project under reconsideration
Plans will go to Environment Department
Pattaya is reconsidering a controversial boat and carpark project
that carries a price tag of 735 million baht, and is preparing to submit the
plans to the Department of the Environment.
Tor Charoen (left) and Adul Islam (right) present the construction plan to
the city council.
Tesco Company Ltd, the consultants and designers for the project that would
be located at Bali Hai Pier in South Pattaya, say that it won’t have any
environmental impact, and in the event the project is approved, construction
will be finished within two years.
On June 10, Tesco held a meeting at the Grand Sole Hotel to listen to the
opinions of organizations associated with this project.
Pattaya City permanent secretary Sittiprap Muangkoom said that there is
currently a serious problem concerning car and boat parking, and that city
hall is reconsidering this project to solve these problems.
Adul Islam, the project manager, said that the development would be a modern
condominium at the old Bali Hai Port area. It will be a three-story building
with one underground level for car parking. The 1st and 2nd floors will be a
dock for boats, and the 3rd floor will be a parking lot. The deck would be a
multipurpose area for public activities.
There would be capacity for more than 400 vehicles and 800 boats, and the
project would have a 200-meter sea frontage.
Mrs Daranee Tor-Charoen, an environmental specialist from Tesco Co said that
an evaluation had been undertaken and that the development would not affect
the environment or obstruct any of the Pattaya City scenery.
City provides 600,000 baht
budget for dog food
Deputy Mayor says problem
of strays is a major one
Pattaya City is to provide a budget to feed the stray dogs that are
rounded up and kept in pounds at several different locations.
Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay said that the problem of strays is a major one.
During 2005, there were 573 dogs rounded up. During the following year the
number was 766, and in 2007 it was 454.
Mayor Verawat Khakhay
The dogs create problems with noise, odors, and unsanitary conditions in
public areas, and there is the ever-present risk of rabies.
Verawat said that Pattaya does not, however, have its own location to keep
and feed these strays, and they are therefore sent to a number of locations.
One of these is at Srakaew Province, and another is at Tony’s Fitness Center
in Plutaluang, which has an area of more than 50 rai.
Pattaya City will support an annual budget for food with an amount of
600,000 baht, said Verawat. This would be divided to provide food six times
per year, at 100,000 baht per time. Each time approximately 3,000 kilograms
of food will be purchased.
Regarding the medicine and equipment that are requested by the centers, the
city would also consider providing support. Verawat said that recently
Tony’s Fitness Center had requested the city provide a concrete wall for the
dog center there, and that this had been provided.
Pattaya City has in fact provided a support budget for stray dogs at Tony’s
for more than five years. However, there is no policy to increase the budget
for dog food, as some are now being sent every month to the Plutaluang Stray
Dog Center, plus there is natural attrition through the deaths of the
Verawat said that over the past year, up until May, 1,297 dogs have been
sent to Plutaluang, which is an average of about 100 per month.
Approximately 100 to 120 dogs are captured per month.
“I would like to ask those members of the public who feed stray dogs, or
those who have unwanted dogs, or those who don’t want any more dogs, to
assist us,” he said. “The animals should be taken to the Public Health
Center for sterilization. This would keep down the number of strays.”
Pattaya City does plan to establish a stray dog center, said the deputy
mayor, and the only thing stopping this at the moment is finding a suitable
location. An area away from people is needed, so that the strays will not
disturb them. A study needs to be performed by the Sub-district
Administrative Organization before this can go ahead.
City will open tourism institute to train personnel says mayor
Tourism industry facing human resource problems
Pattaya City is preparing to open a Pattaya tourism institute to
train service personnel for the industry, which at present faces huge
problems in human resources.
Mayor Itthipol Khunplome explained the plans during a seminar on the
development of human resources skills for the tourism industry, which was
held at Cholchan Pattaya Resort on June 6.
Leenutapong, president of the Economic Services Commission at the National
Economic and Social Advisory Council.
The seminar was held jointly by the National Economic and Social Advisory
Council and King Mongkut’s University of Technology North in Bangkok, and
was opened by Mrs Poranee Leenutapong, president of the Economic Services
Commission at the National Economic and Social Advisory Council.
