Pattaya’s popular International Fireworks Festival, one of the main events in the city’s festival calendar, will this year light up the sky over Pattaya on Friday, November 27, and Saturday, November 28. Originally intended to celebrate the Thai king’s birthday on December 5, Thailand’s largest annual firework display is expected to attract as many as 100,000 spectators this year.
The spectacular two-day competition between a number of international teams will kick off on Pattaya beach at approx. 9 p.m. Friday night, with each participating country giving a short snippet of their pyrotechnical skills. The two-day event will conclude late on Saturday night, with each national team putting up a full 45-minute performance to light up the night sky over Pattaya bay.
Both competition nights will also see plenty of booths set up along the Pattaya beach promenade, with vendors selling yummy Thai street food and beverages, locally made handicrafts, souvenirs etc. To keep locals and tourists entertained, there will also be a carnival-style parade on Beach Road, live music acts and shows in between the spectacular fireworks displays.
Pattaya Beach Road will be closed for traffic on Friday and Saturday evening, so expect a lot of traffic and traffic jams around Central and South Pattaya.
A 42-year-old Indian tourist was reportedly assaulted and robbed by a doorman on Walking Street late Tuesday night.
Mr. Singh had been waiting for some Indian friends outside the Rhino A-GoGo at the southern end of Walking Street and taken a seat on a motorcycle parked outside the venue when a doorman at the bar – who may or may not have been the owner of the motorbike – told him to “move away from the bike.”
Pattaya One reports:
The incident developed into a physical fight between the doorman and Mr. Singh who claimed that two other Thai men joined in the alleged assault. He also claimed that a gold necklace worth 75,000 Baht and his wallet which contained 3,000 Baht in cash went missing after the assault.
Police could reportedly later recover the wallet, however not the missing money.
Investigators will now check CCTV footage and interview the bar manager, which “may lead to further legal action” against the bar and the doorman.
Two Thai street prostitutes were arrested on Walking Street Monday night for separately drugging and robbing two tourists from Iran and Israel, aged 52 and 65, in their hotel rooms.
According to Khaosod English, the two women in their early 30s were tracked down from CCTV footage at the hotels where the two men were staying after they had filed a complaint at Pattaya Police Station.
According to CCTV footage at the unnamed hotels, the two women were seen
bringing a foreign man to [the] hotel on two separate occasions …
Each time, they were seen putting something later identified as an anti-anxiety drug commonly sold as Xanax into their drink and also onto their nipples (…) before leaving the premises with the men’s belongings.
Police said that the women confessed to putting crushed sleeping pills in their victims’ drinks several times.
But they denied applying it to their nipples, though we have footage showing so.
Police also found the women to be in possession of a large amount of sleeping drugs.