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April 2018
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Thailand blocks launch of UN report
The Land of the Free (aka Thailand) blocks the launch of a report on Karen crisis.
Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha always likes to stress his and his Military Junta's humanitarian attitude.
At such moments, the community can see the true face of the Junta and its Boss.
For additional Information read:
Khaosod English: Prayuth Leaked Clip under Investigation
Khaosod English: Army says lack of protests signals reconciliation
Corruption Hit List
As published by Thailand's Office of Courts of Justice:
  • 1. Police
  • 2. Interior Ministry
  • 3. Tambon administrative organisations (TAOs)
  • 4. Education Ministry
  • 5. Municipal administrations
Missing in the list are the Courts' very own Organisations and the Big Guys behind the country's infrastructure projects...
Fake Thai History
On behalf of Thailand's National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO), the country's Ministry of Culture's Fine Arts is publishing a new textbook called History of the Thai Nation.
On page 195 the new textbook reads Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as Prime Minister has carried out a policy of reforming the country, reforming politics to be truly a democracy, eliminating corruption and using moral principles to lead the country to be truly a democracy.
It's a complete lie:
National reform and political reform did not in fact happen. They were just a motto and propaganda of the NCPO. The constitution that was drafted is very backward and covers up content that lays down a path [for the junta] to maintain power, and be unaccountable for the damage the NCPO has caused to the country.
The NCPO (aka Thailand's Military Junta) plans to distribute the new textbook nationwide.
For additional Information read:
Prachatai English: New history textbook claims NCPO established true Thai democracy
Somchai Khunploem, the Godfather of Chonburi
Still Influential
Bangkok Post reports that Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha appointed Sonthaya Kunploem as adviser to the Prime Minister and Itthiphol Kunploem as assistant to the Tourist and Sports Minister.
The two are sons of Somchai Kunploem, the Godfather of Chon Buri.
Somchai Kunploem has served as one of the leading figures in Thailand's political and criminal spheres.
Please read too:
The Nation:
The next general election is still several months away but it seems preparations are under way for General Prayut Chan-o-cha to return as prime minister
The Nation:
Prayuth defends role for Kunplomes
Bangkok Post:
Regime moving chess pieces into place
Khaosod English:
Scholars see political deal in Prayuth's recruiting former Thaksin Minister
Bangkok Post: Updated
NCPO lures politicians with plum jobs
The Nation: Updated
Thailand's Dictator in firm rebuttal of Abhisit's offering jobs in government claim
The Kunplomes
Thailand is getting worse
Thailand is getting worse
Since Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his handpicked Military Junta toppled the freely elected Government in 2014 the country is getting only worse, says Freedom House in its annual country report.
Freedom House highlights the lack of ruling legitimacy, as neither the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) nor the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) were elected by the people, and the junta's road map for a return to civilian rule has been repeatedly delayed.
The report claims that Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha further consolidated his power in 2017, introduced far-reaching bans on political association and activity, is using censorship and intimidation to suppress dissent in the press, furthermore, corruption, cronyism and nepotism are still part of the Junta's day-to-day business.
Don't drive
Police charge Drunk Drivers
Songkran kicks off with 2'700 charges of drunk driving, The Nation reports.
The Nation (April 12th):
44 killed, 456 injured on first day of Songkran.
Numbers corrected by NCPO
The Nation (April 13th):
68 killed, 614 injured on second day of Songkran.
Numbers corrected by NCPO
The Nation (April 14th):
89 killed, 848 injured on third day of Songkran.
Numbers corrected by NCPO
Update: (April 15th):
59 killed, 619 injured on fourth day of Songkran.
Numbers corrected by NCPO
Update: (April 16th):
69 killed, 574 injured on fifth day of Songkran.
Update: (April 17th):
49 killed, 464 injured on sixth day of Songkran.
Update: (April 18th):
26 killed, 336 injured on seventh day of Songkran.
Update: (April 15th):
Of the 461 wounded on the first day, two lost their lives. With that, the total number of deads has increased to 41.
Of the 624 wounded on the second day, one person lost its life. With that, the total number of deads has increased to 61.
Update: (April 18th):
During the so called seven dangerous days of Songkran 3'897 people were injured in road accidents. 418 people lost their lives.
Update: (April 17th):
The casualties published above represent the corrected numbers of death or injured persons provided by Thailand's Military Junta (The so called National Council for Peace and Order [NCPO]) as of today. They differ from the numbers published during the fist few days.
Prayuth Chan-ocha: The Songwriter
The Songwriter
Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha, obviously a gifted songwriter, just released his latest epic, Khaosod English reports.
The song is called Fight for the Nation and encourages people to hope for a better tomorrow because he, the Dictator, will stand strong and never leave you alone.
The song is the sixth credited to him since he seized power in his 2014 coup d'état.
Update (April 14th):
Yet Another Sad Propaganda Ballad for Juntaland
Update: (April 22nd):
Premier’s songs fail to strike the right chord with the people
The Tip of an Iceberg
Bangkok Post reports that a Bangkok school director has been expelled for taking bribe.
He was hit with the most severe disciplinary penalty for having received 400'000 Baht in exchange for admitting a student to Mathayom 1 (grade 7): He loses all pension and welfare benefits.
The case is just the tip of an iceberg. Corruption is omnipresent in Thailand's education system. It even starts in kindergartens and reaches its peak at the country's Universities.
Judges don't have to dismantle
Judges don't have to dismantle
In a forest land on Doi Suthep that belongs to the army, judges carved out a forest to build homes for court officials and claim that this action is totally legal.
