While soldiers in Pattaya kept mostly out of view, local establishments complied with the military’s overnight curfew order after the May 22 coup. Restaurants, entertainment establishments and even the always-open…

Nighttime curfew no party for Pattaya businesses

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Warunya Thongrod
At least for now, nighttime is no longer party time in Pattaya. The imposition of a 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew has shut down the city’s legendary nightlife, leaving the few…

Man hits cow, wants owner to pay for car damage

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Boonlua Chatree
The owner of a Honda CRV who struck and killed a pregnant cow near Pattaya wants police to find its owner to pay for auto repairs. Nopadol Chaowamongkol, 24, called…
The imposition of military rule will have short-term negative impacts on Pattaya’s tourist industry, but could be the “light at the end of the tunnel” for the kingdom’s long-term political…
Sixty-two nations meeting in Pattaya have an “unfinished agenda” covering poverty, health care and disaster prevention, a top Ministry of Foreign Affairs official told the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development.

Flood hits Soi Khao Noi

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Jetsada Homklin
Ankle-deep water and spewing sewer grates greeted residents of Soi Khao Noi after a May 26 thunderstorm. The flood, which was measured as deep as 50 centimeters near Chatkaew Village,…

Building collapse takes heavy toll on parked cars

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Surasak Huasoon
Looking at his damaged pickup, Ubon Kaewkoon could at least take solace in the fact be wasn’t in it when the building he parked in front of collapsed. Storm-driven winds…

TAT Pattaya shifts into overdrive for low season

Friday, 23 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 21 By Thanachot Anuwan
Low season is here and the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Pattaya office is working overtime to bring people to the city.
Walking Street’s new community president is targeting drivers and street vendors clogging up the nightlife district’s side streets. At a May 15 community meeting with Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh, recently…
Neighborhood presidents called for more action, and less talk, from Pattaya officials interested in solving community issues at a Center for Resolution of Complaints forum on improving living conditions.
Several international non-governmental organizations are expanding efforts to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS among intravenous drug users and “women-of-the-second-category” into Pattaya.
Nearly six months after the forced demolition of an annex at the Boutique Hotel, area officials are again threatening legal action against the South Pattaya inn for failing to remove…

South Pattaya canal clearance hits setback

Friday, 23 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 21 By Warunya Thongrod
Walking Street commercial buildings discovered to be encroaching zone, dumping sewage into sea Clearing South Pattaya’s storm-drainage canal of all its obstructions will be slower and more complicated than expected,…

Nigerian wanted for killing of countryman

Friday, 23 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 21 By Theerarak Suthathiwong
Police are searching for a Nigerian man who killed his supposed friend in a quarrel over money in East Pattaya.
Six Australians and a New Zealander were arrested when police raided yet another central Pattaya bar allegedly masquerading as an off-track-betting parlor for down-under horse racing.
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