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  • Pattaya mayor makes random fire-safety checks on Walking Street
    Pattaya’s mayor initiated random fire-safety checks at Walking Street nightclubs during the evening of Aug. 11. Poramet Ngampichet brought along city council members, engineers, police and regulatory officers and the press on his rounds of bars and entertainment complexes. After thorough inspections, they found no violations. The entourage checked the Club Panda and Republic nightclubs, […]
    Mayor Poramet Ngampichet and his team inspected bars and nightclubs on Walking Street, suggested some upgrades to the buildings in the name of fire safety but nothing egregious was found.

    Pattaya’s mayor initiated random fire-safety checks at Walking Street nightclubs during the evening of Aug. 11.

    Poramet Ngampichet brought along city council members, engineers, police and regulatory officers and the press on his rounds of bars and entertainment complexes. After thorough inspections, they found no violations.



    The entourage checked the Club Panda and Republic nightclubs, along with Indian discos Raas and Kamaa Club.

    The team did suggest some upgrades to the buildings in the name of fire safety, but nothing egregious was found.












    12 August 2022
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=406539
  • Crane operator killed in rig collapse at Sriracha pier
    An operator died when a 70-ton construction crane toppled at a Sriracha pier. Salid Panthong, 49, died at the scene of the Aug. 11 accident in Tung Sala. The Si Saket native was trapped in the overturned crane for 30 minutes and failed to respond to life-saving efforts. Coworkers said Salid was lifting 17 tons […]
    Rescue workers inspect the giant construction crane that toppled over crushing the driver Salid Panthong to death.

    An operator died when a 70-ton construction crane toppled at a Sriracha pier.

    Salid Panthong, 49, died at the scene of the Aug. 11 accident in Tung Sala. The Si Saket native was trapped in the overturned crane for 30 minutes and failed to respond to life-saving efforts.



    Coworkers said Salid was lifting 17 tons of plasterboard. The crane rotated too quickly, and the momentum from the swinging load caused the crane to fall over, with the plasterboard falling into the ocean.

    The driver tried to jump out of the cab, but couldn’t escape the falling vehicle.












    12 August 2022
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=406534
  • Pattaya’s Differ Pub runs fire drill
    Pattaya’s Differ Pub held a fire drill at the popular Thai pub following the deadly Mountain B club fire in Sattahip. Staff were trained in basic fire prevention skills, such as using fire extinguishers. They also practice evacuating the Petchtrakul Road nightspot. Differ also checked all its electrical outlets and wiring and ensured all fire […]
    Staff of the Differ nightclub on Petchtrakul Road near City Hall were trained in basic fire prevention skills, such as using fire extinguishers and practiced evacuating the nightspot.

    Pattaya’s Differ Pub held a fire drill at the popular Thai pub following the deadly Mountain B club fire in Sattahip.

    Staff were trained in basic fire prevention skills, such as using fire extinguishers. They also practice evacuating the Petchtrakul Road nightspot.

    Differ also checked all its electrical outlets and wiring and ensured all fire alarms and extinguishers were in working condition.












    12 August 2022
    Business & Law
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=406531
  • Thailand Tourism Ministry to ask CCSA to OK 4 a.m. bar closing
    The Tourism and Sports Ministry will propose that bars and nightclubs to remain open 4 a.m. nationwide, up from 2 a.m. Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn said Aug. 11 that the proposal will be tabled at next week’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration meeting. If passed, it would be need to be approved by the Cabinet. The […]
    The Tourism and Sports Ministry will propose that bars and nightclubs in specified entertainment zones nationwide be allowed to remain open until 4 a.m.

    The Tourism and Sports Ministry will propose that bars and nightclubs to remain open 4 a.m. nationwide, up from 2 a.m.
    Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn said Aug. 11 that the proposal will be tabled at next week’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration meeting. If passed, it would be need to be approved by the Cabinet.



    The extension is in line with the foreign tourists’ behavior, such as European and Middle Eastern nationals, who regularly start dinner around 10 p.m. and start drinking at midnight,” Pipat said. “So, currently, when they start to have fun, it’s time to close. So, the current opening hours didn’t meet the needs of tourists so much.”