Khaosod English reports that the Militay Junta ordered people to stop their protest against the scar of Chiang Mai.
Judges cut into the wood
Update (April 10th):
The executive committee of the Courts of Justice decided to forward the fate of the controversial housing and office building project in Chiang Mai to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
For additional Information read:
The Nation:
Office of the judiciary says it would be breaking the law if it called off the project or demolished buildings...
Bangkok Post:
Activists demand removal of houses on Doi Suthep
The Nation:
Chiang Rai forestry official fired over illegal logging
Khaosod English:
A senior judge suggested the protesters should let the court officials stay in their new mountain homes 10 years before assessing the environmental impact
Bangkok Post:
Majority say housing project for judges at Doi Suthep inappropriate
Bangkok Post:
Chiang Mai people demand demolition of houses for judges at Doi Suthep
The Nation:
Huge rally demands demolition of housing in Chiang Mai forest
Khaosod English:
Protesters Give PM 7 Days to Address Judges' Chiang Mai Dachas
Bangkok Post:
Doi Suthep protest over forest intensifies
Pattaya News Flash:
Thailand's Rich and Famous play Cat & Mouse with Thailand's 'Justice'
PS: In Thailand it is not allowed to build houses directly on a beach, but the beach along Walking Street belongs to the army. Therefore it is totally legal...
A court dropped nearly half of the charges filed against a powerful mogul
I am Powerful, Rich and Famous
A court dropped nearly half of the charges filed against a powerful mogul accused of poaching protected wildlife in a sanctuary, Khaosod English reports.
On April 24th Bangkok Post reports that Prosecutors have decided to indict construction tycoon and accuse wildlife poacher Premchai Karnasuta on an additional charge of illegal possession of firearms.
Update (April 6th):
Bollywood superstar jailed for five years for poaching
Bangkok Post:
Bollywood superstar was granted bail
Khaosod English:
Premchai claims innocence, refuses to step down
Bangkok Post:
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will decide whether to indict construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta on three charges related to wildlife poaching that were dropped earlier at the request of prosecutors
Bangkok Post:
Premchai to be indicted on six charges, three dropped
Khaosod English:
Attorney General to Seek 3 Million Baht From Premchai
But what will really happen in Thailand to a powerful, rich and famous mogul?
Beware: Billionairs are hunting wild animals
For additional Information read:
Thailand's Rich and Famous play Cat & Mouse with Thailand's 'Justice'
No Justice for the Poor?
No Justice for the Poor?
Police failed six times to capture whoever broke into the home of a poor family, Khaosod English reports.
Even when the family have footage from a security camera that shows a potential suspect, Police still didn't do anything about it.
Obviously Thailand's Police is working only if they can get some money...
For additional Information read:
Thailand's Rich and Famous play Cat & Mouse with Thailand's 'Justice'
Latest News
Day of Fake News
Unhealthy Haze in Chiang Mai
Unhealthy Haze in Khon Kaen and Chiang Mai
Air pollution in the North continues to be critical, with small dust particles of 2.5 microns in size (PM2.5) exceeding safe limits at almost every air-quality testing station.
For safety reasons, the amount of PM2.5 should not exceed 50mg per cubic metres of air.
Check Air Quality for:
For additional Information about the current situation in Thailand please read:
Police News
Pattaya News Flash does not report about the daily crimes in Pattaya.
It you are interested in - and you should for your very own security - then please click Pattaya Daily News and Pattaya One.
Pattaya News Flash reports about the funny side(s) of this World Class Resort.
Don't Swing in Pattaya
On April 21st at about 23:30 Bang Lamung District Administrative Officials and members from Tourist Police raided the Ban Tulip Hotel on Phratamanak Hill and arrested 11 men and 14 women of various nationalities, including the 53-old Manager of the Hotel.
The raid was prompted by complaints from local residents that the hotel had frequently organised a swingers' party for attendants to swap sex partners.
According to Royal Thai Police Deputy Spokesman Col Krissana Phatthanacharoen, all suspects, both Thais and foreigners, have been arrested and prosecuted as it affects the country’s images...
Police recommended to close the hotel and to fine the Chinese operator up to the maximum of 18 million Baht for not having a hotel licence.
For additional Information read:
Crackdown on sex-party in Pattaya
25 detained at Pattaya hotel's swingers' party
Hotel operator faces fine of 18 million Baht
Lazy Police
Pattaya Mail reports that the City's traffic lights work, but remain ignored due to police indifference.
Free WiFi along Pattaya Beach
Free WiFi on Pattaya Beach
Pol Maj Gen Pinit Maneerat, the Military Junta's spokesman for Pattaya, announced that the city has invested 24 million Baht* to install a free WiFi system along Pattaya Beach for the general public and tourists.
It's the third time City Hall announces a Free WiFi service during the last 10 years or so.
The last two times TOT Public Company Limited, a Thai state-owned telecommunications company, was responsible for the (failed) service.
This time City Hall claims that they made a 1-year contract with state enterprise CAT Telecom Plc.
According to Pol Maj Gen Pinit Maneerat CAT installed 24 hotspots along Pattaya Beach, from Dusit Thani to the Bali Hai pier area.
To use the Free WiFi users have to register with their personal details. In return they will get two hours of free access per day.
For its Thai citizens Pattaya City Hall published an instruction to register (automatically?) - but not for the City's real breadwinner - the tourists.
*On November 26th, a spokesman from City Hall corrected the press release and said that the City has to pay 14 million Baht/year for the 24 hotspots.
