Wednesday is Labor Day

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17
Wednesday, May 1 is Labor Day in Thailand, which is a public holiday, and as such government businesses and banks will be closed.  Some bank branches in shopping malls may…

Tropical storm wreaks havoc in Sattahip

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Patcharapol Panrak
An overnight tropical storm felled trees and destroyed roofs in Sattahip. A large mango tree toppled onto a Thongthip Market-area home April 16. Owner Uthit Chaorensukh, 42, and three other…
Once the water was dry, all that remained of Songkran in Pattaya was a mountain of garbage. From main thoroughfares to tiny sois, food containers, plastic bags, empty alcohol bottles…

Traffic police plentiful during Songkran

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Vittaya Yoondorn
Pattaya police deployed 150 officers to try and keep Songkran traffic moving. While highway police set up checkpoints to inspect drivers for alcohol use, weapons and drugs, they also cleared…
Pattaya residents rushed to buy gold after the world prices plunged 30 percent in a week. The Gold Traders Association cut the buying price of gold by 2,350 baht per…

Drug suspect caught after crashing into police cars

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Patcharapol Panrak
A suspected drug dealer was injured when he crashed into police cars during an attempted escape in Sattahip. Kriangwuth Sricharoen, 30, was apprehended April 15 after an undercover drug buy…

Banglamung escapes increase in national Songkran death toll

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17
While Songkran carnage on Thailand’s road increased by one nationally from 2012, the Pattaya area suffered no fatalities. A total of 321 people died during the “seven dangerous days” of…

Bull dies in fight at Sattahip elephant camp

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Patcharapol Panrak
A bull at Sattahip’s Khao Sheechan elephant camp died after fighting a younger male for a mate. Sompong, 69, suffered a tusk wound to the abdomen and died April 18.…

Sattahip police trying to indentify dead foreigner

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Patcharapol Panrak
Sattahip police are trying to identify a foreigner who died of an apparent heart attack at a Najomtien beach. Officials were called to a stretch of beachfront on the border…

Swiss expat drowns in Wong Amat

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Boonlua Chatree
A Swiss expat suffering from kidney disease drowned when he went skinny dipping on Wong Amat Beach. The nude body of Hans-Peter Hermann Stamminger, 65, washed ashore near the Sky…

Waterproof phone pouches popular during Songkran

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Warunya Thongrod
Street vendors have found a new source of revenue for Songkran besides ice and powder: telephone covers. In Naklua, water fights continued as normal, but many Thais and tourists this…

Water vendors drown in Songkran profits

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Vittaya Yoondorn
Perhaps the happiest people in all of Pattaya during Songkran are the ones supplying the water. The annual holiday again had water-truck operators’ cups running over, with some vendors selling…

Police attempt to curtail PVC water cannon use

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Boonlua Chatree
Pattaya police confiscated more than 2,000 PVC water cannons through the first week of Songkran. Police superintendent Col. Suwan Cheaonawinthawat ordered a crackdown on the hand-made water guns, citing their…

Water + Songkran: An ancient combination

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Warunya Thongrod
Songkran wasn’t always a war of water. It began thousands of years ago with disciples pouring water for Lord Buddha. Practiced throughout the Buddhist world under different names, water pouring…

Songkran tradition takes a powder

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Warunya Thongrod
It should have been no surprise that a government ban on the throwing of white powder during Songkran had the same chance of success as baht bus passengers remaining dry…
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