 million baht to the
Pattaya economy, with some 500,000 visitors arriving in the city to enjoy
The figures reflect an upbeat trend for tourism. Chaiwat Charoensuk,
director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Central Region 3 Office said
that 2007 was a good year for Pattaya City and Chonburi Province in terms of
tourist arrivals, with the figure standing at 6.62 million. Pattaya City
itself received an income of 5.9 billion baht from tourism.
This represents an increase of about 8 percent over the previous year, 2006,
when there were 5.5 million tourists and a tourism income of about 5.3
So far, 2008 looks equally promising, the sheer diversity of what Pattaya
and Chonburi Province can offer proving to be an enormous attraction for a
wide range of tourism market segments.
Chaiwat said that the large volume of business has encouraged a growing
amount of investment, especially in the hotels sector. For hotel operators,
existing and new, this has meant increasing competition.
Although there have been comments from the hospitality industry that the
number of visitors has decreased, the reality is that the number of new
hotels opening, especially large hotels, is spreading the business more
In the near future, said Chaiwat, 700 to 800 hotel rooms will open in
Bangsarae and Najomtien, including major brands such as the Hilton, the
Hyatt and the Holiday Inn. The hotel business, he said, is going to need a
concerted approach to promoting Pattaya City and the province so that more
business is generated and there is a more even spread of business amongst
the large hotels.
Chaiwat explained that the number of tourists and revenue during the
Songkran period, respectively 500,000 tourists and 500 million baht, was
estimated against data from hotels based on reservations, and excluded other
May 1 is Labor Day
Thursday, May 1 is National Labor Day here in Thailand.
Banks, government offices and many local businesses will be closed. If you
have any banking to do, make sure to get it done by April 30, or wait until
Also, bar flies will be disheartened to learn that local elections will take
place over the next two Sundays. This will mean alcohol sales will be
prohibited over the next two weekends. For details, turn to page 2.
10 fire engines rush
to blaze at Soi Pothisan
Police believe blaze was started by a short circuit
17 houses, four pickups and 17
motorbikes were damaged
in a blaze April 12 at Soi Pothisan.
Ten fire engines rushed to Soi Pothisan in Naklua during the early evening
of April 12 when fire engulfed a settlement of wooden houses.
Pattaya Police Station received a report at 5 p.m. that fire had broken out,
and a team of officers led by station superintendent Pol Col Noppadon
Wongnom along with Sawang Boriboon Foundation rescue workers joined the
firefighters at the scene.
The fire was in an area of 30 wooden houses with zinc roofs, and the owners
had fled in panic with their valuables. Firefighters had the blaze under
control in approximately one hour, and in the event 17 houses were damaged,
along with four pickups and 17 motorbikes. Damage was estimated at 3 million
Investigations revealed that the fire had started in the house belonging to
34-year-old Chaiya Kaewlek. He and other residents had gone out to sell
goods on Pattaya Beach when the fire occurred. Most of the victims were from
Yasothon, and had come to work in Pattaya by selling goods on the beach.
They had leased a plot and built their shelters more than 10 years ago.
Mrs Wanarat Hongkam, 30, who lost her entire house in the fire, stated in
tears that she had left the poverty of her hometown with 30 of her relatives
to come and work in Pattaya. She sold steamed seafood. They had rented a
plot of land and built about 30 houses. Before the fire, they had gone to
work as usual, and only the children were at home. She lost her vehicle and
other property that she had collected over the 10 years since she arrived in
Police believe that the blaze was started by a short circuit, but fire
investigators in Zone 13 will conduct a closer examination and prepare a
Next stop boot camp
for red ticket holders
Draft selection for Banglamung District
April 9 and 10 saw the event that most young Thai men have
distinctly ambivalent feelings about, namely the examination and selection
process for the military draft.
Chinram drew a red ticket and must present himself to the Army for duty
beginning May 1, 2008.
Col Piyachat Thoopthong of the 1st Army Support Commandant Koh Chan presided
over the selection for Banglamung District, which was held at the District
There were 614 youths from the eight sub-districts under Banglamung District
who had reached the age of 21 and were registered as reserve soldiers. Of
these 90 were placed on the active list during this selection process, and
were posted to the Army and Navy units in need of recruits.
The first day, April 9, saw 375 youths from Nongprue and Banglamung arrive
for registration. Of these, 30 were selected. As 17 were volunteers, only 13
had to take part in the draw for red or black tickets, the red ticket
meaning that the next stop for its possessor was boot camp.