Our Testrun on November 25th shows that - at least for tourists - the announced service is not usable.
Using a smartphone communicating in another language as Thai it is impossible to do the required registration.
When connecting to @Pattaya City Free WiFi the display immediately asks for the passwort.
Moreover, the signal strength is satisfying only in front of a hotspot, in between it's mediocre and the signal is characterised by strong fluctuations with a maximum throughput of 1 Mbps.
The whole announcement of @Pattaya Free Wifi doesn't make sense.
It's nothing else than a bad joke!
Obviously the Government tries everything that Thailand remains a laughing stock
Update (December 1st):
Pattaya Mail writes that Surfing has taken on a whole new meaning on Pattaya Beach after the city launched free wireless internet access.
But they didn't check if the service is reliable - or not...
Immigration News
Important Notice
Since General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his Military Junta launched their Coup d'état on May 22nd, 2014, Thailand's Visa ground rules are constantly changing. More over, not every consulate can issue all the different Visas. Some smaller consulates even display notices to the effect that non-immigrant visas are unavailable.
Our advice: Before booking your holidays please contact the Embassy in your country to obtain information about Thailand's latest regulation(s) and check the Chonburi Immigration Website or the website of Thailand's Immigration Police.
Beach Smoking Ban
Beach Smoking Ban
Beach Smoking Ban
Amazing Rules
Amazing Rules
No Deck Chairs on Beaches
No Deck Chairs allowed on Beaches
No Dogs on Beaches
No Dogs on Beaches
No Coconut Ghosts
No Coconut Ghosts on Pattaya Beach
Do not Kiss in Public
Do not Kiss in Public
Don't play Darts in Thailand
Don't play Darts
Don't play Cards in Thailand
Don't play Beidge in Thailand
Smoking Sisha is banned
Do not smoke Sisha
Three on a Bike not allowed
Three on Bike not allowed
Rental Bikes only
Rental Bikes only
Tracking Tourists
Thailand starts Tracking Tourists
Particulates are welcome
Particulates welcome
Shake Hands with Officials
Shaking hands with Officials
Pattaya News Flash April 2018 - The Source
NightWalker\'s News
from the City where your Passion is still a Possibility©
Welcome to our World Class Beach Resort
Enjoy our unique Water Splashing Festival from April 13th to April 19th
Hooray, we survived Songkran
World Class Beach Resort Pattaya
Enjoy City Hall's latest World Class Creation...
Trust Actions, not Words
blah blah blah - Official Fake News
On April 13th, Pattaya Mail reported that Traffic Division Chief Pol. Maj. Orut Sapanon announced that for the official April 13rd - 15th holiday, all roads will be open with at least two Police Officers assigned to each major intersection. On April 18, the wan lai water festival day for Naklua, Police will be stationed around the Dolphin Roundabout to support residents and check on safety.
During all that days we could not spot any Police Officers at Pattaya's major intersections. Probably they just enjoyed their lunch or diner when we passed...
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else
Dirty and stinking Tap Water in Pattaya
We don't care!
Stinking Tap Water in some parts of Pattaya
Since April 14th Pattaya's highly professional Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) delivers dirty tap water to houses, residences and hotels in some parts of this World Class City.
The water smells like fecal matter, but obviously nobody cares.
A Chemist told us:
Do not use Pattaya's water to clean your teeth.
Be careful and use Drinking Water when cleaning wounds and/or genitals.
Nevertheless, Pattaya's tap water is still less contaminated than the sea in front of this World Class Beach Resort...
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else.
In order to strengthen the troubled economy, Thailand's Military Junta has decided to ban the sale of vehicles under 2,000cc.
According to the Thai Government, these vehicles also prevent a smooth traffic flow on Thailand's highways.
Therefore, starting from April 1st 2018, vehicles under 2'000cc may only drive on Thailand's country roads.
Of course, this report was an April Fools' prank. Thailand's economy does not suffer, on the contrary, it is gaining traction - at least according the information the ruling Military Junta distributes. The only problem is that the ordinary citizen, despite all the predictions, has less and less money available at the end of each month.
Interested in other (and even better) pranks? Read An updating, infuriating list of all the April Fools' pranks on the Internet in 2018
Or simply read the best prank ever published:
Thai Government Mulls Delaying Next Year by Article 44
Songkran, Thailand's notorious Water Splashing Festival
Songkran, Thailand's notorious Water Splashing Festival, marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year
Songkran, Thailand's notorious Water Splashing Festival
Pattaya celebrates the Festival from April 13th to April 19th
A Songkran tradition sees people armed with water guns and buckets of water ride in the beds of pickups to splash water on passing vehicles and people
Last year the Government banned the activity citing safety concerns for passengers
This year, the Government will allow people to sit in the back of pickups and enjoy the water festival. However, we recommend that drivers of vehicles do not travel over the speed limit to prevent road accidents, Police said and added that driver and passengers were still banned from drinking alcohol
Women and Transvestites should refrain from wearing revealing costumes as this could be against the law and is punishable by a fine of 5'000 Baht, Police informed
Coconuts: Thai women clap back at Government advice to cover up at Songkran
Update (April 13th):
Khaosod English:
Culture Clash and Chaos at Silom Songkran
(Documented by Action Photos)
Update (April 13th):
Pattaya Mail:
On April 19th, Beach Road will be closed from 06:00 to 19:00 for the final water-throwing of Pattaya's Songkran celebration
April 18th will be Naklua's Final Day of Water Splashing
Update (April 16th):
Officially, people have to stop splashing water at 18:00, but on Soi 6, Soi 7, Soi 8 Beach Road, Soi Buakaow and Walking Street they usually do not
Be aware: 'Snipers' can be found all over the City - even after 18:00!
