National Police Chief meets hoteliers to address their concerns of safety and security in Pattaya
Vows to improve the performance of the police force nationwide
Pol. Gen. Seripisuth Temiyawej, the Acting Chief of the National Police was
guest speaker at a luncheon hosted by the Hotel Owners Club of Pattaya, held
at the Sheraton Hotel Pattaya on Friday August 3.
Gen. Seripisuth Temiyawej
Pol. Gen. Seripisuth was invited by the hotel owners club to come to Pattaya
and listen firsthand to the needs and concerns of the business operators and
the people of this community.
There were more than 100 guests, which included hoteliers, business people
and Pattaya citizens.
Before his talk Pol. Gen. Seripisuth Temiyawej presented prizes to the
children of Pattaya police who were winners in an essay contest describing
the work of the police force.
The hoteliers presented a slide show comparing the safety of tourists in
Pattaya with that of other tourist destinations in Thailand and abroad. It
showed that Pattaya was not up to par in this regard.
Pol. Gen Seri said that he was working on improving the quality and standard
of the Royal Thai Police and many plans for improvement were already
implemented. He spoke about a 5-year plan to educate and train the police
force to become an efficient one.
But as is the shortcoming in Thailand, he lamented that there was never
enough budget given to the police from the central government. That was
slowing down most plans for improvement. In response, the Hotel Owners Club
of Pattaya presented him with 167,500 baht to be used for police expenses in
combatting crime and assisting victims.
Pol. Gen Seri quoted HM King Rama V who said, “Arresting a criminal is not a
virtue, because it is your duty. Your virtue lies in being able to protect
the normal citizenry’s life and property as best as you can.”
After his talk, there was a question an answer session where the audience
was able to question the police chief on current political affairs and other
safety and security concerns.
Pol. Gen Seripisuth, known for his straight talking and swift action,
promised to keep a close watch on the illegal activities in Pattaya and take
steps in reducing crime.
The Hotel Owners Club of
Pattaya present Pol. Gen. Seripisuth Temiyawej
with 167,500 baht to be used for police expenses in combatting crime and
Tree-planting project for Koh Larn
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn
(center) announces a major tree-planting project on Koh Larn to mark the
80th birthday of His Majesty the King.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn announced at a Pattaya City Hall
meeting on August 1 that a major tree-planting project would be undertaken
on Koh Larn to mark the 80th birthday of His Majesty the King.
Also present at the meeting were Sutham Petchket, director of the Pattaya
City Office Koh Larn Branch, and members of the Koh Larn committee.
Niran said the planting would begin on Friday August 10 and cover a plot of
2,000 rai of land at Samae Beach. Saplings will include Padauk, Golden
Shower, Magosa, Cassod and Hevea Brasiliensis. Provincial Police in Region 2
have also agreed to support aircraft in spreading seeds in areas where
manpower and machines cannot be used.
for School No 5 students
Pattaya City Public Health and Environment Department conducted a health
checkup for the students of Pattaya School No 5 on July 23.
from Pattaya School #5 are happily participating in the health program.
Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay attended the session, which was for
kindergarten and primary school class children, and included advice on
taking care of their health in addition to the medical checks.
Public Health Center officers conducted the checkups, while 50 Pattaya
public health volunteers undertook an inspection for head lice for students
in the secondary school classes.
Ms Kanda Nawong, a nursing officer from the Pattaya Public Health and
Environment Department said that checkups were being undertaken for students
at all 10 schools under Pattaya City jurisdiction, plus the nursery center
at the Darul Ibadah Mosque in Central Pattaya, and the Small Children’s
Development Center at Wat Chaimongkol.
For advice on healthcare, the children were being given instruction on oral
health and personal hygiene.
Food expo designed
to upgrade standards
From left: Suchat
Denchoeychai, Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn, Raewat Thongsong, the Pattaya
Food & Hoteliers Expo ‘07 mascot, and Sec. Lt. Chaiwat Charoensuk announce
Five organizations are cooperating in the staging of the 1st Pattaya Food
and Hoteliers Expo, which is being held over this weekend, from August 9 to
Held at A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel, the purpose of the event is to help
upgrade the standards of the food and beverage industry in Pattaya City and
the East Coast to international standards.