Sixty people attended the seminar, which was used as a brainstorming session
to produce data that would be used in developing human resources in tourism.
Itthipol said that the tourism industry plays a particularly vital role in
Pattaya, and that the industry is expanding. Pattaya, however, has a lack of
service personnel. The hotel business faces a problem with finding and
hiring experienced and skilled people to support its service businesses. In
Pattaya there are a few institutes that teach tourism business, but each
year they are able to produce only 200 or 300 people, which is not enough
for the service industry.
Pattaya City therefore plans to establish a Pattaya tourism institute that
would teach students about the hotel business and tourism. Itthipol said the
expected timeframe is for the institute to be open within the next six
Itthipol says implementing
is a matter of urgency
Says he is ready to continue former mayor’s projects
Mayor Itthipol Khunplome has set out Pattaya’s education development
policy to the directors of the schools under the city’s jurisdiction, saying
that he is ready to continue the former mayor’s projects.
Itthipol Khunplome says education should be given high priority in his
Itthipol chaired a meeting for the school directors at Pattaya City Hall on
June 10, along with Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon, permanent
secretary Sittiprap Muangkoom, and Tawatchai Rattanyoo, director of the
Pattaya City Education Department.
The mayor spoke about the 14 urgent education policies assigned to the
school directors, saying that they were policies promised to the people
before he was elected.
“These education policies have been designed to develop the quality of
Pattaya’s education, and to support the quality of graduating students, so
that they are accepted in society in the future,” he said.
“This must be achieved by the 2009 budget year. If the policies are delayed,
then it will result in delaying the development of Pattaya education.”
Tawatchai said that the school directors are ready to follow the policies
assigned by the mayor, for the benefit of Pattaya City’s young generation.
The Education Department would ask for a budget to hire education personnel
for the 10 schools in Pattaya City. This is because they lack facilities and
resources, particularly when taking into account the increasing number of
students each year.
Closer bonds urged
for Pattaya’s 27 communities
94 people from 27 communities attend training
A total of 94 people from
Pattaya’s 27 communities attend the training, which is a community
development plan that corresponds to the 10th National Economic and Social
Development Plan (2007-2011).
City hall has held a training seminar for members of Pattaya’s 27
communities to help them integrate further and evolve a greater sense of
identity and community spirit.
Mayor Itthipol Khunplome led the seminar on June 10 at Djittabhawan College,
along with former mayor, Niran Wattanasartsathorn and Deputy Mayor Verawat
A total of 94 people from the 27 communities attended the training, which is
a community development plan that corresponds to the 10th National Economic
and Social Development Plan (2007-2011). They included heads and deputy
heads of the communities, and personnel from the Community Primary Health
Liam Butchantra and Somsak Mongkolthanawat were the narrators, along with a
team from Sirindhorn College of Public Health in Chonburi. On the same day
in the afternoon, a walking rally had been held with six activity bases,
each base aimed at creating relations between the members of the communities
for future cooperation.
Itthipol said that closer integration of the 27 communities would be of
great advantage in strengthening Pattaya and making the entire community a
more cohesive one. He said that unity and teamwork would encourage a greater
community spirit and help forge a closer Pattaya identity for the community
which is, largely, an immigrant one.
Two new communities created from reorganization of Thamsamakkee
Becoming too large to administer
Pattaya is preparing to add two further official communities to
the 27 that are at present registered within the city.
Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn (left) and Adisorn Phonlookin survey the
Thamsamakkee Temple Community with the possibility of dividing it into two
Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn and deputy chairman of Pattaya City Council
Adisorn Phonlookin on June 10 visited the Thamsamakkee Temple Community as
part of a survey.
Wutisak said that the Thamsamakkee Temple area now has more than 1,000
inhabitants, and that each time there is a mobile service to this community
there are too many people to cater for during the one visit.
Consequently, a survey is now being undertaken to divide the area and create
two new registered communities.
The existing Thamsamakkee Temple Community covers Village No 13 and part of
Village No 9. It starts from Soi Sukhumvit-Pattaya 73 (or Soi Highway
Police) and runs to Soi Sukhumvit-Pattaya 81.
