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Pattaya Mail: Mismanaged Bali Hai Pier Project sparks public outcry
Stop the Press!
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 13th:
The Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Case, Region 2, acquitted Former Culture Minister (and former major of Pattaya) Ittipol Khunpluem.
He and nine others were charged for their alleged involvement in issuing an illegal construction permit for Bali Hai's Waterfront Suites & Residences condominium project at the base of Phra Tamnak Mountain in Pattaya during his tenure as the city's mayor in 2008.
The court acquitted him because the 15-year statute of limitations in the case expired in September 2023. Ittipol fled to Cambodia on September 5, 2023, after the Office of the Attorney General filed the charges, before returning on October 9, 2023.
The Nation: Ex-culture minister Itthipol acquitted as graft case expiresEx-culture minister Itthipol acquitted as graft case expires
The Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases Region 2 on Monday acquitted former Culture Minister and former mayor of Pattaya City Itthipol Khunpluem from charges as the case against him and others reached its statute of limitations.
The Waterfront condominium project was built on two rai (3,200 sq.metre) of land at the foot of Phra Tamnak Mountain, adjacent to Pattaya Bay and Bali Hai Pier. The developer Bali Hai Co Ltd is part of the Israeli company Tulip Group.
The complex includes a 53-storey condominium and 20-storey hotel, totlaling 315 units. The building, which had sparked controversy among locals as blocking the scenic points from nearby tourist attractions, is under demolition orders because its permit was illegally issued.
Amazing Thailand Updated News
Corruption within the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC)?
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Corruption within the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC)?
Suspended Deputy National Police Chief Surachate Hakparn’s recent allegations against the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) provides a fertile ground for discussing much-needed reforms not just within the police, but across the wider mechanisms of accountability and governance, Thai Enquirer reports.
Opinion: Thai Enquirer: The NACC has long been problematic; an investigation is warranted
Thai police are corrupt
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Thai police are corrupt
Long complained about in online forums, the open secret of police corruption has once again been thrust into the limelight with the case of suspended Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, Thai Enquirer writes.
Thai Enquirer: Thai police are corrupt but for Thailand’s expats, this is hardly surprising
Pattaya News Flash: Royal Thai Police still in hot water
Eliminate military coups
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Eliminate military coups
Thailand Defence Council has greenlighted a proposal authorising the prime minister to suspend top officers suspected of plotting a military coup, said Jamnong Chaimongkol, defence vice minister, Bangkok Post reports.
Bangkok Post: Anti-coup safeguard may become law
Grandiosity: Tallest PM to built tallest tower
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Grandiosity: Tallest PM to built tallest tower
Thai PM Srettha Thavisin talks with investors from Middle East and China about mixed-use megaproject in Bangkok.
Bangkok Post: PM touts plan to build world’s tallest tower
Thailand Pushes to Become Asia's LGBTQIA+ Wedding Hub
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Same-sex marriage hub
The Department of Trade Strategy (DS) of Thailand's Ministry of Commerce has assessed the economic benefits Thailand could reap from the same-sex marriage law and recommends making Thailand a center for same-sex weddings in Asia.
Khaosod: Thailand Pushes to Become Asia's LGBTQIA+ Wedding Hub
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Rigged senatorial elections? Updated News
According to academics, the Thai Election Commission is trying to influence the election of senators with allegedly untrue claims and regulations. They are therefore sounding the alarm.