The expo, the first of its kind, is a joint operation between Pattaya City,
the Tourism Authority of Thailand Central Region 3, the Eastern F&B
Association, the Pattaya and East Coast Chefs’ Association, and the Eastern
Chefs and hotel employees are participating in a number of competitions,
including a bartender contest and a somtam making contest, and Thai,
European, fusion, and canapés making contests. Other competitions include
cake decoration, sweet dishes, vegetable carving, flower arranging, and the
cooking of jasmine rice.
Suchat Denchoeychai, president of the Pattaya and East Coast Chefs’
Association said that serving food and beverages to international standards
is essential to Pattaya’s progress as an international tourism destination,
as good food is one of the things that visitors remember best about any
Bar operators lobby mayor over heavy-handed police actions against nudity
Kraisang Mekthianchai (seated)
and the entrepreneurs affected by the recent police crackdown on nudity make
their complaints heard at city hall.
Pattaya beer bar and go-go bar operators have lobbied city hall for leniency
in interpreting the law relating to on-stage nudity, saying that some police
officers are pursuing their duties with too much enthusiasm and that
business is suffering as a result.
More than 50 operators met with Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn on August 2,
their representative Kraisang Mekthianchai saying that although government
policy was for the good of the image of the tourism industry, police were
not differentiating between part-nudity and full nudity, and customers have
been staying away because of heavy-handed police action.
Niran said the beer bar and go-go businesses have been with Pattaya City for
a long time and will continue to be a part of promoting tourism. However,
the shows must have respect for the law. It is right for the police to make
arrests over obscene shows, but if a show doesn’t indicate sexual service
then it should be given leniency.
He has promised to relay the operators’ complaints to Pol Gen Seripisuth
Temiyawej, acting commander of the Royal Thai Police.
for beach concessionaires
Beach umbrella and deckchair operators have undergone training to improve
their skills as hosts towards tourists.
The training took place on August 1 at Pattaya City Hall, with Mayor Niran
Wattanasartsathorn welcoming more than 100 attendees from Pattaya and
Niran said that the tourism industry in Pattaya City is continually
expanding, and consequently enlarging Pattaya’s entire economy. Pattaya must
therefore place emphasis on welcoming Thai and foreign tourists, and as most
visitors go to the beaches during their stay, those who work on the beach
have an important role to play in presenting a favorable image of the city.
The city is preparing beach
umbrella and deckchair operators for the upcoming high season.
Pattaya tourism continues growth despite political climate
Tourist arrivals in Pattaya during the first quarter of 2007 show the city
remains a popular destination despite the uncertain political situation.
The total number of visitors to Pattaya in the first three months of this
year totaled 180,000, and such is optimism amongst hotel developers that an
extra 5,000 rooms are planned.
Chamrun Visavachaiphan, president of the Pattaya Business and Tourism
Association said trends show that business related to the Pattaya tourism
industry will grow this year, as the first-quarter figures reveal an
increase of 20,000 over the same period last year, and there has been a
continual increase since that time.
The total number of foreign tourists was more than the total number of Thai
“Tourism will continue to grow despite the uncertain political situation,
the demonstrators and the unrest in the three southernmost provinces. None
of this has impacted the tourism industry in Pattaya,” said Chamrun.
Chamrun added that most of the investment over the last five years was from
local business operators, but presently foreigners and outsiders are
investing money in the hotels business. It is anticipated that from now
until the end of the year 5,000 additional rooms will be opened.
Police on trail of military suspects in child
Two men kidnapped a primary school class 2 student, bound his hands,
blindfolded him, caged him in an empty building, and demanded a 350,000 baht
ransom from the boy’s distraught parents.
Tanapat and Kampun, relieved to get their boy back unharmed.
Officers at Plutaluang Police Station in Sattahip received a report during
the morning of July 31 from Tanapat Kamoldet, a 35-year-old engineer with
Thai International Airways at Utapao airport, and his wife Kampun, a
32-year-old teacher at Ban Pansadet School in Sriracha, saying that their
eight-year-old son Daechawat had disappeared from near their house at
Samakkee Village 14 in Plutaluang at about 10:30 a.m. that day.
