The Kingdom rejoices
in HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s Royal Birthday Celebration
HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s
benevolence appeals to all people
in the Kingdom. (Photo courtesy Bureau of the Royal Household)
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was born on July 28,
1952, in the Ambara Villa of the Royal Dusit Palace in Bangkok. He is the
second of four children, and is the only son of Their Majesties King
Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great and Queen Sirikit.
HRH the Crown Prince received his primary schooling at Udorn Hall of the
Dusit Palace and attended secondary school in Sussex and Summerset, England.
In August 1970, HRH the Crown Prince attended the King’s School, Paramatta,
Sydney, Australia and in 1976, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Military Studies at the University of New South Wales. HRH the Crown Prince
also attended the Royal Thai Army Command and General Staff College,
graduating in 1978, and later received a Bachelor of Laws Degree from
Sukhothai Thammatirat University in Bangkok in 1987. In 1990, he
successfully attended the Royal College of Defense Studies in the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej conferred his son with the title of
“Somdech Phra Borama Orasadhiraj Chao Fah Maha Vajiralongkorn Sayam
Makutrajakuman” on December 28, 1972, making him the Crown Prince and Heir
to the throne.
HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attended numerous military training
courses in Australia and the United States, with observation tours in
England, Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands. A long list of
military courses attended by HRH the Crown Prince includes helicopter and
high performance aircraft flight training, special warfare training,
demolition training, parachute training, and courses in small arms and other
weapons used in modern warfare.
Some assignments include Commanding Officer of HM the King’s Own Bodyguard
Regiment and Command, Commanding General of the Royalty Security Command,
and Instructor Pilot of the F-5 E/F. Intermittently, he engaged in actions
for counter-insurgency purposes in the North and Northeast areas of Thailand
as well as for protective purposes in areas around Cambodian refugee camps
at Khao Lant, Trat Province.
HRH the Crown Prince has continued the Royal Family’s assistance programs to
underdeveloped areas around the country and visited depressed urban areas
around Bangkok distributing food and necessity items to people in need.
Another impressive undertaking was his participation in a fertilizer
preparation project in Suphan Buri Province using natural ingredients to
enrich the land in support of the country’s great agricultural pursuits.
Farming is considered to be a highly significant and noble profession in
Thailand and the Royal Family takes an active role in advancing the vital
industry of agriculture.
HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and Mom Srirasmi Mahidol are the proud
parents of a baby boy, HRH Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, born on April 29,
2005 at 6:35 p.m. at Sriraj Hospital in Bangkok. It is the couple’s first
School directors discuss development of national education
Minister of Education hosts seminar
Minister of Education Somchai Wongsawat on July 11 chaired the
closing of a conference held for more than 2,000 school directors throughout
the country to discuss the way forward for Thailand’s educational system.
of Education Somchai Wongsawat
The conference, held at Ambassador City in Jomtien, was hosted by the Office
of the Basic Education Commission at the Ministry of Education and was led
by Lady Katsama Worawan na Ayutthaya, commission permanent secretary.
Somchai said that in today’s fast changing world, it is more important than
ever to ensure that Thai children are ready to adapt to global changes.
He said that the vision for national education needs to be enhanced, with
better management, better development opportunities for students, and a
better support infrastructure.
Lady Katsama said that the national school syllabus must be developed and
said that there is a series of projects underway. The first had involved 921
schools in districts throughout the country, while the second had involved
PAD members gather at Sattahip
Peaceful protest against national government
PAD members gather in
that peaceful protests are fun for the whole family.
Members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy from the Sattahip
area gathered at the Km 10 intersection on Highway 331 during the night of
July 12 to give prominence to their grievances against the national
The group brought a big-screen TV that they connected to a high-wattage
stereo amplifier, and protested peacefully.
About 50 members of the People’s Alliance had gathered in this spot, on the
road from Sattahip to Korat, as it is the main route for people traveling to
Rayong, Chantaburi, and Trat.