City hall now plans to divide the existing community to create two
communities, one covering the area from Soi Sukhumvit-Pattaya 73 to Soi
Sukhumvit-Pattaya 77, and the other from Soi Sukhumvit-Pattaya 77 to Soi
A further new community would be formed from the residential area situated
behind the railroad at Village No 13.
Wutisak said in addition to reorganizing the Thamsamakkee Temple Community,
a survey needs to be conducted for other community areas. It is therefore
possible that more communities could be created in the future, if it is
found that any of the existing ones are becoming too large to administer.
This would enable city hall to provide better services for people in the
areas, particularly with the mobile services, he said.
Pattaya to have strong presence
at ITB 2009 in Berlin
Planning ahead for tourism industry’s biggest event
Pattaya will be joining the Thailand stand at ITB 2009 in Berlin,
one of the international tourism industry’s biggest events, to generate more
tourism from targeted markets.
Supachayanont (left), president of the Thai Hotels Association Eastern
Chapter, and Jumroon Visavachaiyaphant (right), president of the Pattaya
Business and Tourism Association discuss the International Tourismus Borse
(ITB), which will be held in Berlin from March 11 to 15 next year.
Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay chaired a meeting of the organizing committee
on June 12 at Pattaya City Hall, with Chumpol Chitwiset, deputy chairman of
Chonburi Provincial Administration Organization, Chatchawan Supachayanont,
president of the Thai Hotels Association Eastern Chapter, and Jumroon
Visavachaiyaphant, president of the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association
amongst those present.
The International Tourismus Borse (ITB) will be held in Berlin from March 11
to 15 next year, and a support budget for the event was discussed during the
Chatchawan said that it was agreed an area of 72 square meters would be
reserved for booths promoting Thailand that would provide information on
Pattaya, Koh Samui, Phangnga, and other tourist destinations. He said that
if all goes according to plan the Pattaya presence would be more effective
than in the previous two years, as on those occasions the Pattaya booth area
was sited away from the general Thailand stand.
Both the Thai government and private sectors will participate at ITB 2009,
advertising and promoting destinations and products, and meeting with key
figures in the international tourism industry.
Each year more than 150 countries arrange a presence at ITB, ready to
promote their attractions to buyers from Germany, Europe, and the Middle
Eastern markets that together form the bulk of the attendance.
Verawat said that Pattaya City would cooperate with Chonburi Provincial
Administrative Organization to provide a support a budget and expenses for
the rental area.
The government supports the cost of the stand, its construction and
decoration, and consequently entrepreneurs taking stand space will pay only
for airplane tickets, accommodation, and a few general expenses.
Football gambling banker arrested
Tanatorn Champathong has been
arrested and charged with being an illegal banker for European football
Police on a crackdown on illegal gambling during the Euro 2008
football series have arrested a man discovered running a gambling book.
Officers raided a grocery shop in South Pattaya just after midnight on June
12, where they found 38-year-old Tanatorn Champathong busy on a computer.
Examining the computer, the police found a program file for European
football results. Tanatorn was charged with being an illegal banker for
European football gambling.
Couple lose jewelry worth 1M baht
from car parked outside badminton court
A robber broke into the car of a couple who were using a badminton
court and stole property valued at about one million baht.
The incident was reported to Pattaya Police Station at 12:15 a.m. on June
12, and officers made their way to the scene at the parking lot of the
Diamond Badminton Court, located on Pattaya Third Road.
and Worarat Jandawattanaphum had their vehicle broken into whilst exercising
at the Diamond Badminton Court on 3rd Road.
The vehicle was a black four-door Toyota Hilux Vigo, parked in a dark area
of the parking lot. The thief had broken the left rear window. The owners of
the car, Mr Pasit Jandawattanaphum, 35, and his 32-year-old wife Worarat are
owners of a Pattaya guesthouse.