    While 4 a.m. opening will be allowed nationwide, it will only be for entertainment venues in specified entertainment zones. Currently, only Walking Street is legal entertainment zone. Bars off the nightlife strip are supposed to close at midnight. Many remain open far past that time through special “arrangements” with authorities.

    In Bangkok, as another example, there are only three zones. So, if Pipat’s proposal goes through, zoning changes would be needed.

    The Ministry suggested that local business owners form committees to discuss zoning with provincial governors, who ultimately will have final approval on who gets to stay open later.
    The Interior Ministry will need to approve the governor’s zoning plans.

    Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn said many foreign tourists start drinking late at night, so, when they start to have fun, it’s time to close. The current opening hours doesn’t meet their needs.












    12 August 2022
    Business & Law
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=406527
  • 1st Pattaya Trail Race dashes off at dawn Aug.13
    Pattaya City Hall in cooperation with Pattaya City Running Association is holding the 1st ‘Pattaya Trail 2022’ race on Saturday August 13, 2022. The total trail race is set at 10 kilometers on the Pratumnak Hill, South Pattaya. The Start/Finish point is at the blue zone, Bali Hai Pier, South Pattaya. The shotgun start is […]
    ‘Pattaya Trail 2022’ will be held on Saturday August 13, 22 at Khao Phratumnak Hill, Pattaya City, Chonburi.

    Pattaya City Hall in cooperation with Pattaya City Running Association is holding the 1st ‘Pattaya Trail 2022’ race on Saturday August 13, 2022. The total trail race is set at 10 kilometers on the Pratumnak Hill, South Pattaya.

    The Start/Finish point is at the blue zone, Bali Hai Pier, South Pattaya. The shotgun start is at 06.10 a.m. and the cut off to finish the race is 2 hours and 30 minutes.



    Competitors can get BIB or runner’s identification number a day earlier between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the blue zone, Bali Hai Pier.
    On Saturday, traffic will be closed in the race area from 3 a.m. until 9 a.m.

    Athletes must show a certificate certifying at least 3 vaccinations. Runners who received less than 3 shots must take an ATK test in the front of the event official tent or show their ATK test results conducted within the past 24 hours.

    For more information, please visit Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PattayaTrail2022


    Competitors can get BIB or runner identification number a day earlier between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the blue zone, Bali Hai Pier.

    The Start/Finish point is at the blue zone, The Bali Hai Pier, South Pattaya. The release time is at 06.10 a.m. and the cut off is within 2 hours and 30 minutes.












    12 August 2022
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=406519
  • Navy officer 17th fatality in deadly Mountain B nightclub inferno in Sattahip
    The death toll from last week’s deadly fire at the Mountain B nightclub in Chonburi province rose to 17 on Wednesday (Aug 10), as officials are still trying to determine the cause of the deadly blaze. In the latest report, the province’s public relations office confirmed the death of a Navy officer, Lt. Cl. Palitdet […]
    In the latest report, the province’s public relations office confirmed the death of a Navy officer, Lt. Cl. Palitdet Chumngern, 40, bringing the total number of fatalities from the deadly fire to 17.

    The death toll from last week’s deadly fire at the Mountain B nightclub in Chonburi province rose to 17 on Wednesday (Aug 10), as officials are still trying to determine the cause of the deadly blaze.

    In the latest report, the province’s public relations office confirmed the death of a Navy officer, Lt. Cl. Palitdet Chumngern, 40, bringing the total number of fatalities from the deadly fire to 17. The report also stated that at least 15 other patients are currently on respirators in hospitals.



    Officials earlier reported the death of the 16th victim, a young man who had been severely injured in the incident.

    Although the official cause of the deadly fire that erupted in the Sattahip district club has yet to be determined, it is believed that the club’s flammable acoustic foam on the wall aided in the spread of the fire, resulting in the tragedy. (NNT)












    12 August 2022
    Chiangmai Mail
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=406504
  • Thailand’s work permit rules for foreigners becoming much less draconian
    Starting in September 2022, anybody rich enough can have a Thai digital work permit automatically awarded by the Department of Employment. Under the 10-year Long Term Residence Visa (LTRV), high-potential foreigners including top-flight executives, serious investors, hi-tech innovators, ageing retirees and even the idle-rich are welcome. They are targets of the government’s program to entice […]
    Thailand’s post-pandemic economic future is closely tied up with work permit issues.