April 10 was the second day of registration, with 239 young men from Naklua,
Nongplalai, Khao Mai Kaew, Pong, Takhiantia and Huay Yai attending. On this
day, 60 red tickets and 179 black tickets were prepared. The red tickets
were divided into 25 tickets for the Navy, and 35 tickets for the Army. The
atmosphere was tense. But the Army and Navy got their men.
elections April 27
No alcohol sales this weekend - and next
The Chonburi Provincial Administration Organization
(PAO) will hold elections this Sunday, April 27, from 8 a.m. until 3
p.m. With this, the Election Commission has announced that once again,
alcohol sales and public celebrations are prohibited from 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, until midnight Sunday, April 27.
Pattaya’s mayoral and city council elections are scheduled for May 4,
meaning bars and entertainment places in Pattaya will be prohibited from
selling alcohol next weekend, too, from 6 p.m. Saturday, May 3, until
midnight Sunday, May 4.
The PAO is the government organization responsible for the development
of its province’s commercial, social, education, health and well being,
and occupations sectors, as well as maintaining public utilities for the
benefits of its residents.
The election will be for the head of the PAO and members representing
each district in the province, who will monitor the work of the
chairperson on behalf of the people.
Chonburi is one of 5 provinces holding elections this weekend. The other
4 other provinces are Nonthaburi, Songkla, Lampang and Chanthaburi.
Women’s prison to make
way for city shrine
New prison to be in Banbung district
Chonburi provincial authorities are preparing to relocate the
women’s prison so that a city pillar shrine can be built on the site.
women’s prison in Chonburi will soon be relocated to make way for a city
Chonburi Deputy Governor Monthian Thongnit said that the prison is located
opposite the Buddha Sihingh Image House, and that the authorities wish to
construct the Chonburi city pillar shrine here to make this a sacred place.
There is a 30 million baht budget from the Chonburi Administrative
Organization to support construction of the shrine, and members of the
public are also making donations.
Construction budget for the new prison will be between 500 and 600 million
baht, spread over a two-year period at about 300 million baht each year. A
300-rai site has been chosen, and 30 million baht has already been allocated
for a water reservoir and an access road.
Mrs Kalyanee Chanma, director of the Chonburi women’s prison said that the
decision to move the jail had been made by the Chonburi governor, and that
the female inmates would in the interim be moved into Chonburi central
prison opposite Ekachon Hospital.
The Department of Corrections has selected the new site for the prison,
which is in Banbung district. Kalyanee said that the current women’s prison
is located on an area of 7 rai, and that there are at present more than
1,000 female prisoners. The site is too small, and the new site would allow
larger accommodation along with buildings for occupational training.
Chinese visitors promote
Present five Olympic mascots
Children pose with the Chinese
Olympic mascots at Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens during the Songkran
More than 1,300 Chinese tourists flew to Thailand on a special trip
for Songkran and to present five Olympic mascots in time for the procession
of the Olympic torch through the country.
The Pekinese Ming Jern Group was led by Tan Zheng Sung and Sittiwatchara
Cheewaratanaporn, and arrived in Pattaya on April 14. A highlight of the
tour was a visit to Nong Nooch Garden, where the group greatly enjoyed the
traditional celebrations and the spectacle of the elephants playing with
Five Olympic mascots, each with a specific color, namely blue, red, orange,
green and white-black were presented by the group, with the message Welcome
to Beijing. The mascots are made from a thin parachute material, allowing
the passage of light and air, and with the use of a battery to circulate air
so that the people inside can move and breathe in comfort.
Sittiwatchara, who is president of the Thai-Chinese Professional
Association, said that the Chinese people are very proud of the fact that
the Olympics are being held in Beijing this year, and wish to spread
goodwill for the event worldwide.
Mrs Kwanwan Khantisuk, general manager of Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, said
that it was a pleasure to welcome the Chinese visitors at this particular
time and that Nong Nooch was honored to be chosen for the presentation of
Police investigate mystery deaths of two Korean women on Koh Larn beach
Police are investigating the mysterious deaths of two Korean women
found dead on the beach at Koh Larn.
