is Constitution Day
Wednesday, December 10 marks Constitution Day in Thailand. The holiday is
celebrated annually to commemorate the advent of the Constitutional Monarchy
Constitution Day is a public holiday and as such, all government offices,
banks and many businesses close. Shopping centers and bank currency exchange
booths, however, are open. Places of entertainment are usually open without
City staff oversee committee chosen
The governor of Chonburi joined in a meeting to select members for
the Pattaya City Employee Committee which oversees city staff appointment
and other personnel matters.
Governor Surapon Pongtadsirikun chairs the meeting.
Governor Surapon Pongtadsirikun chaired the selection to fill the vacant
Pattaya City employee committee on November 17 at Pattaya City Hall.
Thawatchai Rattanyu, director of the Education Bureau in Pattaya City, was
selected from the Pattaya officials to be the Pattaya City representative.
The meeting selected 12 candidates to be chosen for the committee,
comprising six choices from the governor of Chonburi and the Banglamung
district chief and six choices form the Pattaya city representative.
From the 12 candidates, four members will be elected at another meeting and
they will serve a 4-year term according to the Local Administrative
Regulations B.E. 1999.
The committee arranges staff appointments and makes decisions about salaries
and city employees corresponding to the city administrative personnel
Black holes on Dong Tan
beach a worry to some
With the sun setting in the
Suwit tries to land the big one near one of the buffalo holes.
The consensus of residents and visitors about the otherwise scenic
Dong Tan Beach in Sattahip is that the large “water buffalo holes” filled
with rubbish do not belong there.
Tourists and locals say that Sattahip should be ashamed of the mess. The
holes at the entrance to the beach have claimed more than a few tourists and
children who have fallen in and injured themselves. The area has now become
a garbage dump.
On November 25 a media group on a trip to Sattahip stayed in a bungalow not
too far from beach where the view of islands and bay was spectacular.
Walking down to the beach when the sun was almost setting among the sugar
palms that gave Dong Tan (sugar palm grove) its name, one could see why a
composer came here to write his song “Dong Tan”.
But sadly, reality no longer seems to match the song.
An old and broken-down concrete wall built to prevent water getting in all
the way along the beach has caused the ground to subside, leaving a number
of sink holes that villagers call “buffalo holes.”
These holes now command the most outstanding view of the beach, but are
filled with garbage collected over the years, overgrown with grass and are
also used for burning rubbish.
Suwit Wat-onn, 51, a fisherman who has been coming here for years, said
these holes have also been here for years, waiting day and night for people
to fall in to injure themselves.
He said this popular picnic area has been ignored by the authorities for a
long time and if nothing is done, these holes will turn into a tunnel or a
black hole into which Sattahip will permanently lose a few visitors.
ponder new law
More than 2,000 provincial administrative officials from all over
the country met to brainstorm modifications to the draft of the Local
Administrative Law at a seminar at the Ambassador City Jomtien Hotel in
Pattaya on November 26.
Srikwan, Under-secretary of a Ministry of Interior, chairs the seminar.
Wichai Srikwan, under-secretary of the Ministry of Interior, chaired the
opening of the seminar attended also by Amnat Sirichai, president of the
Thailand Provincial Administrative Organization, Wittaya Khunplome,
president of the Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization (PAO) and
75 members from Thailand’s Provincial Administrative Organizations.
Wittaya said he received an order from the Network for the Development of
Decentralization to setup a subcommittee to modify four issues concerning
the law regarding decentralization of the local administrative organization.
The issues consist of: 1. Drafting of the Local Administrative Organization
Code; 2. Drafting the law for the Local Administrative Organization’s
income; 3. Drafting the personnel management law for the Local
Administrative Organization; and 4. Drafting the adjustment for the
As all these drafts have been completed, Chonburi’s PAO was hosting this
seminar to canvas views of the administrators on the proposed changes.
Experts on administration of local law were present in Assistant Prof.