Police investigations quickly revealed that a red car had been seen in the
village at the approximate time the boy disappeared.
Later, a man called on Tanapat’s cellphone and demanded a 350,000 baht
ransom in return for his son. An appointment was made to deliver the money
at a fence on Sukhumvit Road in front of Utapao airport. Tanapat and Kampun
were afraid for their son’s life, and were prepared to take 150,000 baht
with them in an effort to negotiate.
During the day, however, police and military officers had heard a noise from
a three-story deserted building inside Utapao, near the fence. Searching
inside, they found Master Daechawat. His hands were tied with rope, and he
was blindfolded and gagged with tape.
Daechawat told his rescuers that he had ridden a bicycle from the family
house along with his sister and a friend to buy ice cream in front of
Samakkee Village. His sister had gone back before him. Then two people in a
car came alongside, pulled him into the car, warned him not to shout, and
blindfolded and gagged him. He didn’t know where there were going. He knew
only that they had taken him to a three-story building, and that no one was
there. He struggled until the tape on his mouth came off, and then he
started to shout for help.
Kampun said that on that morning, she had gone to work on an exhibition in
Chonburi, and that Tanapat went to work at Utapao. Finding their son gone,
she had called the police.
Pol Col Pairat Supasawat, deputy commander at police headquarters in
Chonburi said that they believed the kidnappers were based at the Utapao
military camp, and knew the boy’s parents very well. The boy heard them
saying they needed money to clear their soccer debts.
Police say they have the names of two suspects, and that they will obtain
photographs from the Civil Registration Data Base to show the boy. If he
identifies them positively, arrest warrants will be obtained.
Electric shock kills
man who unzipped at pier
A man who went to urinate near to Bali Hai Pier died when he touched a power
pole that had not been properly insulated.
The incident happened shortly after midnight on August 2. An officer at the
Bali Hai radio center reported that a tourist had been fatally injured
between piers A and B, and Banglamung police and Sawang Boriboon Foundation
rescue workers rushed to the scene.
The dead man was identified as Prayong Ngamsa-Ad, a 25-year-old resident of
Udon Thani Province. He had suffered an electrical burn to his right hand.
He was taken to Banglamung Hospital but was dead upon arrival.
Samphan Taepho, a 32-year-old stevedore who had been with the dead man, said
that his friend had gone to urinate. He came into contact with a power pole
without noticing there was a cable connected to the pole. The end of the
cable was not insulated with duct tape. There was an explosion with sparks,
and Prayong fell to the ground. His body convulsed four or five times, then
he lay still.
The police took detailed photographs of the scene, and will follow up with
the responsible departments, requesting that checks be made of other
Shooting was result of argument between drug dealers say police
A man was shot and injured at a house on Soi Yailao during the evening of
July 30, in what police believe was an argument between drug dealers.
The man, who was taken to Banglamung Hospital by rescue workers from the
Sawang Boriboon Foundation, was identified as Akkadej Sangwal, a 33-year-old
resident of Udon Thani. He was shot with a gun of unknown caliber to his
right arm, the bullet passing through and burying itself in his right ribs.
He was reported as being in serious condition.
Ms Mayuree Lunlahui, 23, Akkadej’s girlfriend, stated that she was resting
in the house when a man aged around 30 years called Akkadej, who went
outside to talk to him. An argument broke out, and the visitor pulled out a
gun and fired one shot at Akkadej, who fell to the ground. The gunman fled
through a wooded grove.
Police believe that Akkadej, who was involved with a narcotics gang in
Yailao Village in the past, was involved in a drugs deal with the man, and
that a disagreement broke out. They plan on interviewing Akkadej once he is
in a fit state to talk to them.
HRH Princess Soamsawalee donates emergency supplies to victims of fire
Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawalee has presented bags of
essential supplies to help support the victims of a fire caused by lightning
that struck a slum district in Sattahip during the early morning of July 28.
Somtahwil Yangyoo, assistant to Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawalee’s
Royal Secretary, hands out necessities to victims of a recent fire caused by
The fire occurred on Soi Thammawithtaya, behind the Sattahip Government
Service Center, and although no one was injured the blaze caused over 1
million baht in damage, destroying property belonging to 50-year-old
Kritsada Luecha, who rented rooms out to others in the community.
