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.
Khaosod English reports that the women
confessed to putting the pills in the drinks three times (,,,) But they denied applying it to their nipples, though we have footage showing so.
Thailand’s popular Loy Krathong festival, famous for floating some kind of decorated baskets on waterways and releasing lanterns into the night sky, falls on Wednesday, November 25, this year.
Also knows as the “festival of lights”, Loy Krathong is not a public or Buddhist holiday, so businesses and bars will be open as usual. As opposed to the Songkran “water festival” in April, it is a rather contemplative and romantic festival celebrated each year on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.
The Meaning of Loy Krathong
A so-called krathong is a small raft or decorated basket, traditionally made from a section of a banana tree trunk and decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, incense sticks, flowers and candles. Modern krathongs are often made of styrofoam but are increasingly banned for environmental reasons. The Thai word loy means “to float”, so Loy Krathong could be translated as “to float a raft/decorated basket”.
During the evening hours, Thai people gather at riversides, lakes, or at the sea in order to release (=loy) their krathongs. This is accompanied by fireworks and the releasing of small hot balloons, which light the nightly sky above the waters. Beauty contests are also a regular feature, and girls in many bars will dress up in traditional Thai costumes. A large number of bars in Pattaya will also have special Loy Krathong parties.
The cultural roots of the Loy Krathong rites are believed to be of ancient Indian origin. As on most festive occasions, Thai people – especially lovers – simply wish for good luck in the coming year.
The best place to celebrate Loy Krathong in Pattaya is on the beaches of Pattaya and Jomtien where thousands of locals will gather after dark to float their krathongs with the outgoing tide and release balloons into the night sky. If you’ve got a Thai darling it’s a romantic tradition to float a krathong onto the sea together and wish for good luck and happiness in the coming year.
A 66-year-old British tourist (actually a close mate of your webmaster) had 10,000 Baht stolen from his wallet by a ladyboy on Jomtien Beach early Friday morning.
The incident happened just after midnight on the staircase of a guesthouse on Soi Welcome 2 off Jomtien Beach Road – less than an hour after the victim had withdrawn the equivalent of 200 British Pounds from an ATM just around the corner.
When the British tourist, let’s call him Mr. Joe, opened the backdoor to the guesthouse building the ladyboy reportedly sneaked him behind him and followed him up the stairs. Although Mr. Joe (who wasn’t feeling well and initially thought the person behind him was also a tenant at the guesthouse) rejected the ladyboy’s advances on the stairway the katoey eventually managed to hug him and snatch his wallet from his front trouser pocket.
As the pickpocket immediately ran back down the stairs and fled onto the dimly lit side-street he/she emptied the wallet off all cash (a bit over 10,000 Baht) and threw it on the ground. Mr. Joe only noticed that his wallet was missing when he searched for his room key on the first floor and the ladyboy had already run off.
Despite feeling dizzy (let’s assume the ladyboy had been observing his victim to-be for a while and noticed that he was staggering) Mr. Joe attempted to chase the ladyboy pickpocket who however took off his high heels and ran off into the night.
A couple of still images of the ladyboy culprit taken from CCTV footage at the guesthouse have been embedded in this post.
After notifying two friends of the theft and attempting to track down the culprit (in vain) Mr. Joe eventually filed a complaint at the Pattaya Police Station on Soi 9. Hoping he may be able to reclaim the stolen money from his insurance in the UK he insisted on an English translation of the police report. Here it is:
Never mind the poor English and that the entire procedure of filing the complaint took almost an hour. Here’s the real punchline: Mr. Joe actually had to pay 500 Baht for this crappy translation:
While Joe’s 10,000 Baht are obviously gone it still remains to be seen whether police can eventually identify and arrest the culprit from CCTV footage at the guesthouse. In any case, the usual sentence in such cases is reportedly just two months in jail – hardly sufficiently deterrent to stop the offender from returning to a life of petty crime.