Pattaya officials have halted construction of a 53-story condominium and hotel project at Bali Hai Pier that sparked an Internet firestorm after photos showing the tower obstructing a classic Pattaya viewpoint went viral online. Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome stated that the project - first launched in 2004 - has continually followed correct and fully transparent legal processes and he urged anyone alleging that shortcuts were taken to investigate the various hearings and reports themselves.
A 3-year-old girl received a trip to the hospital after getting her hand stuck in a pool-skimmer pipe in Huay Yai.
Rescuers were called to the Dusit Pattaya 3 Village Aug. 12 to free the girl, who was sitting on the poolside with her hand in the pipe’s opening in the concrete next to the pool
Rescue workers give the girl oxygen while chipping away the concrete to expose the pipe.
Officers gave the girl oxygen while chipping away the concrete to expose the pipe. They then cut the pipe and brought the girl to Banglamung Hospital to have the rest of it removed and her hand checked.
The son a wealthy Thai lighting-store owner was arrested in Pattaya after allegedly racing his 10 million baht sports car down Beach Road.
Pattaya police Chief Col. Supathee Bungkhrong spotted the Nissan GTR cutting through traffic Aug. 9 and ordered traffic police to apprehend the driver. They did so at Walking Street.
An American man got a high-heeled shoe to the forehead after rudely telling a transvestite what he could do with his provocative drink offer.
Shawn Bowsher, 36, needed 13 stitches to close the gash sustained outside the Fancy Beer Bar on Soi Buakaow Aug. 14. He told police that he’d only walked by the ladyboy bar when he was surrounded by a group of men in skirts who propositioned him. He admits he less-than-politely told one ‘no’ and was attacked by one of the lad’s spiked heels.
Suranart Suyajai was arrested for assault with a spiked heal, causing 13 stitches to the head of an American tourist.
Police the following night arrested Suranart Suyajai, 28, who had fled from the crime scene the night before.
Police said the Kampaengpet native admitted whacking the American because he rudely declined an offer to share a drink.
High-school students got a taste of life on the beat in Pattaya as area Tourist Police enlisted them in a “Youth Police” program to work with foreigners.
Region 2 Tourist Police chief Col. Prapoj Chotikhun and Pattaya chief Lt. Col. Arun Promphan led the evening course for 18 students from Pattaya School No. 11 Aug. 1.
High-school students were given a taste of life on the beat when area Tourist Police enlisted them to work with foreigners.
Before taking the field, the students had learned some basic Russian, Chinese, Korean and English phrases from the police and then, under supervision, were set loose at Bali Hai Pier to assist tourists.
Officials said the program was developed because of the historical fear youths have of police. The training session brought down barriers between the students and officers and gave them lessons in police work that they might one day go into.
Banglamung officials arrested two Laotian women who allegedly transported bags full of methamphetamine pills over the border to Pattaya.
Another mobile phone theft has been foiled by an Apple iPhone’s built-in tracking software, with police arresting an Algerian man for taking a Japanese tourist’s bag from a Walking Street go-go bar.
Police and military officials continued their crackdown on area loan sharks, arresting another five men allegedly running illegal money-lending operations out of two East Pattaya houses.
The carcass of a giant sea turtle washed ashore on South Pattaya’s Yim Yom Beach, the victim of an apparent run-in with a boat.
The corpse of the turtle, which was about 30 years old and weighed 50 kg., was found by a Russian tourist and dragged ashore, at which time authorities were called, said Janthiporn Sirimongkol, 51, a vendor at the Pratamnak Hill beach.
The turtle showed signs of several injuries and part of its hard shell was missing.
A giant sea turtle washed ashore on South Pattaya’s Yim Yom Beach, the victim of an apparent run-in with a boat.
A Thai contractor’s Cambodian work crew is suspected of robbing and killing their boss on a job site in Nongprue.
The body of Phaiseethong Pimta, 32, was sitting in a chair, face down on a table, outside an under-construction home on a 3 rai plot on Soi Nongmaikaen 17, on July 24.
The Bueng Kan man had been bludgeoned to death, his skull split open with a hard object. Police found his empty wallet in the woods nearby and his motorbike had been stolen.
Home owner Sathaporn Toma, 48, said he’d hired Phaiseethong for a painting job and that the victim had brought along four Khmer employees, three men and a woman.
A day earlier, he told police, he saw the contractor arguing over salary payments with one of the workers, but didn’t consider it serious. He admitted he was wrong after he returned the next day to find Phaiseethong dead and the Cambodians gone.