Theerarak Suthathiwong

Police and military are stepping up their visual presence on Walking Street to try and secure the area, and increase tourist confidence following the August 17 bombing of the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok.

The president of the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association said the Aug. 17 bombing of a Bangkok shrine caused only a 2 percent drop in Chinese tourists in Pattaya in the three days after.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:23

Man held in murder of Pattaya beer bar owner

Police have detained a man suspected of involvement in the disappearance and murder of a Pattaya beer bar owner in Rayong.

Identified only as “Tan”, the 35-year-old Thai man was taken into custody by Pattaya police Aug. 14, three days after the partial remains of Kanitsorn Insarai, 32, were found burnt in a pineapple field in Rayong’s Ban Khai District.

A Chinese woman reported by mainland websites to have died mysteriously on Pattaya Beach in fact passed away of illness in a downtown condominium, police said.

The body of Zhang Chunrong, 20, was found partially nude on a balcony of her rented View Talay 7 room next to Central Festival Pattaya Beach Aug. 4. The case was picked up by Chinese social-media websites ShanghaiList. com and during the week after.

Pattaya police, however, say Chinese tabloid-style reports got the story wrong, reporting that the university student had flown to Thailand to meet a mystery man, canceled her flight home, left her tour group and ended up dead on Pattaya Beach.

In truth, investigators who reopened the case Aug. 14 said, the young woman died of an apparent illness contracted at home.

Lin Kun, 32, a friend of Zhang’s, said she went to pick up the woman at Suvarnabhumi International Airport Aug. 3 and, after clearing immigration, had to take her to the airport medical center as she felt terribly sick. She was prescribed medication for gas and heartburn.

Li took her friend to the View Talay condo and returned the next day. At the time, she said Zhang had insisted on going out on the balcony naked, even though Li told her it was inappropriate. She then left her friend on the veranda while she ran an errand.

Li told police she returned shortly after to find Zhang dead with only a shirt on, a towel at her feet.

Pol. Lt. Themthrong Rodsiri said the dead woman had no external signs of injury or assault and speculated the death was connected to her earlier illness or a congenital problem.

However, the body was sent to the Forensics Institute to officially determine the cause of death.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 13:57

Authorities reassure tourists about security

Police, soldiers and local government officials fanned out across the Bali Hai Pier area to reassure Koh Larn-bound tourists that Pattaya is taking security seriously following the Bangkok shrine bombing.

The family of a Chonburi cyclist struck and killed preparing for the Bike for Mom event has received a reef and compensation thanks to HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:45

Overturned acid tanker closes Highway 36

An acid leak from a flipped container truck closed Highway 36 for a time Aug. 13, but caused no injuries.

The Hino Motors truck, with a load of hydrogen peroxide, overturned on the rain-slicked highway near kilometer 19-900 in the Baan Khlong Yai area of Pong sub-district.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:39

Family of three killed in Pong auto accident

A family of three was killed when their BMW crashed into a 10-wheeled truck the driver had tried, and failed, to overtake in Pong.

Driver Sermsak Changlek, 42, his wife Patuma, 32, and their 5-year-old daughter died instantly when their BMW ran into a Kanchana Baan Concrete truck driven by Kwanmuang Chantachote, 50. The accident occurred in Pong Sub-district near the Provincial Waterworks Authority office.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:32

Father-daughter suicide-murder averted

A distraught father was saved from jumping to his death while carrying his 7-year-old daughter.

Banglamung police were called to a pedestrian bridge in front of Pattaya School No. 3 Aug. 10 to find local motorbike taxi drivers restraining a drunk man intent on committing suicide and murder by jumping into traffic with his little girl.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:12

Police get view of Naklua bar burglar

Police have security-camera footage of a burglar who stole a cash register and tip money from a Nongprue bar.

Owner Natee Sungsrikaew called authorities Aug. 11 to report that the front metal door of the Buddy Bar in Moo 12 village was broken open after the bar closed at 1:30 a.m.

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