An unidentified foreign man of yet unknown nationality was reportedly attacked and abducted by a gang of five other foreigners at the Jomtien Park Villas housing estate on Thepprasit Road Soi 17 in Jomtien early Monday morning.
The kidnapping was witnessed by two security guards stationed at the gate to the residential village at around 5 a.m. According to a report in the Bangkok Post, the two Thai men told investigators
they heard a man cry for help and went to investigate. They saw five men, all wearing black masks, assaulting a foreign man. The five assailants also appeared to be foreigners.
The victim had been beaten unconscious and the five men carried him into a black Toyota Vigo pickup truck. One of the gang threatened them with a pistol, indicating they were not to follow them, the two guards said.
The assailants then fled with the victim in the pickup (…)
The identity and nationality of the victim have not been verified yet and the motive for the abduction remains unclear. Police will now examine CCTV footage at the village and search for fingerprints and other clues.
A bit over a month ago, a controversial new rule banning alcohol sales near schools, colleges and universities in Thailand has finally become effective. We reported then:
The ban on alcohol sales near educational institutions was first proposed in July. The original order banned the sale of alcohol within a 300-metre radius of schools and universities, unless the locations were in designated entertainment zones.
The order has since been updated and now states only that booze cannot be sold “near” schools and universities, with no specific distance determined, apparently opening the doors to arbitrary enforcement of the law.
So how does this new and extremely vague ban on alcohol sales affect Pattaya – a city which isn’t just famous for its hundreds of bars and nightclubs but also has a number of schools within city limits, including a government school right within walking distance from Pattaya’s most famous red-light district, Walking Street?
The good news are – apparently the new booze ban won’t affect bars in Pattaya at all.
The Pattaya Mail reports now that a total of six committees have so far been established in Chonburi province to “tackle the alcohol-zoning issue, but none have come up with any final agreement or plan.”
In the most recent meeting regarding more precise guidelines how the new booze ban could be enforced locally, the deputy governor of Chonburi province “simply reiterated existing policy,” i.e. bars must not sell alcohol to minors under the legal drinking age of 20, and not remain open after their legal operating hours; which simply proves that existing laws, if properly enforced, are fully sufficient anyway to stop the Thai youth from drinking, and the latest ban was never needed in the first place.
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.