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.
The Sattahip Naval Base marked Royal Thai Armed Forces Day with oath-taking and marching.
Adm. Narong Phipatanasai presided over the Jan. 18 “oath of allegiance to the colors” by battalions in the field in front of the Air Coastal and Defense Command. The forces, comprised of Sattahip- and Bangkok-based troops as well as cadets, then marched in formation.
A Sattahip woman as successful at getting arrested for drug dealing as actually selling pills, was busted again, along with three alleged customers in Najomtien.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden celebrated the birth of its first elephant calf of 2014 with the arrival of a playful male Jan. 6.
A British man was killed and two others injured when their Jeep crashed into the back of a large milk truck on Sukhumvit Road in Sattahip.
Sattahip officials worked to keep drunk driving to a minimum through opening alcohol checkpoints during the holidays.
District Chief Phawat Lertmukda and top police officials formally opened the first checkpoint in front of Singsamut School Dec. 27. Civil-defense volunteers, medics and doctors from Sattahip Hospital also attended.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is hoping dancing elephants will awaken the park’s fading tourist numbers.
The Royal Thai Navy continued its effort to repopulate the Gulf of Thailand’s battered marine ecosystem, again releasing hundreds of turtles into the wild for HM the King’s birthday.