    Starting in September 2022, anybody rich enough can have a Thai digital work permit automatically awarded by the Department of Employment. Under the 10-year Long Term Residence Visa (LTRV), high-potential foreigners including top-flight executives, serious investors, hi-tech innovators, ageing retirees and even the idle-rich are welcome. They are targets of the government’s program to entice affluent aliens to boost the post-covid economy. The definition of affluent varies according to the application category. Basically, if you think one million baht is a fortune, forget the idea. LTRV is managed by the cash-conscious Board of Investment and not by embassies or the immigration bureau.



    Further employment attractions of the LTRV are that holders can work legally without the former requirement of a ratio of one foreign permit for four Thais in the company. High-flyers will benefit from a flat-rate income tax of 17% instead of the 35% charged on income greater than US$140,000, although they will still need to fill in an annual tax form. Narit Therdsteerasukdi, spokesman for the Board of Investment, explained that he expected most applicants to be people working in hi-tech industries such as electric vehicles, biotechnology and electronics. Some already have the four-year Smart visa, which doesn’t require a separate work permit and is clearly in direct competition with LTRV.

    Most digital nomads in Thailand appear to survive on tourist visas.

    In recent years, the once-draconian Thai work permit rules – which once even cast doubt on whether painting your neighbor’s fence as a favour might be legal as it removed a Thai’s right of employment – have become far softer. Two royal decrees of 2017 actually abolished large chunks of the Alien Workers Act of 2008 and, for the first time, legalized (without the need for a permit) attending conferences or business meetings. Not to mention “emergency” working under 15 days and participating in sports or cultural events. As is typical in Thai legislation, there is scope for argument. Whether company directors or voluntary workers can rest easy is debatable. Suffice it to say that there haven’t been reports of any prosecutions of those groups lately.


    Foreigners attending business meetings no longer require a work permit.

    Instead, immigration police and Labour Department investigators have concentrated on specific groups of offenders. Permit-less foreign teachers remain vulnerable in certain schools which promise a work permit but never seem to get round to it. The owners are anxious to reduce their tax liability on salaries, but jealous rival schools sometimes make a complaint. Also at risk are foreigners seemingly taking jobs from Thais. Recently in Phuket, locals complained bitterly that the island’s entertainment and hospitality industries had been virtually taken over by aliens on tourist visas or even with overstay status. Press reports did not indicate the nationalities of the offenders who may have been unregistered Asians.

    Another ambiguous group are digital nomads for whom there is no specific visa in Thailand. Most survive on tourist visas and are left untouched by the authorities as long as they are not publicly reducing the earning potential of Thai nationals. The Board of Investment is keen on attracting remote workers and its website trumpets a survey designating Bangkok as the world’s second-best location. But whether most nomads will be interested in the LTRV with its attendant bureaucracy and need to prove a high income is far from clear. So it is still broadly true that working in Thailand requires a non-immigrant business visa and a work permit. But it’s by no means entirely true.









    12 August 2022
    Blogs & Features
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=406407
  • Driver found dead in car 12 hours after wreck near Pattaya
    Highway police apologized after admitting they didn’t find the body of a 68-year-old Highway 7 accident victim wasn’t found in the crushed vehicle for more than 12 hours. It’s unknown if Pattarachai Attaphon, 68, died immediately in the 7:45 a.m. Aug. 9 accident in Sriracha or whether he survived but died before police discovered him […]
    Police claimed that as highway police arrived at the scene first and had already checked the vehicle and found no one inside, they cancelled the rescue call, unbeknownst to them that the driver was still trapped in the vehicle and died.

    Highway police apologized after admitting they didn’t find the body of a 68-year-old Highway 7 accident victim wasn’t found in the crushed vehicle for more than 12 hours.

    It’s unknown if Pattarachai Attaphon, 68, died immediately in the 7:45 a.m. Aug. 9 accident in Sriracha or whether he survived but died before police discovered him around 6 p.m. that night.



    Teerapong Subya, a member of the Sawang Prateep Sriracha rescue foundation called to the scene, worried aloud Aug. 10 that Pattarachai could have been saved were it not for the police negligence.

    He insisted that Sawang Prateep was not to blame, as highway police arrived at the scene first and officers said they had already checked the vehicle and found no one inside. So the rescue call was cancelled, as police wrongly assumed the driver had been taken to the hospital by another motorist.



