A man died after falling from Mount Tabag in Plutaluang while foraging for food.
Saichon Theerakaw, 51, suffered a broken neck in the Dec. 23 fall near the Mount Tabag shrine. He’d been dead about 12 hours when his body was found.
Manit Theerakaw, 53, said his brother frequently roamed through the hills near the shrine and had gone out that morning to collect food for the day. When he didn’t return, Manit said he went out to find his brother.
Locals are scared of the woods near the temple, claiming it was haunted by ghosts of people allegedly executed there in olden times.
A sailor narrowly escaped injury when his LPG-powered car burst into flames in Sattahip.
Firefighters found the Toyota Corolla fully engulfed Dec. 24 at the 179-kilometer marker on Sukhumvit Road opposite the Navy House 5 Village. It took about an hour to completely extinguish the flames.
Royal Thai Navy officials explained the organization of the newly upgraded Maritime Enforcement Coordinating Center to five agencies that now fall under its jurisdiction at a meeting in Pattaya.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden celebrated Christmas with dancing angels and elephants dressed like Santa Claus.
Park Director Kampol Tansajja opened the festival Dec. 22 with eight elephants dressed in red and white, and women dressed as angels behind them handing out sweets and gifts.
In addition, the elephant theatre organized a special show and an elephant parade performed 6 times a day through Dec. 31.
Pretty girls and elephants wish everyone a Merry Christmas at Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden celebrated Christmas with young elephants dressed like Santa Claus.
The navy handed out 97 scholarships worth 345,000 baht to children of navy families to mark the 91st anniversary of the Royal Thai Fleet.
Admiral Pichan Dhiranetra, commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Fleet, presided over the Dec. 19 presentation, which also saw awards given out for enlisted personnel who best maintained their navy housing.
Sattahip police arrested a Huay Yai woman accused of selling methamphetamines in the district.
Nonglak Daoruang, 46, was captured in an undercover sting operation Dec. 16 with four ya ba tablets and the 1,000 baht used by an undercover operative to purchase them.
Sattahip officials arrested the boastful alleged leader of a gang of bag snatchers who considered district police so incompetent, he intentionally showed his face on a surveillance camera.
Sattahip residents and military personnel harvested Sanyod-style jasmine rice to honor HM the King for Father’s Day, a crop that had been planted around Mother’s Day back in August.
A Sattahip van driver returned to police a wallet left in his van stuffed with more than 15,000 baht.
Manoch Lobyeam, 46, turned in the wallet left behind after a trip from Bangkok Dec. 19. Inside was 15,110 baht.
The wallet contained the identification card for Yongyuth Vitheesawad, 63, a former employee at the Sattahip Naval Base.
At press time, Yongyuth had not yet called in to the police station to collect his wallet and money.
The Chareonde Transport driver said he picked up Yongyuth at the Eastern Bus Terminal in Bangkok and dropped him off at Thummasiri School in Sattahip. He dropped off his final passenger at the Marine Corps Command Center and, checking the van afterward, found the wallet.
At press time, Yongyuth had not yet called in to collect his wallet and money.
The Transport Ministry’s top bureaucrat visited U-Tapao-Pattaya International Airport, meeting with top navy officers to discuss the airport’s future.
Airport chief Adm. Pijarn Theeranaet met Dec. 9 with ministry Permanent Secretary Soithip Traisuth.
Adm. Vasinsan Janthavarin told reporters that U-Tapao’s main income comes from fees from commercial airlines and charters using the military-run Rayong facility.