For Officials only: To accommodate people travelling up-country to visit their hometowns, and to stimulate nationwide tourism, the Cabinet allowed Thursday, April 12th, as an additional holiday on top of the official festival time from April 13th to 16th, 2018. That means that Government Offices, including Immigration, will be closed from April 12th to April 16th, 2018.
New Clothing Regulations (was an April Fools' prank)
New clothing regulations
Thailand's Dictator is encouraging Thais as well as Tourists to comply with the new clothing regulations and to wear period costumes at all historical places
Since April 1st, 2018, new Clothing Regulations are enforced by Law in Thailand:
Historical Places can be visited in Period Costumes only
Period costumes can be rented at all Historical Places.
Thai adultes pay 40 Baht/person, Foreigners 400 Baht/person.
Costumes for Thai childrens are free of any charges, costumes for children begotten by foreigners cost 200 Baht/each.
After Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has repeatedly criticised a Thai Country Singer's dancing style and her costumes, the ruling Military Junta launched new clothing regulations to support the Dictator's Thainess Campaign.
Thailand's new Clothing Regulations:
  • Men have to wear trouses covering the knees. Their upper body must be covered with a shirt.
  • Women must be dressed in a skirt that covers their knees. Their shirt must completely cover their underwear. Women are not allowed to wear Hot Pants or Leggins.
  • To be able to distinguish Ladyboys from real female beings, Kathoeys are not allowed to wear skirts. They have to wear hot pants or leggings. Possibly existing breasts must be covered.
  • Tomboys do not need special regulations. Their clothing style already comply with all Thainess criteria.
  • In collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld, Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) designed an internationally recognized clothing line exclusively for Gays. The new Thai Gayness Line (TGL) is sold exclusively to Gays and is now available at all major supermarkets in Thailand. For ethnic Thai Gays, each pieces is available for 199 Baht. Non-Thais have to pay 1'999 Baht.
Official Cloth for Thai Gay
Karl Lagerfeld designed the Thai Gayness Line (TGL) exclusively for Thailand
Official Cloth for Thai Gay
Official Cloth for Thai Gay
Official Cloth for Thai Gay
Of course, this report was an April Fools' prank. True is only that Thailand's Dictator Prayuth Chan-ocha is urging his loyalists to wear period costumes during visits of historical places. He also hates to watch women dressed sexy - even during Songkran.
Interested in other (and even better) pranks? Read An updating, infuriating list of all the April Fools' pranks on the Internet in 2018
Or simply read the best prank ever published:
Thai Government Mulls Delaying Next Year by Article 44
Not a Prank
The Nation: Everyone's dressing in period costumes for Heritage Week
Babies in Period Costumes
The Nation: Newborns and medical staff all dressed up for Songkran in period costumes
Case Law by Purse and Status
Amazing Justice
On July 12th, 2010, Police arrested Mr. Udom Sirison, age 51, and Ms. Daeng Sirison, age 48 – a married couple living in Kalasin Province. They were charged with trespassing on forest lands to scavenge for mushrooms and illegal logging on protected forest reserves. The court sentenced the couple to 30 years in prison, which was reduced to 15 when they pleaded guilty.
In reality the couple went to collect mushrooms; there was no trespassing and no illegal logging.
Later, Udom Sirisorn and Daeng Sirisorn were handed down reduced sentences of five years by a court in Kalasin province, seven years after they were first convicted of illegal logging there.
For additional Information please read:
On February 5th, 2018, Premchai Karnasuta, the 63-year-old president of Italian-Thai Development and three others were caught 02:00 in the Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary with animal carcasses and hunting weapons in an area where camping is prohibited.
The four men were sent to the local Police Station where they were charged with hunting animals in a wildlife sanctuary, which carries a maximum sentence of five years and a fine of 50'000 Baht.
They were also charged with weapons-related charges and poaching, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a 200'000 Baht fine.
Illegal poaching by the rich and powerful is common in Thailand. The Police, rich people and Government Officials do it all the time.
At the time of writing Premchai Karnasuta is still not in custody, despite ignoring the first two summon orderings. He turned himself in at a police station on March 2nd, 2018, just days before a third summon for him to appear was to expire.
The suspects' fourth-session bail expired on March 26th, 2018. No actions(s) were reported, but Premchai's wife will face charge of possessing African elephant tusks, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment General Surasak Karnjanarat announced.
Media fear that the case will end as Red Bull's Heir case: The culprit vanished untraceably into the clouds...
For additional Information please read:
Thailand's Judge and Lawyer entertain the world - nobody else
Not even the Military Junta can trust Thailand's Officials
Not even the Military Junta can trust Thailand's Officials
To spur investment and the economy in general and to help impowerd people and farmers, the Military Junta started to inject a total of 150 billion Baht into more than 82'000 villages nationwide.
The project got harsh criticism from academics and politicians all over the country for its populist measures.
