A tourist was beaten unconscious over 700 baht by a Naklua beer-bar bouncer and nearby motorcycle-taxi drivers in what turned out to be a miscommunication issue.
The unidentified man - believed to be Russian in his mid-30s - was struck in the head by the bouncer and then set upon by up to five taxi drivers until he was left senseless and bleeding on the ground outside the VIP Beer Bar complex on Naklua Road Jan. 19. He was taken to Banglamung Hospital.
Witnesses said the victim was drinking beer at the Honey Bar and didn’t have money on hand to pay the 1,300 baht bill. He paid 600 baht and arranged with the staff to visit an ATM opposite the bar to pay the balance.
He was stopped by the security guard, however, and due to language problems the bouncer believed he was running out on the bill and mayhem ensued.
A heartbroken Canadian man slit his own wrist at a Pattaya bar after spotting his Uzbek girlfriend drinking with another man.
Mehdi Rsekh Ahmadi, 44, was bleeding profusely from the slit to one wrist in front of the Habibi phone shop on Soi 16 around 3 a.m. He was transported to Pattaya Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Witness Vasana Yusapaap, 36, said Ahmadi had seen the Uzbekistan woman with whom he’d been having a relationship drinking with another Middle Eastern man at a nearby bar. After unsuccessfully trying to convince her to get back together with him, he reportedly slit his wrist and ran from the bar.
One person was killed and five others seriously wounded when an auto manufacturer’s company shuttle bus was struck by an 18-wheeler while making a U-turn.
Pattaya’s new war on rats extends beyond Bali Hai Pier, with sanitation workers opening a new front in Jomtien Beach.
Public Health Department workers, led by Kanrapha Mukdasanit, director of disease control and prevention, sprayed pesticides to reduce the vermin population on Jomtien Beach.
Fire caused about a million baht in damage at a Khao Maikaew oil-processing factory that officials said was operating illegally.
Firefighters took about 30 minutes to extinguish the Jan. 15 blaze at Everfrank Technology Co. in Huay Kai Nao village.
Taiwanese owner Huang Feng, 30, said he was preparing base oil to be used in hydraulic machinery when the processor overheated and set the oil aflame. The fire spread quickly, he said.
The Ayutthaya-regional Fine Arts Department has agreed to restore an 18th century temple in Banglamung District, provided it can acquire funding.
Methadol Wiehakana, director of the 3rd Regional Department of Fine Art, together with a team of experts and local residents, surveyed the ancient temple Jan. 8.
Authorities have released a man taken into custody for the killing a traffic policeman in a hit-and-run accident near Highway 7, finding there was no evidence to charge him.
A Khon Kaen man was arrested on obscenity charges after a video of him masturbating in front of a Pattaya clinic went viral on the Internet.
Jetphinit Nonsriratch, 22, was apprehended Jan. 9 on Soi 6/1. Police seized two pairs of women’s underwear from him, and the Yamaha Fino motorbike he was seen driving in the video posted to Facebook.
A Pattaya jet ski vendor was arrested for assaulting a Swedish tourist who intervened in the vendor’s alleged extortion of a customer.
Chawalit Janthong, 27, was taken into custody around 5 p.m. Jan. 9 after allegedly assaulting modeling-agency owner Fredo Kazenai, 51.
Banglamung authorities said a grenade found in the middle of a Laem Chabang road likely was tossed there by a teen gang member.
The unexploded M-61 grenade found outside the Pack & Moving Co. in Laem Chabang Jan. 8 was removed without incident.
Police said it likely belonged to a gang member who perhaps threw it at a rival, but the ordinance was a dud.
Authorities are investigating.
Banglamung authorities inspect a grenade (inset) found the Pack & Moving Co. in Laem Chabang.