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  • Happy Birthday King Rama X
    “Glory protects Thai people” His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun was born on Monday 28 July 1952 at 17:45 in the Ambara Villa, Dusit Palace in Bangkok. Somdet Phra Chao Yu Hua Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, King Rama X has reigned since 13 October 2017 after the passing of Phra Bat Somdet Phra Chao Yu Hua […]
    King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun greets an audience from the balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall in the Grand Palace Monday, May 6, 2019, in Bangkok.

    “Glory protects Thai people”

    His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun was born on Monday 28 July 1952 at 17:45 in the Ambara Villa, Dusit Palace in Bangkok.

    Somdet Phra Chao Yu Hua Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, King Rama X has reigned since 13 October 2017 after the passing of Phra Bat Somdet Phra Chao Yu Hua Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX. He is the only son of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.

    When HM the King was one year old, Somdet Phra Sangkharat Chao Krommaluang Wachirayanwong, the 13th supreme patriarch of the Rattanakosin Era gave the child his first name at birth, “Vajiralongkorn Borommachakkrayadisonsantatiwong Thewetthamrongsuboriban Aphikhunuprakanmahittaladunladet Phumiphonnaretwarangkun Kittisirisombunsawangkhawat Borommakhattiyaratchakuman”.

    Vajiralongkorn was a combination between “Vajirayana”, ordination name of Phra Bat Somdet Phra Paramaintara Maha Mongkut Phra Jom Kao Chao Yu Hua, King Rama IV, and “Alongkorn”, a part of the name of Phra Bat Somdet Phra Paramintara Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Junla Jom Kao Chao Yu Hua, King Rama X, meaning “wearing jewelry”.

    King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun sits on the throne as he is officially crowned King at the Grand Palace, in Bangkok, May 4, 2019.

    His Majesty has one older sister, Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana, and two younger sisters, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn.

    HM the King began his education in 1956 when he entered kindergarten at Udon Mansion in Dusit Palace. Soon after, he studied in primary and secondary education at the Chitralada School from 1956 – 1962.

    After completing Mathayom 1 (through grade seven), he was sent to study at public schools in the United Kingdom. First at King’s Mead School, Seaford, Sussex, and then at Millfield School, Somerset, where he completed his secondary education in July 1970. In August 1970, he attended a five-week military training course at The King’s School, in Sydney, Australia.

    In 1972, HM the King enrolled at the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra, Australia. His education at Duntroon was divided into two parts: military training by the Australian Army and a bachelor’s degree course under the auspices of the University of New South Wales. He graduated in 1976 as a newly commissioned lieutenant with a liberal arts degree.

    In 1982 His Majesty completed a second bachelor’s degree in law and in 1987 he also completed a Master’s Degree of Laws at the Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University. In 1990, he studied at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

    Aware of the importance of education, His Majesty established his scholarship program in 2009 with the aim of improving children’s access to quality education and instilling the concept of lifelong learning. The scholarship program has been operating with His Majesty’s personal funds amounting to 42 million baht a year together with donated funds presented to him for charitable purposes. The funds have been used to support education for needy students on a continual basis.

    His Majesty opens the ceremonial curtain to reveal the RVYC signboard inaugurating the new clubhouse in 2005.

    His Majesty has special ties to the Rajabhat University system of 40 institutions of higher learning. HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn has presided over commencement ceremonies at all Rajabhat Universities nationwide and personally handed out degrees to all Rajabhat university graduates every year since 1978.

    After completing his studies, His Majesty served as a career officer in the Royal Thai Army. He served as a staff officer in the Directorate of Army Intelligence, and attended the Command and General Staff College in 1977.

    His Majesty attended numerous military training courses in Australia and the United States, with observation tours in England, Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands. A long list of military courses attended by His Majesty includes helicopter and high performance aircraft flight training, special warfare training, demolition training, parachute training, and courses in small arms and other weapons used in modern warfare.

