On the 5th December, the Kingdom of Thailand celebrates the Birthday of His Majesty the King, who, this year, is 86 years of age. On this day around Thailand celebrations take place, ranging from official government ceremonies to small family gatherings.
The 5th December is also known as “Father’s Day” and is a time to pay your respects to your Father. On Thursday Morning in the grounds of Banglamung City Hall, we attended the formal ceremony for the District led by Khun Sukchai, the Chief of Banglamung District. Offerings were made to 86 Buddhist Monks from around the District and this was followed by a formal ceremony involving 9 Monks which culminated in a Gun Salute from Banglamung Police who fired a total of 21 times into the air.
Local Government Officers and Police Officers from around the District also took part in the event which paid homage to His Majesty the King on this special day which culminated in a mass celebration at the Bali Hai Port in South Pattaya in-front of a 6 foot high portrait of His Majesty.
A candlelight ceremony featuring a recital of the National Anthem and other songs praising the King took place as Thai’s and foreigners came together to celebrate this auspicious day. A spectacular fireworks display signified the end of the day’s formal celebrations.
Late on Wednesday Night a 29 year old Thai Woman reported an assault by two Male Russian Tourists on Walking Street, South Pattaya, in the early hours of Wednesday.
Khun Orapan, who had a black-eye, and upper-body bruising, explained to Police at the Station on Pattaya Beach, that she was walking home after attending a friend’s Birthday party on Walking Street and stopped to purchase food at the Northern entrance to the street.
She claims a group of two Russian men and a Russian Woman walked past her and one of the men grabbed her backside. She screamed and out of anger kicked the Russian. Both Russian men allegedly grabbed Khun Orapan and struck her several times as the female Russian looked-on and laughed.
Khun Orapan shouted for help but no one who witnessed the alleged attack assisted her.
After visiting the Hospital on Wednesday, she reported the incident to Pattaya Police who will check CCTV and attempt to apprehend those responsible for the reported attack.
Three Indian Tourists became the victims of a common scam in Pattaya, whereby items of value are stolen from them as they enjoy a massage on a bed, unaware that someone is under the bed stealing items from their clothing which the scammers ensure are left on the floor.
Just before daybreak on Wednesday, the Indian Tourists aged between 38 and 43 made their way to Pattaya Police Station to report the scam and the loss of 60,000 Baht in cash and valuables between them.
The men described how they were walking along Pattaya Beach when they were approached by two women who suggested they accompany them to their room where they would receive very cheap massages.
The Indians agreed terms and then made their way to the rented room in Soi 17 off Pattaya Third Road. They were joined by a third woman and the men proceeded to undress and were given massages on the bed.
They were unaware that someone else was hiding under the bed and substituted their money for pieces of paper and also stole the men’s wrist watches.
During the massage the women claimed they had to change rooms urgently and left first. The Indians put on their clothes and left the room but could not locate the women who had disappeared.
Police are now attempting to locate and arrest those responsible for the alleged crime.
In the early hours of Thursday a 20 year old man was subjected to a necklace snatch in East Pattaya.
The incident occurred in Soi Neun Plub Wan as the victim, Khun Siripat, was driving home after working a shift at Central Festival Pattaya Beach. 2 men on a motorbike approached and the passenger leant over and snatched a 10,000 Baht gold necklace.
The incident was witnessed by a Police Volunteer stationed nearby who was able to apprehend the bike driver, Khun Apiwat aged 20. The passenger, named as Khun Torn, was able to escape with the necklace.
Checks were made on Khun Apiwat, at the Soi Neun Plub Wan Police Box, where he was found to have been released from prison in Chachensao Province one month ago, and had served a short sentence for minor class 1 drug offences.
Police are searching for the bike passenger at this time.
A man and woman aged 52 and 65 were arrested on Monday, accused of stealing food from a restaurant where they worked as cooks, in South Pattaya.
Khun Atipadee aged 38 is the owner of the Ruen Thai Restaurant on Pattaya Second Road and informed Police that two of his cooks had been stealing food for the last 4 months and he now had video evidence of the alleged theft which was taken moments earlier.
Police arrested Khun Niwat aged 52 and Khun Saree aged 65 who were caught with a bag containing 1 fish, 2 mackerel, 2 frogs, 10 prawns, 2 bags of rice, curry powder and a selection of pre-cooked Thai food.
The pair claimed they stole the food for themselves and had no intention of selling the food to others.