Speakers said that the government and pro-government forces were maligning
the People’s Alliance, but that all they were interested in was good
Nongprue cleans water tanks
to help prevent drought
Tanks serve remote communities
far from Regional Waterworks Department
Workers clean out and prepare
to fill water storage tanks in the Nongprue area.
Nongprue Municipality is cleaning out the water tanks serving communities in
the remote areas as a measure to help beat the traditional drought season.
Deputy mayor of the municipality Vinai Inpitak got the program off to a
start on July 15 at the Nern Khao Din tank, where he addressed a gathering
of officials from the Public Works Department, the Department of Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation, and representatives of the local community
Vinai said that the reason for initiating the maintenance project was that
the water tanks that the government provided for the citizens were old, and
had deteriorated over time. The bottoms of the tanks were full of dust and
the gutters were clogged with mud.
There are 17 tanks, mostly serving remote communities located far from the
Regional Waterworks Department.
“Each tank can contain 9,000 liters of water,” said Vinai. “Cleaning the
tanks and the pipes should allow enough water to be stored to tackle the
drought. Also, Nongprue Municipality has advised residents to store water
for essential situations.”
Vinai added that the quantity of water the municipality has stored for this
summer should be enough for demands throughout the entire summer season.
Mayor moves to resolve Koh Larn building permit problem
Development is hampered by no title deeds
Koh Larn has an area of
approximately 4,500 rai, on which there are 900 households. More people are
applying for building permission for both business and residential purposes.
City hall is examining the process for awarding building permits on Koh
Larn, as in most cases those applying for permission do not hold the title
deeds to the land, and development is being hampered.
Mayor Itthipol Khunplome held a meeting on July 11 at Pattaya City Hall to
try and find a way to resolve the problem of land ownership and building
development on the island.
Amongst those attending was Buncherd Bunying, who is chairman of the Koh
Koh Larn has an area of approximately 4,500 rai, on which there are 900
households. Tourism on the island is fast growing, and more people are
applying for building permission for both business and residential purposes.
There are, however, questions over the right of ownership, which have
resulted in many of these projects being declined or put on hold.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh said that currently there are a lot of
applications that cannot be approved because of a Cabinet resolution
regarding rights of ownership, which forbids the issuing of any title deed
on an island.
The meeting resolved to form a committee that would survey the land, which
would lead to a draft city plan. Under this would be a process for
construction approvals. The plan would also issue provisional house numbers,
under conventional city guidelines.
Youth leaders meet to form
Policies and activities discussed
Pattaya City cooperated with the Supanimit Foundation to
organize a meeting for 50 school youth leaders, which took place on July
11 at the Thappraya Meeting Room at Pattaya City Hall with Mayor
Itthipol Khunplome performing the opening.
Nakpien from the Supanimit Foundation of Thailand.
Sudjai Nakpien from the Supanimit Foundation of Thailand, who had organized
the meeting, said that the homeless children problem in Pattaya has
significantly affected society.
There are several organizations in the area that are trying to resolve the
situation, said Sudjai, but Pattaya is a large place and the problem is a
large one. One of the difficulties is that each of the organizations
performs independently, without cooperating with the others, and there is
duplication of some activities.
The meeting was therefore held for each organization to present their
policies and activities to try and reduce unnecessary duplication.
The intention is that the youth leaders will create a cooperative network
that would help to prevent problems arising with homeless youngsters, and to
allow the development of more closely integrated ideas.
People’s rights under
the Constitution are discussed
Over 300 people fill Chonchan Resort to listen
A conference was staged in Pattaya on July 16 by the Office of the
Constitutional Court to provide information on the law concerning the
protection of personal rights and liberties under the Constitution.
Warahapaitoon, secretary general of the Constitutional Court.
Held at the Chonchan Resort Pattaya Hotel, the conference was jointly
organized with the Institute for Continuing Education and Social Services at
Deputy Governor of Chonburi Province Montien Thongnit welcomed Paiboon
Warahapaitoon, secretary general of the Constitutional Court, who presided
over the opening of the conference.