Before all the money reached the needed
  • A corruption case of public funds has been uncovered in Chiang Mai, where ethnic groups said they never received disbursed welfare aids worth almost 68 million baht in total
  • About 88 million Baht from a fund to help vulnerable young women got missing
  • Welfare allowances for the poor in 53 provinces of at least 107 million Baht dissapeared
For additional Information please read:
  • The Nation: Corruption cases swamp govt schemes for the poor
  • Bangkok Post: Fund scandal nets top official
  • Bangkok Post: B107m welfare fraud found in 53 provinces
  • Bangkok Post: Official sacked over B88m theft from education fund
  • Bangkok Post: Government urged to blitz corruption
  • Bangkok Post: Graft-busters search education official's home
  • Bangkok Post: B68m aid for Chiang Mai ethnic people disappears
  • Bangkok Post: Regime under fire as it rains cash on villagers
  • The Nation: Overwhelmed PACC detects graft at 5 more welfare centres
  • Khaosod English: Welfare Fraud: Gadfly wants top officials probed
  • Khaosod English: Top Officials suspended as theft of welfare funds probed
  • Khaosod English: New Welfare Cards a boost for rich or poor?
  • Bangkok Post: Not 88 million Baht but almost 120 million Baht are missing from education fund
  • Bangkok Post: Three high-ranking officials involved in graft scandal
  • Bangkok Post: Army: Schools in the southernmost border provinces embezzling funds to support insurgency
  • Bangkok Post: Heads tumble in theft from the poor scandal
  • Bangkok Post: Giant haul for welfare dragnet
  • The Nation: At least 24 more officials face probe in education fund corruption scandal
  • Bangkok Post: 250 officials involved in welfare fund fraud
  • Bangkok Post: Top official tied to welfare scam
  • Bangkok Post: The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) finds blankets scam in Sing Buri
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Thailand - nobody else
Expensive Postal Services
Expensive Postal Services
At Postal Services you pay up to 100% more
For a registered letter to an European country you have to pay 82 Baht at an official Thailand Post (THP) non-stop services booth.
At a so called Postal Services booth, located at many shopping centers around the country, the transportation of the very same letter costs you 150 Baht.
Strong opposition from a local consumer group stops Japanese Flounder Fair
A dish using flatfish from Fukushima, a local specialty, was supposed to be served at Japanese restaurants in Bangkok from March 10th through the end of the month, but was cancelled earlier this month due to strong opposition from a local consumer group.
Thailand's Stop Global Warming Association has urged the Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect consumers. Saree Ongsomwang, secretary-general of the Foundation for Consumers, also called on authorities to reveal the names of the restaurants and re-examine the imports. If no action is taken, the Stop Global Warming Association considered taking legal action against the parties involved.
The groups said the fish were caught in contaminated waters and therefore dangerous to eat.
Thailand's FDA and the Fisheries Department jointly held a press conference to insist on the safety of the imported flounders.
The Government in Fukushima had spent a year and a half preparing the event.
Why the organisations mentioned above do not protect consumers from eating Pla Ra? It's a lot more dangerous!
The use of Pla Ra (also known as Pa La) or raw fish in Som Tam, as well as other undercooked foods like Poo Naa (brined crab), are responsible for increased rates of worm infections, which can lead to liver cancer, Dr. Sutat Duangdeeden, the head of the Chonburi Cancer Hospital, claims.
Opisthorchis viverrini is a parasitic fluke with a life cycle typical of parasitic helminths - complicated with many intermediate hosts for various life stages before reaching its intended location in the human biliary tract that supplies the liver.
For additional Information please read:
To protect Thailand's consumers the production and distribution of Pla Ra must be prohibited immediately.
New standards for Pla Ra:
On April 17th, 2018, Thailand's Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry published new standards for Pla Ra in the Royal Gazette.
The new standards were announced as a guideline for producers and are not compulsory.
The new standards stipulate the main ingredients and the maximum level of parasitic larvae.
If a product meets the standards, its producer can ask for a certification.
Our Officials make the world laugh - nobody else
Do not ride a Bicycle during Songkran!
Do not ride a Bicycle during Songkran!
Pattaya likes to show the World its inability to deal with High-Tech
Our traffic lights display red and yellow at the same time
Our traffic lights display red and yellow at the same time
Fat vs Sugar
Your body needs energie.
Energie comes from sugar, carbohydrates and fats.
Foods containing sugar and starch (carbohydrates) are broken down into sugar (insulin and glucose) in our blood once we eat them. If these levels become too high, extra calories are stored as body fat and results in unwanted weight gain.
However, when glucose levels are cut off due to low-carb dieting, the body starts to burn fat instead and produces ketones that can be measured in the blood.
Today most people live on a dieat full of carbohydrates. They eat rice, pasta and/or potatoes as well as fruits. Their bodies normally run on glucose (or sugar) for energy. It results in high blood glucose levels and type II diabetes*.
If we reduce or even eliminate the intake of carbohydrates, our body begin to burn stored fat instead of (the missing) glucose.
* Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease that can be prevented, reversed and maybe even cured.
New Banknotes
On April 6th the Bank of Thailand will launch new banknotes bearing the portraits of King Vajiralongkorn.
The first set of notes in 20-, 50- and 100-Baht denominations will be released on April 6, or Chakri Day. The 500 Baht and 1'000 Baht bills will come out three months later on the King's birthday of July 28.
In the long run, the new banknotes will replace the current banknotes that have displayed the face of King Bhumibol for 70 years.
New Banknote
Is Pattaya City Hall wasting 14 million Baht?
Obviously Pattaya City Hall is wasting 14 million Baht
On November 22nd, 2017, Pol Maj Gen Pinit Maneerat, the Military Junta's spokesman for Pattaya, announced that City Hall has installed a free WiFi system along Pattaya Beach for the general public and tourists.
Pattaya City Hall even published an instruction to register in Thai on its website.
Nevertheless, until today it's impossible to access the internet through @Pattaya City Free WiFi.
