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Dramatic highway CCTV has now been released of the crash of the passenger van, injuring eight British tourists travelling from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya. Three were seriously injured in the high speed crash which scattered contents of the van over the road and grassed verge between the two sides of the motorway.

Eight British tourists are in hospital after their passenger van crashed into the median strip metal railing on the Bangkok-Chon Buri motorway. The incident occurred about 10:30am on the Pattaya southbound side of the road. 53 year old Thanakorn To-iam, the driver of the van, told police he picked up the passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and was driving them to Pattaya when the van’s left rear tyre burst, causing it to swerve and hit the railing of the road’s centre median strip.

All eight of the tourists received first aid at the scene before being taken to Bangkok Pattaya Hospital.

? เพื่อความปลอดภัยหากขับขี่หรือโดยสาร รถยนต์ รถตู้หรือรถบัส ทั้งส่วนบุคคลและสาธารณะจะต้องรัดเข็มขัดนิรภัยทุกที่นั่งและทุกครั้งที่เดินทางนะครับ ห่วงใยทุกชีวิตเป็นมิตรทุกเส้นทางจากตำรวจทางหลวง ผู้โดยสารต้องรัดเข็มขัดนิรภัยทุกที่นั่ง ..เผยภาพอุบัติเหตุรถตู้ยางแตกเสียหลักชนราวกั้น ผู้สายกระเด็นออกนอกรถบาดเจ็บ แฟนเพจ "สถานีตำรวจทางหลวง" เผยแพร่ภาพวงจรปิด บันทึกนาทีเกิดอุบัติเหตุวันนี้ (14 มกราคม 2563) เวลาประมาณ 10.32 น.บนทางหลวงพิเศษหมายเลข 7ช่วงกม.118+700 ขาเข้าพัทยา ก่อนถึงด่านเก็บเงินหนองปรือ รถตู้โดยสารสูญเสียการควบคุม ก่อนพุ่งชนราวกั้น ส่งผลให้นักท่องเที่ยวชาวอังกฤษที่โดยสารมากระเด็นออกนอกตัวรถได้รับบาดเจ็บ 7 ราย หลังรถหยุดนิ่งผู้ประสบเหตุทั้งหมดพยายามลุกออกจากพื้นผิวจราจร เบื้องต้นสอบสวนคนขับรถตู้ทราบว่า รับผู้โดยสารทั้งหมดมาจากสนามบินสุวรรณภูมิ และนำส่งพัทยา แต่ระหว่างทางยางซ้ายด้านหลังเกิดระเบิดทำให้รถเสียหลักพุ่งชนราวกั้นจนทำให้มีผู้ได้รับบาดเจ็บ #เข็มขัดนิรภัยคลิป : สถานีตํารวจทางหลวงพังงา กระบี่ ภูเก็ต#NewshawkPhuket

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Pattaya firework party lights up the weekend | VIDEO

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After much anticipation, the Pattaya Fireworks Festival lit up the sky this past weekend, delighting spectators with beautiful night beachside spectacle. More importantly, it was the first time Pattaya was packed with tourists since March this year, albeit mostly Thai tourists.

The event program was packed with long fireworks shows with hotels offering promotions for advanced bookings in an attempt to provide a much-needed boost to the local economy over the weekend.

To watch some of last night’s events from Mike Bridge, click HEREand HERE.

The annual festival saw Thais and foreigners taking part in the festivities as local bars, pubs, restaurants, and food vendors enjoying a bit more padding in their pockets. Organisers didn’t disappoint as they carried out their assurances to provide a world-class show with 4 fireworks shows per night. Such titles as “Shining in Sky,” “Paradise Pattaya, Everyday for Everyone,” “Pattaya Twilight, Decorated Stars,” and “Light is Life,” summed up the shows’ themes.

During one of the shows’ breaks, a 45 minute concert by popular Thai artist “Mean” graced the ears of onlookers, while an elephant show, by the Pattaya Elephant Camp, proved to be a sight for sore eyes. Marching bands featuring local Thai students started from the North Pattaya area and parading down Beach Road to the main stage area, located near Central Festival Mall filled the air with music, along with tiger shows and an art show by Nong Nooch Botanical Garden rounding up the schedule.

The popular Thai rock band “Big Ass” wrapped up the last fireworks show at 9:30 pm, with another popular Thai band “Boom Boom Cash” rocking out the night.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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City officials plan to demolish abandoned Pattaya condo project

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PHOTO: Sophon Cable TV / The Pattaya News

After years of talks, threats, and complaints, the abandoned Waterfront condo development at Pattaya’s Bali Hai pier looks set to be demolished. The Waterfront Suites and Residence is a half-finished condo project that was stalled in 2014 after safety inspectors discovered that the building’s fire escapes and elevator systems designs varied from the already approved construction designs. Read an earlier story about the eyesore HERE.

Pattaya’s mayor, Sonthaya Khunplume, says officials plan to tear down what many have condemned as an eyesore, “as soon as possible” – and charge the owners for it. According to a Pattaya News report, the date of the demolition, along with the name of the company being hired to carry out the work, have not yet been confirmed.

The controversy surrounding the development dates back to 2014, when construction was halted following multiple legal threats and complaints from local residents. The Israeli-owned development company, Bali Hai, are accused of violating building regulations, by building a structure that exceeds the legal height limit, as well as restrictions on proximity to the beach. Local residents have also complained that the development obstructs the panoramic vista of the bay from Pattaya Hill, and the view of the memorial to the renowned Admiral Abhakara Kiartivongse, Prince of Chumphon.

For their part, the developers insist they have complied with all regulations and had the necessary paperwork and permits for the project. It seems however, that Pattaya officials have had enough, and, ignoring the developer’s claims of bankruptcy, they say the whole Waterfront saga must end. They say the demolition will not affect lawsuits being brought by those who paid for condo units that never materialised, insisting that court hearings can still go ahead, regardless of the condition of the building.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pandemic has washed away Pattaya’s “soapy” massage parlours

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While the Covid pandemic has hit Thailand’s businesses hard, it has also washed away its not-so-legal soapy massage parlours after tourism has dried up its clientele. Such places, known as glorified brothels, have left many masseuses out of work as boards have barricaded the once booming establishments.

Soapy Massage (àap-òp-nûat, อาบอบนวด, literally bath, steam, massage)…
These are the bigger massage parlours where girls are presented in the fishbowl and you get the full program (including sex) for a fixed price, depending on the girl starting from 1,500 and up to 5,000 Baht.

Only a few of the soapy services have survived the pandemic in Pattaya, with Honey Massage Parlour being one of them, according to The Pattaya Mail. After adjusting to the new requirements for social distancing, the business has re-opened on November 19. However, its largest shop has closed, once known as Honey 1 on Soi Honey, or Soi 11, the windows are dark and barricaded. Honey Inn is also up for sale.

25 year old masseuse Maywadee, says she used to work in such parlours where she would get a cut of the 1,500 to 2,500 baht fee. She says she used to see up to 7 clients a day, but now that number has been cut in half as Chinese and Japanese tourists, who were her largest group of customers have dwindled. Now, she is thinking about heading back to her home city of Chiang Mai, to sell handicrafts, as her Pattaya income has dried up.

Such parlours feature masseuses that are usually not native to the area, as many come from lower socio-economic areas such as Thailands northeastern provinces, otherwise known as Isaan. Many make the trip to tourist-driven cities like Pattaya, Koh Samui, Bangkok and others, in an attempt to make a higher salary than they would if they were back in Isaan.

SOURCE: The Pattaya Mail

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