The couple told officers that they had parked their car at 10 p.m. just 50
meters away from the badminton court, and had gone to exercise. Coming back
to the vehicle, they discovered that a robber had taken items including one
pair of diamond earrings valued at 200,000 baht, a 1-baht gold bracelet, a
2-baht gold necklace, a gold Buddha robe amulet, and one locket with a
diamond valued at 500,000 baht.
The victims wondered why the car’s alarm hadn’t worked. Badminton court
employees checked the CCTV but were unable to find any evidence of the thief
as the car was parked away from the camera and in a dark area.
Motorcycle taxi riders in the surrounding area stated that they saw two
youths go into the parking lot on a motorbike for a while, before coming out
and leaving. A forensic officer took fingerprints from the car.
Police said that car owners should not keep any valuable items in their
vehicles, because it can be very difficult to trace anyone who breaks into a
on porn video charge
Police have arrested an American citizen on charges of producing
pornographic movies to sell on websites.
Todd Arthur Williams has been arrested on charges of producing pornographic
movies to sell on websites.
Todd Arthur Williams, a 47-year-old American from Massachusetts, was
arrested on June 8 after police had obtained a search warrant and an arrest
warrant from Pattaya Provincial Court.
Williams was renting a room at the Mark-Land Hotel on Pattaya Soi 1, where
police seized a notebook computer, four lewd CDs, five packs of Kamagra
pills, a digital camera, and four male organ sex toys.
Williams confessed that he had been hired by a man he named as Gary to act
as cameraman. Gary, he said, provided the bargirls to perform in the films
and paid them 2,000 baht per movie.
Police charged Williams with producing pornographic movies to publish and
sell on the internet.
Intruder must have used sedative say couple who slept through burglary
A Filipino couple whose house was burgled while they were asleep
said that the intruder must have administered some kind of sedative because
they had slept so soundly while he ransacked the house and made his escape
with gold and jewelry worth half a million baht.
Pattaya Police Station received a call at 4:30 a.m. on June 10 to say that a
house at Ruamchok 12 Project at Pratamnak 5 had been burgled.
Officers arriving at the two-story townhouse found the owners, 37-year-old
Miss Lizette Habacon and 39-year-old Eonarco, together with their son,
waiting for them. The house was in disarray. The couple said that while the
three of them were asleep in the bedroom on the second floor, the burglar
had broken in via the second-floor bathroom.
They said they thought that some kind of anesthetic had been administered to
them by the intruder, who had taken five pairs of gold earrings with
diamonds, one diamond ring, one gold chain weighing 1 baht, two bracelets,
four cellphones, one Play Station, one digital camera, and their Yamaha
Fresh motorcycle. Most of the items were kept in drawers and a showcase on
the second floor next to their son’s bedroom.
Miss Habacon stated that they had resided in this house for a long time. On
the night of the burglary, they had gone to bed earlier in the evening. Then
they heard the noise of a motorbike leaving the house from the parking lot
downstairs. They came out and discovered that the house had been robbed, but
no one had heard anything. The robber had fled with their motorcycle.
Police believe that there may have been as many as three burglars, and that
they were most likely professional thieves because they had operated with
great effectiveness. Forensics officers from Chonburi were called in to
examine the scene.
Wife has lucky escape
from amorous burglar
A burglar who broke into a house owned by an Irishman and his Thai
wife was sexually aroused by the sight of the woman who was sleeping beside
her husband and molested her, only desisting when the husband awoke,
whereupon the intruder robbed him at knifepoint and then fled.
Binks, his wife and two children were lucky to escape injury when a burglar
broke into their house whilst they were asleep.
Banglamung Police Station received an emergency call at 5 a.m. on June 9
from Mark Binks, a 47-year-old Irish citizen to say that an intruder had
broken into his house in Rawiporn Village 2 on Soi Kao Noi.
Police went to the property, a one-story house, where they found Binks and
his wife Supaporn Suebsang waiting for them, along with their two daughters,
age seven and eight years.
Binks stated that while he and Supaporn were asleep in their bedroom, and
the two children were sleeping in another room, a man estimated at between
30 and 40 years of age had entered the house from the back. He had gone
first to the children’s room. The girls had woken up but didn’t dare to make
a noise because they saw the man had a knife in his hand.
