Fueled by two typhoons, 2013’s rainy season is proving especially damaging to the Pattaya area, where residents are again looking for dry ground.
Most recently, the Eastern Seaboard took a pounding from Typhoon Nari Oct. 15-16, the second this month.
Police suspect an American-Thai hotel receptionist found dead in her room may have died from a sleeping-pill overdose.
The body of Caroline Paige Srichankij, 27, was found in her room at a local hotel Oct. 15. She’d been dead about a day. The room showed no signs of a dispute and a packet of sleeping pills was found on the nightstand.
Coworkers found Srichankij, laying on her bed with a bloody nose after checking why she did not turn up for work.
Police have ruled out homicide and speculated she either intentionally or accidentally overdosed. The body was sent to the Forensics Institute to determine a cause of death.
A farmer was electrocuted along with hundreds of the frogs he raised at a pond on Soi Santisuk.
Ponchai Gubtapol, 43, was found amid the bodies of frogs of all sizes inside one of eight frog ponds. His 12-year-old son, Anucha Kaptapol, sat nearby with a burned arm. He was treated at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.
Relative Montri Mingkwan said he heard a cry from Anucha and he and Ponchai rushed to help. As he tended to the boy, he turned around to find his brother-in-law dead inside the pool.
Investigators believe an electrical pole in the middle of the pond was leaking electric current into the pond and Ponchai was electrocuted when he went into the water.
Pattaya marked the 100th birthday of Thailand’s Supreme Patriarch with lectures on morality at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.
Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome opened the Oct. 8 “Family Harmony” event attended by members of the Pattaya Cultural Council, Pattaya Woman’s Development Group, Lions Club of Pratamnak-Pattaya and unaffiliated Buddhists.
The chief justice of the Central Labor Court and three family members were hurt when their car plunged off an elevated section of Highway 7 in Pattaya.
A Chinese tourist drowned after suffering cramps while swimming off Koh Larn.
Su Lan, 21, reportedly cramped up while on a tour with 34 other Chinese left to swim and relax at Tonglang Beach Oct. 13.
Tour guide Chang Liu, 38, said he wasn’t present at the time of the accident, but that life guards tried to rescue the woman. Despite administering CPR she died at the scene.
Area political leaders welcomed Lt. Gen. Kawee Suphanant to Pattaya as he takes over as the head of the Royal Thai Police for Region 2.
Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai and Provincial Administrative Organization President Wittaya Kunplome congratulated the new regional police chief at an Oct. 1 party at the Ambassador City Hotel. Pattaya Provincial Court Chief Justice Apichart Thepnoo and regional police officers rounded out the guest list.
A suspected Ukrainian mobster has been charged with orchestrating the kidnapping of a fellow countryman who supposedly owed him money.
Illia Maisnikov, 48, was arrested Sept. 26 at his Real Diamond TV Co. on Jomtien Second Road following the earlier arrests of three Thais he allegedly hired to kidnap 29-year-old Alexander Konratenko outside the Shakespeare Hotel in Jomtien Beach a day earlier.
An Omani tourist drugged and robbed by a transvestite prostitute got a helping hand from a waiter who came to his rescue.
An Udon Thani man burned his motorbike in protest after his girlfriend took his keys to prevent him for going out with other women.