Central Festival lights area’s tallest Christmas tree

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Thanachot Anuwan
Central Festival Pattaya Beach lit the tallest Christmas tree in the region to welcome the holiday and bid farewell to 2013. Pattaya City Councilman Rattanachai Sutidechanai, Tourism Authority of Thailand…
After fighting the owner of the Boutique Hotel for more than a year over illegally adding floors and an annex, city officials finally triumphed, demolishing the South Pattaya hotel extension.
Pattaya area residents say a 35.7 billion baht proposed expansion of Highway 7 would be an eyesore for tourists and want both the roadway and its off-ramps moved away from…

Traffic lights coming to Dolphin Roundabout

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Phasakorn Channgam
With congestion and accidents proving that courtesy and yielding hasn’t worked, Pattaya’s Dolphin Roundabout will soon get traffic lights to try and bring order to the chaotic North Pattaya circle.

French couple arrested on burglary & immigration charges

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Boonlua Chatree
Two French nationals were arrested for allegedly burglarizing Pattaya hotel rooms. Mohamed Meghraoui, 35, and Leila Boukazza, 37, were apprehended Nov. 24 at their Dang Apartments room. When police broke…
A Chiang Mai man was arrested for allegedly stealing a 14-year-old’s handbag containing 78 baht.
With another high season revving up, police made their annual sweep of pharmacies illegally selling sedatives and tranquilizers. Almost exactly a year after their last crack down on drug stores,…

Police seek karaoke bar worker on rape charges

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Boonlua Chatree
Police are searching for a Pattaya karaoke bar employee accused of raping a 19-year-old Phetchabun woman. The victim filed a complaint with police Nov. 29 that a man she knows…
A Russian tourist on his honeymoon is presumed dead after disappearing during a scuba diving trip off one of Pattaya’s Far Islands. Karen Gapoyan, 50, did not surface with 47…

Elderly German drugged, robbed by Pattaya prostitute

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Theerarak Suthathiwong
An elderly German has become the latest tourist to be drugged and robbed by a Pattaya prostitute. A groggy Joachim Gerd Lay, 73, met police in his Markland Hotel room…
A former Chonburi Public Health Office administrator was arrested for allegedly operating an illegal medical clinic in Pong Sub-District. Jutha Suriyawongs, 59, was arrested Nov. 22 at his home where…
Pattaya residents will march, run and light candles to honor HM the King on his 86th birthday Dec. 5. Athletes will leave the starting line first, running through downtown beginning…
Krathinglai residents again are pleading with city officials to do something about the putrid odors emitting from the city’s garbage-separation station. More than 1,200 tons of rubbish have accumulated at…

City rewards sanitation workers with rice bonuses

Friday, 29 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 48 By Phasakorn Channgam
Pattaya MP Poramet Ngampichet and Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay rewarded the city’s sanitation staff with two bags of rice as bonuses to sanitation engineers.
Four countries again will compete for the best pyrotechnics show as the Pattaya International Fireworks Competition returns for a fourth year Nov. 29-30.
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