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July 2013
Click here to read our June 2013 News.
Holy Ramadan is the month of Fasting for all Muslim around the World.
Muslims fasting in the month of Ramadan must abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk.
Ramadan started on July 9th, 2013. It ends on August 7th, 2013.
The oil disaster
Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi conceded that Thailand lacks sufficient equipment to deal with the situation and prevent the oil slick from reaching the shore. Thai authorities should seek help from Singapore, he said.
Singapore has the proper equipment and the knowledge to contain oil slicks.
Thai Environmental Health Association secretary-general Sonthi Kotchawat said the authorities and PTTGC had acted too slowly to prevent the catastrophe.
It's just the proof that Thailand's existing emergency action plan for oil spills is insufficient.
Not closed
Not closed
Some blogs on the internet reported the closure of Walking Street's Crazy Horse.
It's a hoax!
Crazy Horse, located opposite of the ailing Soho Square, is still open and presents its Russian Ladies every night with expensive drinks.
50'000 litres of crude oil threaten Rayong's tourist beaches!
Please click here for the latest information about the incident.
A new report says 70 tonnes of crude oil were leaked by a pipe at an offshore platform.
Thailand's Navy, the Marine Department, the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, the Pollution Control Department, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department were struggling to clean up the oil slick, which was about 800m wide and 2.5km long at the time of writing.
With the help of strong winds Rayong's oil slick is moving to Koh Samet's beaches.
On Monday 29th PTT Global Chemical Plc, the owner of the brocken pipe, and the Royal Thai Navy say the oil slick has been contained.
Update: Residents of Koh Samet claim NOT TRUE!
Ao Prao Beach
At Ao Prao Beach oil is still washing ashore. Clean up crews just arrived this morning (July 29th, 2013).
Update #2 (14:45):
Ao Phrao Beach on Koh Samet island was closed and tourists had to move away from the popular beach.
People believe that the amount of oil that leaked from a PTT Global Chemical Plc (PTTGC) pipeline on Saturday was much more than the 50'000 litres the company admits to.
PTT Global Chemical Plc (PTTGC) apologised on Monday for the oil spill from its pipeline that has damaged a beach on Koh Samet.
Chief executive Anon Sirisaengtaksin said his company planned to have the area cleaned up and restored by Thursday, August 1st.
Update #3 (July 30th):
A PTTGC representative said it would take at least 15 days to clean up the area.
As of July 29th evening, about 10 tonnes of oil had been recovered from the beach.
PTTGC first announced that max 10% of oil reached the island...
Update #4 (July 30th, 15:00):
There are now three beaches covered with PTTGC's crude oil:
Ao Phrao and Makham on Koh Samui and Ban Phe Beach on mainland in front of Rayong.
Tourists apparently show no confidence in the clean-up operations and are cancelling bookings for Koh Samet
Tourist safety
The United States, England and Australia issued tourist warnings.
The countries are highlighting Thailand's poor road conditions, unsafe drivers and lenient law enforcement.
Just to support the claims Thailand's Metropolitan Police Bureau published a statistical report which showed that crimes including murder, assault, rape, theft and robbery have increased in Bangkok in the past six months.
We ignore every Law
Today I'm drinking coffee...
July 22nd and July 23rd were Buddhist holidays.
During these days the selling of any kind of alcohol is prohibited by law.
Nevertheless, at some selected venues Farangs could get their beers hidden in coffee mugs.
In 3 restaurants a few kilometers outside Pattaya City the waiters served the Heineken bottles even with ordinary beer glasses.
It seems that some influential Thai people can run their businesses above the current law(s).
We ignore red & white!
We ignore...
We simply ignore all colors we don't like..
New Beach Road
New Beach Road
NightWalker publishes the first picture from North Pattaya's new Entry to Pattaya's enhanced Beach Road.
Click - or miss it!
The comeback of an old Tradition?
The comeback of an old tradition?
A few years ago our lovely City Hall announced every few month the crackdown on Motorcycle-rentals on Pattaya's prestigious Beach Road.
After the announcement the vehicles usually disappeared for a few hours or days.
Rumors say that the officials used that time to negociate with the rental bosses, When they reached an acceptable agreement (acceptable for the involved officials), the motorcycle-rental boothes could reappear on Beach Road.
On July 9th, 2013, Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho decided to reactivate that old tradition and invited police, regulatory-enforcement officers and operators of minibuses, taxis and motorbike- and car-rental agents to a meeting at City Hall.
Area officials announced the beginning of a crackdown on the makeshift businesses. They also promised the clearing of sidewalks to free parking spaces.