Police later charged the pair with theft and they await a Court appearance.
On Monday an, as yet, unidentified man, believed to be a Thai national, was killed after his bike was hit by a fast-moving minivan travelling towards Bangkok on the Pattaya-stretch of Highway 7.
Highway Police and rescue services made their way to the scene of the crash at the 122km marker on the Bangkok-bound carriageway of Highway 7 in East Pattaya. Lying on the road was the body of the male bike driver who was carrying no forms of identification. Further up the road was a badly damaged VW Minivan driven by Khun Nattapon aged 31.
The driver told Highway Police investigators that he had visited Pattaya with his family and they were just starting the long journey back to their home in Nakhon Rachasima Province in the North-East of Thailand when the bike driver pulled out from a slip-road and into the path of the minivan.
Due to the speed of the larger vehicle, a collision was unavoidable according to the driver. He was arrested and taken away for questioning pending the results of the investigation into the crash.
30 individuals were arrested by Pattaya Police in the early hours of Monday accused of loitering, and Police believe some of them may have later committed crimes against Tourists if they had not been detained by them.
The arrestees included 18 young men who were loitering and 12 transsexuals. Drug tests were undertaken on all those picked-up and 12 people subsequently failed the presumptive test which was later followed by a more accurate blood test at Banglamung Hospital.
The operation saw officers make a clean-sweep of Pattaya Beach from the Northern end and through Walking Street at the south-end of the Beach. Officers were also deployed to Jomtien Beach where many of the transsexuals were found.
Two of the arrested group were found to be illegal immigrants and will be deported back to their native countries at the earliest opportunity.
Pattaya Police promise regular operations of this nature on Pattaya and Jomtien Beaches over the high season months as they strive to significantly reduce crime rates especially late at night in and around the Pattaya area.
Local residents contacted Banglamung Police on Monday to complain about a Monk who was living in a rented room instead of a Temple and was seen to collect alms on a daily basis.
Police made their way to the rented room in Soi Nong Get Yai 12 and confronted the Monk, named as Phra Pon, who was eating lunch at the time. He explained how he had come to Pattaya to visit family members and denied collecting alms in the early morning hours as seen by local residents.
Although his Monk identification papers appeared genuine, Police suspected he may be under the influence of narcotics and conducted a presumptive drug test which the Monk subsequently failed.
A more detailed blood test at Banglamung Hospital was later undertaken and medics confirmed he had recently ingested Methamphetamine.
The Monk was taken to a nearby Temple and ordered out of the Monkhood with immediate effect. Police then arrested the man and charged him with class 1 drug consumption.
Early on Saturday Morning a South Pattaya Branch of 7-Eleven was the target of a robbery by a man, thought to be Thai and working alone.
Police were called to branch number 2303 on the South Pattaya Road and met with Khun Angsuda aged 21, a worker at the 24 hour convenience store who described and then showed investigators what happened on the security camera system.
As Khun Angsuda was serving one of her work colleagues who was just ending her night shift, a man, described as tall, wearing a baseball cap, white & black t-shirt and black jeans, placed an item on the counter as if he was going to pay for it. As the cash draw opened for the off-duty shop worker, the man jumped over the counter and pointed something sharp in the side of Khun Angsuda who was pushed aside as the assailant took 2,698 Baht from the Till.
He tried to take money from the secure drawer located behind the counter but realized the shop workers did not have access to it so decided it was time to leave and was seen speeding off from the scene on a Honda Wave 125cc motorbike.
Police are now hunting for the man at this time and hope to catch him before he strikes again.
Pattaya Police are hunting for two men wanted in connection with the theft of items from two Luxury Vehicles parked outside of a Jomtien Restaurant in the early hours of Sunday.
Police were called to the front of the Khaotom Chockchai Anan Restaurant on the Sukhumvit Road in Jomtien just before 2am and were directed to two vehicles, a White Mitsubishi Pajero Sport owned by Khun Chaiwut aged 33 and a White Toyota Fortuna parked next to it, the owner of which could not be located.
In both cases the front passenger windows had been smashed and it appears that items had been removed from the vehicles. In the case of Khun Chaiwut’s vehicle, an Iphone 4 worth 13,000 Baht had been taken.
CCTV from the restaurant was checked and two men, were seen tampering with the vehicles and then left on a motorbike.
Police are now attempting to identify and locate the suspects who remain at-large for now.