Pattaya Police Station was informed of the discovery of the bodies on Tarai
Beach at 11 a.m. on April 11, and station superintendent Pol Col Nopadol
Wongnom led a team of officers to the scene that included Pol Col Paisan
Wongwatsana, superintendent of forensics in Chonburi Zone 13, and Pol Lt Col
Suwan Un-Anana, chief inspector of the Tourist Police, along with rescue
workers from Sawang Boriboon Foundation.
One of the deceased women was lying on her back. She had long hair, was
approximately 165cm tall, and was wearing a black T-shirt, a violet T-shirt
and black jacket with gray jeans and black canvas shoes. Blood had issued
from the nose. Time of death was estimated at about five hours previously.
The second woman was lying on her stomach about 3 meters away. She was
approximately 160cm tall, had pale skin and long hair, and was wearing four
layers of clothes, namely a black T-shirt, a yellow shirt, a white T-shirt
and black jacket, along with black jeans and white canvas shoes. Her face
and eyes were swollen, there was damage to her head, and she had dried
bloodstains around the edge of her eyelids. It is estimated that she had
died at the same time as the first woman.
Police officers examined a Thespesia populnea soland tree about 100 meters
away from the corpses. They found one black handbag and one brown handbag,
with contents that included lipstick, powder, cosmetics, and one page of a
passport. However, the photo page was torn up, and the middle of the face
was missing. The name was Miss Park Ji Hee, a Korean national of unknown
age, and the document is thought to have belonged to one of the deceased.
Porn Chanhom, a 52-year-old baht bus driver, stated that the day before at
about 2 p.m. he was waiting for passengers on Samae Beach, which is 2km away
from where the bodies were found. The two Korean women came from the beach,
and declined him in Thai when he asked them if they wished to use his
service. The next time he saw them, they were dead.
Police at present have conflicting theories as to the cause of death. One
theory is that the women were murdered, because there were several unusual
marks on the corpses. Drowning would not have caused dried bloodstains
around the edges of the eyelids, say some officers. Another theory is that
the deaths were a suicide pact, the women throwing themselves into the ocean
at high tide. The bodies have been sent to the Forensic Institute at the
Police Hospital to find the cause of their deaths.
The day after the bodies were found, April 12, police led Korean Embassy
officials to the scene, where photographs were taken and notes made.
Investigations have revealed that the women had not checked into any hotel
in Pattaya or on Koh Larn. They had only small handbags for makeup, and came
together on a private journey, not as part of any tourist group.
Twice unlucky for bag snatcher
The Russian victims (left) look on as Praiwan
the thief (right)
is processed by police.
A snatch-and-run thief who snatched a bag from a Russian couple
during the Songkran festivities and attempted to flee on a motorcycle was
caught and given a beating by a security guard who had his own grievance
against the thief.
Pattaya Police Station received a report at 12:50 a.m. on April 14 that a
man was being detained in connection with a robbery at Yinyorm Beach, behind
the Cosy Beach Hotel.
At the scene, police found the thief who had been beaten up and was being
detained by several bystanders and the hotel security guard. He was
identified as Praiwan Wilairit, age 35, of Buriram Province.
Two Russian tourists, Valadimia Polaf, 28, and his girlfriend Miss Vasilisa
Seltova, 21, were waiting for the police to arrive, and embraced each other
in relief when the officers appeared. They said that the man had snatched
their bag when they were walking back to their hotel. Passers-by and the
security guard had caught him.
The officers examined the area and found a yellow bag belonging to the
couple, which was lying in dense grass along the beach. Inside the bag were
an Ericsson cell phone, a Panasonic digital camera, and the personal
documents of both victims. The accused confessed to committing the crime,
because he wanted money to go out on Songkran Day. He was charged with
Nirud Rumprakon, 46, a resident of Buriram Province who is security guard at
the Cosy Beach Hotel gave a statement to the police. He said that he and
Praiwan, who was a friend, had been selling fruit together until Praiwan
borrowed his motorcycle on March 19 and did not return it. Nirud had
reported this to the police, but Praiwan had disappeared until turning up to
cause more trouble. Yet another charge was added to the sheet of the
Australian man found hanged
An Australian man has been found dead at View Talay Condo 2, in what
appears to be suicide by hanging.
Pattaya Police Station received a call at 4:50 a.m. on April 6 from
Chainarong Pinpa, a 37-year-old security guard at the Jomtien Beach
condominium, to say that he had found the dead body of a Western tourist.