Bangkok Post: Election Commission warns against 'meddling' in Senate poll
Bangkok Post: Thanathorn shrugs off warning on Senate campaign
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 29th:
Former prosecutor and former dean of the Faculty of Law at Thammasat University, Panat Tasneeyanond, said he completely disagreed with the Election Commission (EC)'s rules on the introduction of senatorial candidates and he will ask the Administrative Court to rule on their legality. Show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 30th:
A group of individuals seeking candidacy for the Senate election, led by former prosecutor and former dean of the Faculty of Law at Thammasat University, Panat Tasneeyanond, submitted a petition asking the Administrative Court to block the Election Commission (EC)'s latest rules regarding the introduction of senatorial candidates. Show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 30th:
Professor Surapon Nitikraipot, the council president of Thammasat University, issued a call for eligible individuals to apply as candidates for the upcoming senate election. Show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 30th:
Progressive Movement leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said he is urging eligible individuals of all ideologies to apply as senatorial candidates, not only those who share his group's political views. Show more
Thai PBS World: Thanathorn vows to defy EC with campaign to find Senate candidates
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 30th:
"It's the worst rules & darkest elections. Each can only introduce oneself in 5 sentences. Think for yourself what #Thailand's future will be like?" said ex Election Commission Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, at Tues' symposium on senatorial elections by Matichon Group at Khaosod.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 30th:
The Election Commission's (EC) latest rules regarding the introduction of senatorial candidates, which only allow candidates to introduce themselves in 8 written paragraphs (3 for educational background and 5 for past experience) in an application form, prohibit social media posting, and forbid interviews with the media, have been criticized as deeply opaque by Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, a former member of the Election Commission. Show more
Bangkok Post: Aspiring senators ask court to relax EC rules
Khaosod: Matichon Is Trying To Make People's Voices In Thailand Senator Election Louder
The first election, or selection instead, of senators in Thailand after the coup d’etat on May 22, 2014 is going to take place this summer, with a format that does not allow the people to elect them. Additionally, it sets strange conditions that prohibit candidates from campaigning.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 2nd:
Everyone, including Progressive Movement leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and his group, can conduct activities and events to invite people to apply as candidates for the upcoming senate election, said Election Commission (EC) Secretary-General Sawang Boonmee. Show more
The Nation: We Watch calls on EC to relax Senate election rules, inclusion of the public
An election watchdog group on Thursday called on the Election Commission (EC) to suspend its Senate election rules, saying they were designed to gag candidates, the media and the people.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 3rd:
The Administrative Court has accepted the petition calling for the revocation of the Election Commission (EC)'s latest rules regarding the introduction of senatorial candidates, and the first hearing is scheduled for May 15. Show more
Bangkok Post: EC defends Senate poll rules
The Nation: Senate election will not be free and fair, warns veteran politician
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 7th:
An election watchdog group, We Watch, said the Election Commission's (EC) regulations regarding the introduction of candidates for the Senate election are intended to silence candidates, the media, and public participation. Show more
The Nation reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 7th:
Petition filed to oppose Senate election rules. Show more
Thai PBS World: Academics liken senate election to a lucky dip
Bangkok Post: EC clarifies Senate poll regulations
The Nation: EC promises upcoming Senate election will be fair, transparent
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Greedy Air Force?
Thai Air Force is demanding compensation of 3 billion (!) baht from Airports of Thailand (AOT) for the planned use of the Kantarat Golf Course, which is located between the two main runways of Don Mueang International Airport.
Thai PBS World: Air Force demands Bt3bn from AOT as compensation for golf course use
The Nation: 3-billion-baht price tag on RTAF golf course too high, says AOT
Empty pockets
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Empty pockets
The latest survey by the University of the Chamber of Commerce of Thailand (Utcc) shows that 95% of Thai employees are in debt.
Bangkok Post: Survey finds household debt rising
The Nation: Thai labourers shouldering 26% more debt than last year, survey finds
Thailand Business News: Thai workers debt hits 10 years high
Bangkok Post: Warning over minimum wage increase
Khaosod: Labour Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn said Weds daily minimum wage for all sectors will finally be increased to 400 bt on Oct 1. The move came aft those working for 4 star hotels or more luxurious hotels in select provinces were guaranteed wage of 400 bt earlier this year.
The Nation: Credit card debt soars to 550 billion baht
Milking tourists
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Milking tourists?