More regulation, including bus parking and large motorcycle rentals, our lovely officials will announce during another meeting scheduled for August 6th, 2013.
Perhaps with results in the very old tradition...
A new Trend?
No - Superstition!
The Go-Go Clubs that opened during the last few weeks they all opened in unfinished premises. During the working hours we still could spot construction workers, carpenters and electricians in the new clubs - sometimes even weeks after the opening dates.
It's nor because the owners of the new club need your money urgently. It's because of a widespread superstition:
The opening date of a business here in Thailand usually has to be calculated by monks in a temple. Thais believe that without the help of the monk(s) almost all business(es) will fail.
If you marry your Thai girlfriend your bride will go to the temple too, and will let calculate the perfect date for your marriage.
My former wife made it too.
To have a happy life I had to marry on December 10th. To please my wife I did it!
Nevertheless, all the paper I got from the Thai government say that I married on the 12th.
It never got corrected. The officials called it a misunderstanding...
Ten years later I got divorced - also here in Thailand. This time with the correct date.
But I know why my marriage didn't work:
The Monk insisted that he has to calculate the date according the information in my papers, even when I told him that the documents don't tell the true.
All my papers tell that I was born on the 5th of a month. It's wrong!
According to my parents I was born on the 4th, but a lazy (and perhaps lousy) official in Switzerland put the wrong date in my birth certificate.
I am confident if the monk did use the correct date I still would be married with my Thai wife - but believe me or not: I would miss the best time of my life...
Therefore I think, I have to thank all that officials and monks for their lousy works. Without their mistakes I never would have the life I enjoy today here in Pattaya...
Candle Festival
Candle Festival
NightWalker just published a few of his impressions from today's Candle Festival.
New Traffic Lights
New Traffic Lights
Pattaya City Hall installed new traffic lights at the Phratamnak (2nd Road) / 3rd Road / Tappraya intersection, the Tappraya/ Jomtien 2nd Road intersection, as well as at the T-junction Jomtien Beach Road / Soi Bun Kanchana.
New Traffic Lights
Jomtien Beach traffic lights at Soi Bun Kanchana
New A Go-Go
on Soi LK Metro
On July 17th, 2013, the Bachelor Club A Go-Go opened in the rooms of the former Flandria Bar and Guesthouse on Soi LK Metro.
Sweet Times Saloon closed
Sweet Times Saloon closed
Sweet Times, the Rock 'n' Roll Bar and Saloon located at the Holy Tree on Pattaya's Walking Street, closed and is on the block: 081 850 1612
Only 12 from 46 rice samples free of chemical substances
Thailand's Foundation for Consumers released the results of 46 random samples of packaged rice sold under 36 brands.
They collected the rice between June 19 and 27, 2013, from supermarkets, retail shops and department stores.
An independent laboratory tested the samples for chemical substances, including methyl bromide, organophosphate, carbamate compounds and fungicide.
The tests showed that 12 of the 46 samples were free of contamination.
Traces of methyl bromide were found in 33 samples, but they did not exceed the 50mg per kg published by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) codex as safe.
1 sample exceeded the safe level with 67.4 milligram per kg.
Its distributer said it would recall all tainted products from the market but added that he was not thinking of filing a lawsuit against the foundation yet...
Please check YouTube for some additional information.
Russian Mafia in Phuket and Pattaya
Thailand's Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Pureesrisak filed a petition to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), asking for its help in cracking down Russian mafia gangs in Phuket and Pattaya.
The DSI is known as Thailand's FBI.
Click here to read the story!
Thai Chaos
Do you know that Royal Garden Plaza's 1st Floor is on its 2nd Floor?
Royal Garden Plaza is using the British kind of floor numbering, whereas most other buildings in Pattaya as well as in Thailand are using the American convention.
Thais love the Chaos. You already know it from the streets.
The greater the Chaos the greater the Fun!
Rong Park in the dark
Rong Park in the dark
The heavy publicized Rong Park Pub & Restaurant, located at the Southern end on Pattaya's 3rd Road, closed its door.
Size matters
Playboy Condoms
More Thai men are now over 170 centimetres tall and exceed 70 kilogrammes in weight. They can no longer use condoms with sizes of 49mm and 52mm, the director-general of Thailand's Disease Prevention and Control Department said.
Small condoms make them feel uncomfortable, he added.
About 230 million condoms are sold nationwide each year.
Thailand's Ministry of Public Health and the National Health Security Office provides 40 million condoms annually.
To cater for the needs of Thai men under 30 years of age the government plans to purchase more large-sized condoms.
Boeing's Dreamliner problems not solved?
