Motorcyclists killed by unfinished road drain covers in East Pattaya

Motorcyclists killed by unfinished road drain covers in East Pattaya

Mayor Pinyo Homklan of Nong Pla Lai Municipality inspects the raised drain covers linked to fatal accidents involving motorcyclists. The protruding covers also pose risks to car tires, exacerbating safety hazards on the roads.

PATTAYA, Thailand – Residents of Nong Pla Lai in east Pattaya have raised alarm over elevated drain covers left incomplete by a contractor preparing for asphalt concrete paving. Installed months ago, these covers have become a source of significant inconvenience and safety hazards for locals.

The raised edges of the drain covers have been linked to several accidents involving motorcyclists, tragically resulting in two fatalities. Additionally, the protruding covers have caused damage to car tires, exacerbating safety risks on the roads. Compounding the issue, heavy rainfall has led to road overflow and flooding in nearby homes.

Mayor Pinyo Homklan of Nong Pla Lai Municipality recently inspected the site at the intersection of Highway No. 36, encompassing villages 4, 5, and 6 in Nong Pla Lai Sub-District, East Pattaya. He emphasized the municipality’s proactive approach in addressing the concerns, highlighting formal communications sent to the Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization (PAO), the project overseer. The municipality urged prompt action from the contractor to rectify the situation and alleviate residents’ hardships.



While the PAO has assured cooperation and outlined plans for the contractor to resume work by early June 2024, there has been no visible progress to date. Mayor Pinyo underscored the urgency of completing the project, stressing its critical importance for the affected villages. The municipality intends to escalate efforts to engage directly with the contractor to expedite the asphalt paving process, ensuring safe and convenient travel for the community.

The road improvement project, managed by the Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization, includes enhancing asphalt concrete roads and installing reinforced concrete drains with inspection chambers along the road passing through villages 4, 5, and 6 in Nong Pla Lai. Spanning two sections totaling 3,134 meters in length, with a budget of 18,250,000 Baht, the project began on October 30, 2023, and is contracted to T.R.Y. Enterprise Co., Ltd. It is scheduled for completion by August 25, 2024, adhering strictly to Nong Pla Lai Municipality’s design specifications.
















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Tourist police ramp up safety measures ahead of Q4 surge in Pattaya

Tourist police ramp up safety measures ahead of Q4 surge in Pattaya

Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira Puekaum, Commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau accompanied by Sukraj Singh Kalra, President of the Thai Indian Pattaya Businesses Association inspects Walking Street, reinforcing safety measures and engaging with local businesses and tourists.

PATTAYA, Thailand – Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira Puekaum, Commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, led a crucial meeting on June 20 to strengthen safety measures for tourists visiting Pattaya in the upcoming fourth quarter.

Highlighting the Prime Minister’s 2024 initiative to implement a “Visa-Free” policy for foreign tourists to boost national tourism, Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira emphasized its dual aim of promoting tourism across 55 provinces and reinforcing security measures to enhance tourist confidence.

In line with government directives, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports introduced stringent measures to raise safety standards for tourists. The Tourist Police Bureau has launched robust initiatives to improve safety, including crackdowns on illegal activities such as unlicensed tour guides, substandard tours, and exploitative sales practices. A targeted enforcement operation is scheduled from June 19 to 25 to address these issues.



Discussions also addressed concerns regarding disruptive tours and fraudulent product sales, with directives issued for thorough investigations and decisive actions. Progress on the Strong Tourist Community (S.T.C.) project was reviewed, highlighting its use of AI for monitoring and enhancing security across 33 locations in Walking Street through integrated CCTV surveillance.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira highlighted anticipated increases in tourist arrivals for Q4 and stressed the implementation of enhanced safety measures across tourist areas, supported by Thai and international volunteers. The Tourist Police’s emergency service hotline (1155) now operates in five languages around the clock, with plans to expand support to three additional languages.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira Puekaum, chairs a meeting on tourist safety in Pattaya attended by city officials and embassy representatives from South Korea, Ukraine, Russia, India, and Switzerland, followed by an evening inspection of Walking Street,

The meeting brought together key officials from the Pattaya Police Station, Department of Tourism and Sports, Pattaya Regional Marine Office, Pattaya Nightlife Business Association, Walking Street Community, Immigration officers, Pattaya city officials, and embassy representatives from South Korea, Ukraine, Russia, India, and Switzerland.