Wuttisarn Tanchai, Prof. Dr. Somchai Ruechuphan, who will summarize the
Local Administrative Organization Code, and M.R. Disanada Disakul, vice
president of the Committee for the Do a Thankful Job Project, who outlined
the project to the meeting.
Utapao to the rescue, albeit
a rather slow moving rescue
Tourists by the thousands,
stranded by the closing of Bangkok airports by anti-government
protesters, trying to return home through Utapao airport.
This past week, Utapao International Airport was jam-packed full
of passengers stranded by the closure of Bangkok airports when, as of
Monday, only some 10% of over 300,000 waiting travelers had departed.
Minister of Tourism and Sports Veerasak Kowasurak checked the crowded
grounds of Utapao on November 30 and estimated that it would take 10
more days to fly out all the passengers. He said the government is
spending 40 million baht daily to help stranded tourists leave.
Normally the airport is a 25-minute drive south of Pattaya, but the
traffic on the entrance and exit road sharing one lane each became
extremely heavy with cars and buses bringing passengers from
Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, causing many delays.
The airport ordered another, bigger luggage scanner to reduce the line
of bags at the luggage checkpoint, as there was only one machine in use.
Hotel accommodation was short or unavailable, so that even tents were
being set up for the foreign tourists to rest.
Many government officials and private sector officials arrived to help,
as some airport employees found themselves working around the clock
trying to get passengers out of the country. Others now face the big
task of cleaning the mountain of trash being left behind.
Pattaya City officials provided drinking water and food for passengers.
Bus services from Pattaya to Utapao were free of charge, leaving Pattaya
from the city hall gate at 8 am, 12 pm, 4 pm, and 8 pm.
Minister Veerasak said a ground check-in was set up in Bangkok to help
ease the congestion. Passengers from Bangkok were being checked-in and
their passports processed before they boarded buses to Utapao, with
passengers not allowed to step off the bus until reaching the airport in
Prince Frederik opens eco-village
Denmark’s Crown Prince HRH
Frederic Andre Herrick cuts the ribbon to officially open the Eco-Village
Prototype project at Horseshoe Point.
The Crown Prince of Denmark, HRH Frederik Andre Herik, honorably chaired the
official opening on November 26 of the very innovative Eco-Village Prototype
Project at Horseshoe Point. The project aims to replace petroleum-generated
electricity with that from solar energy and bio-fuels.
The Crown Prince was welcomed by Chaikiri Srifuengfung, chairman of
Horseshoe Point Co., Ltd., at a ceremony at the point.
Horseshoe Point ecological development aims at a 50% reduction in current
electricity consumption by teaming up with Cellennium (Thailand) to use the
Vanadium fuel cell system. This is Thai technology for the production of
electricity from alternative fuel sources.
The project is implementing an energy-saving design for a housing project
using biogas, which can save up to 50% on energy bills a month. Designers
are working with developers from four Thai companies with support also
coming from Denmark.
Chaikiri said the Eco-Village Prototype, built on an area of 5,000 rai, will
be the first power-producing community in Asia and might even attract world
Alternative energy produced is stored using the Vanadium Redox Flow
technology. Electricity is also generated using sunlight, biomass from
leaves, horse manure and wood scraps.
Chaikiri said the innovative development is a big step towards reducing
global warming, preserving the environment and solving the energy crisis.
Krisada Kampanatsanyakorn, chairman of Cellennium (Thailand) Co., Ltd., who
launched the Vanadium system, said the process both generates and stores
electricity using a low-energy consumption power house.
This prefabricated technology will reduce construction time from 18 months
to only three months when compared to other conventional power houses at the
cost of less than 20,000 baht per square meter.
It is estimated that each power house will produce 40 Km of electricity per
He said these energy-efficient power houses will expand abroad in the
Cellennium (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is working with Thai Asahi Glass Public Co.,
Ltd., Thai Gypsum Products Public Co., Ltd., and the Saint-Gobain Group, the
giant international production and distribution company of construction
materials, to make these affordable power house systems for the world.