The deceased was hanging by his neck from a banister on the 19th floor of
Station superintendent Pol. Col. Noppadon Wongnom and Sawang Boriboon
Foundation rescue workers went to the scene, where they found a man
identified as John Peter Pace, a 46-year-old Australian citizen, hanging by
a cable that was looped around his neck and secured via the banister to the
tap on a water tank.
The deceased was dressed in a white wing collar shirt, grey Bermuda shorts,
and he wasn’t wearing any shoes. Time of death was estimated at no more than
two hours previously. A whisky bottle, a glass, a bottle of soda, cigarettes
and a lighter were found on the floor next to his corpse. There were no
signs of assault.
Chainarong said that he was on patrol and inspecting the deck at about 3:30
a.m. when he saw the man acting suspiciously. He advised him to return to
his room, and then informed his superior. The guard said he knew Pace lived
alone in room number 343/850 on the 18th floor, and said that in his opinion
the man looked mentally disturbed.
Time passed, and when he went back to inspect the area again he discovered
the deceased hanging from the banister by his neck.
The body has been sent to the Medical Jurisprudence Institute at the Police
General Hospital for an autopsy.
Three injured in gang shooting
Three people were injured and a news reporter shot at during a
dispute between Naklua youths during the early hours of April 11.
Banglamung Police Station received a report at 5 a.m. that three people had
been hospitalized with gunshot wounds, one of them being sent to Banglamung
Hospital and two to Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.
At Banglamung Hospital, the injured person was identified as Anuwat
Nilphothong, age 20, from Soi Pattaya-Naklua 17, behind the Aksorn Suksa
Technical School. He had minor injuries after being shot to his right leg.
The other two were both aged 16, and had received bullet wounds to their
upper right thighs.
Anuwat said he was asleep in his house with the other two persons when they
heard the sound of motorcycles stopping outside. He opened the door and
found about 10 youths, who had arrived on six motorbikes. One of them took
out a gun and shot several times, injuring him and his two friends. Anuwat
ran from the house to hide in the wooded area behind the building, and the
gang fired into the bushes with what seemed to be two guns, although he was
Anuwat said that he recognized one of the gang as a man named Tao Naklua,
and another that he knew as Ad. The cause of the shooting was most likely
from a dispute in the past, he said.
As the officers were questioning the injured people, there was another
report that the criminals were chasing news reporters, and had shot at them
in front of a house on Soi Pattaya-Naklua 17, the same soi as the first
Officers went to investigate, and found Kamphee Absuwan, a 23-year-old
reporter from the Pattaya Post and Kom Chad Luk newspapers who is
permanently posted in Pattaya; Watchara Kaewkalong, 22, and Watcharapat
Ramkomut, a 28-year-old reporter on a local newspaper.
There was a .38 caliber bullet cartridge on the ground, and the officers
kept it as evidence. Kamphee had a bullet hole in his jacket and shirt. He
stated that he had received information from the injured people in the
hospital, and had gone to the scene of the shooting. He traveled there on
the back of a motorcycle driven by Watchara, and Watcharapat followed them
on another motorbike.
When they arrived at the soi, a youth had come close up to them on a white
125i Honda Wave, wearing a full-face helmet and with a revolver in his left
hand. Kamphee said he was scared, and jumped off the motorbike and ran away.
The man shot at him several times, but luckily the bullets only tore through
his clothes. Watchara also jumped from the motorcycle and fled. Another
gunman, also wearing a full-face helmet and riding a blue-black Honda Wave
shot at him, but hit only the motorcycle. Watcharapat also left his
motorcycle and escaped.
The reporters hid in the woodland and stayed there as the two gunmen came
back down the soi looking for them. They waited until the criminals had
passed by before reporting the shooting to the police.
Atthaporn Isim, also known as Ad, age 18 and a resident of Naklua, has been
arrested, as has Maka Bunsa-Nguan, age 22, from Naklua. They have been
charged with attempted murder.
Pol Col Sarayut Sa-Nguanpokai, superintendent at Banglamung Police Station
said that members of the gang are familiar to the police, as they have been
arrested before on drugs and firearms offenses. Kritsada Ponpaipal, also
known as Tao Naklua, the 20-year-old leader of the gang has been charged
before in connection with a number of cases in Banglamung and Pattaya. Now
the police are after him again, and have requested an arrest warrant from
Pattaya Provincial Court.