A rented house occupied by a 42 year old motorbike taxi driver and his 5 year old son, who was home-alone at the time of the incident, was destroyed in a fire over the weekend.
Pattaya Fire Fighters were called to the house situated in Soi Sukhumvit 57 in Central Pattaya to deal with the blaze which took them 30 minutes to bring under control. Luckily the 5 year old boy was able to escape from the house unharmed and described how he heard a loud bang and then saw fire which quickly engulfed the entire house.
Khun Wassan, the motorbike taxi driver, who was stationed on his rank in Soi Sukhumvit 45 at the time of the fire, soon arrived to survey the damage and check on his son.
Damage was estimated at 60,000 Baht and is believed to have been caused by a short circuit in the main fuse box inside the house.
A Computer Teacher at an East Pattaya Temple School is currently under investigation following allegations he struck four students with a cane after they were caught being unruly in a classroom.
Parents of the four students aged between 10 and 12 years, who study at the Nong Get Noi Temple School, later confronted the teacher, Khun Orashoon, after they spotted injuries across the backsides of their children, which are consistent with repeated strikes with a solid object. The teacher, who appeared unconcerned about the allegations, told the parents to report the incident to Police if they wanted to.
Each of the children were allegedly struck 4 times across their buttocks with a cane by the teacher after he found them misbehaving in the classroom. According to the parents of the students they accept their children are badly behaved and they respect the fact that Teachers should be allowed to discipline their children if they do wrong, but they feel that the Computer Teacher went too far with the caning and are prepared to report the incident to Police.
The students later went to Hospital where a doctor documented the injuries for evidential purposes prior to reporting the incident to Police.
Some of the most spectacular fireworks ever seen in Thailand formed part of the first day of the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 2013 on Pattaya Beach.
Thousands of local residents and tourists converged on Pattaya Beach Road, which was closed to traffic, on Friday Night, to enjoy the firework displays by teams from four countries: Japan, The Philippines, Taiwan and Switzerland.
The event was opened by Pattaya’s Mayor, Khun Ittipon, and officials from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and featured many side events such as mini-concerts, street parades and much more.
The crowd numbers were a lot lower than expected, this was blamed on the current political rallies in Bangkok. It is thought that numbers will increase significantly on Saturday which will feature a 45 minute continuous display by the foreign firework teams.
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A 17 year old boy is currently in a serious but stable condition in Hospital after he was shot in the lower chest following a confrontation with an opposing gang in South Pattaya.
The incident occurred in front of the 94 Mansion in Soi Khopai early on Friday morning, where two gangs of youths entered into a mass brawl over an earlier motorbike accident whereby the motorbike driven by the opposing gang’s leader was hit by a bike driven by a member of the victim’s gang.
The fight continued until the opposing gang leader, known only as “Jo” produced a gun and shot at the other gang, injuring Khun Surachaert who was rushed to Banglamung Hospital. A bullet entered his lower chest and left through his back. He was transferred to Chonburi Hospital for more specialist care.
Friends of the victim were either not willing or not able to describe the opposing gang and their vehicles apart from the shooters motorbike. “Jo” is thought to have been driving a White Honda 125cc motorbike with purple rims.
Police are now hunting for the shooter and other gang members at this time.
On Thursday afternoon, Pattaya Police made their way to Larn Island off the coast of Pattaya to investigate reports of a foreign suicide.
The body of Mr. Huan aged 46 from Cambodia was found in woodland approximately 2kms from the main road running across the Island and was identified as the brother of a Cambodian resident on the Island, Miss Mien aged 33, who positively identified the body of her elder brother.
Police examined the badly decomposed body of the man who is thought to have died up to 1 month prior to the discovery. He was hanging from a tree branch and was wearing only trousers and no shirt. No forms of identification could be found on the body.
The victim’s sister explained that he had come to the Island to visit her one month ago and had mysteriously disappeared. She assumed that he had been picked-up by Police who had been on the Island arresting illegal foreign immigrants and was therefore not too concerned that she had lost contact with him.
Miss Mien thinks a lack of employment opportunities in Thailand and a previous problem with the Police may have led him to commit suicide. The Police investigation continues.
In conjunction with the Ministry of Health, Pattaya’s Tourist Police conducted checks on 36 Pharmacy’s in the Pattaya area on Wednesday, in search of those selling controlled drugs without the relevant permits.
