Two Thai military officers were detained, but not charged, after they allegedly colluded with a pair of South Korean gangsters to extort a half-million baht from a Pattaya massage parlor owner.
Three Issan men were charged with assault and the British man they allegedly attacked was slapped with sexual assault charges after an altercation in Pattaya.
Two people were hurt when an ice truck’s brakes reportedly failed causing it to ram into the back of a tour bus in Pattaya.
Surat Thai-oun, the 42-year-old driver of the Racha Ltd. ice truck, and passenger Worachai Sripanoun, 47, both sustained abdominal injuries with Surat breaking a leg. They were pinned in the truck and had to be cut out.
Huay Yai police are searching for a serial rapist who has attempted at least two early morning attacks on female motorcyclists.
The latest rape attempt was foiled by a passerby after the suspect kicked over the motorbike of a 38-year-old woman who was driving near Wat Tunglaharn around 4:30 a.m.
Dark stains that marred the Naklua Beach area were caused by natural sediment washed in by waves, not oil from an offshore spill, the Marine Department said.
Pattaya officials investigated the black marks, which stretched for about three kilometers. City workers cleaned the beach near the Moom Aroi Restaurant with most saying it looked like oil.
Eakarath Kantaro of the Marine Department noted that residents and fishermen in the area say the stains are natural and eventually disappear in a few days.
City workers clean the dark stains that marred the Naklua Beach, with most saying it looked like oil. However, a Marine Department spokesperson said it was natural sediment washed in by waves, not oil.
Total Access Communications Plc became the second company to bring high-speed wireless data to Pattaya with the launch of its DTAC 4G service.
Amnat Kosonrod, central and eastern sales director, joined other DTAC employees at the launch of the next-generation data service at the Amari Orchid Resort & Tower March 27.
Pattaya plans to launch a new online service allowing tourists to create packages based one of four different themes.
Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome announced the Pattaya Tourism Package initiative March 25 at the Zign Hotel with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Pattaya Business and Tourism Association, Thai Hotels Association Eastern Region, and Software Export Promotion Association of Thailand.
Fire destroyed the house of a 104.75 radio technician on Pratamnak Hill, but caused no injuries.
Two fire brigades were called to the Pratamnak Hill radio station where the quarters of Warawut Poompuangkaew, 25, were fully involved. It took about 10 minutes to control the blaze.
Fire police extinguish the final embers after the conflagration destroyed the house of a 104.75 radio technician on Pratamnak Hill.
Warawut said a friend had been staying at the house, but no one was home at the time of the fire. He was working when someone came by to tell him about the blaze. All his furnishings were destroyed.
The technician reported a rat problem and speculated they chewed through an electrical wire, sparking the fire.
Khao Chi Chan residents again were urged not to feed local monkeys and take care when driving after another animal was found dead in the road.
The monkey, about five years old, was found in the middle of the twisting road near Big Buddha Mountain in Najomtien. Weighing about 10 kilograms and 60 centimeters long, it was apparently crushed by a car. It had been dead for several hours.
Surasak Anumetanfkul, head of the Forest Training Department, said that there are approximately 1,000 monkeys in the area. They reside in between HM the King’s Forest Reserve and the no-hunting area of Khao Chi-on.
Forest officials installed a metal bar crossing the road at about six meters high for monkeys to use. There were no problems and no reports about monkeys being hit by cars since, but the monkeys that are on the road are mostly pets released by local residents.
Pet monkeys don’t get along with wild ones and that’s why they are residing near the roads, and which is why they have a chance of getting hit by vehicles, he said.
“The reason why monkeys get into the habit and reside near the roads is because people often feed them, which changes them from feeding off natural vegetation,” he said. “I would like to kindly ask residents not to feed the monkeys and slow down if they see them near the road. And for people who have pet monkeys and don’t want them anymore, they should contact the Forestry Department and follow their suggestions.”
Gamblers looking for an edge in the next government lottery draw flocked to a gold-colored tree discovered in Takientia.
The neem tree blooming in Nongkradong is located in an eight-rai cassava field. Standing about 1.5 meters tall, the leaves and branches had turned gold, setting off a frenzy among superstitious gamblers with gold bars and necklaces their eyes.