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    Thailand scores high in Asia travel poll

    Published on 23/08/2012

    » PHUKET: Sixty-one Thai tourism products scored high marks in Best in Travel 2012 poll by website Smart Travel Asia.

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    Post flood Pattaya braces for drought

    Published on 03/09/2012

    » Whilst most media stories have been about flooding, and whether the disaster of 2011 will be repeated, water experts in Pattaya and Rayong are warning about inadequate supplies in 2013. They say that preventive measures now are essential if the Eastern Seaboard is to avoid a crisis in time for next year’s high season.

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    Troubled man retreats to electric pole

    Published on 06/09/2012

    » Police spent two hours talking to a man perched on a high-voltage pole before persuading him to come down and visit a psychiatrist. Vijit Saothong, a 26-year-old hotel worker, had sought refuge in a high place after suffering an overwhelming number of problems including arguments with his wife, a constant toothache, a 65,000 baht debt and disagreements with his relatives. At first he refused to be dislodged and demanded that the police switch off a strong light. After talking to his wife on a mobile phone he agreed to go with her to a hospital for psychiatric assessment.

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    Ladyboy snatches tourist’s necklace

    Published on 06/09/2012

    » A Japanese tourist was in a state of shock after losing jewelry to the value of 20,000 baht in a sneak attack by a transvestite.  Seki Toshiyuki told police he was walking near Soi Post Office when a man dressed as a woman asked him if he would be interested in a temporary liaison. Yuki declined the invitation with firmness but not before the katoey hugged him and escaped with a gold necklace. A Thai bystander chased the thief on his motorbike but lost him in heavy traffic.

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    Pattaya to have hi-speed trains

    Published on 06/09/2012

    » The Thai government will open bidding for the first phase of a hi-speed rail project linking Bangkok to Pattaya.  Under the plan, the first four routes will cover 250 kilometers linking Bangkok to Phitsanulok, Nakhon Ratchasima and Hua Hin as well as to Pattaya.  Construction on all the four routes will begin at the same time with the aim of opening the new track network in 2018. Government approval will be necessary for the international bidding process expected to be completed next year.  China, Japan, South Korea and France have all expressed strong interest in bidding for the routes.  The plan aims to boost the country’s economy by reducing energy costs by 400 billion baht as Thailand focuses more on rail travel at the expense of road transport.  At the moment, rail accounts for only two percent of all traffic and roads for 80 percent.  The price of oil internationally is expected to double within the next five years with likely big increases in the cost of petrol. Pansak Vinyaratn, chief adviser to the prime minister, said that hi-speed trains are necessary to ensure solid growth of the country’s economy as Thailand would otherwise lose competitiveness in the long run.  Second-phase construction would mean that Bangkok would link by hi-speed rail to Chiang Mai, Nong Khai, Rayong and Hat Yai by 2022.  The new railway networks will serve both passengers and cargo, including faster transport of agricultural goods which tend to deteriorate if carried long distances by slow lorries. The details of the new routes, including the exact location of stations, have not yet been decided.  Pattaya’s tourism industry is expected to gain hugely with the arrival of a 20 minute fast train service from Bangkok or Suvarnabhumi to the seaside resort.  A City Hall source told Pattaya Today, “The current rail station is far out of the city in east Pattaya, so we are hoping that the railhead for the new hi-speed trains will be nearer the downtown area.”  Another suggestion is to build a monorail track to take passengers directly from the hi-speed train to the centres of Pattaya and Jomtien. The latest rail project will be a huge step forward in enabling Pattaya to triple its receipts from tourism by the end of the decade or soon afterwards.  Other infrastructure improvements already agreed to or in the pipeline are a beach reclamation project, more by-pass roads and tunnels, a better waste disposal system, increased supplies of potable water and several “green” projects. Critics of the scheme caution that the Pattaya authorities must ensure that the infrastructure improvements are in place before the deluge of visitors expected once the hi-speed train is operational.  “Thousands may arrive and depart by train but they will need to use the roads during their stay.  The traffic queues and pollution could easily get a lot worse if the timing is wrong,” said a prominent Pattaya businessman and estate agent. With the advent of the Asean Economic Community in 2015, a free-trade area of 10 countries in the region, economists say that the hi-speed rail plans will enhance Thailand as the logistics hub of South East Asia with all the basic infrastructure such as inland transport and rail and deep seaports to carry the expected increase in freight across national frontiers.  Also scheduled for completion in 2018 is Dawei port in Myanmar, a deep water facility with major Thai funding, which will speed up the transport of goods between Asean countries and beyond to India.

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    Two die in motorbike accident

    Published on 14/09/2012

    » A Norwegian tourist and his 16-year-old Thai girl friend were killed when their speeding bike hit a bridge in Naklua, throwing the couple into the air. Hans Krifpian and Somying Boonbamrungslip both died instantly, according to a doctor attached to the Sawangboriboon volunteer rescue squad. Police said they appeared to be rushing to Somying’s residence but did not notice the bridge at a bend in the road.

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    Two die in motorbike accident

    Published on 14/09/2012

    » A Norwegian tourist and his 16-year-old Thai girl friend were killed when their speeding bike hit a bridge in Naklua, throwing the couple into the air. Hans Krifpian and Somying Boonbamrungslip both died instantly, according to a doctor attached to the Sawangboriboon volunteer rescue squad. Police said they appeared to be rushing to Somying’s residence but did not notice the bridge at a bend in the road.

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    Corpse discovered in fruit field

    Published on 14/09/2012

    » A truck driver found a dead man’s body on a Huay Yai fruit plantation and immediately informed the police. Investigators described the remains as those of a Thai man, around 25, with a pink Polo shirt and black pants. He had 100 baht in one pocket and a bracelet with the word “Engineer” written on it. Police said they had no leads, speculating the man may have been a student as his shirt carried the logo Intanai Summer Camp. The corpse was sent to the police autopsy laboratory.

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    Short-sighted woman admits thefts

    Published on 14/09/2012

    » Undercover police arrested Banglamung resident Aroona Singhtoh, 26, for her involvement in stealing up to 30 motorbikes. Bike parts were then sold to various dealers and business operators. Investigators said that CCTV cameras had caught several of the thefts. Nineteen-year-old Aw from Myanmar was also implicated in the crimes. Aroona had nothing to say about the thefts but pointed out she was unable to drive any vehicles because of poor eyesight.

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    Thief claims women’s undies are his

    Published on 15/09/2012

    » A 36-year-old man was chased down Sukhumvit Road, South Pattaya, after witnesses saw him emerging from an apartment complex with computer parts, women’s underwear and a sex toy described as a black penis. Wichart Premonchart admitted he had visited a room in the apartment block but claimed all the items belonged to him and were not stolen. However, this defence collapsed when the women’s clothes proved to be too small to fit him. Police later confirmed that Wichart had stolen the items. His escape was slowed down by the large number of items he was carrying, which led to his capture.

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