    He joined the Air Operation Special Unit in Advance Patrol and Navigation Course, Air Transportation Course December 1979 – January 1980. In addition, he studied the UH–1 H helicopter for general use and trained in the Bell AH-1H Cobra attack helicopter. He is an expert aviator.

    His Majesty the King addresses parliament in Bangkok, Friday, May 24, 2019, advising lawmakers to take their responsibilities seriously because their actions will affect national security and the people’s well-being.

    With his ability in aviation and knowledge in new technologies in both theory and practice, he completed air weapons training at the Arms Training Stadium, Chai Badan, Lopburi and won the competition on 1 April 1987. Moreover, he served as aviation instructor of the F-5 Freedom Fighter since 4 May 1994. HM the King’s achievements are the pride of the Thai Army and Thai people.

    In 1978 he became Commander of the King’s Own Bodyguard Battalion. Later that year on 6 November 1978 at age 26, His Majesty interrupted his military career to be ordained as a Buddhist monk at Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). He was given the name ‘Vajiralongkornno’ and resided at Wat Bowon Niwet Wihan Ratchaworawihan for 15 days.

    On December 28, 1972, at the auspicious time of 12.23 p.m. in the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej conferred then Prince Vajiralongkorn with the title of “Somdech Phra Boroma Orasadhiraj Chao Fah Maha Vajiralongkorn Sayam Makutrajakuman” (His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn) making him the heir to the throne in accordance with the Palace Law on Succession B.E. 2467 (1924).

    Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn is carried on a palanquin through the streets outside the Grand Palace for the public to pay homage during the second day of his coronation ceremony in Bangkok, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned Saturday amid the splendor of the country’s Grand Palace, taking the central role in an elaborate centuries-old royal ceremony that was last held almost seven decades ago. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichorn)

    His Majesty has continued the Royal Family’s assistance programs to underdeveloped areas around the country and visited depressed urban areas around Bangkok distributing food and necessity items to people in need.

    At a ceremony held on 1 May 2019 at Ampornsathan Throne Hall in the Dusit Palace, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn married Gen. Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya, conferred upon her the formal title of Her Majesty the Queen, presented her with the traditional royal regalia and accorded her royal rank and status in keeping with royal traditions.

    His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned king at the Grand Palace, Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Bangkok. The world watched on as His Majesty the King took the throne in an elaborate centuries-old royal tradition that last happened seven decades ago. After completing the rites, His Majesty issued his post-coronation royal command, “I shall continue to preserve, and build upon the royal legacy and shall reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the people forever.”

    His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun is bathed with sacred water from several holy rivers and ponds and other water sources in the country in a rite known as the Royal Ablution and Anointment ceremonies.

    His Majesty has been recognized for his tireless efforts to promote the well-being of Thai people by visiting people in various regions to listen to their problems. His Majesty has gained in-depth experiences in many fields and has provided his initiatives for the benefits and happiness of the people and prosperity and security to the country.

    The Pattaya Mail Media Group humbly joins the Kingdom of Thailand in offering our best wishes to His Majesty Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun on the occasion of his birthday, July 28, 2021.

    Long live the King!

    HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun as a child, playing with his sisters.
    King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida wave to an audience from the balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall in the Grand Palace during the coronation ceremony Monday, May 6, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned amid the splendor of the country’s Grand Palace, taking the central role in an elaborate centuries-old royal ceremony that was last held almost seven decades ago. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)









    27 July 2021
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=365203
  • Chonburi new case remains high at 884, Bangkok 2,635, Phuket 26 and Chiang Mai 46 today
    Each province’s daily domestic COVID-19 cases update in Thailand on Tuesday. Total: 14,111

    Each province’s daily domestic COVID-19 cases update in Thailand on Tuesday. Total: 14,111


















    27 July 2021
    Chiangmai Mail
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=365179
  • Foreigners busted drinking alcohol in Pattaya pub cellar
    Residents in Soi Wat Boon Samphan tipped off Pattaya police that a certain pub in the area was holding regular drinking parties in the premises, which they knew went against the lockdown orders enacted by the Chonburi Disease Control Department. Pol. Col. Chitdecha Songhong, superintendent of the Nongprue police station, led a team of law […]
    Pol. Col. Chitdecha Songhong interrogates one of the suspects found partying and drinking alcohol in the pub.

