Pattaya Beach empties as military takes over

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Boonlua Chatree
Martial Law, followed by a curfew, and both done during the slow season equals empty beaches in Pattaya.
A month after the president of the Nong Plalai Sub-district Council was caught digging up land surrounding a public irrigation canal for a plantation owner, Banglamung officials have determined the…

Mae La-Or Market flood drainage work underway

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Warunya Thongrod
Contractors have begun connecting underground drainage pipes around the Mae La-Or Market with a new wastewater-treatment plant in Jomtien Beach and Pattaya officials are predicting the work will be on-time…
Only a third of area boat owners turned out to hear Pattaya officials announce their latest set of proposed marine regulations and details of a 31 million baht plan for…
Boredom and fatigue - not fear and anxiety - greeted the Thai military’s government coup, with both tourists and business owners saying they wished everyone would just get along.

Sattahip man arrested for raping grandmother

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Patcharapol Panrak
A Sattahip man has been arrested for allegedly raping his own grandmother whilst high on drugs. Noppol Bunsai, 20, was captured by Sattahip police May 24 while trying to leave…

3 Russians arrested for fake ATM card use

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Boonlua Chatree
Chonburi police arrested three Russians who allegedly used fake ATM cards to steal more than 10 million baht from Kasikorn Bank ATMs.

Foreigners fined for illegal fundraising

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Boonlua Chatree
Two Nepalese foreign volunteers were arrested and fined for allegedly begging for donations from Pattaya businesses.

Another suspect in April ATM burglary arrested

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Theerarak Suthathiwong
Pattaya-area police have arrested a third man in last month’s robbery of a Sukhumvit Road automated-teller machine.

Russian woman falls from hotel’s 3rd floor

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Boonlua Chatree
A Russian woman was injured after apparently falling out of her third-story hotel-room window. Olga Klibysheva, 59, suffered broken limbs in the May 17 accident at the Twenty 8 Inn…

Briton, Swede among 5 arrested on immigration charges

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Boonlua Chatree
Five foreigners, including a Briton and a Swede, were arrested on immigration charges before being deported. Stephen Dierden, 50, of the United Kingdom and Kan Tomjosaplainsan, 52, of Sweden, were…

Russian tourist drowns off Koh Larn

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Boonlua Chatree
Police were unable to determine why a Russian tourist drowned while swimming off Koh Larn. The dead body of Ramis Faridovich Rakhmatullin, 30, was pulled onto the island’s Samae Beach…
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.
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