Bangkok Post reports that tourism operators are urging the new tourism minister to resume the plan to collect a 300-baht fee from tourists.
It seems to be easier to collect money from tourists than to rationalize operations and eliminate the widespread nepotism in Thailand.
Bangkok Post: Call to renew levy on tourists
Content creation
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Content creation
A 30-year-old American YouTuber injures himself, his Thai girlfriend and her sister. He insists to the police that he did it to create content ....
Khaosod: American YouTuber Injures Girlfriend, Claims It's for Content Creation
The Pattaya Mail: Berserk American injures family, wrecks Pattaya home in violent outburst
U-turn
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U-turn
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin ordered Thailand to reclassify cannabis as a narcotic by the end of the year.
Reuters: Thailand to recriminalise cannabis as PM vows to get tough on drugs
What will become of the many large and small cannabis stores across the country? Will they all be converted into massage parlors or will the operators come up with something completely new? Coffee shops with scantily clad waitresses...
Amazing:
Updated (May 13th): The Nation: Marijuana will be relisted as drug by yearend: Somsak
New public health minister does about turn in his stance on cannabis
Updated (May 14th): Bangkok Post: Health ministry considers lowering possession limit
Updated (May 14th): The Nation: Cannabis to be classified as ‘soft drug’: Somsak
Do you know?
Tesla Y_Battery
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The picture shows a Tesla model Y battery.
It takes up all of the space under the passenger compartment of the car.
To manufacture it you need:
-12 tons of rock for Lithium (can also be extracted from sea water)
- 5 tons of cobalt minerals (Most cobalt is made as a byproduct of processing copper and nickel ores. It is the most difficult and expensive material to obtain for a battery.)
- 3 tons nickel ore - 12 tons of copper ore
You must move 250 tons of soil to obtain:
- 26.5 pounds of Lithium
- 30 pounds of nickel
- 48.5 pounds of manganese
- 15 pounds of cobalt
To manufacture the battery also requires:
- 441 pounds of aluminum, steel and/or plastic
- 112 pounds of graphite
A Caterpillar 994A is used to move the earth to obtain the minerals needed for this battery. The Caterpillar consumes 264 gallons of diesel in 12 hours. The bulk of necessary minerals for manufacturing the batteries come from China or Africa. Much of the labor in Africa is done by children. When you buy an electric car, China profits most.
The 2021 Tesla Model Y OEM battery (the cheapest Tesla battery) is currently for sale on the Internet for $4,999 not including shipping or installation. The battery weighs 1'000 pounds (you can imagine the shipping cost). The cost of Tesla batteries are:
Model 3 - about $14'000
Model Y - about $5'000–$5'500
Model S - about $13'000–$20'000
Model X - about $13'000
It takes 7 years for an electric car to reach net-zero CO2. The life expectancy of the battery is 10 years (average). Only in the last 3 years do you start to reduce your carbon footprint, but then the batteries must be replaced and you lose all gains made.
And finally, consider the amount of energy required to process the raw materials and the amount of energy used to haul these batteries to the U.S. sometimes back and forth a couple of times.
Electric vehicles are a step in the wrong direction. EVs only move pollution out of your sight - and where do we get all the energy that EVs use?
Global warming
Flu warning
The CO2 Myth
Polish scientists led by Dr. Jan Kubicki investigated the effects of rising CO2 emissions on the Earth's global temperatures. Their study, published on April 23rd, 2024, provided conclusive scientific evidence that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the Earth's atmosphere cannot cause "global warming".
SLAY: Carbon Emissions CANNOT Cause 'Global Warming'
NoTricksZone: 3 Physicists Use Experimental Evidence To Show CO2’s Capacity To Absorb Radiation Has Saturated
Obviously, politicians of all shades and provinces are trying to use CO2 to get additional money to finance their bloated national budgets. As figura shows, no misinformation is too good for them.
How to kill an election winner Updated News
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The election winner must disappear!
