A look back at one year ago this week in Pattaya and Thailand news

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The following is a new feature, only started last week, that will join our other recurring weekly features like Reader Talkback, Editorials, A look at the week ahead in news, and recaps of top national and local stories.

This new section, which will generally be published on Thursday, takes a look back at news from the same period last year (and sometimes different time windows, such as six months or three months) to see how things have changed, following up on progression of stories, as well as look at potentially broken promises or things that didn’t take place.

As we publish dozens of stories a week this is a quick way for people to take a look at what the biggest stories were a year ago, as chosen by our editorial team, and how they impact us today and relate to current news. They are in no particular order of importance.

1. Gunman kills ex-wife at a beauty clinic in shocking daylight murder at Bangkok Mall

This case, only one week after a mass shooting at a mall in Korat, badly shook up many even further. The video footage also went viral on Thai social media, showing the suspect, who has since been sentenced to life in prison, brutally shooting his ex-wife to death in the middle of a shopping day at the clinic next to her co-worker, who was injured. The follow-up, from just two months ago, is below the original article.

Gunman arrested in killing of ex-wife at mall in Bangkok

Vicious shooter gets life imprisonment for killing his ex-wife at beauty clinic in Bangkok shopping mall

2. Tourist attractions pivot to Russian and Indian tourists due to lack of Chinese tourists due to Covid-19

Only about a month later, when borders would close to regular foreign tourists (and remain closed to this day unless one does two-week quarantine) attempts to replace Chinese tourists with those from other countries would end. Many in the tourism industry hope that in the latter half of this year tourists will be able to return without a major quarantine period, especially if vaccinated for Covid-19.

Thousands of Indian tourists visit Cartoon Network Water Park as Thai tour companies change focus to India and Russia during current COVID19 crisis in China

Nong Nooch Gardens are focusing on Indian tourists and partnering with tour companies to bring more Indian tourists to Pattaya

3.  Future Forward party disbanded by Thai Constitutional Court

Many pro-democracy and anti-government protesters said it was this action that started the recent protests in earnest.

Future Forward Party found guilty and disbanded by Thai Constitutional Court for accepting illegal donations

4.  Thai Minister of Tourism says foreign tourism down sixty percent due to Covid-19

One year later, it is down nearly 99% (With only those who go through quarantine coming in) with no immediate end in sight.

Thailand’s Minister of Tourism says number of foreign tourists down sixty percent due to COVID19, calls on domestic Thai tourists to help support country

5.  Mapprachan Lake at the lowest level in twenty years

Although it is better this year, the improvement is not substantial according to local residents.

Pattaya Water Reservoir at Mapprachan Lake at lowest level in twenty years

That’s all for this week, hope you enjoyed a look back at this time last year!

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