Russian Woman Drowns on Jomtien Beach

Sunset on Jomtien beachA 76-year-old Russian woman, named as Nina Barova, drowned in the sea off Jomtien Beach late Wednesday night. It appears the elderly woman had gone to the beach alone and it is not known whether she had any relatives traveling with her.
Her body was spotted by a young Thai man who was sitting on the seawall opposite the entrance to Soi 1 and not far from the Dongtan police box.
Pattaya One reports that he

shouted out and seconds later, two foreign tourists, known to be father and son, rushed into the water and recovered the body of the woman but it was too late as she had already passed away.

Her body has now been sent to Bangkok for a postmortem examination to establish the exact cause of death.

Frenchman Killed in Road Crash on Sukhumvit Road

makro pattayaA 67-year-old French expat was killed Sunday in a daytime road crash on Sukhumvit Road in South Pattaya after his motorcycle was struck by a speeding car, whose driver police suspect was drunk.
Pattaya One reports:

Lying on the road next to his badly damaged motorbike was the body of Mr. Christian Brune. Police assumed from the level of damage and injuries sustained to Mr. Brune that this was a high-speed impact.

The badly damaged Toyota Soluna belonging to an employee of the nearby Makro superstore on Sukhumvit Road was found next to the crash site. The Bangkok Post adds that the car had “dragged the elderly Frenchman and his motorcycle for another 50 metres after the crash.”
According to Pattaya One, the seemingly intoxicated driver told police he had just

left the store and was preparing to make a U-turn at the Thepprasit Road junction when the motorbike of Mr. Brune, came out in front of him, allowing him no time to avoid a collision.

Police are suspicious of the car driver’s story and detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages on the man.

The 39-year-old Thai man was arrested and taken to Pattaya Police Station pending further investigations.

African Conman Hacks Pattaya Hotel Email Account

An African man from Lesotho was arrested Saturday as he visited an inmate at a Bangkok prison for allegedly hacking the email account of an unnamed three-star hotel in Pattaya. Police allege that the man conned four foreigners of unknown nationalities into wiring him a total of 300,000 Baht, or nearly 10,000 US dollars, for…Continue Reading

Tourist Arrivals Increase by 23.5% in Q1

According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and data only recently released by the Department of Tourism, more than 7.8 million foreign tourists visited Thailand in the first three months of 2015. This equals a year-on-year increase of 16.30% in January, 29.60% in February, and 25.50% in March. NNT reports today: The Ministry of…Continue Reading

Miss Tiffany Universe 2015 – Thailand’s Most Beautiful Ladyboy?

A transgender university student from Ayutthaya province was Friday night crowned the winner of Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2015, Thailand’s largest beauty pageant exclusively for ladyboys. The annual event has been organized by Tiffany’s Show in North Pattaya since 1998 and featured 30 transgender contestants from all over Thailand. The photo embedded below shows the 22-year-old…Continue Reading

Thai King to Leave Hospital, Return to Hua Hin

According to the Bangkok Post, Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand will return to Klai Kangwon Palace near Hua Hin on Sunday: The Royal Household Bureau announced on Saturday Their Majesties would leave Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok at 2pm to change the atmosphere and recuperate at the Hua Hin palace. People are invited…Continue Reading

Thai PM Orders Crackdown on Drunk Driving

Thai prime minister and junta leader Prayuth Chan-o-cha has ordered an all-out crackdown on drunk driving and instructed police nationwide to regularly set up road checkpoints and check blood alcohol level of motorists. quotes a deputy government spokesman as saying that Prayuth wanted police to take drastic actions against drunk drivers without leniency. Thailand’s…Continue Reading

Irish Expat Attacked by Ladyboy on Walking Street

A 24-year-old ladyboy freelancer was arrested on Walking Street late Saturday night after allegedly harassing and hitting an Irish expat (or tourist?) over the head with a high-heeled shoe near Lucifer’s disco. While the 55-year-old Irishman reportedly sustained a “deep” cut to his forehead and was sent to a local hospital for treatment, the ladyboy…Continue Reading

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