    Residents in Soi Wat Boon Samphan tipped off Pattaya police that a certain pub in the area was holding regular drinking parties in the premises, which they knew went against the lockdown orders enacted by the Chonburi Disease Control Department.



    Pol. Col. Chitdecha Songhong, superintendent of the Nongprue police station, led a team of law enforcers on a nighttime raid on the late-night pub July 26, where they found a gathering of 11 foreign nationals and one Thai drinking alcoholic beverages in the cellar of the pub.

    The alcohol drinking revelers were arrested and charged with violation of the Emergency Decree and disobeying the orders of the Chonburi Department of Disease Control restrictions against public gatherings and selling or drinking alcohol.

    Pattaya police raid the bar on Soi Wat Boon Samphan where they found a group of foreigners allegedly drinking alcoholic beverages.









    27 July 2021
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=365157
  • Pattaya vows crackdown as infamous ‘Coconut Bar’ reopens on Soi Buakhao
    With video indicating that Pattaya’s infamous “Coconut Bar” has relocated to Soi Buakhao, Pattaya area officials are vowing a crackdown on prostitutes and the foreign men who approach them. Video surfaced July 26 of an evening scene on the central Pattaya thoroughfare near the Tree Town Market. Provocatively dressed women and old Pattaya expats sat […]
    Video surfaced July 26 of an evening scene on Soi Buakhao in central Pattaya thoroughfare near the Tree Town Market showing provocatively dressed women and old Pattaya expats talking and drinking before curfew without wearing face masks.

    With video indicating that Pattaya’s infamous “Coconut Bar” has relocated to Soi Buakhao, Pattaya area officials are vowing a crackdown on prostitutes and the foreign men who approach them.

    Video surfaced July 26 of an evening scene on the central Pattaya thoroughfare near the Tree Town Market. Provocatively dressed women and old Pattaya expats sat talking and drinking without wearing face masks.



    Netizens erupted in righteous indignation, claiming the farangs were creating conditions for a Covid-19 superspreader event.

    Somchai, a motorcycle taxi rider in the area, confirmed the video, saying the foreigners and women he suspected of being prostitutes return every night, just as they did on Beach Road before police closed the shoreline and shooed away hookers from under the coconuts trees.

    Banglamung Deputy District Chief Paradorn Chainapaporn said anyone congregating on Soi Buakhao or drinking alcohol there would be arrested for emergency decree violations.

    After keyboard warriors complained about video indicating Pattaya’s infamous “Coconut Bar” relocated to Soi Buakhao, Pattaya area officials vowed to crack down on prostitutes and the foreign men who approach them.









    27 July 2021
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=365146
  • Singing, driving live streamers busted near Pattaya Walking Street for curfew violation
    A Pattaya couple found out the hard way that driving around singing and live streaming after curfew was not a legitimate reason to be outside. Paiboon Butwong and Jantana Butsurin, both 44, were stopped by Banglamung District security officers late July 26 as they drove and held up their smartphone to record a video while […]
    Banglamung District security officers stopped Paiboon Butwong and Jantana Butsurin at the Walking Street checkpoint for violating the curfew, which carries fines of up to 40,000 baht and two years in prison.

    A Pattaya couple found out the hard way that driving around singing and live streaming after curfew was not a legitimate reason to be outside.

    Paiboon Butwong and Jantana Butsurin, both 44, were stopped by Banglamung District security officers late July 26 as they drove and held up their smartphone to record a video while driving.



    Upon seeing the officers, the pair quickly put the phone down but couldn’t produce documents permitting them to be out after the 9 p.m. curfew.