Since the Move Forward Party won the elections in Thailand last May by a large margin, the established parties, with the support of Thailand's military and the royalists, have been trying everything possible not only to keep the winners out of government but also to completely eliminate the party and its most popular members.
Please follow this tragedy on our MFP Court Verdict page.
Flu & Dengue warnings Replay Information
Flu warning
Dengue fever warning
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has warned people about the threats of contracting influenza and dengue fever this year.
For additional information:
Bangkok Post: Flu, dengue fever pose risk
Updated (May 7th): The Nation: Hospital admissions for Covid rise again
Updated (May 13th): Bangkok Post: Alarm bells ring as Covid situation worsens
Experts are becoming concerned about the worsening Covid-19 situation over the past weeks, with health authorities issuing warnings on the spread of the new Omicron sub-variants.
Pattaya News Flash: Major infectious diseases in Thailand
Reported criminal cases Updated News
Police report
Reports on Thai criminal cases
Major criminal cases from May 2024 are published here.
Major criminal cases from the entire year 2024 are published here.
Major criminal cases from 2023 are published here.
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From Airports to Pattaya Replay Information
Airport Bus to Pattaya
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To and from Pattaya by bus
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Event Calendar Updated News
Doraemon Run Thailand 2024 by MCOT
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May 11th, 2024
Doraemon Run Thailand 2024 by MCOT
Locations: Pattaya Beach Road
Pattaya Firework Festival 2024
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November 24th & 25th, 2024
Pattaya Firework Festival 2024
Locations: Pattaya Beach Road
All information is subject to change without notice
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Pattaya Sweethearts
PattayaSweethearts reports on the A Go-Go and Disco scene in Pattaya!
Jomtien
Jomtien Beach Promenade Pattaya
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Popular meeting point
This popular meeting point at the entrance to the beach promenade is the perfect place to watch the frustrated road users and business people complaining that Jomtien Beach Road has been demoted to a one-way street.
Naklua
Best Supermarket, Naklua Road Pattaya
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Supermarket relocated
The Best Supermarket on Pattaya North Road had to make way for a major project.
Since April 20th, the supermarket has been located in an impressive new building on Naklua Road, directly opposite the SUSCO petrol station
On our first visit, the store reminded us of one of the unadorned Aldi branches in Europe. In addition, many of the products were either not labeled at all or incorrectly priced.
Pattaya
Electric Songthaew Taxis from Toyota in Pattaya
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MG EP
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Electric Songthaew Taxis in Pattaya
Following the apparent success of MG's EP electric cabs on Thailand's roads, market leader Toyota is also starting a trial with electrified vehicles in Pattaya. A corresponding version of Toyota's Hilux pickup truck is being used.
The Japan News Toyota Tests Hilux Electric Pickup Trucks for Bus Services in Thai City; Company Aims for 2025 Sales Debut
Cannabis everywhere
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Cannabis everywhere
... even at Central Pattaya.
Apparently Pattaya really is a drug city now.
Mr.D.I.Y. Terminal 21 Pattaya
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First Floor Terminal 21 Pattaya
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New at Terminal 21
On the first floor of Terminal 21, also known as Italy, MR D.I.Y. has opened another branch in Pattaya. You will find the new store to the left of the popular Moshi Moshi store.
DK Beer Town, 3rd Road Pattaya
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DK Beer Town, 3rd Road Pattaya
DK Beer Town, 3rd Road Pattaya
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New Beer Town
A new bar complex is being built on 3rd Road in Pattaya under the working title DK Beer Town, although similar projects such as Myth Night Beer Bar Town on Second Road, the Hall of Fame Bar Complex in Soi Made in Thailand and the Xzyte area have not exactly been a great success recently.
