Garbage has been piling up on the shores of Koh Larn because Pattaya city officials say they have no place to dump it. The resort island generates an estimated 3-5 tons of garbage daily. Pattaya city officials met to discuss the problem because tourists and locals are complaining about the stinking mess.
A 27-year-old female Russian tourist was killed in a motorbike crash on Beach Road. She was on a speeding motorcycle driven by a reportedly drunk Russian man. A vehicle entering the road forced him to brake suddenly, causing the bike to overturn and crash. Neither was wearing helmets.
A friendly iguana wandered onto a man’s workplace area outside his Chonburi office, and began playing with his pet cat. The man initially wanted to keep the big lizard as a new friend for his cat. But the reptile is listed as an endangered species, so he turned it over to the local zoo.
A 21-year-old Thai man with girlfriend troubles survived a drunken leap from the 5th floor of a Jomtien condominium building. He told rescuers he got drunk to celebrate the New Year, but after arguing with his girlfriend, he decided to spite her by jumping off a nearby building.
A 57-year-old Austrian man drowned while swimming at Bangphra beach in Sriracha. His Laotian girlfriend told police they were drinking and eating on the beach for the New Year festival. The Austrian then went for a swim, but quietly drowned with no one noticing, until it was too late.
A ladyboy who worked at a beer bar on Walking Street was found dead in his apartment by friends, who had not seen him since their Christmas party. They told police the victim regularly consumed excess amounts of diet pills and alcohol. Police are awaiting autopsy results.
A 43-year-old pregnant woman on a motorbike was killed in a collision with a pickup truck in Jomtien. She was on a motorbike driven by her husband, who was making a left turn in front of the oncoming truck at a Sukhumvit Road intersection. In the holiday week from December 27 to January 3, traffic fatalities peak across Thailand during the so-called “Seven Dangerous Days.” More than 300 people died in accidents last year.
A drunk New Zealander speeding on Soi Diana with a bargirl on his motorbike collided head on with a motorbike-for-hire, killing the other driver. He then fled the scene on his motorbike, leaving the 32-year-old bargirl behind.
A conference was held at Pattaya City Hall to address the growing problem of unlicensed taxicabs operating in Pattaya. The rogue taxis, which mostly have black license plates, frequently ignore traffic laws and often block traffic to pick up and drop off passengers. Drivers also park illegally on the street while waiting for fares.
A 55-year-old Russian man hanged himself in the bathroom of his Jomtien hotel, after his wife abruptly left him. They had checked into the hotel on Christmas Day. Employees noticed the husband getting drunk and abusive to his wife, until she moved out the next night. His dead body was found by a hotel maintenance worker the following morning.
A hysterical Russian woman who appeared to be drunk caused a commotion at Jomtien beach, by claiming her 16-year-old daughter had drowned while they were swimming together. Witnesses said the woman had come alone to the beach. Police then located her daughter sleeping in their hotel room.
A Nissan Serena van began burning on Sukhumvit road while the driver was coming to Pattaya from Sattahip. He quickly parked and fled the vehicle after flames erupted under the hood. The fire engulfed the van and caused the LPG gas tank to explode. No one was injured as firefighters extinguished the blaze.
The new port and bridge for Koh Samet island has just opened for public use, after construction was temporarily halted due a problem with building permits. Local officials presided over the grand opening. A budget of 170 million THB was designated to design and build the new facility.
A proposed new law before the Thailand Senate would impose harsher punishment on people convicted of cruelty to animals that would include jail time. The law was introduced by a group of veterinarians after an incident in Sattahip where a dog was stabbed to death 17 times by a foreigner.
A 20-year-old woman from Surin fell to her death from a15thfloor room in a luxury condominium in Jomtien. Her Australian boyfriend said she was drunk when they began quarreling, and she tried to hit him with a broom. Later she jumped off the balcony.
The government of Austria made a 2.38 million THB donation to a Banglamung children’s center for victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking. The money was presented by the Austrian ambassador. The center opened two years ago and currently helps 75 children.
A 35-year-old woman lost control of her pickup truck in the Big C parking lot in south Pattaya, and ran over a man in a wheelchair before crashing into two small shops. The victim is in critical condition at the hospital. Police detained the driver, who was in shock and did not give any statements to police.
Two British men, one of them 77 years old, survived a small plane crash in a grassy field in Pathum Thani. The men were returning to Bangkok from a business trip when the plane’s engine failed. The plane skidded on the ground after landing and overturned. The men reportedly suffered minor injuries.
Three girls on a motorbike were hit by a speeding Isuzu pickup truck in Khao Sam Muk. One girl nearly lost her leg and remains hospitalized in a coma. The truck driver had lost control of his vehicle on a curve and his truck rear-ended the motorbike. Police detained him for careless driving.
A 45-year-old rescue volunteer was killed by a speeding pickup truck while directing traffic at an accident scene in Sriracha. The pickup driver was returning from a New Year’s company party. He admitted being drunk to the police, and said he did not see the volunteer standing on the road.