Competition among tourists for beach-chair-and-umbrella sets on Karon and Kata Beaches has become fierce since one third of the chairs were removed on Friday (March 1).
MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra has been re-elected as Bangkok Governor with a record high number of votes, while Pol. Gen. Pongsapat Pongcharoen admitted defeat and congratulated his rival.
A total of 22 motorbikers were arrested for racing illegally on the street. More than 70 police officers were hiding along the new bridge in Amphur Meuang, Chonburi, to nab the speeders. Of the arrested racers,18 were under the age of 17, and the youngest was 10 years old.
A 27-year-old Sakaeo man was arrested for raping a 7-year-old girl after her grandmother witnessed the assault. The victim revealed she had been assaulted by the man and five other teen boys for a year. Police will follow up to arrest the teens, who live in a nearby village.
Thailand may be removed from a blacklist of countries that have excessive money laundering activities and financing of terrorism organizations. The action is being taken by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international anti-terrorism body dealing with financial matters.
A 25-year-old woman was arrested by Bangkok police for scamming buyers on her Thai website. She peddled items like Furby dolls, clothes and iPhones, but buyers never got the products after transferring money to her account. She used several assumed names to avoid being caught.
A 72-year-old Hmong tribe mountaineer was arrested for raping his 18-year-old stepdaughter for 9 years. He confessed that a rare sex herb he grows high in the mountains made him desire sex several times daily. But his wife was too old to satisfy his needs, so he raped his stepdaughter.
New direct flights from India and Malaysia to Phuket are due to start, bringing hopes by officials for more visitors to the island province.
Following a year of intermittent local protests over the proposed Tesco-Lotus complex planned for Bangkok Rd, Phuket City Municipality is aiming to bring in a local bylaw that would limit the size of any retail operation in the city to 300 square metres.
Metropolitan police are investigating two YouTube video clips showing men beating Thai women. In one clip, a man is beating a tomboy female. The other clip shows 10 men beating two girls for a monetary reward. No victims have filed complaints, and police are still gathering evidence.
Two Danish men were arrested in Chiang Mai on rape charges by a 23-year-old Dutch tourist. Police are still seeking a third suspect. The woman had met one of the suspects at a bar, and later went with him to his room. But two other men were there, and all three raped her against her will.
A 15-year-old Burmese teen was arrested for a vicious sexual assault on a 9-year-old neighbor boy in Chiang Rai province. The boy had been left alone in a rental room while his father went to work. The boy’s anguished father later urged parents never to leave their children unattended.
Three Burmese adults were arrested in Bangkok after getting caught with 7 children working as street beggars. Police were responding to complaints about the begging kids, who were sent to a children’s shelter. They will be sent home to Myanmar, while the adults face human trafficking charges.
The mother of a 33-year-old man who was mauled by three Pit Bulldogs in Phuket has sued the dogs’ owner after her son incurred a 700,000 THB hospital bill. Her son was walking past the dog owner’s house when the deadly beasts attacked him.
A 23-year-old Dutch tourist notified Chiang Mai police she was gang raped by three Caucasians. She had consensual sex with one man after drinking with him in a bar. But later his two friends wanted to join in, so the two men had forcible sex with her despite her protests and resistance.
Norwegian Stein Havard Dokset was in court again today for the second day of prosecution testimony in the “House of Horror” murder case.
Police had a lucky escape this week when Witoon Piwluang, a drug dealer in Cherng Talay grabbed an officer’s gun and tried to shoot the police who had come to arrest him.
A 22-year-old Cambodian woman was arrested by Bangkok police for pickpocketing cellphones from tourists at Siam Square. She would sell the cellphones in Cambodia, where a stolen iPhone can sell for 7,000 THB in the black market.
Chonburi police arrested a 52-year-old Swedish man who in 2010 had left 168 Thai laborers stranded in Sweden after promising them jobs. He had fled with 25 million baht paid to him upfront by the Thai victims.
A 41-year-old teacher from Chiangmai was arrested for raping several young females whom he befriended through social media like Facebook. He told police he resorted to rape because he felt sexually frustrated, since his wife was unable to have sex during her pregnancy and recent childbirth.