Full slate of celebrations for
His Majesty’s 81st Royal Birthday today
Celebrations will be taking place all over the Kingdom today in
honor of His Majesty the King’s 81st birthday, and to celebrate national
Locally, Bali Hai Pier in South Pattaya will be the center of the grand
festivities. Everyone is invited to this event and to wear the King’s yellow
color to show their respect and loyalty.
As in previous years the birthday parade will start at 5 p.m. in front of
the Royal Garden Shopping Center in Pattaya and travel along Beach Road to
Bali Hai Pier in South Pattaya.
Students from many schools in the area will perform on stage after the
parade reaches the pier at 6.30 p.m., which will be the official starting
time for the ceremony of making worship offerings of “Phum Thong and Phum
All celebrants can then pay homage and good wishes to the image of His
Majesty the King and join the rest of the nation in the candle-lit birthday
It has been requested that all celebrants wear proper attire to respect the
auspicious and happy occasion of the royal birthday.
Note: Pattaya Police have told Pattaya Mail that bars and entertainment
venues are welcome to operate as normal. After all, this is a birthday
A seventh-grade student of Pattaya City School 4 had his motorcycle stolen
in Soi Photisarn while riding to do homework at a friend’s house.
victims report their misfortune to police.
Prakaipetch (“Lek”) told Police Lieutenant Seksak Arthornkijjawat that he
had asked for 40 baht from his mother Saifon to buy eucalyptus leaves for
his school project.
He also asked permission to take out the motorcycle transporting two other
friends to go do school assignment at a friend’s house on Soi Nong Yai on
Lek told police that two men stole his motorcycle. Police are looking for
the men, one of whom is named Tua whom students described as a bully.
It is unknown whether the youngster’s parents were reprimanded for allowing
their underage, unlicensed child to ride three on a motorcycle on public
Gang fight leaves one dead, another seriously injured
One man was hacked to death and another seriously injured in a
deadly running fight between two gangs of construction workers in Pattaya on
Eyewitnesses said the two groups of eight people were chasing each other and
running along the road, fighting with swords and pistols.
Police found Tawai (“Ball”) Tipsawat, 22, of Banglamung, dead from some 20
deep cuts all over his body at a construction camp in Soi Nonghim 10 near
the Pattaya Indoor Stadium.
Another man, Sirichai (“Neung”) Damdee, 24, was seriously wounded nearby
with knife slashes all over his body. He was rushed in a coma to Bangkok
Hospital Pattaya by Sawang Boriboon Thamasathan Foundation rescuers.
The dead man’s girlfriend, Tippawan Buasorn, 19, told police that on the
evening of the fight Nong and Tep, friends of the deceased Tawai, called her
boyfriend to go to the camp from his home in Huayai to help them fight three
other workers at the construction camp: Boy, Pu and Ek.
Tippawan said her boyfriend agreed and took a .38 caliber pistol with him
and herself as company. At the construction camp they met Sirichai, drank
whisky and started to get drunk.
Later Boy, Pu and Ek appeared armed with a gun and swords to attack Nong and
Tep. Tawai pulled out his pistol and fired three shots into the air which
scared off the attackers.
The five carried on drinking until they ran out of whisky then they walked
together along the road to buy some more. Unexpectedly as they passed a dark
area, their angry foes came out from the shadows with swords and attacked
The two gangs were running alongside the road, chasing and fighting and
“trying to kill one another like warriors,” she said.
Tawai stumbled and fell down to the ground and was brutally hacked to death.
Tippawan tried to help but the attackers threatened to kill her as well if
The brutal attackers continued chasing and attacking Sirichai while Nong and
Tep took off into the bushes.
Police were searching for the two who escaped and their three sword-wielding
Police trap two women
“ya ba dealers”
Undercover police posing as ya ba buyers arrested two women
allegedly with 26 ya ba pills in their possession destined to be sold to
and Wilai look remorseful after their arrest for selling ya ba.