More than 300 people took part, including local government officials,
members of the private sector, and school and college students.
Paiboon said that the Office of the Constitutional Court in cooperation with
the Institute for Continuing Education and Social Services at Thammasat
University aimed to promote knowledge of the rights of the people under the
Constitution, and from now on that responsibility would be passed to Burapha
“The constitution speaks about promoting and protecting the rights and
liberties of people, as well as improving the political structure to achieve
more efficiency and stability,” said Paiboon.
He said that much of the useful substance from the previous constitution
remains, and that new material has been added. It is important that this be
shared with and understood by the Thai people, because they are directly
Paiboon said in addition that constitution organizations such as the
National Human Rights Commission of Thailand and the Ombudsman are being
invited to meetings to exchange opinions with people in the regions. This is
to publicize the roles and duty of civil rights and liberties for equal
protection and treatment.
Mayor donates water filter
sets to Tawan Yim project
Radio listeners donate supplies,
scholarships and educational equipment
Mayor Itthipol Khunplome hands
over water purification equipment to Boonnakiet Wiattanadaecha representing
the “Tawan Yim 2008” project.
Mayor Itthipol Khunplome donated three sets of water purifying
equipment to the Tawan Yim (Smiling Sun) 2008 Project on July 17, the
presentation being held at the Itthipol Khunplome Center in conjunction with
the Pattaya Yim Krim Club.
The equipment, worth in total 20,000 baht, was received by Boonnakiet
Wiattanadaecha, representing the project.
VC Spot Production Co Ltd organizes the project each year, with listeners to
Sunshine Radio and the Thai FM radio station having the opportunity to make
merit by donating supplies, scholarships and educational equipment.
All of the donated materials are distributed to outlying schools and to
underprivileged students through the MCOT radio station, Pattaya FM 107.75
MHz, Sor Tor Ror 5, and Pattaya radio station FM 104.75 MHz.
The schools that received the equipment on July 19 this year were Ban Nern
Thung School, Ban Khao Wang Kaew School, and Ban Klong School.
Itthipol said that currently there are many educational establishments in
Chonburi Province and in neighboring provinces that are facing shortages of
educational equipment. Tawan Yim is one of the projects helping to support
the schools, especially those in the outlying regions.
Monk with bad habit is disrobed
A monk discovered naked in a hotel room performing a black magic
ceremony over a woman’s genitals was reported to police by a horrified hotel
worker, and promptly arrested.
Pattaya Police Station received a report at 3 a.m. on July 16 that a monk
had rented a room at the Good View Resort on North Pattaya Road and was
spending the night there with a woman.
Hotel staff was waiting for the police to arrive, and pointed to the VIP
room without a number, saying that a monk was inside with a woman. The
officers knocked on the door, but no one opened it. They then asked for the
spare key from the hotel staff.
Opening the door, the officers were deeply shocked to see a naked couple, a
middle-aged woman and a bald man, together in bed. A yellow robe and a bra
were piled beside the bed.
The officers asked the couple to dress before questioning them. The woman
was identified as Mrs Thanawan Pak-utsa, age 49, a merchant who resided at
Thamuang Sub-district, in Nonthaburi Province. The man was identified as
Prakong Pugingploy, age 44. In his bag was a certificate that further
identified him as Buddhist Monk Prokrong Thanawaro from Pothi Sri Tha-Ngam
Temple, in Kalasin. Inside his bag was also a monk’s alms-bowl, a Buddha
image tray, joss sticks and candles.
Prokrong admitted that he had rented three rooms in the hotel, along with a
driver, 48-year-old Somchai Khamjing. This was his second night in the
hotel. He had made an appointment with two women, one of who was Mrs
Thanawan, who were to stay in room number C7. This was for “Naked Long Na”,
a magic ceremony to give women the power to captivate men. Only Mrs Thanawan
Prokrong advised her that she must have sex with him to rid herself of sin.