    Paiboon had been streaming himself on Facebook as they drove one-handed on a motorbike while singing. He told police, however, that he had left home to find food. Officers didn’t buy it.

    Both were charged with violating the curfew, which carries fines of up to 40,000 baht and two years in prison.

    The two joyriders face the consequences in front of the Inquiry Officer at Pattaya Police Station.




    Warning to anyone considering breaking the curfew without reason, police and security officers are on duty throughout the area just waiting to catch you.









    27 July 2021
    Featured
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=365141
  • 2 Pattaya markets closed as 201 new Covid-19 local cases reported
    Two Pattaya fresh markets were closed after coronavirus cases were found among workers. Banglamung District told Nongprue officials to shut down Rattanakorn Market and Rai Wanasin Market for a week to allow for cleaning and testing. They will reopen Aug. 1. The latest market closures come as Pattaya continues to break records for daily coronavirus […]
    After more record-breaking Covid-19 cases in Chonburi, officials ordered two fresh food markets to close for seven days from July 26 to August 1 for disinfecting.

    Two Pattaya fresh markets were closed after coronavirus cases were found among workers.

    Banglamung District told Nongprue officials to shut down Rattanakorn Market and Rai Wanasin Market for a week to allow for cleaning and testing. They will reopen Aug. 1.



    The latest market closures come as Pattaya continues to break records for daily coronavirus cases. On Tuesday, Chonburi reported a record 884 cases, with 201 of them found in Banglamung District, which includes Pattaya.

    Both markets were quiet after the closure order came out July 25, with 90 percent of stalls closed. Vegetable sellers packed their goods into refrigerators hoping they will survive a week.

    Both markets were quiet after the closure order came out July 25, with 90 percent of stalls closed.




    The orders came through so quickly, vendors had little time to pack up their fresh food and vegetables to try and save it for a week.




    Rattanakorn Market and Rai Wanasin Market have been closed for a week to allow for cleaning and testing.









    27 July 2021
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=365135
  • Pattaya supermarket employee killed on way to work
    A Pattaya motorist speeding to work slammed into a power pole and died. Sakchot Prayunwiwat, 25, died at the scene of the July 26 crash on Sukhumvit Road between Soi Chaiyapruek and Boonkanchanaram temple. His Nissan Cefiro was ripped in half by the force of the collision with the high-voltage pole and the body was […]
    Makro employee Sakchot Prayunwiwat was killed on impact when he lost control and slammed into a utility pole when trying to beat a red light.

    A Pattaya motorist speeding to work slammed into a power pole and died.

    Sakchot Prayunwiwat, 25, died at the scene of the July 26 crash on Sukhumvit Road between Soi Chaiyapruek and Boonkanchanaram temple. His Nissan Cefiro was ripped in half by the force of the collision with the high-voltage pole and the body was trapped in the wreckage.



    Nattawut Jankawe, a coworker at Makro Cash & Carry, was driving behind Sakchot on their way to work. He said Sakchot sped up to make the light at Soi Chaiyapruek and lost control on a rain-slicked curve, plowing into the pole.

    The rescue team used chemical substances to prevent sparks from igniting leaked gasoline.









    27 July 2021
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=365131
  • Heavy rains cause havoc on Pattaya roads
    Heavy rains along the Eastern Seaboard during the past few weeks have caused many accidents on local roads and highways around Pattaya. Visibility during thunderstorms is often reduced to zero and the roads become very slippery, making for extremely hazardous driving conditions. On the night of July 24, two accidents were reported along Highway 36 […]
    A cement truck lies on its side after skidding off Pattaya-Rayong Highway 36. The driver was unhurt.
    A cement truck lies on its side after skidding off Pattaya-Rayong Highway 36. The driver was unhurt.

    Heavy rains along the Eastern Seaboard during the past few weeks have caused many accidents on local roads and highways around Pattaya.