Wipa Ngamchit and Wilai Sonwicha, both 50 of Sattahip, were charged with
possession of a class-1 narcotics intended for distribution.
Police said undercover officers bought one ya ba pill from Wipa for 300 baht
and made an appointment to collect the pill in front of a leased room in
Police said the two women came on time and were arrested while police
alleged that they found 26 ya ba pills on Wipa.
According to police, the two women worked doing laundry but didn’t have
enough income plus had large debts owing to informants.
So they allegedly took up selling ya ba, buying it from Tha, a fisherman and
distributor, for 230 baht per pill then selling them to a Burmese fishing
crew for 300 baht each.
Drunken policeman arrested for shooting weapon at Jomtien Beach
It was a case of police arresting police when a drunken
non-uniformed officer from Pattaya Crime Suppression was held for
discharging his pistol in front of the Jomtien police box on November 21.
Weera was arrested with a 9mm handgun and a fully loaded magazine, and
charged with discharging a weapon in a public place.
Corporal Weera Leetana said he was angry with his friend for a short time
for not returning the gun that was borrowed. He only wanted to threaten his
friend and didn’t have the intention of injuring anyone.
He said that he had tracked down his close friend to Jomtien Beach and had
asked him to return the pistol several times. They quarreled and he lost
control of his temper.
He only shot into the air “to calm himself down”, just forgetting that he
was standing in front of the police box.
Pol. Cpl. Somschai Chaikananuku, deputy in Crime Suppression at the Pattaya
Police Station, said police had set up a road block on Beach Road after
receiving a report that a man had shot a gun and was trying to flee on a
Corporal Weera was nabbed with a 9mm handgun and a fully loaded magazine on
his waist. He’s been charged with discharging a weapon in a public place.
Fake-watch seller runs out of time
Complaints by tourists about selling harassment led police to arrest
Samarn Yarpring, 42, of Krabi, and confiscate some 100 counterfeit
brand-named watches from his bag on November 21.
Samarn Yarpring has been
remanded to custody for allegedly threatening behavior whilst trying to sell
his illegal watches.
Police Major Wittaya Yeunyong said foreign visitors in bars on Beach Road
Sois 7 and 8 were annoyed by Samarn’s high-pressure selling and threatening
tactics. He apparently also appeared to be drunk.
The man denied threatening tourists to buy his fake watches which he had
bought for 200-300 baht each and sold them on for 1,000-2,000 baht each.
He was taken in and charged with distributing counterfeit goods.
Elephant conservation heads talks at local forum
The conservation of African and Asian elephants was the topic of an
international elephant conservation and research forum held at Nong Nooch
Tropical Gardens in Pattaya on November 24.
baby elephant welcomes Dr Suwit, delicately “handing” him jasmine flowers
while dancing girls perform in the background.
Thailand’s Elephant Foundation (TEF) in collaboration with the International
Elephant Foundation (IEF), Faculty of Veterinary Science and Foundation of
Postgraduate Veterinarian Studies at Mahidol University held a meeting of
elephant conservation and research seeking “an efficient balance between
elephant, man, and nature.”
Dr. Suwit Yodmanee, president of Thailand’s Elephant Foundation, presided at
the opening of the forum at Nong Nooch with Charlie Gray, president of IEF
which operates in 18 countries.
A baby elephant welcomed Dr Suwit, delicately “handing” him jasmine flowers
while dancing girls performed in the background.
Assistant professor in veterinary science and secretary of TEF, Parnthep
Ratanakorn, said that currently both wild Asian and African elephants are
facing extinction while elephants in captivity in some areas are treated
Therefore co-operation is needed in the elephant conservation campaign and
research must be conducted on elephants from all origins to better
understand how to conserve them.
Dr. Suwit said that the reason for choosing Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens for
the meeting was because the park had ready amenities and facilities as well
as being a place that shows some of the balance between man and nature.
The forum gave opportunity for specialists to exchange knowledge and set up
good relationships between elephant researchers, he said.