So let us be surprised.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Siren Bar Complex, Beach Road Pattaya
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End of Siren
The Siren Bar Complex on Beach Road at the entrance to the Pattaya Bier Garden was always busy before the pandemic. After the pandemic, despite modernization, the bars were no longer able to build on their former success. The bar area is now being put to a new use.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Soi Buakhao
New one way streets around Soi Buakhao Pattaya
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One way streets in Soi Buakhao area
Pattaya City Hall announces that Soi 11 (bekannt als Soi Honey) and Soi 13 (bekannt als Soi Diana Inn) will be downgraded to one-way streets from May 21st, 2024. The two Soi connect Soi Buakhao with Second Street.
We assume that compliance with this new regulation will probably be monitored just as little as with the other one-way streets between Second Road and Pattaya Beach Road ....
Ting Tong Bar, Soi Buakhao Pattaya
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Ting Tong
What was until recently the 101 Bar - and before that the Churchill Shop and Bar - is now the Ting Tong Bar.
Sexy Eyes Bar, Soi Buakhao Pattaya
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Renamed
The Lucky Monna Bar got a new name and a new owner: Sexy Eyes Bar.
Tuk Tuk Club, Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao Pattaya
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A Go-Go gets Live Music
In Soi LK Metro, both the former Champagne Club and Rise are being replaced by Tuk Tuk, a live music club.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Tony's, Soi Buakhao Pattaya
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Tony's soon in Soi Buakhao
Tony's has announced a new project in Soi Buakhao. It replaces the gold store that was previously located to the left of the DOM Bar.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Climax Bar, Soi Buakhao Pattaya
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Closed
The Climax Bar at the entrance to Soi LK Metro in Soi Buakhao has all its shutters down and locked. The bar is advertised for rent.
If you are interested in taking over, please call 081 843 6479.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Soi 6
Soi 6 Pattaya
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A busy street
With hundreds of lovely ladies all eager to make your stay as pleasant as possible, Soi 6 is certainly worth a visit even without daily news.
Walking Street
Akira Nightclub, Soi 15 off Walking Street Pattaya
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HipHop in Soi 15
Where the Angelwitch Rock Dancers A Go-Go Bar was located before the pandemic, the Japanese-inspired Akira Nightclub has been open since April 20th. A hip-hop disco with show acts.
Siam Live Music Bar, Walking Street Pattaya
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Coming soon
Siam, a live music bar to the left of the Insomnia disco, will be opening soon. It will take the place of the former iSalon.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Byblos Beach, Walking Street Pattaya
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Coming soon
Byblos Beach, the replacement for the previous Windy Pizza outlet, will soon remove the barriers and delight not only your palate but also your eyes.
Ex Living Dolls, Walking Street Pattaya
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No more Living Dolls
The shows of the famous Living Dolls A Go-Go girls are now truly a thing of the past. The venue has been closed and all the signs dismantled.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Imperia Bar, Walking Street Pattaya
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The successor
The successor to Living Dolls A Go-Go is called Imperia Bar and is a venue with Russian Show Girls, obviously designed to entertain mainly guests from the Indian subcontinent.
Crazy Russian Girls, Walking Street PattayaDeja Vu, Soho Square, off Walking Street Pattaya
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R.I.P.
Both Crazy Russian Girls and Deja Vu are a thing of the past. All signs have already been removed from both venues.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Windal Club, Walking Street Pattaya
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Roof Top Club closed
Windal, a rooftop club opposite The Nashaa Club, has closed its doors.
We will keep you up-to-date.
High Times, Walking Street Pattaya
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Cannabis outlet closed
High Times, first known as a go-go bar and later as a 'normal' cannabis store, closed its doors along with one or two other ganja stores on Walking Street.
We don't know whether the closures are due to lack of sales or already the effects of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin's reclassification of cannabis as a narcotic by the end of the year, or the threat by Bhumjai Thai Party leader, Interior Minister and world-renowned farang hater Anutin Charnveerakul that foreigners who own weed stores in Thailand will now be arrested.
Nevertheless, we will keep you up-to-date.
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