During the morning of the day after the fire, Her Royal Highness Princess
Soamsawalee appointed Mrs Somtahwil Yangyoo, assistant to her Royal
Secretary, to arrange a group to deliver 31 packages containing essential
items including clothes, rice, dry food and medicine to those who had lost
their homes and belongings.
The packages were distributed to 31-year-old Udom Chamreontham and his six
family members, Wichai Chaisaensuk, 31, and four members of his family,
Chokchai Kaonual, 31, Mrs Tum Muangchan, 40, Preecha Maenpimolchai, 60, and
five members of his family, Mrs Somchit Pikulkaew, 66, and seven members of
her family, Mrs Maew Wongmaneechai, 48, and two members of her family, Mrs
Siraya Yoopum, 19, and her two daughters, and 48-year-old Mrs Wanphen
The group was welcomed and given support services by Prakit Rotchanadilok,
Sattahip District chief, and the Sattahip District Red Cross.
On the same day Narong Bunbancherdsri, mayor of Sattahip Municipality worked
with the Rotchana Thammasathan Sattahip Foundation to setup an emergency
disaster support center to receive other donations that were made to the
victims of the fire.
Dusit Resort staff donate
to Roi-et temple
Employees of the Dusit Resort have made donations to support the
construction of a pavilion at Dongpujaomahaesak Sitaram Temple in Roi-et
Province, in a merit-making tradition known as Kathin.
Dusit Resort Pattaya general manager.
Donations will also go towards improvements for a school in the area.
General manager of the Dusit Resort Chatchawal Suphachayanont, who is also
chairman of the Thai Hotel Association Eastern Chapter, said the hotel has
observed this tradition for the past 16 years.
Hotel staff members donate according to their ability, writing down their
intended donation in a hotel account book. Approximately 40,000 to 50,000
baht in donations is collected monthly.
The income is divided into two parts. One part is presented to Her Royal
Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for the Chaipattana Foundation,
which was established 12 years ago. The second part goes towards a Kathin
This year the hotel’s Kathin project is to help build a pavilion for priests
and novices at Dongpujaomahaesak Sitaram Temple, in Artsamart Sub-district,
Roi-et Province. Funds will also go towards improving the children’s
classrooms at Huadonpluaey Pattana School, and donating a water filtration
system, a water tank, and a pump to Ban Nonrasi School at Bung-Ngam
Sub-district, Tungkaoluang District, Roi-et Province. This project is being
prepared and will be presented on October 27.
Lightning causes blaze behind Sattahip Government Center
Lightning struck a slum district behind the Sattahip Government Center on
July 28, setting off a blaze that destroyed 11 homes and property worth an
estimated 1 million baht.
battle a blaze started by lightening in a slum district behind the Sattahip
Sattahip police received an emergency call from Narong Bunbancherdsri, mayor
of Sattahip Municipality at 5:45 a.m. reporting that buildings on Soi
Thammawithtaya were on fire. Narong had already dispatched a fire engine
from the Public Relief Centre, and chief administrator of the Sattahip
Sub-district Organization Pairot Malakul na Ayutthaya was coordinating with
Vice Admiral Chanchai Charoensuwan, commander-in-chief of Sattahip Naval
Base to send a navy firefighting team, as the blaze was spreading quickly
through the crowded slum area with its wooden buildings.
Three firefighting units fought the blaze, which burned fiercely despite the
heavy rain. By the time the fire was eventually doused, 11 wooden houses had
been burned. Nine of them were occupied, and although none of the residents
was hurt they lost their possessions.
Kritsada Luecha, the 50-year-old owner of one of the houses said that at
about 4:30 a.m. during heavy rainfall there had been several lightning
strikes in the area. About an hour later lightning hit his house, starting a
blaze that quickly spread. Some of the residents were not in, having gone to
sell goods at Sattahip Market, but those who were in their homes fled for
their lives, leaving their property behind.