Cobra Gold celebrates Songkran the traditional
way - to appreciate, respect and help
Locals giving facials to
sailors: Ray Davis, Shanon Wiley, Scott Mcguire,
Ron Collett, Roy McDonald, and Patrick Gregg.
Khao Mai Kaew Mayor Chamnien
(center) poses with the sailors and community.
Songkran is the Thai New Year, running from April 12 - 15, but
locals in Pattaya celebrate this on the 18th and 19th.
generation to generation - the tradition goes on.
Traditionally it is considered a family day, and an occasion for the young
to give recognition to the elderly people and pay respect to them by pouring
scented water onto their palms, while asking for forgiveness for any
misbehavior or offense they have conducted in the past, and at the same time
receiving blessings from them. The water pouring also symbolizes cleansing
of the souls and bringing in good luck for the New Year, therefore it’s also
the time for general spring-cleaning in homes.
In local communities, people gather at their temple to hold traditional
Buddhist ceremonies and celebrations.
the novices - blessing the elderly.
The day starts with the young and old paying respect to the Buddha image and
the monks, followed by the young pouring water onto the palms of the
elderly, and offering daily essentials to those who may need them; be it
rice, medicine or other items.
Coincidentally, while in Pattaya, members of EPU 112 and SEALOGFE 101
identified a community need, then developed and carried out a Community
Relations Project, known in U.S. Navy acronyms as a COMREL.
In the last month, the cost of rice has skyrocketed over 30% in South East
Asia due to shortages and demand increases. Rice is an important part of
daily meals in Thailand and the sudden cost increase has put a strain on the
budgets of those who can least afford it.
Navy team unloads the rice.
With that in mind, a group of 12 sailors and civilians collected 8,900 baht
(approximately $300) from their private funds, for the purchase of rice.
With the help of Sue Kukarja, communications director of Pattaya Mail
Publishing Company, 200 kilos of rice was purchased along with 15 first aid
kits. The Pattaya Mail, familiar with local needs, identified Khao Mai Kaew
(roughly translated as Crystal Wood Hill), a rural local community to
receive this donation.
Six sailors representing the group delivered the rice and medical kits, and
were able to meet and participate in Songkran festivities with residents of
The Navy team unloaded the rice and handed out five-kilo bags to 40
children, who gratefully accepted.
Mayor Chamnien and community members warmly greeted the sailors, after which
the group joined in the celebration of the New Year with water blessings,
face powdering, music, and ceremonies to recognize the young and old of the
It was a rare and fulfilling experience for the sailors to participate in
such activity, and a great opportunity for the locals to get to know them
Worker killed in framework collapse at luxury apartment project
Two others injured
One man was killed and two injured when cement framework collapsed at a
luxury apartment project being constructed in Pattaya.
workers (background) remove the deceased after cement framework collapsed on
top of him.
The tragedy happened at 11:30 a.m. on April 12 at the LK Apartment
construction project on Soi Bongkot and Third Road. Police, led by Pattaya
Police Station Superintendent Noppadon Wongnom, along with Sawang Boriboon
Foundation rescue workers attended the scene.
The building was a seven-story apartment, where construction was proceeding
on the fifth floor. Cement framework on the fifth floor had collapsed onto
the workers on the floor below. Two injured people, identified as Bancha
Buangam, 31, and a 28-year-old man known only as Chin were taken to
The dead man was brought down to the ground level by a rescue unit crane. He
was identified as Khan Nontae, age 50, of Sangkha, in Surin. He was a
woodworker. The scaffolding had collapsed onto his head, fracturing his
skull and breaking his neck.
Investigators say the cement support was overloaded, causing it to collapse.
Pol Lt Col Samran Khamwattana, who has been put in charge of the case, said
that he would call the project architect and the building foreman in for
questioning to see if the framework was below standard, and to discover who
is responsible for the collapse.
Cobra Gold 2008
scheduled for May 8-21
This year marks 27th anniversary of the event
Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, and the United
States recently announced their participation in the Cobra Gold exercise to
be held in Thailand from May 8-21, 2008.
Cobra Gold is a regularly scheduled joint and combined multi-national
exercise hosted annually by the Kingdom of Thailand. Cobra Gold 2008 (CG08)
is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote
regional peace and security. This exercise marks the 27th anniversary of
this regionally significant training event.