Following the meeting, Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira and his team conducted an inspection of Walking Street, ensuring operational readiness, initiating targeted actions against ten prohibited groups, and engaging with local businesses and tourists to reinforce safety measures.
















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Crackdown on illegal migrant workers in Pattaya continue

Crackdown on illegal migrant workers in Pattaya continue

Authorities discover 55 Myanmar nationals and 2 Indian nationals during a raid at an apartment on Soi Khopai, South Pattaya. Twenty-five Myanmar nationals were arrested for illegal entry as they lacked proper legal status in Thailand.

PATTAYA, Thailand – In a concerted effort to uphold immigration laws and curb illegal labour practices, the Superintendent of Chonburi Immigration Office, Pol. Col. Napaspong Khositsuriyamani, spearheaded multiple operations targeting suspected illegal migrant housing sites in Pattaya.

On June 18, a raid conducted at an apartment on Soi Khopai in South Pattaya led to the discovery of 55 Myanmar nationals and 2 Indian nationals. Of these, 32 had valid documentation, while 25 Myanmar nationals lacked proper legal status in Thailand and were promptly arrested for illegal entry. Additionally, an 80-year-old Thai national was detained for failing to report the residence of foreign nationals as required by law.



Simultaneously, following another tip-off, Chonburi Immigration Police raided a community area in Soi Land Office, South Pattaya, on the same day. There, they apprehended 68 individuals from Myanmar and India who were residing without proper identification documents. These individuals, primarily men employed in local restaurants and service establishments, cited economic reasons for coming to Thailand amid conflict in their home countries.

Officers detain six Cambodian nationals near Chak Nok Reservoir in Huay Yai sub-district, East of Pattaya. They were accused of engaging in construction work without passports or work permits.

The crackdown continued on June 19, with an operation near Chak Nok Reservoir in Huay Yai sub-district, East of Pattaya. Officers targeted a foreign worker camp and detained six Cambodian nationals found without passports or work permits, involved in construction jobs. They admitted to entering Thailand illegally through natural border channels in Tak Province.

All detained individuals face charges under the Immigration Act 1979 for illegal entry and residence in Thailand. They are held pending legal proceedings and deportation arrangements back to their respective countries.
















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City grapples with South Pattaya canal encroachments and wastewater issues

City grapples with South Pattaya canal encroachments and wastewater issues

Neglect of the South Pattaya canal has led to illegal constructions and untreated wastewater discharge, prompting Pattaya City to reclaim land and demolish structures.

PATTAYA, Thailand – On June 21, Deputy Mayor Manot Nongyai addressed the ongoing delays in resolving the issue of buildings encroaching along the South Pattaya Canal. This canal is crucial for flood management, directing water flow to the Nongyai Treatment Plant pumping station where water is treated before being safely discharged into the sea.

He said, “For decades, the canal has been neglected, leading to illegal constructions and direct discharge of untreated wastewater into the public waterway. These actions are against the law, prompting Pattaya City to reclaim public land and address these issues. Several illegal structures have already been demolished.”



Regarding the encroaching buildings, Manot mentioned that there are 2-3 cases where inspections have been ordered, and building owners have been notified to make corrections. Two unauthorized steel bridges have been identified: one, built long ago and currently under appeal, and another, recently constructed, for which demolition has been ordered.

Overflow from Pattaya’s wastewater system during repairs led to a mix of untreated water and rainwater, creating murky conditions along the South Pattaya canal leading to the Bali Hai Beach.