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner
London's Heathrow airport had to close its runways after an incident involving an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet.
There has been an on-board internal fire involving an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft.
The airport's emergency services are in attendance.
The Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner flew from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on the first commercial flight since the grounding.
The incident happened at 16:30 BST on July 12th, 2013.
Heathrow airport reopened shortly before 18:00.
Not Healthy
The streets in the World's best City are stuffy, noisy and polluted, Thailand's Department of Environment says.
The noise levels at all roads across the capital are well above the safety standard of 70 dB.
Particle pollution levels along many roads in Bangkok are above all safety standards too.
Be careful
Be careful
Some of Pattaya's Motorcycle hirers learned every lesson from Pattaya's notorious Jet Ski vendors and are cheating their customers the very same way.
Before you rent a motorcycle check the bike carefully, make a protocol and some photos.
World's best City
According to the latest survey, Bangkok was voted the World's best City. It's for the fourth year in a row that the readers of the Travel & Leisure magazine placed the Thai capital as #1!
A few weeks before MasterCard's Worldwide Global Destination Cities Index 2013 already named Bangkok as the World's best City for Tourism.
On October 5th, 2009, CNN Travel published 50 reasons why Bangkok has to be the World's No. 1 City. It's a must to read (and to know).
It seems all that people never visited ... Pattaya!
Dengue Fever Warning
Thailand's Public Health Ministry fears that the sharp upsurge in dengue fever could hit a record high of 120'000 cases this year.
Public Health Minister Pradit Sintavanarong said he will employ more than a million volunteers from July 10-17 to combat mosquitoes in residential areas, schools and temples while educating people about the disease.
There have been 59'318 reported cases and 68 deaths so far this year in Thailand.
Coffee painting
Coffee painting
NightWalker just published a few of his impressions from today's Coffee painting at Royal Garden Plaza.
The event was organized by Ripley's Believe It or Not.
Broken Glass
Broken Glass
Walking Street's Glass House A Go-Go closed its door for a few days.
Reports tell that the bar's manager left the venue - and with him almost all the girls...
New and working
The new escalators at Tukcom are now installed on all floors and in both directions, up and down.
They are brand marked as Kone.
Probably it's even the original - at Tukcom you never know...
Nevertheless, the new staircases are nearly as bumpy and as squeaking as the old ones and on July 15th two of the new escalators ceased working...
Almost all the bars between Soi 7's Heaven's Door and the Soi's Silver Star A Go-Go Club are on the block!
200 Baht please!
Be prepared to pay 200 Baht at the Immigration Office for a stamp and a signature on your country's Life, Martial Status and Residence Certificate, usually asked once a year by your country's compensation office to get your pensions.
Until last year it was a free service from Jomtien's Immigration Bureau.
Good Time Goes By...
From Arroy to Sexy
Sexy Hippo Bar
During April 2013 we reported that an Arroy Food restaurant opened on Soi Diamond.
In the meantime the venue changed the format: It's now a bar - a Sexy Hippo Bar!
Police News
Moulin Rouge raided
Moulin Rouge
During the early morning hours of July 28th Pattaya Police and Banglamung District Licensing Officials raided Walking Street's Moulin Rouge A Go-Go Club and arrested 11 Russian employees.
The Russians worked without the necessary Thai Work Permits.
No information available what will happen with the club and its manager(s).
On July 29th the club opened as if nothing ever had happened.
It seems all the arrests where a simple misunderstanding:
Our Police don't speak Russian and the ladies do not understand Thai.
The two groups had to find some common ground on which to base...
Busy Police
Pattaya Police report that they arrested 9 foreigners at an illegal casino in South Pattaya as well as 7 foreigners and 2 Thai men running a 20 Million Baht ATM Card Fraud here in Pattaya and 12 suspected gamblers playing the popular dice game Hi-Low.
A Pattaya Police Volunteer overpowered 2 necklace snatcher.
Last but not least, Banglamung Police officers arrested 6 suspects of a major drug dealing group.
Bravo! Good work.
Less work with a 'suicide'!
Because of our lazy Police Thailand has a lot of suicide cases.
During November 2012 Police told Nittaya Salae that her daughter had hanged herself.
But Ms Nittaya couldn't believe that. She started her own investigation and presented the murderer of her daughter to the police.
Please read the latest update (July 21st) too!
Update (July 30th):
Prosecutors now reject Police's suicide theory!
It doesn't happen only on Koh Samui, Police all over Thailand likes to declare suicides - even here in Pattaya.
Drug Police arrested
Pol Sen Sgt Maj Sunthorn, a patrol officer with the Chum Phae district station and an officer responsible for drug cases, was caught on July 19th with 1'096 methamphetamine pills and four grammes of crystal methamphetamine.
