With 86 percent of Pattaya’s closed-circuit television cameras now broken, regional police have a launched a program to encourage private-business owners to install their own Internet-connected security cameras to improve…

Sawangfa Temple pours gold for Buddhist statues

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Jetsada Homklin
Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Pattaya government employees were on hand as Sawangfa Temple began ceremonies to pour gold to build statutes of Phra Phutta Leela and Phra Laung Phopan Wat…

Oil slick blackens part of Jomtien Beach

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Theerarak Suthathiwong
An oil slick that washed up on Jomtien Beach had locals pointing fingers at a tanker that was thought to have capsized three days earlier.

Exodus slows during Songkran 2014

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Jetsada Homklin
While Pattaya draws thousands to the city to celebrate Songkran, usually a large number of Thais leave town to visit relatives, making the city’s main bus terminal the busiest place…
Fewer tourists and a political cloud hanging over Thailand dampened the fortunes and attitudes in Pattaya’s retail sector as everyone from motorbike taxis to guest houses reported quiet times and…
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitayakara were married by Her Majesty Queen Sawang Vadhana, the paternal grandmother of His Majesty, at the Sra Pathum Palace in…

Massive beach refill project could begin in May

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Jetsada Homklin
Pattaya officials hope to launch a 468 million baht beach-restoration project in May, hiring a contractor to rebuild the shoreline before it is wiped out by erosion.

Beach Road “service girls” offered free HIV tests

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Warunya Thongrod
Beach Road “service girls” were offered free HIV screenings as Thailand’s Public Health Ministry and an HIV/AIDS group organized the annual “Getting to Zero” health fair in Pattaya.
A truck full of drunk Songkran revelers were arrested after allegedly running through a police checkpoint and throwing beer bottles at pursuing officers.

Teen arrested for necklace snatching

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Boonlua Chatree
A teenager was arrested for allegedly stealing a gold necklace from a Chinese tourist. Pheerapol Bangjonchob, 18, was apprehended by tourist Tian Qingren, 38, and held until police arrived at…
Police say an Issan man impersonating as a booking agent is ripping off taxi drivers in Pattaya.
Pattaya police arrested a transvestite for allegedly pick-pocketing a Dutch tourist in the Walking Street “safety area.”

Teen motorcyclist killed by garbage truck

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Theerarak Suthathiwong
A teenage motorcyclist was killed after he apparently cut off a garbage truck and was crushed by it. Police and paramedics responded to Soi 4 April 12 to find the…
A Cambodian construction worker is facing rape charges after a co-worker allegedly broke up an assault on his wife by nearly chopping off the suspect’s arm with a cleaver. The…

Speeding driver escapes fiery death in Sattahip

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Patcharapol Panrak
A Bangkok man escaped a fiery death when a fellow motorist pulled him out of his burning car following a crash in Sattahip. Wuthichai Butthong, 35, was severely injured, but…
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