Additionally, there are issues with a row of buildings near a bridge, where construction permits were obtained, but the construction did not comply with regulations. Pattaya City has requested the operators to discuss the discrepancies and ensure that the construction aligns with the approved plans. Further inspections have confirmed that adjustments are necessary to rectify these issues.

Manot also addressed the recent issue of black, sediment-filled water spreading across Pattaya Beach, traced back to a wastewater treatment failure at the South Pattaya pumping station. This incident sparked rumours of an oil spill from a ship, but the primary cause was the malfunctioning wastewater treatment facility in South Pattaya.

The facility was built to pump wastewater to the treatment plant in Soi Nongyai. However, due to cracked and broken pipes, Pattaya City was unable to transport the wastewater for treatment. In response, a team of city engineers has been dispatched to inspect and repair the pipes. This required shutting down the pipeline to the Nongyai treatment plant for approximately three hours.

During the repair period, heavy rainfall caused an overflow, resulting in a significant amount of untreated water being discharged into the sea. Pattaya’s wastewater system combines both sewage and rainwater in a single pipe. The excessive rainfall led to the overflow, causing a mixture of approximately 40% untreated wastewater and rainwater to spill into the sea. This created an unsightly spread of murky, black water along the coast, reaching Bali Hai Beach.

Pattaya City expedited the repairs to the broken pipeline. City officials have also ordered a long-term solution to prevent future occurrences. This includes a comprehensive inspection of the aging pipeline that leads to the Nongyai treatment plant and implementing preventive measures. The city engineering department has been tasked with adding supplementary pipelines and identifying vulnerable points in the current system. Currently, there are no backup pipes, so any damage requires halting the wastewater transport, risking repeat incidents.
















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Wall obstruction on Pattaya-Naklua road poses safety threat to pedestrians

Wall obstruction on Pattaya-Naklua road poses safety threat to pedestrians

The hazardous obstruction near Soi 18 on Pattaya-Naklua Road where a wall from a commercial building blocks the sidewalk, forcing pedestrians to walk on the road.

PATTAYA, Thailand – Residents and tourists reported a hazardous obstruction near Soi 18 on Pattaya-Naklua Road where a wall from a commercial building blocked the sidewalk, forcing pedestrians to walk on the road. This situation raised significant concerns about potential accidents, especially since the road is heavily trafficked by public transportation, tour buses, and private vehicles.

Upon investigation, it was discovered that the wall belongs to a restaurant and extends up to the electrical poles, completely obstructing the pedestrian walkway. As a result, tourists and locals must step onto the busy street to pass through, increasing the risk of accidents.



Local residents and vendors confirmed that the wall has been there for several years. Despite inspections by authorities, no actions have been taken to resolve the issue. Residents are now urging the relevant authorities to address the problem promptly to prevent potential accidents and improve safety for pedestrians.

The community remains puzzled about how such a structure was permitted in the first place. “We have been dealing with this obstruction for years, and it’s only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs,” said a local vendor. “We need immediate action to ensure the safety of everyone who uses this road.”
















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<div>Motown & Northern Soul Night in Pattaya July 6</div>

Motown & Northern Soul Night in Pattaya July 6

Souled Out presents Motown & Northern Soul Night.

We are back at The Caddyshack Pattaya
Saturday 6 July 2024
Doors Open 8pm – Entry Fee 500 baht on the Door
8-10 p.m. – Free Flow Wine & San Miguel
All proceeds to: Take Care Kids
















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Visa differences impede progress towards a Schengen-style south east Asia

Visa differences impede progress towards a Schengen-style south east Asia

Unified visas are making much more progress in the Middle East and in Africa than in south east Asia.

The Thai prime minister’s campaign to introduce a Schengen-style visa program for travel across the region has become stuck in bureaucracy. Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos each has different travel regulations which are proving hard to disentangle. For example, Thailand now allows no-cost visa exemptions for tourist traffic from 93 countries, about half the number agreed by Vietnam. Cambodia charges almost all visitors US$30 on arrival or via e-visa application, while troubled Myanmar insists on a pre-purchased visa which can take up to two weeks to issue.