The U.S. Embassy Bangkok’s Deputy Chief of Mission James F. Entwistle said
at the CG08 press conference that “multi-national responses to regional
crises are likely to be the norm in the future; in order to better address
tomorrow’s requirements, it is vital that friends train together. There is
no better exercise than Cobra Gold in keeping our militaries ready to
respond to the real-world priorities of supporting peace, stability,
reconstruction, and humanitarian assistance.”
Training will consist of a computer-simulated command post exercise, field
training exercises, and humanitarian/civic assistance projects.
In addition to the five main participating countries, the Royal Thai
Government has invited several other nations to participate in various roles
during the exercise. The following countries have been invited: Australia,
Brunei, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia,
Philippines and Mongolia.
Sucker worm invades fisherman’s ear
A fisherman who dived into the sea to set fish traps was
hospitalized when a sucker worm entered his ear, and anyone diving in
Sattahip Bay is warned of the presence of these sea creatures.
Saikid Unok, the 33-year-old captain of a fishing boat, was rushed to
Sirikit Hospital Naval Medical Department during the early hours of April 10
by his wife Watsana Chuanak, 39.
An ectoparasite that Thai fishermen know as “toi dood” or “ai dood” had
entered his right ear and attached itself to his eardrum tissue, causing
bleeding and intense pain.
It took the physicians approximately 20 minutes to pinch the worm out, as it
had gone deep into the eardrum tissue.
Saikid, who recovered fully after his treatment, said that he had taken his
boat to set fish-traps in the sea at Koh San Chalam, in the Samaesan
Sub-district estuary. He dived about 10 meters into the water, and the worm
had entered his ear. He said he had gone back to the surface and tried to
remove it without success. Then his eardrum became very painful, and blood
came out of his ear. He hurried back to the shore, and his wife took him to
Saikid said that sucker worms usually attach themselves to fish or dead sea
creatures. The worm causes the carcasses to dry. Usually, he said, he is
very careful, but was unlucky this time. However, the physician saved him.
Candidates sign social
contract for free and fair
mayoral and council elections
Election to be held May 4
Mayoral candidates (L to R)
Alisa Phantusak, Itthipol Khunplome, Surat Mekawarakul, Supawee
Wiriyawattana, and Tanawat Kaewphuthong have promised, in writing, a clean
and fair election. Let the games begin!
Chonburi Election Commission has asked the five candidates running
in the mayoral election on May 4 to be transparent in their actions and to
fight a clean fight.
Candidates running for the position of mayor of Pattaya City and a total of
81 Pattaya Council seats have all signed an agreement promising to keep to
the election rules and not to cheat.
The social contract was signed on April 9 at Pattaya City Hall, with Anon
Raewattananon, chairman of the Chonburi Election Commission, Poonsak
Sangkaew, director of the Chonburi Election Commission, and Koson Aunkliang,
chairman of the Pattaya Election Commission acting as witnesses.
There are now five candidates running for the position of mayor, and each
has been allocated a number. Ms Alisa Phantusak is No 1, Itthipol Khunplome
No 2, Surat Mekawarakul No 3, Ms Supawee Wiriyawattana No 4, and Tanawat
Kaewphuthong No 5.
Similarly, each of the 81 candidates running for the Pattaya Council seats
has been allocated an election number.
There will be 85 ballot stations around Pattaya City. Pattaya School No 2
has been selected as the venue for counting the mayoral votes. The count for
Pattaya councilors in Zone 1 will be at Banglamung District Hall, the Zone 2
count will be at Nongyai Temple, Zone 3 at Pattaya School No 5, and Zone 4
at Pattaya School No 7.
Anon said that previous elections had attracted a large number of complaints
concerning cheating, especially in the areas with a high level of
competition. It is hoped that the social contract would help reduce this.
Anon himself said that as a Chonburi native, he personally wished to see a
clean and fair local election won by people who would administer and develop
the city for the benefit of the people who live there, not by those who had
bought their position for their own reasons.
Chonburi Election Commission is circulating information on the social
contract to every registered voter, and asking that any evidence of cheating
or maladministration be reported to the Chonburi Election Commission Office
on tel 081 8619501, or the Pattaya Election Commission Cooperation Center at
tel 038 253220.
Blessings ceremony for
city hall officials and staff
Pattaya City’s 300+ employees
line up to pour scented water
on the hands of senior officials and staff at city hall.
