Take a look back at the first week of March last year in Pattaya and Thailand news…what has changed in a year?


The following is a new feature, only started three weeks prior, 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 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 the progression of stories, as well as look at potentially broken promises or things that didn’t take place in Pattaya and Thailand.

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. This week, we cover the first week of March 2020.

1. Transgender arrested after attacking American tourist with Sodium Hydroxide in Pattaya

This story went viral, with thousands of views and comments on our social media channels over the unusual nature and brutality of the attack.

Transgender suspect arrested after attacking American tourist with Sodium Hydroxide in Pattaya

2.  Pattaya Music Festival canceled due to Covid-19

In the same week, the popular St. Patrick’s parade was also canceled and rumblings about Songkran were starting. One year later, events are cautiously starting again.

Pattaya Music Festival cancelled due to Covid19 concerns

Pattaya City cancels St. Patrick’s Day parade and postpones Tropixx Music Festival out of precaution for Covid-19 Coronavirus

3. Saudi Arabian man involved in a dispute in Pattaya, attacked by several Thai men, flees the hospital

A story of a Saudi Arabian man being attacked by police was popular this week last year, especially when the man fled the hospital after claiming he did nothing wrong and the suspects later revealing they had filed police reports against the victim for allegedly renting a motorbike and not returning it. The Saudi Arabain man reportedly fled Thailand.

Saudi Arabian man involved in Pattaya brawl flees hospital as suspects meet with police and show evidence of debt owed to them

Saudi Arabian man assaulted by group of Thai men in Pattaya who claimed to witnesses to be Police

4. Jomtien Road construction 90% completed

One year later, there is still construction, especially around the end of Dongtan Beach and the start of Jomtien Beach. Officials say Covid-19 related measures delayed the work and the many month’s delays were no fault of their own but it is now progressing quickly.

Jomtien Road construction 90 percent complete according to Pattaya City Officials, expected to be finished in one month

5. Pattaya City cancels all non-religious Songkran activities

This shocked the Pattaya world and warned business owners and others that the Covid-19 situation was a lot more serious than many initially thought. Later, Songkran would be banned entirely, even small religious traditional activities. This year, it is cautiously returning, albeit with rules.

Pattaya City cancels all non religious official Songkran Activities and Wan Lai Festival due to Covid19 concerns

That’s all for this week last year! We hope you enjoy taking a trip back in time!


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Adam Judd
Mr. Adam Judd is the Co-owner of TPN Media since December 2017. He is originally from Washington D.C., America, but has also lived in Dallas, Sarasota, and Portsmouth. His background is in retail sales, HR, and operations management, and has written about news and Thailand for many years. He has lived in Pattaya for over nine years as a full-time resident, is well known locally and been visiting the country as a regular visitor for over a decade. His full contact information, including office contact information, can be found on our Contact Us page below. Stories please e-mail Editor@ThePattayanews.com About Us: https://thepattayanews.com/about-us/ Contact Us: https://thepattayanews.com/contact-us/