The Chonburi Public Health Department joined local police in raiding a Pattaya massage parlor for allegedly selling substandard food and drugs.
Officers hit Suvarnabhumi Thai Massage June 16 after authorities received numerous complaints from tourists. They recovered Suvarnabhumi-branded balm along with edible shark fin and bird’s nest soup. Owner Nushree Thaesuji, 55, was charged with illegally selling drugs.
Chonburi officials say a Pattaya seafood restaurateur shown on video allegedly spraying insecticide over her fish was, in fact, using canola oil. The clip was posted on social media by a rival vendor.
The province’s Public Health Department went to inspect Paul Thai Food and question owner Sompong Yaha, 44, about the video, which went viral on the Internet.
Fast thinking by the assistant manager of Pattaya’s B-Quick tire shop may have saved a customer a financial headache.
Niyom Saesamrong, 33, turned in to police on June 14 a woman’s wallet he found containing the equivalent of more than 30,000 baht in Thai, South Korean and Japanese currency.
Five fishermen were rescued after floating in the sea near Koh Rin for 18 hours.
A Royal Thai Navy ship pulled the five Naklua-based fishermen from Pattaya Bay June 18. Three were found holding on to a 200-liter plastic barrel and taken to Bali Hai Pier. Two others that had floated away were recovered and taken respectively to Bang Saray and Naklua.
All were treated at Banglamung Hospital and released.
A rare whale shark was captured on video in the waters off Pattaya.
Terawatt Thongchai, an 18-year-old crewman on a tourist boat based at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club said he was working June 6 on board a yacht taking a group of tourists to explore Koh Larn. They stopped between Tawaen Beach and Koh Sak for the tourists to fish and enjoy the scenery and received a rare and unexpected sight.
Pattaya police arrested 16 people masquerading as army rangers to provide security for a seminar at a well known beach resort.
Officers stopped the 13 men and three women June 7 at the entrance of Pratamnak Soi 1 after they completed work at the seminar and were preparing to return to Bangkok.
Banglamung officials raided South Pattaya bars and restaurants selling shisha after new restrictions banning sales and possession went into effect.
District and Chonburi provincial suppression officers led a team of police and soldiers on a June 10 inspection of shops and bars after owners were notified by the provincial government that buraku and shisha sales would not be tolerated any further. The last paragraph of the notice went as far as to tell bar owners that they would not be spared even if they were paying police for protection.
Two transvestites were arrested for allegedly stealing a handbag from a Japanese tourist.
Wichai In-Sawang, 29 from Suphanburi, and Na Sonjan, 19 from Cambodia, were captured while trying to flee on a motorbike from the crime scene outside the Best Friend bar complex in South Pattaya June 12.
Kochi Ikari, 43, called for help after his bang containing a wallet with 4,990 baht and credit cards was snatched during an unwanted street cuddle.
Police said the two confessed, and found the Cambodian had entered the country illegally and will be deported.
Wichai In-Sawang and Na Sonjan have been arrested and charged with theft.
Royal Thai Navy officials defended their response after three Thai fishing boats were captured fishing illegally in Cambodian waters, saying the navy did move to help the boats, but was limited by diplomatic restraints.
A Pattaya-based Facebook page has stirred the ire of the national police chief for tipping off the public to police checkpoints in the area.
The “We Love Pattaya Checkpoints” page was ordered closed down under threat of prosecution under the Computer Crime Act.