Police Colonel Supaset, the Deputy National Commander of the Tourist Police, led a press conference on Wednesday night at the Pattaya Tourist Police Station to announce the results of the operation which uncovered problems with 3 of the 36 Pharmacy’s.
The Baokaow Pharmacy, R&D Pharmacy and the 168 Pharmacy were found to be selling powerful sleeping pills and valium which can only be prescribed by Hospitals. 3 shop assistants were arrested and the offending medication was seized.
The Colonel mentioned that recent drugging cases involving foreign tourists prompted the operation and the checks will continue for the foreseeable future.
The Colonel warned Pharmacy owners that, if found guilty in Court of selling the controlled drugs, the shop owners can face a prison sentence of between 5 and 20 years and/or a fine of between 100,000 and 400,000 Baht.
In the early hours of Thursday a 19 year old woman reported an alleged sexual assault by a South Pattaya Karaoke Bar Worker.
The victim was accompanied by her friend, Khun Nan aged 19, as the pair reported the incident at Pattaya Police Station.
She revealed how she lived at Prima Mansions in Soi Rungland Village in South Pattaya and had earlier spent the night at the Derm Karaoke Bar in Soi Khopai but left early and went back to her room.
An altercation, fuelled by jealousy, took place in the bar involving a male bar worker and her friend. Khun Nan managed to trick the night manager at Prima Mansions so she could confront her friend in her room about the earlier problem at the bar. The male bar worker, Khun Got aged 19, accompanied Khun Nan and the pair gained entry to the victims room.
After some time the earlier problem was cleared between both parties and Khun Nan left, leaving the victim and the male karaoke bar worker in the room alone. It is at this point the victim claims she was sexually assaulted.
Police are now hunting for the suspected attacker who remains at-large for now.
On Tuesday the demolition of a South Pattaya Hotel began after further promises by the hotel owner that he would do the work himself appear to have been broken.
Over 50 Police and District Security Officials led by the Banglamung District Chief, Khun Sakchai and the Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, Khun Virawat, converged on the Boutique Hotel Pattaya situated in Soi VC in South Pattaya to oversee the beginning of demolition work sanctioned under the Building Control Act of 1979 section 42, sub-sections 15 and 24.
Following their last visit earlier in November when they came to a compromise with the Hotel owner who wanted 180 days to complete the modification work himself using his own builders, the District Chief received information that the owner may be using the 180 days as a stalling tactic so he could fill the illegally built hotel rooms with guests over the high season months.
City workers accompanied the team of officials on Tuesday and began to deconstruct the hotel interior on the floors of the hotel which are considered to be illegally built. Foreign tourists were forced to vacate some of the rooms as doors were broken down by the laborers. After some discussion a 1 hour reprieve was given so the hotel guests could safely vacate the rooms to allow the demolition teams to continue.
The District Chief decided to act now as the building has not been cleared by the City Planning Department and could potentially be unsafe for tourists to stay in and the owners of the Hotel reportedly showed a complete disrespect of the Law by ignoring demands to demolish the parts of the Hotel which were in contravention of the Building Control Act.
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On Monday afternoon Nongprue Police were called into-action to assist a 14 year old female motorbike driver who had just become the victim of another street robbery in the Pattaya area.
Officers made their way to the train track which runs along the eastern side of Pattaya and were confronted by a scene of anger as locals managed to apprehend the suspected robber, later named as Khun Surasak aged 32.
He drove up beside the victim and managed to grab her purse which contained 70 Baht in cash and make-up, but the victim was able to follow the suspect and summoned assistance from other motorists who were able to apprehend the man.
The suspect revealed how he was struggling to pay his rent at the end of the month and decided that committing a street robbery was his only option.
Police did not confirm if they would question the victim about her driving a 125cc motorbike, 4 years before she is legally allowed to do so.
Just after 4.30am on Monday a British National reported an armed street robbery which occurred in a South Pattaya street.
Mr. Raymond Carlyle aged 58 reported the incident which occurred in Soi 15 off Soi Baukao. He was walking back to his Hotel after a night out and was half-way down the street when two men on a motorbike drove in front of him, and with knives drawn, ordered Mr. Carlyle to hand-over all cash and valuables in his possession.
Mr. Carlyle was forced to hand-over 10,000 Baht in cash, a gold ring worth 26,000 Baht and a Samsung Smart Phone worth 10,000 Baht.
Police will check CCTV in the area as they attempt to identify the assailants and arrest them as soon as possible before they are able to strike again.