Chief executive of VietSense Travel, Nguyen Van Tai, said that the ASEAN block should not rush into a common visa as political and security issues had not yet been resolved. The Cambodian immigration service last week reported there were no plans to lift the US$30 tourist fee. Marisa Sukosol Nunbakdi, a past president of the Thai Hotels Association, said any common visa would need to be 90 days, not 30 or 60, to reach its international potential. Thitian Pongsudhirak, a professor at Chulalongkorn University, stressed that standardized immigration procedures throughout the region were very rare.

Another ongoing complication arises from bilateral (two-country) agreements. For example, the Russian private lender Tinkoff has now started making Thai baht transfers through the Swift messaging system which may explain to some degree why Russians love Thailand. The Russian bank in fact sends funds to around 30 countries including China and Turkey. But some of Thailand’s regional partners are unlikely to agree to link up with Tinkoff without lengthy discussion.



Meanwhile, Schengen-style agreements are doing better elsewhere. The Gulf Cooperation Council – comprising the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait – currently requires separate e-visas. But a Grand Tours visa is expected to be available by the end of 2024 and travel companies are expected to launch packages covering several mi-east countries once implemented. A similar common-visa initiative covering five southern African countries, spreading across massive nature reserves, is expected to popularize tourist attractions such as exotic wildlife and spectacular waterfalls.

Schengen-style, visa-free travel in practice means seamless travel through the signatory countries without the burden of undue passport inspection. The concept creates a much more welcoming environment for tourists by simplifying the multi-entry process by air, sea and land. Given the hesitancy of ASEAN in agreeing any major policy changes and its history of non-intervention in the domestic affairs of member states, a joint visa plan by Thailand and her neighbors remains a worthy dream under discussion since 2010. ASEAN will sleep on it.
















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Pattaya police station commemorates 40 years of public service

Pattaya police station commemorates 40 years of public service

Pol. Col. Navin Thirawit (3rd right) Superintendent of Pattaya City Police Station, leads a ceremony with prayers and offerings at the Phra Phrom Shrine, the Guardian Spirit House, and the monument of Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, in front of the station, to ensure good fortune for its personnel.

PATTAYA, Thailand – Pattaya police celebrated the 40th anniversary of their police station with a merit-making ceremony attended by high-ranking police officers and local community leaders on June 19.

The ceremony commenced with prayers and offerings at the Phra Phrom Shrine, the Guardian Spirit House, and the monument of Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, all situated in front of the Pattaya City Police Station. These acts were performed to ensure good fortune for the station and its personnel.



Following the initial rituals, nine monks were invited to the third-floor meeting room of the Police Operations Centre to chant Buddhist mantras and receive offerings, including flowers, incense, candles, and lunch. This segment of the ceremony aimed to bless the police station and all its officers.

Pol. Col. Navin Thirawit, Superintendent of Pattaya City Police Station, greeted Pol. Lt. Col. Sirachat Nootes, Deputy Superintendent of Operations, Pol. Lt. Col. Phanupong Nimsuwan, Traffic Inspector, Pol. Lt. Col. Pakorn Muensee Khiao, Patrol Inspector, and Pol. Maj. Col. Apinan Boonyarat, Patrol Inspector.

Other guests included Pol. Lt. Col. Weerachai Thinkamut, Investigation Inspector of Chonburi Immigration, Ms. Amporn Kaewsaeng, President of the Pattaya City Entertainment and Tourism Industry, and Ms. Lisa Hamilton, President of the Pattaya City Nightlife Business Association. Members of the Pattaya City Police Station Advisory Committee and numerous police officers were also present.
















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Pattaya police station commemorates 40 years of public service

Pattaya police station blessed to mark 40 years of service

Pol. Col. Navin Thirawit (3rd right) Superintendent of Pattaya City Police Station, leads a ceremony with prayers and offerings at the Phra Phrom Shrine, the Guardian Spirit House, and the monument of Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, in front of the station, to ensure good fortune for its personnel.