Police had to act after local residents complained that Pol Sen Sgt Maj Sunthorn had extorted illegal drugs, money and possessions from the people he arrested.
Pol Sen Sgt Maj Sunthorn confessed that the drugs in his possession were all from local arrests. With the sell of drugs the lovely Policemen planned to pay off his debts.
Same stupid procedure
No matter who is the Superintendent at Pattaya's Police Station on Soi 9, the officials play the same dirty game almost every evening.
They arrest as many coconut ghosts they can catch, bring them to Soi 9, collect 100 Baht/person and let them go back to the Beach.
The pretentious Superintendent calls this procedure cleanup.
We call it stupid!
It perfectly reveals the IQ of the involved officials.
Pattaya News Flash July 2013 - The Source
NightWalker's News
from the City where your Passion is still a Possibility©
US based National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain based Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) are observing your phone calls, your e-mails, SMS's and MMS's as well as your surfing habits on the internet.
France's foreign intelligence service, the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure (DGSE), intercepts computer and telephone data on a vast scale. Its operation is outside the law, and beyond any proper supervision.
The GCHQ is collecting data from over 600 million phone-connections daily!
Unwarranted government surveillance is an intrusion on basic human rights that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society!
We decided to stop buying Products and Services from US-based companies until the United States of America stops the Dictatorships and the international spying.
You should do the same!
Believe me, it's possible to live without Boeing, General Motors, Ford, Apple & Co.
Beautiful Pattaya
Beautiful Pattaya
Rain in Jomtien
15 minutes of rain only in Jomtien and Jomtien's (new) Second Road at Rompho Market stays under water for the next 90 minutes...
Beach Promenade Destroyed until Pattaya City Walk
Beach Promenade Destroyed until Pattaya City Walk
You can follow the Destruction of Pattaya's Beach Promenade by clicking:
Paloma's Destruction
Artist's Sketches of Pattaya's new Beach Promenade
Beach Destruction I (until June 30th, 2013)
Beach Destruction II (from July 1st, 2013)
What the Heck happens at Soi Buakhaow's Night Market?
What the Heck happens at Soi Buakhaow's Night Market?
July 8th 2013:
About half of Soi Buakhaow's popular Night Market is already destroyed and we still do not know exactly what's in the works...
Funhouse Pattaya
Funhouse will soon replace Club Blu on the corner Soi Buakhaow / Soi LK Metro.
Lolitas BJ
Crystal Club A Go-Go
former Lolitas BJ, Soi LK Metro
Update: Opened July 12th, 2013
Angelwitch 2 A Go-Go
former Mash A Go-Go, Soi LK Metro
Bachelor A Go-Go
former Flandria Bar, Soi LK Metro
Update: Opened July 17th, 2013
Russian Club
Russian Club
And last but not least: An A Go-Go featuring Russian Ladies at the entry to Living Dolls on Walking Street will open soon as XO Club.
We just learned that the new club will open on August 1st, 2013.
New A Go-Go opened on Soi Diamond
On July 24th the Dream Club A Go-Go replaced the former Carousel A Go-Go on Soi Diamond, off Walking Street.
New A Go-Go opened on Soi LK Metro
On Friday, July 12th, Pattaya's newest A Go-Go Club opened on Soi LK Metro with a party. The Crystal Club replaces the former Lolitas B.J. Lounge.
New A Go-Go opened on Soi LK Metro
We hope we never have to publish a picture like this...
Kill Kenny?
Works at Kilkenny
Construction worker can be seen at the (former?) Kilkenny Bar and Hotel. Soi LK Metro seems to be the City's largest construction site...
Lido 2 Motel
Tony's Bargain Motel
Tony's Bargain Motel
Pattaya's Bargain
On Pattaya's 3rd Road, just a few meters from Tony's well-known Fitness-Center, Pattaya's famous Tony's Group opened the Lido 2 Motel.
The Motel announces rooms starting at about 5'000 Baht/month for longtime rents. The rent even includes the use of Tony's Gym - but not the water and the electricity.
The motel is in the style of a Horn Thew (Thai for room with a roof). That means you enter the room through a shared balcony, and not through a dark corridor.
Tony's run its own website, but at the time of writing the website doesn't provide any information about Tony's new motel. If you need more information please use the phone numbers published above.
Incompetent People are responsible
for the maintenance of Pattaya's Streets.
Incompetent People are responsible for the maintenance of Pattaya's Streets
This is an actual picture from Soi Chaiyaphoon, a street connecting Soi Buakhaow with Pattaya's 3rd Road. During last year the street got a new surface. It just survived the first few rain drops.
