Three dead dolphins washed up on Pattaya beaches in just two days, all apparent victims of fishing nets.
A meter-long dolphin weighing about 30 kg. was found on the rocky shoreline behind the Cape Dara Resort Sept. 2. It had cuts and abrasions typical for being caught in a trawler’s net and marine officials said it appeared to have been dead about two weeks.
It was taken to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center in Sattahip for an autopsy.
The previous day, another dolphin was found in approximately the same area and a third on the beach near Walking Street.
Wuthichai Kham-ai of the Sea Rescue Center said big groups of dolphins typically follow currents in Pattaya Bay. But recent storms caused a change in sea patterns and the animals may have wandered into fishing areas.
The Million Years Stone Park donated Chonburi-bred buffalos to farming families in 11 districts in a belated celebration of HM the Queen’s Aug. 12 birthday.
Park executives and Chonburi Permanent Secretary Chawalit Saeng-Uthai joined Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho and Suan Panomwattanakul, chairman of the Chonburi Cultural Council and other guests at the Sept. 5 ceremony.
A man thrice treated for mental disease carjacked and held hostage a Pattaya woman, demanding Thailand’s military regime capture rosewood smugglers in the deep south and rescue his wife in Laos.
A 4-year-old boy died after accidentally strangling himself with the handle from a hammock.
Rapheephat Mhaeykhobklaang had been playing with another young child Aug. 27 at the Wat Chaimongkol Child Development Center. The two were spinning the bed and, as they did, the handle wrapped around young Nong Model’s neck and he suffocated.
His playmate ran to call nursery school staff, but they were unable to revive him. The boy was pronounced dead at Pattaya Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services were held at Wat Nong-O in central Pattaya, with mourning family members joined by staff of nursery school and Jintana Maensurin, director of the Pattaya Education Department.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the boy’s death and whether the school should be held responsible for negligence.
Pattaya Arunothai School has suspended indefinitely an art teacher who severely beat a student who forgot his homework.
Wutthikorn Sunthornwipark was also reported to the Chonburi Education Office for his caning of a fourth-grader, assistant principal Prayoon Janded said Aug. 26. He added that the school forbids corporal punishment.
An honest Pattaya baht bus driver saved a Burmese woman from a financial crisis when he returned a purse she left behind that contained more than 70,000 baht in cash and jewelry.
Rainy season will be nearly over, but water should flow much more freely in a key Naklua drainage canal once workers finish dredging it Oct. 26.
Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay and city engineers went to the canal near the Jake Houy football stadium Aug. 21 to check progress on the 2 million baht restoration work.
About 30 transvestites loitering on Beach Road were rounded up, fined and released in the Pattaya police’s latest sweep of Pattaya Beach.
A regular occurrence, the raid saw police take the ladyboys accused of being prostitutes and petty thieves into Pattaya Police Station where they were fined a mere 100 baht and released, presumably to go back to their Beach Road perches.
Police rounded up about 30 transvestites loitering on Beach Road, fined them each 100 baht, then released them, presumably to go back to their Beach Road perches.
Police Capt. Netithorn Rattanasuchanan said the transvestites target foreign tourists, annoying them with lewd propositions and pickpocketing many.
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.