The 14 million Baht allegedly paid to state enterprise CAT Telecom Plc. for the 24 hotspots is a complete waste of Taxpayer's Money.
Update (March 31st, 2018): Pattaya City Free WiFi still does not work!
Update (April 4th, 2018): It is just another proof that most municipal Wi-Fi efforts end in disaster.
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else
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Lam Morrison (68+) at Hot Tuna Bar (Walking Street)
Music keeps you young
Music keeps you young
Music keeps you young
Music keeps you young
Lam Morrison, born August 20th, 1949, in Udon Thani:
Thailand's King of Rock Guitar
Emergency Room
Midnight Pattaya
During August 2016 an Egicogroup announced a prestigious project on our old fashioned Walking Street.
To the left and to the right of the entrance to Soi BJ the company claimed it will built two modern glass palaces with Coyote Clubs, Bars, Night Clubs and a Hotel with a large parking space.
Midnight Pattaya also claimed that the first venues will open during 2016 and 2017.
With the exeption of the opening of a Restaurant (called The Terrace) and a Liqueur outlet (called Midnight Liqueur but already closed down) on Marine Plaza nothing ever happened. The whole area is still a (quiet) working place.
Midnight Pattaya
Midnight Pattaya
Should the patient survives our emergency room, you will read it here.
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Once upon a time
There was once a hotel called Diana Inn at the Second Road / Soi Diana Junction....
Last October we reported that the once popular hotel was sold to the owners of the nearby The Base, a High Class Condominium.
The photo above shows the wretched remains of the once stately hotel.
New Japanese Restaurant takes shape
Usagi Izakaya is the name of the new restaurant that replaces the Thumb Up eatery located a few meters only from South Pattaya's famous Bamboo Bar.
The all new ISAKAYA opened on April 25th. The beautiful venue serves tasty Japanese food on two floors.
Lek's Classroom 2 opened
The lovely ladies are happy to give you every kind of tutoring you need...
Indian Snack Bar opened on Pattaya Second Road
Karma, one of Pattaya's outstanding Indian Food outlets opened a small Snack Bar at its location on Pattaya Second Road, opposite Pattaya School 8.
Well-Known Indian Restaurant reopened
Indigo, the well-known Indian Restaurant reopened after a very successful renovation at its former location.
New Tomboy Bar On 3rd Road
On Pattaya 3rd Road, opposite the entrance to Soi Chaiyaphoon, the 4 Step Tomboy Bar opened,
As usual at Tomboy bars, the door opens for ladies only.
La mer a coulé
On Pattaya 3rd Road, near the entrance to Big C extra! and where La Mer Club used to be, a Jigsaw Karaoke bar opened.
The beautiful ladies sitting in front of the former venue disappeared ...
Silver Star 2 A Go-Go
Silver Star 2 A Go-Go, the last remaining A Go-Go Bar on Soi 7, closed down. Some of its Ladies can be found at the still working Silverstar A Go-Go on Soi 8.
We keep you posted.
World Wide Beer Bar closed down
World Wide Beer Bar, located on Soi 7 opposite O La La Restaurant, closed down.
We keep you posted.
Love Hearts Beer Bar closed down
Love Hearts Beer Bar, located just on the back of the now defunct World Wide Beer Bar, closed down too.
We keep you posted.
The Den flopped in Pattaya too
The Den, announced as a Hip Lounge on Soi Chaiyapoon, opened on June 2nd, 2017, with a big bang.
It closed its door in absolute silence.
This is not the first time that the club is flopping. A few years ago, The Den opened on Sukhumvit Soi 12 in Bangkok, closed down a few months later and moved to Patpong 1 for another few months only.
Beach Road Hotel closed down
The Imperial Hotel Pattaya, formerly known as Montien Hotel Pattaya and located on Pattaya Beach Road between the Hard Rock Hotel and the Basaya Beach Hotel & Resort, closed down. It's Website claims that the hotel is closed for an extensive project to revitalize this famous property.
But that's only half of the story.
A few years ago it was told that the MBK Group bought the plot and will be doing a mall at the Montien Hotel site, but this seems to be history. The current owner of the plot is Thaibev (also known as Thai Beverage Plc), the brewer of Thailand's 'famous' Chang Beer.
Furthermore, a new Website announces that The Montien Pattaya is coming soon...
The Facts behind the Closure
During October 2011 Pattaya News Flash reported that Bangkok's most popular shopping center, known as MBK or Mahboonkrong is on the way to Pattaya. The center will be build on the grounds investors bought during October 2007 from Pattaya's Montien Hotel.
The Pattaya MBK will address the same group of customers and will have a similar layout like its original in Bangkok but will include 2 (two) hotels, we told our readers.
A few years later, during May 2014, Pattaya News Flash reported that Bangkok's MBK Group announced that it was considering the development of a mixed-used property project worth 5 billion to 6 billion Baht on an 18-rai (nearly 3 hectares) plot it owns on Pattaya's Beach Road. The Montien Hotel currently occupies the spot. Its lease with MBK allegedly expired during January 2013. The spot at Pattaya's 2nd Road was for many years the home of Pattaya Bowling, we wrote.
A year later, during May 2015, Pattaya News Flash had to tell the readers that Imperial Hotel is the new name for the former Pattaya Montien Hotel. Thanks God, we wrote, the new management changed the name only and not the beautiful trees. All Montien Hotels in Thailand are now part of the Imperial Group of Hotels & Resorts.
Imperial Hotels are owned and operated by Asset World Corporation, a member of TCC Group.