Many elderly maids, widows, and his followers around Pattaya came to him for
this service, he said. He had just finished Naked Long Na with Mrs
Thanawan’s genitals when the police forced their way in and arrested him.
Thanawan said that she had fallen in love with a wealthy man, but that she
was not able to make this man desire her. She knew from her friends that
Priest Prokrong was able to work a special kind of magic. As the priest was
such a humble and charming man, she agreed to have sex with him.
After questioning Prokrong the officers sent him to Chaimongkol Temple in
South Pattaya to be de-frocked by the abbot. They then gave Thanawan a
warning about having sex with monks, and released her.
Ed’s note: For those who might not know, it is forbidden for a woman to
touch a Buddhist monk.
American dies in apparent suicide
An American was found dead after falling from a tall building in
North Pattaya. Police assumed that he had jumped because of stress, and that
he didn’t want to return to his home country. A suicide note was found in
one of the deceased’s pockets.
Pol. Lt. Col. Pongsawas Wongwan took the call at 10 a.m. on July 16. The
American, later identified as Christopher Kerry Rozier, apparently had
committed suicide by jumping from a high floor in the Markland Hotel parking
garage, landing on the roof of the old Heart to Heart Karaoke Building on
Soi 1, Pattaya Beach Road.
The 2-story building was once used as a karaoke; however, the Royal Palace
Hotel had bought it to make it into a dormitory for hotel staff.
Pol. Col. Nopadol Wongnom and Pol. Lt. Col. Chatchai Ruenthawil also went to
the scene, along with police officers, the doctor on duty at Banglamung
Hospital, and Sawang Boriboon Foundation rescuers.
The body of the 41-year-old American was discovered lying face up on the
Police also found a key to a rented room on Soi Buakhao. When police
officers went to examine the room, they discovered 2 empty whisky bottles.
Articles of clothing were also collected as part of the evidence.
The deceased will be brought to the forensic institute at the Police
Hospital for an autopsy, and to forward the findings to the US Embassy.
caught on CCTV
With the male distracting the
the female reached over the counter and stole Siraprapa’s expensive
mobile phone, which was all caught on video.
Police are looking for a couple of well-dressed thieves who
pretended to buy medicine in a pharmacy before grabbing a cellphone and
making their escape.
A CCTV camera caught the couple full-face, and other victims have
subsequently filed complaints that the same pair has duped them.
Mrs Siraprapa Singtoniwet, a 30-year-old nurse at Banglamung Hospital, who
also owns the PS Pharmacy on Soi Kaotalo, in Nongprue, filed a report with
Banglamung Police Station at 5 p.m. on July 1, saying that at about 9 p.m.
the previous evening a woman aged between 45 and 50 years had entered the
shop. The woman, who was about 150cm tall, had short hair and was well
dressed, was with a tall Thai man about 35 to 40 years old.
The woman asked her to bring out several medications, and the man also asked
her several questions. The couple were in the shop for about 10 minutes
before leaving in a hurry.
Siraprapa said that she intended to phone a friend with her brown Nokia E65,
which had cost nearly 20,000 baht. She thought she had left it behind the
printing machine, but it had disappeared. She then checked her CCTV
recording and discovered that the woman had tried twice to take the phone
when Sirprapa was busy, but without success. Only when Sirprapa had gone to
fetch some cough medicine had the thief been able to take the phone.
Police have been distributing images of the couple and warning shops to be
on the lookout for them.
Hospital briefs Rotarians on progress of free cataract operations
Bangkok Hospital Pattaya held a briefing on July 14 for members of
Rotary Clubs within International Rotary District 3340 to be updated on the
progress of the free cataract operation project.
The project, initiated to honor the 80th birthday of His Majesty the King,
is currently progressing through its various stages and was the subject of a
press briefing by Chonburi Governor Pracha Taerat on June 20.
