During a June 26 meeting with all of Region 2’s local police commanders, Pol. Gen. Wuthi Liptapanlop ordered a renewed crackdown to solve Pattaya’s worsening traffic by arresting bus drivers…

Wall planned along Pratamnak Road to stop mudslides

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Jetsada Homklin
Pattaya plans to build a wall along a steep stretch of Pratamnak Road to prevent mudslides like the one that blocked traffic after a recent storm. Ampol Yutisri of the…
Already struggling with increased competition and decreased tourist numbers, Dongtan Beach masseuses say illegal foreign workers are imperiling their incomes.

Alcohol sales banned July 11 & 12

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Phasakorn Channgam
Back-to-back Buddhist holidays this week mean two dry days in Pattaya as bars, restaurants and entertainment venues are barred from selling alcohol. Asalaha Bucha Day, July 11, and Khao Pansaa,…

3 Pattaya communities want cleaner streets, drains

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Urasin Khantaraphan
Three Pattaya neighborhoods told Pattaya leaders they want cleaner streets, vacuumed drainage pipes and tidy utility lines at a Center for Resolution of Complaints forum on improving living conditions.

AIDS-prevention officials take on Soi 6

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Surasak Huasoon
AIDS-prevention groups found themselves more welcome when they tried again to get the city’s many bar workers to agree to voluntary HIV testing and counseling.

Suspected Kanchanaburi drug dealer busted in Pattaya

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Boonlua Chatree
Pattaya police arrested a Kanchanaburi man on narcotics charges after he ran a checkpoint in South Pattaya. Wirat Phophon, 31, was captured after a 4 a.m. police pursuit that led…
A drunk Thai woman was arrested for allegedly injuring two motorbike riders in a hit-and-run accident despite a confession from an Indian friend. Ruethairat Nuithawi, 32, was taken into custody…

American attacked by ‘jealous’ Thai

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Boonlua Chatree
An American man suffered knife wounds after being slashed by a “jealous” Thai man in Pattaya. Stephen Bazell Lapides, 47, suffered serious cuts to his arms in the July 5…
Jealousy, not business, turned out to be the motive for the June killing of a boat-rental agent and rescue volunteer. Boonsong Saechau, 38, surrendered to police July 1, nearly two…
Seven Indian tourists were injured when their minibus slammed into a utility pole in Huay Yai. Four men and three Indians, plus the Thai driver, suffered injuries ranging from broken…
Parents of a 14-year-old girl nearly gang-raped in a classroom at Baan Bang Saray School were further outraged after the school’s director, Wuthichai Weerawat, refused to take responsibility. The eighth-grader…

German drugged, robbed in Soi Buakaow guesthouse

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Theerarak Suthathiwong
A German man was drugged and robbed by two prostitutes inside his Soi Buakaow guesthouse. A groggy Laszlo Kolberg, 20, greeted police at the Jasmine Villa around 6 p.m. June…

2,000 pledge loyalty to monarchy in Pattaya

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Jetsada Homklin
About 2,000 people pledged devotion to the monarchy and avoid drugs at a military-organized event in Pattaya. Maj. Gen. Nat Inthacharoen, commander of the 14th Military Circle in Chonburi, presided…
Two Burmese fishermen who claimed they were enslaved on Thai fishing boats were pulled from Rayong Bay by navy rescuers after jumping overboard to escape what they claimed was certain…
Pattaya officials placed a homeless elderly couple living for a year on the Naklua Canal in a shelter after complaints about their drunken parties.
Dispute mediation and protection from witness intimidation were touted as major benefits of a plan to set up provincial-level offices to provide justice at the grassroots level.

4 more communities air grievances at CRC forum

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Urasin Khantaraphan
Leaders of four more Pattaya communities lined up to air grievances over messy utility lines, broken lights, litter and flooding at the latest at Center for Resolution of Complaints forum…

Buddhist Lent begins today

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28
July 11 & 12 This year, the Buddhist holy days of Asalaha Bucha and Khao Pansaa fall on August 11 & 12.  Both are recognized public holidays, and therefore banks…
Everything came up roses for a Naklua flower vendor when she won 12 million baht in Thailand’s government lottery. Nanthida “Nooch” Khampamool, 33, had bought three tickets bearing the number…
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