The same is true for Soi Pattyaland 1, officially known as Soi 13/3 as well as for Soi Arunothai and a lot of other street in this worldknown Beach Resort.
Officials never asked why the holes in the streets come back after every few months. They just put on some new asphalt and wait until someone complains again.
We don't know if Pattaya's Officials are too lazy or too stupid to use their brain(s). Perhaps they simply can't find a working one...
We published this report on July 1st. On July 5th, and to the surprise of all, a troup from City Hall started improving Soi Pattayaland 1. Let's hope they will do the same for Soi Chaiyaphoon.
Lolitas BJ
Lolitas BJ
Lolitas BJ
But, as expected, City Hall's people 'repaired' half of the street only - perhaps to please a good friend.
We made the pictures on July 9th, 2013.
They document the works of Pattaya's highly professional street maintenance unit.
The newly asphalted part of the street is as bumpy as before...
It's not our intention to show you how stupid Pattaya's Officials are - they do it themself!
Believe it or not
One Way
If you fellow this recommendation you will be in front of another new traffic light and in Bali Hai's daily traffic jam!
Or, depending on the direction you choose at the 2nd light, on Pattaya's Second Road.
If you ignore the information and TURN RIGHT you will be in Pattaya Tai (South Pattaya) on its 3rd Road.
Left or is it right?
Be warned:
The small street connecting Soi Thappraya with Soi Phratamnak is now a 2 lane one way street!
According our knowledge it's the first time that City Hall used the correct sign to mark a one-way street:
Traffic Regulations in Thailand
Traffic Signs in Thailand
During the last few months we compared official traffic signs and regulations from Thailand with the signs and regulations in Western countries.
We couldn't find any discrepancies. Almost all signs and regulations in Thailand are up to the international standards.
The problem:
Nobody in Pattaya - as well as in other parts of this funny country - is accepting the rules.
Everybody, including Police and City Officials, makes his or her very own regulations, just fitting the actual situation.
Important Exceptions:
At Traffic lights every color is green - but for drivers with a valid Thai identity card only.
After 24:00, when Police is dislocating to Pattaya Beach and Walking Street, all traffic regulations are obsolete - null and void.
Cables in Pattaya
On July 4th, 2013 City Hall's Councilors talked about the problems of sagging electric cables. They agreed that the cables are a potential danger to the public. They told the press that plans are afoot to replace them and to bury them underground in the near future.
City Hall told us about the same story on April 11th, 2012. We never saw an improvement of the situation.
Car Park
Pattaya Avenue
An advertisement in the middle of Pattaya's ailing Avenue still announces the opening of the Car Park Pub on its second floor.
The venue opened during January 2013 but had to close down its door during March 2013.
It seems somebody has to wake up the management at the Avenue...
New Republic in Pattaya
On Sukhumvit Road, across from Outlet Mall, a billboard announces a Chic Republic, a new shopping complex. Nevertheless, most Thai ladies here buy their clothes at Pattaya's markets and pay between 100 and 200 Baht/piece.
Tasty Thai Food
A few weeks ago some kind of an 'Open Air FoodCourt' opened on Soi Photisarn, between Pattaya's 3rd Road and Soi Photisarn's Soi 6. Different kitchen are offering a wide variety of tasty and cheap Thai foods. It opens at about 18:00 and is full of hungry people almost daily.
Tasty Thai Food and something for Westerners too!
Tasty Thai Food and something for Westerners too!
Tasty Thai Food
IMF Naklua
IMF Naklua
IMF is located on Naklua Road, just after the Siam Platinum.
IMF is a Thai abbreviation for Cheap and Tasty, but has no connection to the International Monetary Fund.
The restaurant opens at about 17:00 and serves a wide variety of authentic Thai foods and Ice Creams at very favourable prices until about 04:00.
Tasty Thai Food
Boat Bakery
Still running strong
The Boat Bakery, located on Pattaya's 2nd Road and across from Soi Pattayaland, is one of Pattaya's oldest Restaurants, but is still running strong.
Tasty Thai Food is served between 40 and about 80 Baht. Western inspired food starts at about 50 Baht.
The restaurant is very popular with business people from all over Pattaya.
Keep in mind:
The Boat Bakery closes at 21:00!
The 65 Baht Breakfast at Cool Kitchen
Cool Kitchen, located at the Car Park of the renovated Tops Supermarket on Pattaya's Central Road, is serving this Breakfast for 65 Baht.
