Back-to-back Buddhist holidays this week mean two dry days in Pattaya as bars, restaurants and entertainment venues are barred from selling alcohol.
Asalaha Bucha Day, July 11, and Khao Pansaa, or “Buddhist Lent,” July 12, traditionally have been days when bars were requested to close. However, in 2009 the Prime Minister’s Office issued a no alcohol edict, banning the sale of alcohol on important religious holidays.
The Notification of the Office of the Prime Minister RE: Determination of Days of Prohibition of Alcoholic Beverage Sales (No. 2) B.E. 2552 (A.D. 2009), signed by then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, specifically prohibits the sale of alcohol on Makha Bucha Day, Visakha Bucha Day, Asalaha Bucha Day and Buddhist Lent holidays.
From 12 a.m. July 11 until midnight July 12, it is against the law for businessmen to distribute alcohol. This includes bars and restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, department stores, and community retail stores. An amendment to the decree exempts hotels from the ban.
Those caught breaking the law can face up to six months in jail and fines up to 10,000 baht.
Hong Kong and South Korean tourists have nearly disappeared from Pattaya while Russian arrivals are down 20 percent due to protracted anti-government protests in Bangkok, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said.
Pattaya School No. 1 brought lesson learning to the playground with its annual Sports Days.
Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon opened the Dec. 11-13 competition, which saw students split into four squads to compete in football, volleyball, tennis, rattan ball, petanque and other outdoor sports.
City officials officially have launched the “Pattaya City Guide,” an online and service allowing visitors to search and obtain information on more than 2,000 hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions.
Naklua-area residents gave alms to 87 monks ordained for HM the King’s birthday in the final days of their 10 days of service.
The monks, who left the order on Dec. 11, walked a route from Pattaya School No. 3 through the Naklua Market to Lan Po Park Dec. 7 to receive alms from those seeking to make merit to honor His Majesty on his 87th birthday Dec. 5.
Community leaders turned out Nov. 23 to wish General Kanit Permsub, deputy chief aide-de-camp, general to His Majesty the King, a happy 70th birthday.
While his actual birthday was three days later, Gen. Kanit held a Buddhist ceremony at his home presided over by nine monks from Boonsamphan Temple. In attendance were a host of family members, friends and dignitaries who had come to pay their respects to the general.
Public officials, educators and health professionals in Pattaya marked World AIDS Day with a parade and educational exhibition.
The Service Workers in Group Foundation, Sisters for Foundation, World Vision Foundation of Thailand, Father Ray Foundation, hoteliers, public health volunteers, and students from Pattaya and Banglamung schools participated in the Dec. 1 parade from Central Festival Pattaya Beach to Pattaya School No. 8.
The Commerce Ministry showcased Chonburi’s many factory-made goods at a three-day industrial-products fair in Pattaya.
Leading Chart Pattana Party MP Suwat Liptapanlop kicked off the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 expo at the National Indoor Sports Arena with Bureau of Investment secretary Udom Wongwiwattanachai, Chonburi Deputy Gov. Pornchai Khawansakul and Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome.
The show featured six zones highlighting environmentally friendly products, a Ministry of Industry question-and-answer forum, lectures on business success in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations zone, a marketplace for small- and medium-size businesses, and robotics.
Udom said the show was organized due to Chonburi’s predominance in manufacturing and to give business operators and exporters opportunities to learn how to expand their businesses.
A Pattaya boat-maintenance company will move most of its work to Huay Yai following a protest by more than 50 area residents and students angry over growing pollution at the Sukhumvit Road ship chandler.
Chonburi teams took two of five major races at the Pattaya Traditional Long Boat Tournament.
The crew of the Yuttakananwa won 100,000 baht and the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn trophy for the second time by taking the 55-paddler long boat category race while the crew of the Jaomaepraduthong took first in the 55-paddler Type B boat bracket.