    Visibility during thunderstorms is often reduced to zero and the roads become very slippery, making for extremely hazardous driving conditions.



    On the night of July 24, two accidents were reported along Highway 36 near Khao Mai Kaew caused by heavy rains all evening.

    The first was when a cement truck driven by Pracha Thinprasong, 27, lost control during the heavy rain and flipped onto its side and into the ditch running along the middle of the highway. Fortunately, the driver was unhurt.

    Chaithawat Noorin tells police of his near death experience when his car flipped onto its roof after hitting the road barriers in heavy rain.

    The second accident occurred about one kilometer down the road just before the Covid-19 checkpoint set up to control cars leaving and entering Chonburi province.

    A Toyota Vios had lost control and flipped onto its roof. After crawling out from his overturned car, a dazed Chaithawat Noorin, 41, said, “It was raining very hard and visibility was very poor. I did not see the orange-coloured barriers that were set up along the road leading up to the checkpoint and hit them at just the right angle that the force of the impact flipped my car upside down.”

    He was also very lucky to walk away from the wreck with only minor injuries.









    27 July 2021
    Pattaya News
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=365124
  • Pattaya Survivors: Yupin’s spirited restaurant in Jomtien Complex
    One of the best known international restaurants in Jomtien, Yupin’s has been catering to the discerning diner since 2013. Master chef and licensee Yupin says the secret of its success is the spirit of fun which permeates all that she and the staff do. Situated in the heart of Jomtien Complex, the city’s best-known gay […]
    Yupin, the star chef and licensee, is the key to Yupin’s success story.

    One of the best known international restaurants in Jomtien, Yupin’s has been catering to the discerning diner since 2013. Master chef and licensee Yupin says the secret of its success is the spirit of fun which permeates all that she and the staff do. Situated in the heart of Jomtien Complex, the city’s best-known gay district, Yupin’s in fact is just as popular with families and non-gay clientele. The friendly atmosphere is pervasive. Or it was, before the decree restricting restaurants to take-out and delivery services recently took effect.



    The silent partner is husband Peter, a British born expat, whose varied international career is jaw-dropping in its diversity. His professional activities – merely examples – have included training in hotel and catering at the then-named Oxford Polytechnic, food services manager at Silverstone race circuit, chief administrator in the oil and gas industry in Algeria and owner of 18 jewelry retail outlets here in Pattaya. A regular vacationer in Thailand, Peter met and married Yupin in 2004. She, a professional Thai cook, quickly also learned the arts of European cuisine preparing large dinner parties organized by Pete at their Jomtien flat.


    Yupin’s restaurant has been popular since day one. Initially, there was no local competition for quality European cooking accompanied by tiptop Thai cuisine within a moderate price range. A permanent feature has been the adding of novel international dishes to the substantial menu. For example, there’s Bunny Chow, a spicy Indian curry of lamb fillets soaking into a loaf of French bread crust with all the trimmings. Or Yupin’s Tournedos Rossini, an Argentinian fillet steak on top of a Paysannale pate on toast plus plus. With innovation like that, Yupin’s has always led the discerning food field.



    Peter and Yupin say that the interruption to in-dining is a blow to all restaurants in Thailand, but feel confident that once full operations begin again, with the sale of alcohol also permitted, the business will once again flourish because of pent-up expat demand. In the meantime, the bright lights and signage of the restaurant, a beacon of hope, are keeping alive the Jomtien spirit in a street of shuttered and darkened bars. For take-home and delivery options, give them a call on 038 250394. Don’t forget the curfew.









    26 July 2021
    Daily Newsletter
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=365114
  • Chonburi new case breaks record at 867 while Bangkok logs 2,573, Phuket 28 and Chiang Mai 100 today
    Each province’s daily domestic COVID-19 cases update in Thailand on Monday. Total: 15,362

    Each province’s daily domestic COVID-19 cases update in Thailand on Monday. Total: 15,362


















    26 July 2021
    Chiangmai Mail
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=365090