Update July 8th 2013:
You are right: It's the same restaurant that served the very same breakfast for 50 Baht until a few weeks ago! With the exception of Computers, Tablets and Smartphones nothing gets cheaper this days, not even in Pattaya...
July 28th, 2013:
Fake al-Qaeda death threats against former Prime Minister
A video posted on YouTube was making death threats against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The first upload to YouTube was removed by the company.
It reappeared several hours after that from a different uploader. It also was removed.
Therefore the people behind the attack posted a third version of the video. It also was taken down by YouTube .
Thailand's Information and Communication Technology Ministry (ICT) will investigate the origin of the video.
National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabut said the video was done by members of the anti-government white-mask group.
The white-mask group is the successor of the former yellow shirt movement.
The People's Army against the Thaksin Regime announced new rallies. The group has been formed from remnants of the Pitak Siam movement, also an offspring of the yellow shirts, as is the multi-coloured-shirts movement and People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), the Green Politics Group and Thai Spring.
They all are supported in some way by Bangkok's so called Elite, at least a part of Thailand's powerful Military and Thailand's (un)Democratic Party, managed by Opposition Leader and former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
Abhisit Vejjajiva was installed as Thailand's Prime Minister with the help of Thailand's Military on December 17th 2008, not by free and democratic elections. He and his party suffered in the parliamentary elections of 2011.
Despite the fact that Abhisit Vejjajiva was born in England, attended the Eton College and earned bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Oxford the only thing that is democratic in his party is the name of the organisation.
Abhisit Vejjajiva is a typical representative of Bangkok's notorious Elite.
July 20th, 2013:
Gangsters with connections to influential politician(s)
On July 1st Police at Nakhon Ratchasima raided the Chok Chai Cable TV CTH, a cable TV shop in Chok Chai district.
The Police arrested 10 people at the office that allegedly was the centre of a large underground lottery system.
The people arrested included Roongruang Wongtrairat, the older brother of Bhumjaithai Party deputy leader and MP for Nakhon Ratchasima, Boonjong Wongtrairat. He acted as the bookie.
The shop itself belongs to Mr Roongruang. His younger brother, Mr Boonjong, was a deputy interior minister in the Abhisit Vejjajiva administration from 2008 to 2011.
The underground lottery ring with the alleged links to Mr Roongruang and his associates is a major gambling operation, involving more than 300 so-called "agents" who run bets in three local districts of Chok Chai, Nong Bunnak and Chalerm Phrakiat. Each agent allegedly takes and records bets from local gamblers on paper sheets, and forwards records to the gang.
Because all the suspects confessed to all charges, the police released them on bail of 20'000 Baht each on the same day. However, two days later on July 3rd, just hours before they were to appear in court, all 10 of the charged men denied they had confessed...
It's a sad fact in this country that many polticians have strong connections with family members engaged in crimes.
July 15th, 2013:
Thailand's Miraculous Education System
On July 15th Chulalongkorn University had to issue an apology on Facebook for a graduation mural in the middle of the campus that featured an image of former German dictator and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler among a host of comic book superheroes.
The Chulalongkorn University is widely regarded as Thailand's most prestigious institution of education...
In 2009, the Louis Tussaud's Waxworks museum had to took down a giant advertising poster of Hitler giving a Nazi salute with the Thai-language slogan Hitler is not dead.
Stupidity never dies in Thailand: On Pattaya's Walking Street a vendor offers almost every evening flags and hemets with Nazi emblems...
No Joke:
Thanks to Thailand's highly sophisticated Education System many people here still think that Adolf Hitler is the German version of Charlie Chaplin...
Last month we published another set of Miraculous Stories from Amazing Thailand.
The end of Lifetime Fitness!
The end of Lifetime Fitness!
Thailand for you 2
For you 2?
Buy our suitcases and go home!?
Orange Art
Breakfast in Thailand
English is too difficult to learn!
We are close
We are close: Close to whom?
2012 was the Year of English Speaking, initiated by the Thai Ministry of Education.
More Information
Never forget:
It's not your Face and not your Body that makes you sexy.
It's your MONEY!
The Godfather's Story
The Kunplomes
The worlds new Dictators are living in the USA.
They believe they can govern whole the world.
We don't need them.
We all should defend our freedom like Nelson Mandela did it, or Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden do it today.
We can't call the USA our friend anymore.
It's our enemy now.
The National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States of America not only spied on EU offices and embassies in New York and Washington, but observed millions of dataconnections in Germany.
The United States of America are trampling the people's rights under foot.
The USA are putting pressure on the countries from which Edward Snowden has requested political asylum.
The USA are using the very same tactics the Italian American Mafia is using to frighten their tenacious opponents.
