Pollution caused by haze in Thailand's northern provinces has escalated to a crisis mostly due to slash-and-burn farming practices, which have been common in the past. Now, circumstances have changed and people need to be aware of the consequences, as an official from the Forest Fire Control Centre in Chiang Mai explains. - Jetjaras Na Ranong  Read more...
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Organisers of Asia’s largest multi-class regatta, Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina, held 30th April to 4th May 2015 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien, Pattaya, are expecting another successful regatta and multi-million baht boost to Greater Pattaya’s tourism earnings as more than 200 boats compete and 700 sailors and friends from [...] Read more...
At Pattaya City School 2, Chonburi vice governor Chaowalit Saeng-uthai supervised a ceremony in which funds raised from Ramkhamhaeng University Pattaya Chonburi Club’s annual party were used to buy pedal bikes. These were given to poor families whose children had been forced to walk to school. A total of 330 bikes were provided by the [...] Read more...
Media reporters assembled at Wongamart beach after hearing that local people were complaining about dirty and smelly water released from a local condominium and causing pollution on the beach. Some tourists also complained that the dirty water could be harmful to their health as the smell was very apparent if they went swimming. Pattaya city [...] Read more...
Pattaya police have petitioned the Chonburi governor to close temporarily the Skyfall club on Walking Street after a Polish man was hit by security staff with an iron bar. Rafal Ignacy Jakowicki, 54, had a brief fight with club staff before being overwhelmed and taken to hospital. Staff said Jakowicki was apparently drunk and was [...] Read more...
Local businessman Thanankrit Jirathanasupphakasem handed over a Honda CBR bike worth 65,000 baht to the Naklua-based rescue service Sawangboriboon for use in heavy traffic. Charity vice president Prasit said that traffic gridlocks were now very common in Pattaya and four-wheel vehicles often had trouble in reaching the scene of an accident. The bike would be [...] Read more...
Pattaya court chief justice Apichart Thepnoo has announced that electronic tags on the ankle of some prisoners will be introduced immediately. The categories are some bailed prisoners and some who are allowed to leave prison before the expiry of their sentences. The tags will be useful in detecting if a criminal should venture beyond his [...] Read more...
Banglamung district chief Chakorn Kanjanawatta presided over a meeting of the Banglamung Council for Peace and Order and the Committee of Office of the Narcotics Control Board, attended by subdistrict chiefs, village headsmen and other local officials. It was agreed that instances of public violence and drug abuse would be brought to the attention of [...] Read more...
Thai Alangkarn Theater Pattaya is hosting a lantern festival at the Jomtien theatre complex throughout April and May in celebration of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th birthday and of the 40 years of China-Thailand formal diplomatic relationship. The festival will also serve to promote cultural relations between the two Asian countries. Read more...
Six planes were diverted from Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports after heavy rains made landing there problematical. Rear admiral Wasinsan Janthawarin, director of U-Tapao airport, said that his facility was always ready for emergencies of this kind. The flights making the detour were from South Korea, Vietnam, Macau and India as well as two domestic [...] Read more...
The Thai New Year Festival has come to en end, the streets are eerily quiet, and online news media is mopping up the aftermath of the festival’s more negative impact on society. This year, arguably, was a stand-out out year for official extremism concerning safety initiatives, with Thai people being exposed to a very long list of crackdowns relating to: water-squirting weapons, alcohol consumption, dangerous driving, and “improper dances or performances that do not reflect Thai culture”. Read more...