The meeting on July 14 was conducted in the meeting room in Building D at
Bangkok Hospital Pattaya and headed by hospital director Dr Pichit
Kangwolkij and assistant director Dr Satthabut Pritthipan.
Dr Pichit said that the hospital would be conducting the operations for
patients throughout Chonburi Province, with the Rotary Clubs in each area
assisting with the organizing, such as work teams that acted to support the
primary screening steps.
There are 17 Rotary Clubs in District 3340, and they have together formed a
foundation that will help fund the cataract operations, which are being
performed free of charge to underprivileged people.
Training to provide oral
healthcare to schools
Currently a shortage of school healthcare officials
Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay chaired the opening of a training session at
Pattaya Public Health Center on July 11, designed to prepare 100 health
officials and teachers for the oral hygiene program that will be undertaken
for schools in Education Zone 3.
Mayor Verawat Khakhay.
The session also included a visit to Wat Banna School at Sriracha to witness
the implementation of dental health processes in the school. Mrs Preeyanut
Wanraruen and Mrs Ong-On Kerdbunsong were the instructors.
Verawat said that the technical seminar was being held under the Dental
Health Division at the Pattaya Public Health and Environment Department.
There is currently a shortage of school healthcare officials, he said, with
only one official per school. The training was designed to provide knowledge
and skills to other officials and to teachers, so that the oral health
standards of the students are not jeopardized.
New residents move
into Crab Condominium
Project will increase number of horseshoe crabs and boost local incomes
Many interested bystanders
look on as the new Crab Condo
is launched into Dongtan Bay.
Sattahip Mayor Narong Bunbancherdsri formally opened a crab
conservation project at Gazebo Beach, Dongtan Bay, on July 14.
The project, primarily a hatching ground for horseshoe crab eggs, is located
in front of Sattahip District Office.
Rear Admiral Pachon Ramokomut, deputy commander-in-chief of the First Fleet
of the Royal Thai Fleet, and Chatchai Timkrachang, mayor of Sriracha
Municipality also attended the opening of the project.
Chatchai said the project, nicknamed the Crab Condominium, is headed by
Sriracha Municipality and Chonburi Integrated Coastal and Watershed
Management, the aim being to preserve the horseshoe crab breed, and to
support occupations in the community.
Sattahip Municipality also presented 200,000 baht to Rear Admiral Pachon to
help provide support for the Sea Cow and the Sea Grass Preservation Project
in Sattahip Bay.
The ribbon was then cut to release the female crabs into the condominium,
watched by representatives from Sattahip Naval Base, and a large number of
local residents with their children.
Narong said that in previous times, 20-30 kg of horseshoe crabs could be
caught in one day. This had dwindled to 5-6 kg, and the sizes do not
correspond to market standards or consumer demand.
The purpose of this project therefore was to revive and increase the aquatic
animal resources in Sattahip Bay.
on offer during Pattaya Sale
Up to 70 percent off selected items
Discounts of up to 70 percent on goods and services are being
offered during the Amazing Pattaya Sale 2008, being held for a three-month
period between now and September 30.
of the area’s top models displays some of the items that are on sale during
the Amazing Pattaya Sale 2008.
Organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Pattaya City in
conjunction with 10 major shopping centers, the sale is intended to generate
custom during the off-peak tourism season.
Chonburi Governor Pracha Taerat announced the sale on July 10 at The Avenue
on Second Road, along with Mayor Itthipol Khunplome, Pornthip Orn-Num,
director of Thailand Tourism Business Investments, and TAT director for
Central Region 3 Chaiwat Charoensuk.
A fashion show with top models was a highlight of the opening ceremony.
Amazing Pattaya Sale 2008 has received a support budget from Pattaya City
and from the TAT, the latter providing a promotional budget of 3.5 million
The campaign has had good cooperation from shopping mall entrepreneurs and
businesses in Pattaya City. Amongst the outlets taking part are The Avenue,
Royal Garden Plaza, Central Festival Center, the Home Products Center, Mike
Shopping Mall, Carrefour, World Gems Collection, Gems Gallery, Bangkok
Hospital Pattaya, and the Ruan Thai OTOP Center.
