Police are investigating how a long-overstaying Dutchman died naked in a restroom at a Jomtien Beach massage parlor. Police found the body of Petrus Lohannus Geling, 53, lying in the…

British expat dies of apparent fall at home

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Theerarak Suthathiwong
A British expat died after apparently falling and hitting his head on a glass table in his central Pattaya apartment. The body of Brian Herbert, 72, was found April 9…

Boat captain drowns in Sattahip

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Patcharapol Panrak
A tourist-boat captain died while scraping barnacles from his ship’s hull in Sattahip. The body of Thanee Khamyen, 60, captain of the Rungworawan 11, was found floating at the breakwater…
A Soi Buakaow beer-bar owner was shot and killed in what Sattahip police are calling a well-planned execution, while commuting home on Sukhumvit Road from Pattaya.

Banglamung chief orders crackdown on minivan operators

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Thanachot Anuwan
Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho has ordered a crackdown on minivan operators in Pattaya following complaints from residents regarding safety and service.

Chonburi marks Chakri Day

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By CPRD
Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai led the province’s Chakri Day celebration, honoring the founding of the current royal dynasty. The April 6 ceremony at the Chonburi district office marks the founding…
After a week of water-based warfare, Pattaya brings its annual Songkran celebration to a close this weekend with official “Wan Lai” events in Naklua and Pattaya.
Five areas organizations collaborated on a marine-security center to protect beach and ocean goers during Songkran. Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho announced formation of the task force with officials from…

Songkran floral shirt sales wilt this year

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Issaree Paipornrueang
Along with the water guns, the arrival of floral shirts in stores heralds the coming of Songkran. From banks to restaurants to grocery stores, Thais swap out uniforms for the…

Songkran more than a water fight

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Urasin Khantaraphan
Celebrated since ancient times, Songkran long has represented compassion, love, bonds towards families, communities, society and religion. But, in today’s world, it has also gained importance as a free-wheeling holiday…
The number of high-powered PVC-pipe water guns has diminished markedly, but the danger posed by armed Songkran revelers remains. Banned years ago, the long-narrow PVC cannons persisted as the water…
Elephants at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden put a twist on Pattaya’s Songkran celebration, using their built-in water guns to hose down revelers. Park Director Kampol Tansajja opened the April 12-18…

Booze & Songkran a volatile mix

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Jetsada Homklin & Nutsara Duangsri
Alcohol has become almost as big of a part of Songkran as water. At one Pattaya road checkpoint last year, police arrested more than 200 drunk drivers a day between…

Busy April for Banglamung Red Cross

Friday, 11 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 15 By Warunya Thongrod
The Banglamung Red Cross is holding blood drives weekly during April and will run the annual Songkran fair for the Chonburi Red Cross. Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho presided over…
Fifty happy children from the Fountain of Life Children’s Center were introduced to the traditional side of Songkran during a Thai New Year celebration at the day-care center.  As shown…
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