Most of the houses in this district on Soi Thammawithtaya are made of
timber, and are occupied by people from outside the area. Sattahip
Government Service Center, which includes Sattahip District Office, Sattahip
Police Station, the Department of Land, Sattahip Water Police, the
Agricultural Department and official lodgings, is separated from the
district only by a canal. Three days previously lightning had struck in this
vicinity, killing the owner of a tour boat.
Biker Daze raises over 400,000 baht for Sawang Boriboon
Motorcycle enthusiasts taking part in Pattaya Biker Daze poker run on
Saturday July 28 raised over 400,000 baht towards a new ambulance for the
South Pattaya branch of the Sawang Boriboon Rescue Foundation.
charity ride, organized by John Williams (left), head of Mad Dogs Thailand,
raised over 400,000 baht towards a new ambulance for the South Pattaya
branch of the Sawang Boriboon Rescue Foundation.
More than 120 bikes were revving up outside the Ace Cafe in Jomtien by 11
a.m. to begin a ride around Pattaya and its environs.
Organized by John Williams, head of Mad Dogs Thailand, the charity ride was
joined by a number of local motorcycle clubs including Jesters, Pit Bull,
Nagas, Burapa and Bad Boys, in addition to Mad Dogs.
From the Ace Cafe, the riders headed along Thepprasit Road, turned left onto
Sukhumvit Road, continued to Sriracha, and stopped for lunch at the Berretta
Bar. They then took off for 331 Road and made a U-turn to Kao Chichan and
Yanasangwararam Temple, where they cut back to Sukhumvit, turned left onto
Thepprasit Road, and ended up at the Handlebar.
The total journey was a distance of 130 km, and for part of the way the
riders were lashed by rain, but the 400,000 baht raised testified to the
success of the event.
The rumble of big bikes
passing through town caused quite a stir.
The line of bikes stretched
back a long way.
Cindy presents funds
to support HIV patients
From left: Byron Bishop, Fr.
Giovanni Contarin, Cindy Burbridge, Mike Franklin, Steve Graham and Gerry
Germanis present 50,000 baht raised by the Pattaya Mail Mike Franklin
Classic 2007 charity golf tournament to support the HIV patients at the
Camillian Social Center in Rayong.
Actress and model Cindy Burbridge together with her husband Byron Bishop
visited the Camillian Social Center in Rayong on July 28 where they
presented 50,000 baht raised by the Pattaya Mail Mike Franklin Classic 2007
charity golf tournament to support the HIV patients there.
Steve Graham, managing director of European Safety Concepts visited the
center along with Cindy, and on behalf of the company pledged 20,000 baht
per month for the next three years to help support the center and its
The Camillian Social Center is located on Soi Kiri, in Huay Pong
Sub-district, and is operated on behalf of the St Camillus Foundation of
Thailand. It had its official opening on January 29, 1996. The center
supports children infected with HIV, and also provides information on HIV
and AIDS to the public.
raises 1mn baht for charity
Funds from the Pattaya Mail
Mike Franklin Classic 2007 charity golf event have been donated to six
charity organizations in Pattaya City.
More than 1 million baht raised by organizing the Pattaya Mail Mike Franklin
Classic 2007 charity golf event on June 29 at the Eastern Star Golf Club has
been donated to six charity organizations in Pattaya City.
Jesters Care for Kids will use their share of the funds for the water
purification project that presents equipment to unprivileged children in
Pattaya City and neighboring areas. The Diana Group Foundation will use
their donation for scholarships to provide training in hotel occupations,
students being provided with jobs immediately upon finishing the training
course. The Ban Dorntupab Pattana Primary School cafeteria construction
project will benefit from an injection of funds. A donation was made to the
ongoing Pattaya Young PR Ambassador program. And a donation was made to the
Camillian Aids Center-Cindy Burbridge program to support HIV patients and to
the Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard who will oversee humanitarian projects for
underprivileged children in and around our community.
The presentation took place on July 27 at Pattaya City Hall, led by Pratheep
Malhotra, managing director of Pattaya Mail Publishing Co Ltd, Suwanthep
Malhotra, executive director for sales and marketing, and Mike Franklin,
tournament director. Deputy Mayors Ronakit Ekasingh and Wattana
Chantanawaranon attended the presentation.