Following an order of the USA France, Italy, Spain and Portugal blocked the plane of Bolivian's President Evo Morales from flying over their territories.
Please click here to read whole the story!
The Joke of the Month
President Barack Obama urged Egypt's military on July 3rd, 2013, to hand back control to a democratic, civilian government without delay.
The US should enforce democratic rules and freedom of speak in its own country first, before it teaches other countries.
Without the United States, we are better politically and democratically.
Evo Morales
President of Bolivia
The US convicted the wrong people.
Bradley Manning is a Hero. He's not a spion and not a theft!
The Judges of the United States of America have to sentence the principals and the authors of the classified documents published by Wikileaks as well as the leaders of the US House of Representatives intelligence committee.
They are the criminals!
The US House of Representatives has voted to continue collecting data on US phone calls.
The lawmakers rejected an effort to restrict the National Security Agency's (NSA) ability to collect electronic information.
You remember: On June 7th President Obama said No one is listening to your calls.
Obviously the US remains the World's most powerful Mafia Organisation!
Mohamed Morsi
Back in December 2012 we called Mohamed Morsi Egypt's new Dictator.
It took the international press more than 6 months to concur.
We hope the international press acts now faster to identify the world's new and even more dangerous dictator(s)...
President Francois Hollande
On June 9th, 2013, France's President Francois Hollande announced that Europe's debt crisis is now over.
On June 27th, 2013, BBC, The Guardian and others report: Ireland officially back in recession.
Portugal too is back in recession.
In order to avoid another debt default, Greece needs the EU, the ECB, and the IMF to release another US$10.5 billion in bailout money soon.
We claim: The carousel will start again and again...
Some 50 years ago my teacher already told me:
Stupid people (can) make their living as politicians.
Mr. Euro goes
On June 10th, 2013, Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg and known as Mister Euro, announced that he will step down.
Let's hope that his resignation just preludes the dissolution of the Eurozone.
According to the International Monetary Fund's Balance of Payment statistics the United States is the World's most indebted country.
It's like in the real life: The biggest debtor makes the greatest noise.
The Mafia
and how it works.
The Calabrian Mafia, Europe's biggest cocaine smuggling operation.
New research shows that glaciologists still cannot say for certain whether the Earth's north and south polar ice is melting faster!
Read the story.
Pattaya News Flash claims since many years that Global Warming is a Myth and nothing else than Big Business.
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City Hospital test run
Colosseum Jomtien
Flandria Bar & Guesthouse LK Metro -> Soi Buakhaow
Boca Bar Jomtien
Big Event:
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Bikers wear Helmets
Real Bikers wear Helmets!
Apple vs Samsung
The customers voted:
From the about 230 million Smartphones shipped during the second quarter of 2012 Samsung sold 76 millions, a market share of 33%.
Apple sold about 31 million smartphones. This represent a market share of 13.6%.
Smartphone sales accounted for 59% of all mobile phone sales.
Absolutely stupid Twitter!
Due to a software update links to twitter run only correctly if you install(ed) the twitter application on mobile devices!
On mobile devices (tablets or smartphones) you can fellow tweets only if you signed in to a twitter account.
Without the app you get an error message or the sign in page on your smartphone or tablet.
Absolutely stupid!
Google kills Apple
Google just released Chromecast.
Chromecast is a US$ 35 cheap dongle for the HDMI connector of your TV set.
Your Smartphone, Tablet or Computer acts as a remote control and let you enjoy contents of the internet on your TV screen.
Click for the movie!
HP to launch US$99 Tablet!
Hewlett-Packard (HP) will launch a US$99 tablet and will cooperate with Wal-Mart to sell the device in the US retail channel.
The tablet is manufactured by China-based BYD, a company that belongs to China's largest car producer.
The device uses a 7-inch touch panel, a single-core processor from Intel and runs on Android 4.x.
8-core Smartphones!
MediaTek. one of the world's leading CPU designers for Tablets and Smartphones, is expected to launch the world's first 8-core smartphone solution in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The MT6592 will be built based on the ARM A7 architecture. The 8-core CPU will be a low-power consumption chip. It is optimized to run the forthcoming performance-centric Android 5.0 Operating System from Google.
Toshiba to launch a Tablet
Our friends in Taiwan inform us that Toshiba is preparing the launch of an US$147 cheap 7-inch Android Tablet.
The Toshiba AT7-A will be on the shelfs during the third quarter of 2013.
Strong growth for Chromebooks
Chromebook shipments are expected to double or even triple.