Children’s Day promises
fun next month
Attack dog demonstrations, a show about lives of sea turtles, Naval
anti-aircraft and other weapons on show and able to be handled, free food
and drinks courtesy of Pattaya City, all this sounds like a fair.
Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn discusses Children’s Day 2009 with the officials.
A Children’s Day festival to be exact, all happening on the street and park
area in front of city hall on Saturday, January 10.
Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn chaired a meeting on November 18 at city
hall to prepare for the big day for kids. Many interested parties were in
Wutisak said Children’s Day 2009 would be the fourth year that Pattaya City
has organized the event, each year as good as or better than the last.
This year the city will invite private companies, department stores, and
community groups to create a day of useful fun and learning for our
The Air and Coastal Defense Command at the Royal Thai Navy will exhibit sea
turtles, weapons and the Battalion Squadron at Marine Corps Command will
demonstrate attack dogs, which is seldom seen.
Pattaya City will prepare food and beverages for the children. It will close
the front of the road from the Pattaya traffic light on 3rd Road North
Pattaya to Pettrakul intersection from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. for the fair.
Mayor Itthipol Khunplome will open the event and deliver a message to the
children from the Prime Minister.
Naval police receive
The booths are ready to begin
shielding officers from the hot sun.
When they need shading from the sun or shelter from the rain, naval
police around Sattahip Naval Base now have extra hats to put over their
If the helmets are a little on the large size, it is because they are really
movable shelters shaped like giant Navy police sun helmets, donated by
businesses to keep our naval police cool and dry.
Vice-Admiral Sriwisut Ratarun, commander of the Sattahip Naval Base,
received of 10 security guard boxes at the Commissioned Officers Club at the
naval base on November 13.
They came from seven donors: Narinrat Saleepol, marketing manager of Wiman
Tai Thalae Co. Ltd., Anusak Rodboonmee, vice president of the Ambassador
City Jomtien Hotel, Jiraporn Sodorn, sales and marketing manager of Nong
Nooch Village, Pramern Saribunyarit, manager of the Chonburi Isuzu Sales Co.
Ltd. Banglamung Branch, Dr Pichit Kangwolkij, director of Bangkok Hospital
Pattaya, Sakaret Thaipichit, sales manager for Petroleum Authority of
Thailand, and Anuchit Wanitsermkul, manager of Major Network Co. Ltd.
Admiral Sriwisut said the giant helmets will be installed in several
locations on the main road to support police on traffic duties and
especially at intersections and military camp entrances.
Some wrong-doers may no doubt also be deterred by the possible presence of
invisible giant naval policemen.
Renovations due for old lighthouse
Pahurat Lighthouse, the third oldest lighthouse in the country, built in the
reign of King Rama V on Koh Juang, is to be renovated by the Navy’s
old lighthouse, built in the reign of King Rama V, is about to receive some
much needed repairs.
A naval team of Vice-Admiral Chaiwat Pukarat, Commander in Chief of the
Royal Thai Navy in Region 1, Vice-Admiral Professor Nakhon Tanuwong,
director of the Hydrographic Division, Rear-Admiral Worasak Channoo, deputy
commander in region 1, and other officers went by speedboat to the island in
heavy rain on November 11.
The group hiked to the top of the island to survey the old lighthouse, which
is still in good condition. It now uses solar cells to produce power to
charge batteries for its beacon light for shipping. It is manned by an
officer and a security guard of sailors.
There are plans now for it to be renovated and maintained along with the
conservation of vegetation around it.
Professor Nakhon said that Thailand has along history of shipping, going
back to the Sukhothai era and especially during the reign of King Rama IV
when there was more commercial shipping from abroad.
A map of the Chaophaya River was drawn and during King Rama V’s time the
lighthouse was constructed and placed under the control of what is now the
Ministry of Interior.
Later King Rama VI placed the island in the charge of the Ministry of the
Navy. Since December 24, 1919, the Ministry of the Navy has assigned the
Hydrographic Department to further manage the lighthouse and the good
navigational service it provides to ships in its vicinity.