More than 300 city hall officers and employees gathered for the Thai New
Year Rod Nam Dam Hua tradition on April 18, conducting a pouring of lustral
water for the spiritual wellbeing of senior officials and staff.
The officials gathered at the King Taksin Monument, where Pattaya City
permanent secretary Sittiprap Muangkoom led the ceremony.
Viratana Jirasripaitoon, director of the Sanitary Works Department was the
representative Pattaya official who gave Songkran Day blessings to the
senior management, while Sittiprap responded with blessings for
administrators and employees for the New Year.
The blessings ceremony being completed, there was a traditional sprinkling
of water, making the plaza around the King Taksin Monument a lively and
as house collapses in rain
A workman was injured on April 16 when a heavy rainstorm mid-day
caused a house to collapse.
The rain, which lasted for an hour but did not deter Songkran revelers,
caused flooding on many roads.
The house that collapsed was a two-story Thai-style teak building under
construction on the Huayyai-Sukhumvit Road, opposite Elephant Village. It
was 80 percent completed. The roof collapsed under the weight of the
rainwater. The workman, identified as 18-year-old Naruenat Nonkongkang of
Kanchanaburi Province, suffered head injuries. He was transferred to
Naruenat said that the house belonged to Mrs Mam (unknown real name and
surname), who is the younger sister of the owner of the Chalida House
Project, which is located opposite. He and his colleagues were making a
wall. It started to rain, which was followed by the rainstorm. This caused
the posts on the second floor to incline and collapse. The workers
scattered, but Naruenat said he wasn’t able to escape in time. The beam fell
on his head.
The costs for damage are unknown until Mrs Mam comes back from up country.
This two-story Thai-style teak
building under construction on the Huayyai-Sukhumvit Road collapsed during a
Ceremony marks 100th day after passing of HRH Princess Galyani
Ten monks from Wat Yai
in Chonburi performed the merit-making ceremony.
The 100th day after the passing away of Her Royal Highness Princess
Galyani was marked with a ceremony on April 11 at Banglamung District
Office, with Pratheep Chongsubthum, Banglamung district chief and mayor of
Nongprue Municipality Mai Chaiyanit presiding.
Her Royal Highness the Princess passed away on January 2 at 2:54 a.m. at the
age of 84 years.
Officials, court members, military personnel, police, and community
representatives of Banglamung and Pattaya gathered for the ceremony, wearing
black and white attire. Ten monks from Wat Yai Intharam in Chonburi
performed the merit-making ceremony. Robes were then offered to the monks,
along with the traditional necessities.
Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana was born on May 6, 1923 in
England, and was named Mom Chao Galyani Vadhana by King Vajiravudh. She was
the elder sister of His Majesty King Anada Mahidol, and His Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej. In 1927, she was elevated to Her Highness Pra Vorawongse
Ther Pra Ong Chao Galyani Vadhana by His Majesty King Prajadhipok (Rama
VII). In 1935, the Princess was elevated to Her Royal Highness after her
brother ascended to the throne as King Rama VIII. Her Royal title was
Somdetch Pra Chao Pi Nang Ther Chao Fa Galyani Vadhana.
The Royal birthday ceremony of May 6, 1995 celebrated HRH the Princess’s 6th
12-year cycle birthday, where His Majesty the King bestowed the title of
Kroma Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra upon her. This made her the only
female member of the Chakri Royal Family during the reign of King Rama IX to
have been bestowed this title.
People crowded into Banglamung
District Office for the merit making ceremony to mourn the hundred day
passing of HRH Princess Galyani.
Sattahip Naval Base holds ceremony in mourning of HRH Princess Galyani
Many people in Sattahip gather
to make offerings in a ceremony to mark
the 100th day after the passing of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani.
Sattahip Naval Base and other units under the Royal Thai Navy along
with government and private organizations and members of the public in
Sattahip made offerings on April 10 in a ceremony to mark the 100th day
after the passing of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani.
Rice and dry food were offered, together with robes and lunch for 84 monks
at a ceremony presided over by Vice Admiral Sriwisut Ratarun,
commander-in-chief of Sattahip Naval Base, at Sattahip Temple field.
There was also a chanting ceremony at Sattahip Temple, for which Vice
Admiral Komin Komutanon, commander-in-chief of the Coastal Defense Force,
and Sattahip District chief Narong Theerachantarangkul lit candles and joss
Vice Admiral Sriwisut, addressing the gathering, said that the nation had
lost a highly esteemed person who can’t be called back, and that all was
left was to pray for her soul to go to heaven. She always performed with a
pure heart, he said, and worked always for the good of others.