Acer, Asustek Computer, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Lenovo and Samsung Electronics are reportedly ready to launch new Chromebooks in the second half of this year.
The weak demand for Windows 8 is the chance for Google to expand into the PC industry.
Major Chromebook manufacturers are Quanta Computer and Compal Electronics.
They are expected to enjoy a strong performance in the second half.
Tell Microsoft
Tell Microsoft we need an Operating System that works flawless on a Netbook, Notebook or a Desktop Computer - and not the shit they call Windows 8.1.
New Google Nexus-7
At the end of July or the beginning of August Google will launch its second-generation Nexus 7s Tablet.
It was co-developed by Google and Asustek Computer and will feature a 7-inch 1980 by 1200 pixel display and 5-megapixel rear and 1.2-megapixel front cameras.
The price will be around US$199-249.
Microsoft and NSA are working together!
Microsoft helped the NSA get around its encryption systems.
NSA has access to most of Microsoft's flagship products including Hotmail,, SkyDrive and Skype.
Microsoft said legal obligations forced it to work with the NSA and provide access to its services...
The US seems to be the world's most powerful Mafia organisation.
Lenovo #1!
China's Lenovo Group Ltd. steamed into the No. 1 position in the global PC market in the second quarter of 2013.
Lenovo supplants longtime leader Hewlett-Packard Co.
Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) ranks 2nd. 3rd place is still hold by US PC vendor Dell Inc. fellowed by Acer and Asus.
Acer Tablet too expensive?
In April 2013 Acer announced that it will sell its latest tablet, the A1-810, for US$ 149.
In the meantime the tablet reached the shelfs - for US$ 199 - 229!
Don't buy! Wait until Acer reduces the price to the announced US$ 149!
Who will make Sony's Notebookes?
90% of Sony's 2014 Notebooks will be manufactured by Quanta Computer.
Wistron and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will produce the remaining 10%.
Apple registered iWatch
On June 3rd, 2013, Apple registered iWatch as its trademark in Russia, Japan, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Turkey and Taiwan and some other countries.
How much costs a 7-inch tablet in China?
No name 7-inch tablets are sold in China between US$50 and US$80.
For competitive 7-inch models from Acer, Asus, HP or Lenovo the shops ask about US$160 (CNY999).
Goodbye AltaVista!
On July 8th Yahoo will shut down the AltaVista search site.
AltaVista was launched in 1995 and was the most popular search engine before Google entered that marketplace.
Do you know?
Do you know that an activated WiFi connection takes 40% (or more) power from the battery of your smartphone or tablet?
NightWalker's Technology News
Warning #1
Do not ride Jet Ski in Pattaya!
No progress on jet ski saga:
Pattaya City Hall still doesn't do anything to stop the scam!
All the announcements made during last year were City Hall Blah-Blah only...
As long as jet ski vendors - respectively their victims - fill up our officials' pockets nothing will happen!
Warning #2
Do not sit under a Coconut Tree!
Before you sit down on Pattaya's Beach Promenade please check if there are some coconuts above your head. Dropping coconuts can be deadly.
They kill worldwide 150 people every year.
Warning #3
No Thai Ladies please!
Warning #4
Avoid mosquitoes, they spread the Dengue Fever
Thailand's Public Health Ministry warns, but Pattaya City Hall is completely ignoring the issue!
Warning #5
Date-rape drug warning
According to Pattaya Police, it is common in this resort that foreign tourists get drugged and robbed in their hotel rooms, apartments or houses by prostitutes.
Ladyboy Pick-Pocket Gangs on Pattaya's Beach Promenade
Ladyboy Pick-Pocket Gangs are working almost daily on Pattaya's Beach Promenade!
Latest incidents:
Check your Bed!
Check your bed before you lay down for a massage.
Somebody could hides underneath the bed to steal your valuables!
Latest incidents:
No Nuke Please!
Never forget Chernobyl, Hiroshima & Fukushima!
July 1st, 2013: High levels of radioactive substances, including strontium, and emitting beta rays have been detected in groundwater taken from a well at the port of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
Thailand's newly appointed Science and Technology Minister Phiraphan Phalusuk is vowing to push for the construction of nuclear power plants in this country.
Stop him immediately!
He doesn't know what he is speaking about!
Never use a technology you don't know to handle 100%!
Sexy Switzerland
S50 Baht
Clothes still can be cheap and/or sexy - if they don't bear your brand: 50 Baht - NEW not second hand!
The moocher touted during London's September 2010 Fashion Week that the time of cheap clothes has definitely gone! Miss Lagerfeld is a unconvincable babbler!
If Pubs don't serve drunk people why do McDonald's serve fat people?
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