PATTAYA, Thailand – Pattaya police celebrated the 40th anniversary of their police station with a merit-making ceremony attended by high-ranking police officers and local community leaders on June 19.

The ceremony commenced with prayers and offerings at the Phra Phrom Shrine, the Guardian Spirit House, and the monument of Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, all situated in front of the Pattaya City Police Station. These acts were performed to ensure good fortune for the station and its personnel.



Following the initial rituals, nine monks were invited to the third-floor meeting room of the Police Operations Centre to chant Buddhist mantras and receive offerings, including flowers, incense, candles, and lunch. This segment of the ceremony aimed to bless the police station and all its officers.

Pol. Col. Navin Thirawit, Superintendent of Pattaya City Police Station, greeted Pol. Lt. Col. Sirachat Nootes, Deputy Superintendent of Operations, Pol. Lt. Col. Phanupong Nimsuwan, Traffic Inspector, Pol. Lt. Col. Pakorn Muensee Khiao, Patrol Inspector, and Pol. Maj. Col. Apinan Boonyarat, Patrol Inspector.

Other guests included Pol. Lt. Col. Weerachai Thinkamut, Investigation Inspector of Chonburi Immigration, Ms. Amporn Kaewsaeng, President of the Pattaya City Entertainment and Tourism Industry, and Ms. Lisa Hamilton, President of the Pattaya City Nightlife Business Association. Members of the Pattaya City Police Station Advisory Committee and numerous police officers were also present.
















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Sacred boy statue near Pattaya attracts fortune-seeking visitors

Sacred boy statue near Pattaya attracts fortune-seeking visitors

Visitors stop to pray at the towering “Kuman Siam Mab Fukthong” statue in Huay Yai sub-district, East Pattaya, drawn by the belief in its power to grant wishes and bring good fortune.

PATTAYA, Thailand – A social media post featuring the “Kuman Siam Mab Fukthong” statue has sparked widespread interest and pilgrimage to the site located along Mab Fukthong Road, Huay Yai sub-district in East Pattaya. The statue, resembling a large white “Kuman” (boy) figure adorned with a golden crown, stands as tall as a 12-metre-four-story building.

Reports indicate that residents and visitors from various places have been flocking to the statue to pay their respects and offer tributes. Stories circulating suggest that prayers made at the statue bring good fortune and grant wishes. Even passers-by who raise their hands in prayer are said to experience their desires fulfilled, prompting a surge in offerings such as Thai costumes, red soft drinks, and children’s toys.



A recent visit revealed that the statue, locally known as “Kuman Siam” commands attention with its towering presence and distinctive features. It stands within a walled enclosure on approximately 1-2 rai of land, facing away from Mab Fukthong Road. The statue, characterized by three eyes, a white body, a crimson red cloth, and a golden crown adorned with jewellery, captivates visitors with its sacred aura.

Inside the compound, overgrown with greenery, stands a 1-meter high statue named “Heng Heng,” depicting a boy with a cheerful expression.

Outside the enclosure, two designated areas are filled with offerings, including garlands and toys, highlighting the widespread belief in the statue’s mystical powers. Inside the compound, overgrown with greenery, stands another smaller statue named “Heng Heng,” depicting a boy with a cheerful expression.

Wichian Kanasangwet, head of Moo 7, Huai Yai sub-district, explained that the area, developed by Chinese investors aiming to create a tourist attraction, had been abandoned for over five years. Initial excitement surrounded its opening, attended by celebrities, but the site fell into neglect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent incidents of vandalism and dumping of debris prompted local authorities to inspect the site, although no immediate action was taken.

Despite its abandoned state, the “Kuman Siam” statue continues to draw believers seeking blessings and miracles, especially for children, reinforcing its status as a revered spiritual site attracting a steady flow of visitors seeking solace and divine intervention.
















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