Asset World Corporation owns and/or is managing Marriott, Starwood, Melia, Banyan Tree, Okura, Hilton and IHG too.
TCC Group is owned by Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, the founder of Thai Beverage Plc (aka Thaibev) and one of Thailand's billionaire businessmen.
Moreover, TCC Group is also the owner of Berli-Jucker, the owner of BiG C and Makro.
The circle is complete.
We keep you posted.
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A Bunch of new Bars opened
In the small Soi Made in Thailand (sometimes also known as Relocated Soi 9) connecting Soi Buakhaow with the Made in Thailand Bar Complex on Pattaya Second Road, a bunch of new, nice and comfortable bars opened during this months. Nice hostesses are waiting to entertain you (with their smartphones?!).
Tanya Club
Since April 1st Tanya runs the business at Tree Town no longer as a Food Park but as a Club with a Live Band and lovely Hostesses.
Pig & Chicks
A shop selling Pork, Chicken and Beef only opened opposite R-Con Residence's apartment complex.
Great American Sandwich closed down
The Great American Sandwich Company (Gas) closed down. The venue opened on March 24th, 2017.
We keep you posted.
Chicken World closed down
March 31st was the last day of Chicken Wold. The venue was located opposite Marin Place Hotel.
We keep you posted.
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Boom Bar
In the rooms of the former Red Five Bar & Guesthouse the all new Boom Bar opened on April 6th. Entertainment is provided by a live band and lovely Hostesses.
Lisa Bar
In the passage behind the Craft Cottage Restaurant, which was once the home of a tattoo shop, Lisa Bar opened in late March.
In contrast to the venue of the same name on North Pattaya's 2nd Road, the new bar does not (yet) employ any Coyote dancers. Cheers!
Poised to continue
Perry Bar
Perry Bar reopened after some refurbishments to match the look of its neighbor, the O Bar.
Poised to continue
Out of order but nobody cares
Since many weeks this sign at the entrance to Walking Street is out of order, but nobody cares...
Rajah goes Coyote
Rajah, Walking Street's newest Indian nightclub, located across from Nashaa, is poised to open later this month. It is already looking for attractive Coyote Dancers.
Marilyn Monroe goes Maxim
In the rooms of the failed Marilyn Monroe A Go-Go Bar Maxim A Go-Go opened its door on April 1st.
Maxim closed down too
Obviously Maxim ran into some problems too. On April 27th, the venue was in the dark - and its lovely ladies without jobs...
We keep you posted.
Fire hits i<i>salon</i>
A fire damaged Insomnia's isalon on April 6th at about 11:00.
Three fire engines took about 25 minutes to put out the blaze.
Obviously the fire started when air-conditioner repair workers were moving compressors of air-conditioners on the roof.
The venue remains closed for a few days.
Update (April 8th): Insomnia's hairdressers could already reopen their salon. Updated
Bypass A Go-Go closed down
New Bypass
On April 20th, on our Tour de Walking Street, we discovered that Bypass A Go-Go, located at the entrance to Soi Happy, closed down its door.
Since April 27th, a banner announces that a New Bypass will open on May 4th featuring 'beautiful' Ladies from Czechoslovakia.
It's just what we need. All Farangs and some Indian men traveled to Thailand to watch Czech women...
We keep you posted.
Burger World closed down
Burger World, the venue that changed its name seven times within a few weeks closed down on April 1st.
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Eden Club closed down again
On April 20th, on our Tour de Walking Street we discovered that Eden Club A Go-Go closed down its door again.
A day later, on April 21st, Eden opened again.
It seems, that the club's management still has some unspoken problems.
Eden Club A Go-Go already closed down
Eden Club A Go-Go already closed down
Eden Club A Go-Go
Eden Club A Go-Go opened on March 28th in the rooms of the failed D'Club.
It was an non-starter.
The club had to close down the next day because of missing licenses.
A restart is planned for April 7th.
Update (April 4th): A banner at the entrance today tells that the club will open on April 6th (2018?).
Update (April 6th): The club reopened as announced a few days before on April 6th:
Eden Club A Go-Go already closed down
Poised to continue
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I'm a Drinker
Turkish way to park an Airliner
Turkish way to park an Airliner
Everyday is Fryday
High Tech in Thailand
No Hippies please
No Thanks
Not Noisy
Quality Made in Thailand
We are Thais
Clean Beaches
Amazing Switzerland
Gives you Power for Two (Just what we need in Pattaya)
Pattaya News Flash formerly known as
Enjoy your Life
Ikea Enjoys your Life
This Month
Tandoori Night
Soi 15, off 2nd Road
Lek's Classroom 2
Soi 7/Central Road
Drinking Street, 2nd Road
Talk 99
3rd Road/Soi Bongkot
Super Star
Soi Phettrakun
Pepper Lunch
Soi Buakhaow
Surprise yourself
Soi Buakhaow
White Bar
Walking Street
Stars Club
Walking Street
Club Eden A Go-Go
Soi Diamond, off Walking Street
Name changed:
Format changed :
Welcome Bar
Soi 8, off Pattaya Beach Road
Bronx Pizza
Soi Lengkee
Blue Dragon Bar
Soi 8, off Beach Road
Smile's Bar
Soi 15, off Soi Buakhaow
Khon Kaen
Tree Town
Fire & Ice
Soi Buakhaow
Midnight Liqueur
Soi Marine Plaza
D'Club A Go-Go
Soi Diamond, off Walking Street
Soi Diamond, off Walking Street
Important Information:
Rabies Infections
Prevent Rabies Infection
Bird Flu in Thailand
Outbreak kept under wraps
Rip-off in Thailand
National Parks Rip-off Tourists
Bargain in Thailand
Museum Pass for 299 Baht!
