A Pattaya hotel shuttle driver died after being stabbed in the chest during an argument with his wife.
Sawat Jaiprasit, 56, suffered a single 10cm stab wound to the heart and died at his apartment house on Soi Nongkrabok 3 in Nongprue.
A woman and child were killed and three injured when their driver likely fell asleep behind the wheel in Pong.
The Department of Special Investigations raided two more Pattaya-area health products companies, seizing caches of illegally imported cosmetics and herbal medicines.
A South Korean tourist died after apparently hanging himself in his central Pattaya condo.
The body of Park Hyu Nok, 50, was found hanging from a rope tied to a golf club jammed into a 2-meter-tall wardrobe at the Pattaya Plaza Condotel opposite King Power on Sukhumvit Road Jan. 5. He’d been dead about two days.
Condominium staffers said Park was last seen two days earlier. The death was only discovered after a friend knocked on the door and detected the smell.
Park’s friend said the victim visited Thailand regularly, but had been suffering money problems and had to ask family to send him funds to cover four months of back rent.
The room showed no signs of a dispute and police are calling the death a suicide.
A larger-than-normal fish kill set off alarm bells in Jomtien Beach, where dead and stinking sea animals polluted a stretch of sand near Soi 17.
Top Royal Thai Police commanders formally issued orders to Pattaya-area cops to provide security for New Year’s Eve.
Advisor Gen. Wuthi Liptapanlop and Assistant Commissioner Lt. Gen. Jaktip Chaijinda joined Region 2 Police Commander Lt. Gen. Kawee Suphanan, Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho and Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh Dec. 31 for the dispatch.
Two teenagers were arrested for allegedly robbing a Russian tourist of his gold necklace.
Phichit Pajchakeaw, 19, of Sisaket and Nachapol Suljit, 19, of Chachoengsao, were apprehended Dec. 25 near the Grand Hotel intersection of Thepprasit and Sukhumvit Roads.
The Department of Special Investigations raided the Vitamax mall, seizing 100 million baht in illegally imported drugs, food supplements and cosmetics.
An Ubon Ratchathani man recently treated for mental problems died after leaping from a Highway 7 overpass.
Kriangsak Panpheng, 41, suffered a skull fracture and other injuries after getting hit by a bus following his plunge from the bridge Dec. 26. Witness Prakit Saewakan, 37, said he saw Kriangsak climb the 5-meter-tall fence and tried to stop him, but the victim was determined to jump.
Officials at Banglamung Hospital confirmed that Kriangsak had been discharged that afternoon after seeking treatment for sleeplessness and stress. Doctors said he’d received some initial treatment for a mental disorder.
An 8-year-old boy died after falling from a boat-towing tractor on Koh Larn.
Parents Manit and Pannee Maneerat, both 45, accompanied their critically injured son back to the mainland after the morning accident on Na Ban Beach Dec. 31. He was pronounced dead of a skull fracture at Banglamung Hospital.
Witnesses said the boy was playing on the tractor and fell about 2.5 meters, hitting his head on cement pavement in the fall.