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.
Pattaya police have joined the search for a well-known foreign swindler who added a local man to his list of victims.
Jettarin Boonmarong, 21, complained to police June 4 that a foreigner he knew only as “John Edward” through a gay website cheated him out of 32,000 baht.
Two people were killed when their pickup truck collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 36 in Rayong.
Jaruk Boonyungyeung, 65, and an unidentified woman passenger both died at the scene of the wreck at the U-turn for Highway 331. The woman suffered a broken neck.
Money was flying around in central Pattaya, but local residents taking pity on a motorcyclist who dropped it turned it in to police.
About 20,000 baht was dropped by the unknown rider near the Thanakorn Driving School. Five women collected the bills, finding 21,020 baht.
Speedboats swarm to the rescue to evacuate tourists as smoke billows from the engine room of the Rungorawan 2. Two disasters at sea were narrowed averted when quick rescue efforts saved nearly 200 lives. Over 100 Chinese tourists were evacuated from the Rungorawan 2 when its engine caught fire June 1 between Pattaya and Koh Larn. The previous day, 82 people were pulled from the Petchara 7 when the ferry sank on its way back to Pattaya on Sunday May 31. No injuries were reported.
Eighty-two people were rescued when a Koh Larn ferry sank on its way back to Pattaya.
No one was injured when the Petchara 7, carrying a group of passengers from the Buriram Court, began taking on water and sinking May 31. The boat was operated by Petchara Boat Co., the newly renamed firm whose Koh Larn ferry sank in 2013, killing seven tourists.
Pattaya’s baht buses are to get a much-needed safety upgrade.
Chonburi deputy commander, Pol. Col. Trairong Piewphun kicked off the Safe Pattaya Baht Bus Project May 21 at Pattaya School No. 8.
A brainchild of Pattaya police and Pattaya Transport Cooperative, the project is aimed at safeguarding tourists and residents from both poor drivers and thieves.