The annual Cobra Gold naval exercise is underway again in Thailand with China participating for the first time.
Royal Thai Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Narong Phipatanasai opened the amphibious-assault training exercises on the Hat Yao training field in Samae San Feb. 14. Joining co-hosts Thailand and the United States this year are Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and, for the first time, the People’s Republic of China.
The homes of three Royal Thai Navy personnel were destroyed in a fire while residents went out to vote on Election Day.
Temperatures are rising in Sunday’s Khet Udomsak council election as a candidate complained to police that someone was destroying campaign posters.
A Sattahip man got a beat-down from neighbors after trying to blow up his house in a suicide attempt.
Sattahip police and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation officers broke down the door of the Soi Bonkai rowhouse owned by Chanok Suwan, 42, Feb. 5, finding the drunk occupant holding a knife and his kitchen on fire. In an apparent suicide attempt, Chanok tried to torch a cooking-gas canister in hopes of causing a deadly explosion.
A man was in critical condition after being hit by a runaway driver on Sukhumvit Road in Sattahip.
The unidentified victim was being treated at Queen Sirikit Naval Medical Center Feb. 7 as police search for relatives. The identity of the hit-and-run driver is unknown.
Rescue workers tend to the victim in the middle of Sukhumvit Highway.
Witnesses said the victim was crossing Sukhumvit near the 700 Rai Market when a black car hit him and kept speeding toward Pattaya. Police recovered car parts at the scene and are examining closed-circuit television footage to identify the car.
Top finishers in November’s Miss Mimosa Queen transvestite beauty pageant made merit by releasing sea turtles into the wild in Sattahip.
Mimosa Managing Director Jirachot Kaewsathien led winner Nisamanee Lertwonpong, 22, a student from Srinakharinwirot University, and runners-up Pachonwan Khantipinyo, 19, and Pattarawarin Bunprasert, 22, to the Royal Thai Navy’s Sea Turtle Conservation Center Jan. 31.
Top finishers in November’s Miss Mimosa Queen transvestite beauty pageant brought smiles to the faces of special-needs children, providing lunch and scholarships to children at Plutaluang’s Ban Khru Boonchu House.
It may be the “year of the horse,” but the elephants at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden did their best to ring in the Chinese New Year.
The garden’s celebration began Jan. 29 with a pachyderm parade as well as the requisite dancing lions and dragons.
Naval ordinance experts were summoned when an American mortar round was discovered behind a Plutaluang home.
Sattahip police arrested a monk who allegedly had been selling drugs for four years from a temple in Najomtien.
National Command Center for Drugs officers cuffed Mongkol Seangthong, 32, following a sting operation Jan. 22 at the Sapsomboon Temple.