    Pol. Lt. Gen. Jirapop Limsangkard, commander of the Central Investigation Bureau, his top deputies and Pol. Maj. Gen. Eakarach Limsangkard, head of the Highway Police Division, apologized profusely and expressed condolences to Teerapong’s family for the incident.

    Suspecting something was amiss when they couldn’t find the driver, the investigating officers went back and checked the car again that evening where they found the body of Pattarachai, both arms broken, lying curled up below the steering column.

    Jirapop said nine Highway Police officers arrived on the scene at 7:54 a.m. and “thoroughly” inspected the scene. He claimed that the rescue volunteers also confirmed there were no dead or injured people in the car.

    The vehicle was moved to the side of the highway and towed to the Khao Keow investigative unit at 9:28 a.m., he said.

    Jirapop said investigating officers started to suspect something was wrong when they couldn’t find the driver at any local hospital, nor at home. No relatives could be reached.

    Finally, at 6 p.m., officers went back and checked the car again where they found the body of Pattarachai, both arms broken, lying curled up below the steering column.

    The CIB ordered an immediate investigation of how such an error could have occurred and the body was sent for a forensic examination to determine whether Pattarachai had survived the crash and died in the following 12 hours.












    12 August 2022
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=406414
  • Pattaya locals campaign for safe driving with Thai & English signs
    Pattaya city councilmen joined residents in cleaning up streets and campaigning for safe driving for Mother’s Day. Councilmen Jirawat Plukjai and Banjong Banthoonprayuk joined residents of Central Pattaya’s Chumsai and Arunothai communities for the Aug. 10 volunteer event on Soi Chaloemphrakiat 12. City and neighborhood leaders swept sand off roads that could cause motorbike accidents, […]
    “Please drive slowly”, the Central Pattaya community prepared warning signs in English for the benefit of non-Thai speaking residents and tourists.

    Pattaya city councilmen joined residents in cleaning up streets and campaigning for safe driving for Mother’s Day.

    Councilmen Jirawat Plukjai and Banjong Banthoonprayuk joined residents of Central Pattaya’s Chumsai and Arunothai communities for the Aug. 10 volunteer event on Soi Chaloemphrakiat 12.



    City and neighborhood leaders swept sand off roads that could cause motorbike accidents, cut back brush blocking signs and corners, and handed out safe-driving pamphlets and urged locals not to drive drunk.

    The Sai Song and Chumsai community members also took to the streets from Chaloemphrakiat sois 18-23 to wield and install warning signs urging slow driving.


    City and neighborhood leaders swept sand off roads that could cause motorbike accidents and cut back brush blocking signs and corners.












    12 August 2022
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=406444
  • Thailand tourism sector praying for Chinese rebound this year
    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) continues to hope Chinese tourists will return by year-end. TAT Gov. Yuthasak Supasorn said Aug. 10 said Beijing is letting provincial governors decide whether to reopen fully after the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for provinces along land borders. The agency is now talking to local governments to cajole […]
    This year, the Tourism Authority of Thailand optimistically predicts 10 million foreigners will visit Thailand, but very few of them Chinese.

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) continues to hope Chinese tourists will return by year-end.
    TAT Gov. Yuthasak Supasorn said Aug. 10 said Beijing is letting provincial governors decide whether to reopen fully after the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for provinces along land borders.



    The agency is now talking to local governments to cajole them into allowing overseas group tours again, the golden goose for Thai tourism in 2019 when one of every three of Thailand’s 40 million tourists were Chinese.
    This year, the TAT optimistically predicts 10 million foreigners will visit Thailand, but very few of them Chinese.



    But Yuthasak claimed that when the hordes of Chinese do return, they will arrive in a changed Thailand. The TAT’s 2023-2027 strategy plan calls for putting sustainable tourism ahead of mass tourism.
    The agency also is harnessing technology to woo Chinese back by working with Chinese telecom giant Huawei to make “video ringtones” that will show Thai tourist sites on smartphone screens whenever the phone rings.

    TAT Gov. Yuthasak Supasorn said the tourism authority’s 2023-2027 strategy plan calls for putting sustainable tourism ahead of mass tourism.












    12 August 2022
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=406433