Last month's Highlight:
For more information click March 2018 News.
Don't let the EU take control of the UK!
Don't let the EU take control of the UK!
The EU (read: Merkel, Jucker & Co.) asks for a special treatment for EU citizens, including the right to vote in the UK...
Note: The EU acts like a carcinoma.
Brexit will be a Disaster for the European Union, not for the United Kingdom
More Information
Pattaya claims to be a world-class beach resort. It's a lie! The city is not even capable to present an event calendar.
Most events are announced only a few days before they happen.
Other cities or even whole regions publish event calendars or event books covering all events of a year.
Pattaya suffers from megalomania.
Events 2017: Published by Baden-Würtenberg (Germany)
Published by Baden-Würtenberg (Germany)
Kantah Bopha
Beat Richner
and his Children's Hospitals in Cambodia
Kantah Bopha
No Alcohol Days
Thailand's National No Alcohol Days include Buddhist holidays and election days.
On all other days alcohol can only be sold between 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-24:00.
Vendors caught breaking the ban are liable to a prison sentence of up to six months, a 10'000 Baht fine or both - but local Police use their own discretion to decide which venues need to be visited and fined...
Don't start laughing:
Do not try to buy non alcoholic beers (available from Clausthaler and Oettinger in this country).
The shops won't sell them during dry days.
Some not even sell Soda Water, because Thais and their Police associate it with (Thai) Whisky...
There's a sucker born every minute...
The Godfather's Story
The Kunplomes
Never forget:
It's not your Face and not your Body that makes you sexy.
It's your MONEY!
Electric Vehicles use batteries and batteries are not only a threat to our planet during manufacturing, the 'Recycling' of batteries is still an unsolved problem in most countries.
If the power for charging the batteries is generated by fossil or nuclear power plants then the LCA (life cycle assessment) turns completely to the worse.
Nature destroyed by solar cells
Nature destroyed by Solar Cells - Please click for a larger picture
Solar Cells are a threat to our planet:
The higher the efficiency of a Solar Cell the more Cadmium it contains.
Cadmium is banned from most products in almost all countries, but it can be used without restrictions in Solar Cells. Who controls the 'Recycling' of Solar Cells?
Never forget Chernobyl, Hiroshima, Nagasaki & Fukushima!
Never use a technology you do not master 100%!
February 17th, 2017:
Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected!
Spike from Pattaya Days reports from Chernobyl:
The iPhone Killer
Huawei, the Chinese smartphone maker, created the P20 Pro.
It's known as the iPhone Killer and problably the real reason because Huawei was banned to sell its products in the US market.
With the P20 Pro, Huawei has not only proven that it can compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung, but it can beat them in many ways, The Guardian writes.
Next Trend:
Foldable Smartphones
It is expected that at the end of the year Apple, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Oppo, Samsung and ZTE will launch foldable smartphone.
The companies mentioned above already applied patents for their solutions.
For example, Lenovo, also known by its Motorola brand, is set to introduce a foldable smartphone whose display can be extended to 7.8-inch from 5.5-inch when opened.
5G kills free WiFi
Everybody is promoting 5G smartphone technology now, but 5G is not much more than a moniker for what comes after 4G.
With one big exception that nobody likes to tell you:
5G is not about faster, but about integrating all types of connectivity, Aicha Evans, vice president of platform engineering group and general manager of the communications and devices group at Intel says. The bottom line is that cellular, WiFi, centimeter- and millimeter wavelength bands are seamlessly integrated.
To the carriers this integration will come at a price, since 5G-for-all presents the opportunity to kill free WiFi and instead charge users for every data packet they send or receive, no matter which of the integrated communications technologies is used.
5G will be the end of free WiFi.
Expensive 5G
Smartphone supply chain sources claim that the cost of 5G modem chips is more than 70% higher than that of top-tier smartphone modem chips.
Chipmakers are actively seeking to bring down the costs of 5G chip solutions, but the cost reduction space is quite limited given the fact that 5G chips have to be fabricated using 7nm process or even more advanced 5nm node.
Our source said that the overall manufacturing cost of a 5G smartphone is likely to hit a high of over US$1'000, but whether consumers are willing to spend over US$1'000 to buy a 5G smartphone that is heavier and more power-consuming than 4G models will be a major variable.
If you are involved in Electronics, you badly need
NightWalker\'s Technology News
Milking Foreigners!
Thailand's National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department ordered that admission fees for foreigners at national parks throughout the country have to be 400 Baht.
Entry charge for Thai nationals remains 40 Baht for adults and 20 Baht for children.
To cover the inequity the local's prices are printed in Thai script only.
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!
(published by Pattaya Mail):
Problems with Jet Ski operators unsolved.
Avoid Pattaya's Islands
The boats are overloaded, don't provide lifevests for all passengers, are badly maintained and aren't covered by adequate insurance policies.
Pattaya's lazy and allegedly corrupt Officials promised to check owners, personnel and boats regularly, but they don't.
Avoid mosquitoes, they spread the Dengue Fever
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 or ladyboys.
Ladyboy Pick-Pocket Gangs on Pattaya's Beach Promenade
Ladyboy Pick-Pocket Gangs are working almost daily on Pattaya's Beach Promenade!
Necklace Snatch
Never wear Gold in Pattaya!
Between 30 to 50 snatching valuables cases are reported to Pattaya's Police every single month.
Girls love food, therefore learn to cook
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