The intruder then went into the main bedroom, where he saw that Supaporn was
wearing only underwear. He stopped, and began to remove her bra. Binks woke
up at this point, and the robber threatened him with the knife. He stole
property consisting of 40,000 baht in cash and two Sony cellphones, before
fleeing into the dark.
Binks has complained about the lax security of the village, saying that his
home has been broken into five or six times over the past month. Police have
called in forensic experts.
Swedish man drowns in hotel pool
A 68-year-old Swedish man who drowned in a hotel swimming pool after
drinking beer probably suffered from a stroke, say the police.
Officers from the Dongtan Sub-branch were called out at 1 p.m. on June 7 to
the PK Country Home Hotel on Soi Jomtien 12, where they were joined by
Sawang Boriboon Foundation rescue workers.
At the scene several Thai and foreign tourists were attempting to revive
Esko Juhani Laine, who had been swimming in the hotel pool and had lost
consciousness. The Sawang Boriboon officers tried to resuscitate him, but
A 52-year-old American named as Ron, a friend of the dead man, said that he
and some other friends from this hotel had gone with the deceased to drink
beer beside the pool, and had gone swimming. The deceased had lost
consciousness and they had tried to revive him.
Mrs Yupapin Chomphoo, 31, the dead man’s wife, stated in tears that they had
been staying in the hotel in room 217. She had been in the room while her
husband was swimming, and she came out when she heard the noise from the
Pol Col Noppadon Wongnom, superintendent of Pattaya Police Station, who had
also attended the scene, said that drinking a large amount of beer and
swimming under the hot sun most likely caused the man to suffer a stroke,
lose consciousness, and drown.
The body has been sent to the Forensic Institute to determine the cause of
Central Festival will
open on Pattaya Beach
in February next year
CPN will also open largest shopping complex in Chonburi
Central Pattana Pcl will open two more department stores in Chonburi
Province next year, with one of them being the mega project at Pattaya
The program is part of an ambitious expansion throughout the country, with
eight new branches due to open by 2010.
Jirathiwat, GM of Central Pattana Public Company Limited-CPN.
A briefing was held on June 6 at the Zign Hotel at which Central Pattana
(CPN) released information on the progress of the new Central Festival
Pattaya Beach project, and the Central Plaza project in Chonburi.
Managing director of CPN Kobchai Jirathiwat chaired the briefing, which was
also attended by other managers and directors of the company.
Kobchai said that more than 6 billion baht had been allocated for the
construction of Central Festival Pattaya Beach, which would be a department
store and multi-use project. Covering an area of 210,000 square meters, it
would be the largest shopping complex on a natural beachfront in Asia, and
would have more than 200 top quality shops. The project will be ready to
open in February next year.
A budget of 2.5 billion baht is being spent on the construction of Central
Plaza in Chonburi, creating the largest modern shopping complex in the city.
Standing on an area of 151,000 square meters, it would have a recreation
area of 1,500 square meters and shops that would include Robinsons and Tops
Supermarket, along with an SF Cinema. April 2009 is the scheduled opening
Kobchai said that at present there are 10 department stores under CPN
administration, namely Central Plaza Pinklao, Central Plaza Latprao, Central
Plaza Bangna, Central Plaza Rama II, Central Plaza Rama III, Central Plaza
Ramindhra, Central Plaza Rattanatibet, Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport,
Central Festival Center Pattaya, and Central World.
CPN plans to open eight more Central Plazas by 2010, which will make for a
total of 18 branches. The new projects that have so far been announced are
Central Plaza Changwattana, Central Festival Pattaya Beach, Central Plaza
Chonburi, Central Plaza Khon Kaen, and Central Plaza Chiang Mai 2.
Navy divers discover skeleton in wrecked freighter
Remains believed to be those of missing German diver
A human skeleton believed to be that of a missing German diver has
been found by Royal Thai Navy divers in the engine room of a Unicon
freighter that sank during Typhoon Gay nearly 20 years ago.