Students view lifestyle
of the crab at Underwater World
Underwater World has arranged a special exhibition of seven types of
crab for schoolchildren to view during the summer vacation.
Giant Hermit Crab, one of seven crab species now on display at Underwater
World in Pattaya.
Pebble crabs, frog crabs, decorated crabs, rock crabs, giant hermit crabs
and spider crabs are on display in an area of 15 square meters.
Darong Yingchon, an expert on aquatic animals at Underwater World said that
these seven species are all found in our homeland, in the waters of the
Andaman Sea and the Thai Gulf. There are large numbers of them, but the
crabs are hard to study in their natural habitat, as they are nocturnal.
The exhibition allows students to see how the crabs live and protect
themselves. The decorated crab, for example, has small pincers and a fragile
structure that makes it vulnerable against a stronger enemy, so it has a
tactic of hiding. Most of them live in the sea amongst seaweed or in coral
reefs to remain hidden. They crawl slowly, and it is difficult to see them
when they have debris stuck to their shells. Some attach themselves to
sponges, and use them as a cover.
Darong and other members of the Underwater World staff are on hand to
explain to students other aspects of the lifestyle of the crabs on display.
Obituary: Walter Leo Meyer
(19.5.1915 – 19.4.2008)
President of the Swiss Society Bangkok
Swiss-born Walter Meyer, who passed away last Saturday just one month short
of his 93rd birthday, arrived in Thailand in 1941 and discovered Pattaya
more than 50 years ago. As the chairman of the Swiss trading house Berli
Jucker his professional career came to an end which he had started in the
very same company in the forties as a secretary. Under his leadership
well-known products like Agfa-Gaevert, Bayer, AEG and MAN found their
entries into the Thai market. “Sweeter” consumer goods such as Sugus candies
and Toblerone were made available to the Thai palate due to his endeavours.
Walter Meyer became possibly more publicly known to the local community for
his countless community projects. Some 50 years ago he co-founded the Royal
Varuna Yacht Club which he also steered as its first commodore from 1957 to
1964. In 1962 he laid the foundation to the Swiss School which today allows
more than 200 German-speaking children, regardless of financial means, to
gain an education from kindergarten to the Swiss/German/Austrian equivalent
of a baccalaureate.
His deep catholic faith was also to the tremendous benefit of the Holy
Redeemer Church of Thailand. Pattaya’s St. Niklaus-Church and the cemetery
on Sukhumvit Road were built on more than 11,000 square meters of land
donated by him to the Church. He was also actively involved in the
establishment, fund raising and support of the Pattaya Orphanage.
Despite his 67 years in Thailand Walter Meyer maintained his Swiss roots. In
commemoration of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s fifth cycle birthday some 20
years ago he donated the “Sala Swiss”. This Swiss Chalet was built at the
shores of the lake at the Yanasangwararam Temple and is a replica of the
“Hechhuis”, a historical chalet built in 1586 in Wolfenschiessen in Central
Switzerland. In October 1987 H.M. the King, H.M. the Queen and H.R.H.
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visited the Swiss Chalet outside Pattaya.
He furthermore actively supported the endeavours of the Swiss community in
Thailand. The Swiss Stone Ball fountain - in resemblance of a Swiss glacier
- was presented in celebration of H.M. the King’s 50th Anniversary of His
Accession to the Chakri Throne in 1996 and is open to the public in
Bangkok’s Lumpini Park. The very same park was beautified with a replica of
a Swiss sun dial - the original was built 1958 in Zurich - in commemoration
of H.M. the King’s sixth cycle birthday in 1999.
Walter Meyer always lent an open ear to the Swiss Society Bangkok. The last
function at his residence in Bangkok was the very well attended “Oldies but
Goldies Night” with a potpourri of popular tunes, to which he invited all
members of the Swiss Society.
He was laid to rest at the cemetery of the Saint Niklaus Church in Pattaya
on April 24, 2008. The ceremony was well attended by family and friends.
He leaves a big family behind; with the thanks of all those who had the
privilege of knowing Walter Meyer I am extending my sincere condolences to
his wife Olive, his children and grandchildren. Many people will remember
him for his generous and charitable way and enriching their lives with his