A glimpse into the early years of our news stories before the advent of the internet

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1993 - Flooded out - again! Bjarne Nielsen clowns in front of this “Kronborg” restaurant.  A 17-year resident, he has seen it all before.  ‘Every year,’ he said.1993 – Flooded out – again! Bjarne Nielsen clowns in front of this “Kronborg” restaurant.  A 17-year resident, he has seen it all before.  ‘Every year,’ he said.

1994 - Green Pattaya a reality - “When I was a child Pattaya was a green and pleasant pace,” said Mayor Anupong Udomratanakulchai, “and I am determined that it will be again.”1994 – Green Pattaya a reality – “When I was a child Pattaya was a green and pleasant pace,” said Mayor Anupong Udomratanakulchai, “and I am determined that it will be again.”

1994 – Bring back the shelters!  The cool, wide spreading shades which used to grace Pattaya Beach, and still do that at Jomtien.

1995 - Safe to swim in Pattaya? Swimmers play in shallow water amongst speed boats and speeding water scooters - in the area where a swimmer was struck and killed.1995 – Safe to swim in Pattaya? Swimmers play in shallow water amongst speed boats and speeding water scooters – in the area where a swimmer was struck and killed.

1995 - Pattaya landfill revived - An artist’s impression of the ambitious reclamation and development project for South Pattaya.  Proposed in 1989, approved in 1992, budgeted for in 1993, rejected for contestable reasons in by the NEBC in 1994, possible revived in 1995 and scheduled for completion - who knows?1995 – Pattaya landfill revived – An artist’s impression of the ambitious reclamation and development project for South Pattaya.  Proposed in 1989, approved in 1992, budgeted for in 1993, rejected for contestable reasons in by the NEBC in 1994, possible revived in 1995 and scheduled for completion – who knows?

1995 - Crusading editor of Mail brutally attacked - A vicious attack on the owner, editor and publisher of Pattaya Mail as he left the opening of a new city “pub” accompanied by his wife, sparked speculation that the motive may have been the Mail’s outspoken policy towards both foreign and local criminal elements.  Pattaya Mail has, since its inception nearly two years ago, pursued a policy of “the whole truth”, despite powerful influences which might be offended by such revelations.1995 – Crusading editor of Mail brutally attacked – A vicious attack on the owner, editor and publisher of Pattaya Mail as he left the opening of a new city “pub” accompanied by his wife, sparked speculation that the motive may have been the Mail’s outspoken policy towards both foreign and local criminal elements.  Pattaya Mail has, since its inception nearly two years ago, pursued a policy of “the whole truth”, despite powerful influences which might be offended by such revelations.

1995 - Thailand rules the waves - As the Kingdom watches Asia’s bests athletes perform in Thailand, many eyes are on the Eastern Seaboard as the home team goes for SEA Games gold, silver and bronze in Windsurfing, Yachting and Bowling.1995 – Thailand rules the waves – As the Kingdom watches Asia’s bests athletes perform in Thailand, many eyes are on the Eastern Seaboard as the home team goes for SEA Games gold, silver and bronze in Windsurfing, Yachting and Bowling.

1996 - Pattaya Pulchritude reigns supreme. Both Cindy Burbridge, Miss Thailand World 1996, and Derek Sirisampan, Mr. Thailand World 1996, hail from Pattaya.1996 – Pattaya Pulchritude reigns supreme. Both Cindy Burbridge, Miss Thailand World 1996, and Derek Sirisampan, Mr. Thailand World 1996, hail from Pattaya.

1996 - Jomtien beach Road collapses again - A 20 metre section of Jomtien beach Road collapsed in front of Somprasong shopping plaza.  AGAIN!1996 – Jomtien beach Road collapses again – A 20 metre section of Jomtien beach Road collapsed in front of Somprasong shopping plaza.  AGAIN!

1997 - Leaving Pattaya for their flight, this might not have been avoided if their flight had left from U-Tapao. (At the time U-Tapao was in the running against Suvarnabhumi to become Thailand’s 2nd major airport.)1997 – Leaving Pattaya for their flight, this might not have been avoided if their flight had left from U-Tapao. (At the time U-Tapao was in the running against Suvarnabhumi to become Thailand’s 2nd major airport.)

1997 - Stumper of the week?  Why is this pole in the middle of the road?1997 – Stumper of the week?  Why is this pole in the middle of the road?

12 December 1997 - The time is now to revamp Baht-Bus system12 December 1997 – The time is now to revamp Baht-Bus system

The resort towns of Pattaya and Jomtien were forever changed on Friday, July 11, 1997, when the now world infamous Royal Jomtien Hotel was turned into a towering death trap by careless kitchen staff and reckless management policy.  90 people perished and scores of others were injured in Thailand’s worst ever hotel fire catastrophe.The resort towns of Pattaya and Jomtien were forever changed on Friday, July 11, 1997, when the now world infamous Royal Jomtien Hotel was turned into a towering death trap by careless kitchen staff and reckless management policy.  90 people perished and scores of others were injured in Thailand’s worst ever hotel fire catastrophe.

1998-Mayurin Pataraphanich was crowned the first ever Miss Pattaya at the Miss Pattaya 1998 contest at the Dusit Resort on April 25. The winner was co-incidentally also voted ‘Miss Photogenic’. The fortunate girl received a prize of 100,000 baht, a diamond tiara, and many, many prizes.1998-Mayurin Pataraphanich was crowned the first ever Miss Pattaya at the Miss Pattaya 1998 contest at the Dusit Resort on April 25. The winner was co-incidentally also voted ‘Miss Photogenic’. The fortunate girl received a prize of 100,000 baht, a diamond tiara, and many, many prizes.

2003 - His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden thrilled the scouts and their friends at Sattahip when he visited some of the water sports activities. Later he presented winners of a charity golf tournament trophies he personally selected. The event raised 1.6 million baht for the World Scout Foundation. (Photo courtesy Victor C. Ortega / Mondial du Scoutisme)2003 – His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden thrilled the scouts and their friends at Sattahip when he visited some of the water sports activities. Later he presented winners of a charity golf tournament trophies he personally selected. The event raised 1.6 million baht for the World Scout Foundation. (Photo courtesy Victor C. Ortega / Mondial du Scoutisme)

2009 - (L to R) PDG Prempreecha Dibbayawan, Mayor Itthipol Khunplome, and District Governor of Rotary International District 3340 Pratheep Malhotra lead a procession along Beach Road to spread the “End Polio Now” message.2009 – (L to R) PDG Prempreecha Dibbayawan, Mayor Itthipol Khunplome, and District Governor of Rotary International District 3340 Pratheep Malhotra lead a procession along Beach Road to spread the “End Polio Now” message.