The Navy was using the sunken vessel to train divers to operate at depths of
up to 100 meters when the remains were discovered. They are thought to be
those of Tomas Casagrande, a German diving instructor who disappeared in
divers have discovered a skeleton, believed to be that of a missing German
diver, in wrecked freighter.
Rear Admiral Narongpol na Bangchang stated on June 5 that the Naval
Ordinance Test Station at Sattahip was training divers at the wreck of the
freighter, eight nautical miles off Koh Tao, near Koh Phangan in Surat Thani
He said that Capt Anupong Itsarangkul na Ayutthaya, operator of the Naval
Ordinance Test Station, along with Lt Chaiwut Iamsamai and Lt Mongkol
Podaeng, both operations trainers, had been cooperating with German divers
to search the wreck, which was resting at a depth of 51 meters, to find the
body of their missing companion, Casagrande.
Casagrande had been a diving instructor with the Levy John Locker Company on
Koh Tao. The Germans said he had disappeared on February 23, 2006, while
diving on the wreck.
The Navy divers had modified their training plan to search for the body. The
depth of the wreck had made the work difficult, but they found something
that looked like a human skeleton in the engine room.
Rear Admiral Roengrit Bunsongprasert, director general of the Naval Civil
Affairs Department said that the German Embassy in Bangkok had submitted a
letter to Admiral Sathirapan Kaeyanon, commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai
Navy formally requesting the removal of the body from the freighter.
The Navy approved a 24-member operational team, including a physician, and
the group traveled from the Naval Ordnance Test Station on June 6 with a
high-pressure chamber and other specialist equipment loaded on the HTMS
Manklang, sailing out of Laem Tian Port at Sattahip Naval Base.
The diving work was undertaken in cooperation with Jamie McLeod and Kevin
Morgan, who had been friends of the missing diver.
Rear Admiral Roengrit said that reports from the site indicate work was
proceeding and that it was likely a gas cutter would be used to enlarge the
entrance to the engine room, which was a difficult place to enter. The
mission was due to be completed by June 16.
Typhoon Gay formed in the southern Gulf of Thailand on November 1, 1989, and
was the worst typhoon to hit that area in 35 years. By the time it
dissipated over the Western Ghats in India on November 10, at least 500
people had lost their lives.
New service center opened
by Banglamung Cable TV
Offers internet access through cable TV
Banglamung Cable TV opened a new customer service center on the corner of
Soi Nernplabwan and Soi Mabyailia 8 on June 12, in a ceremony that began at
the auspicious time of 9:09 a.m.
of Nongprue Municipality Mai Chaiyanit (front 2nd left) and general manager
of Banglamung Cable TV Sommai Tipmanee (front left) cut the ribbon on the
Mayor of Nongprue Municipality Mai Chaiyanit and general manager of the
company Sommai Tipmanee performed the opening ceremony, cutting the ribbon
to declare the service center open.
Sommai said the center had been relocated from the front of the Nongprue
Municipality office, and the new location was considered to be most suitable
for the convenience of customers coming to pay their service fees, or for
other company service information.
He added that Banglamung Cable TV has also launched a new internet service,
the first and only service in Thailand that allows internet access through
Banglamung Cable TV Co Ltd currently has three branches, at Nongketnoi,
Kaotalo, and Nernplabwan, and plans to open more in the future.
School opens dome shelters
to create multi-use areas
Protecting basketball and volleyball courts from weather
The new domes will protect the
playing courts from weather,
and the students from the sun.
Banglamung School has opened dome-shaped shelters over its
basketball and volleyball courts to protect them against the weather and
provide space for other uses when the courts are not being used for games.
Mayor Itthipol Khunplome officially opened the domes on June 12, along with
his chief advisor, former mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn, and the school
director Witsanu Pasomsap.
Itthipol said that direct sunlight can be very dangerous, and is a cause of
skin cancer. The two domes would offer protection against sunlight and allow
the basketball and volleyball courts to additionally be used for class
studies, sports competitions, and for other school activities.
Construction of the domes has been supported by the students’ parents, the
Banglamung school parents association, teachers, primary education
commissions, public donations, and the contractor himself, who has charged
only 800,000 baht per dome. Building work began in April.