The outlets are offering reductions of between 10 and 70 percent on goods
and services during the period until September 30, and discounts are also
being offered on the entrance fees to more than 25 tourism locations in
Residential building planned for teachers
Project planned as part of mayor’s priority to improve schools
The education and community development committee held a meeting
with the directors of the 10 schools under Pattaya City jurisdiction on July
4 at Pattaya City Hall to discuss ways of developing the schools to make
them more modern.
Rattanyou, director of the Education Department.
The meeting was chaired by city councilor Farooq Wongborisut and included
Tawatchai Rattanyou, director of the Education Department.
Tawatchai said the purpose was to urgently find a way of improving Pattaya’s
schools, under Mayor Itthipol Khunplome’s policy of giving priority to
developing education and tackling matters such as teacher shortages and poor
One of the areas of urgency is to improve the conditions for teachers and
janitors, which would attract more staff to the schools. Tawatchai said that
one of the underlying problems was that low salaries for teachers and other
staff was preventing them seeking employment at Pattaya’s schools, as they
could not afford to take accommodation. Providing accommodation for them
would help attract new staff and boost the morale of those serving.
As a priority project, it was decided that a new accommodation building
would be erected on the empty area behind Pattaya School No 7, Ban Nong Pang
Kae. Two buildings are planned, both of 10 stories with 10 rooms on each
floor. This would provide 200 rooms of accommodation for teachers and school
staff, such as janitors.
Tawatchai said this project would create tangible morale in the most
substantial way, and provide a good basis for other projects that would help
the development of Pattaya’s schools.
Navy opens weapons museum
Rear Admiral Narongpon na
Bangchang, director of the Naval Ordnance Department formally opens the
The Royal Thai Navy has opened a Naval Museum to display weapons and
firearms used since the early Rattanakosin period, forming an important
historical exhibition for students, tourists and members of the public.
Rear Admiral Narongpon na Bangchang, director of the Naval Ordnance
Department formally opened the museum, which is located behind the Prince
Chumporn Ket Udomsak Monument in Sattahip Sub-district, on July 3.
In his opening speech, Rear Admiral Narongpon said that exhibits on display
include cannons, machine guns, torpedoes, and magnetic mines. Visitors would
have an important insight as to how the Naval Ordnance Department works, and
how the power of the Royal Thai Navy has been maintained over the years.
He added that the weapons on display and the historical documentation
available form an invaluable resource for students and researchers.
The naval officers visit some
of the ordinance on display at the museum.
Football field presented to
Laem Chabang community
The Laem Chabang community in Sriracha has been presented with a
football field from Unithai Shipyard and Engineering Co Ltd. and CUEL Co Ltd
for use by the general public.
Bunyasanguan (left) officially hands over the football field to Rewat
Pollook-In representing the Laem Chabang community.
The field, prepared under a 2 million baht budget, was handed over to the
community on July 12 by CUEL managing director Narong Bunyasanguan, with
deputy head of the Chonburi Administrative Organization Rewat Pollook-In
acting as Laem Chabang representative.
The two companies had worked jointly to prepare the field, which measures
150 meters x 72 meters and took three months to complete under a budget of
1.75 million baht.
There is an agreement between Laem Chabang Municipality and Laem Chabang
School regarding the maintenance of the field to keep it in good condition
for students and members of the public.
On the occasion of the handover, Unithai and CUEL also presented paint for
the painting of Laem Chabang School, and community residents worked together
to clean up Laem Chabang Beach.
Narong said that the Unithai Group fully recognizes the importance of
youngsters having good sporting facilities and they are happy to provide the
field as part of their program of helping to develop facilities for young
The company is currently providing support to six schools for different
projects. One is Wat Salkpetch School on Koh Chang, where a lab is being
provided, and at Wat Buaroi School in Bangsaothong, Samutprakarn,
scholarships are being distributed.