Top local stories for the last week in Pattaya: Police checkpoints return, tragic shooting of a young boy, some Thai business owners opposed to a Pattaya “sandbox” plan, and more!

Hello Pattaya News Readers!

The following is our weekly feature in which we highlight the top local stories in our area, Pattaya and Chonburi, for the past week. The number of stories differs from week to week.

These are chosen and curated by our editorial team and are designed for our readers to get a quick “catch-up” of important stories they may have missed as we publish many stories daily and it is easy to lose track of important events or changes in our area. We do national recaps in a separate article.

They are in no particular order of importance. These are from Sunday, March 28th, to Saturday, April 3rd, 2021.

1.  Two people seriously injured during the Pattaya surf skate event, Pattaya City government to pay for their injuries

Although the event was overall seen as a success, several skaters’ injuries put a damper on the event when they collided on a slight downhill portion near the Dolphin roundabout during a street skate session. Pattaya City agreed to pay for their injuries and promised better safety management with the partnership of organizers for future events.

Two seriously injured in ‘Pattaya Bikini Surf Skate’, Pattaya government to pay for the injured youth

2.  Tragic shooting between two young boys in Pattaya

One of our most commented stories of the week when an older boy in his preteens, thinking he was playing with a toy gun, tragically shot and killed a younger boy in Pattaya.

Eleven-year-old boy allegedly shoots five-year-old boy to death in Pattaya area, thought gun was a toy

3.  Indian community of Pattaya celebrate the Holi festival

A joyous event attended by dozens of people to celebrate Holi this year in Pattaya. See more here.

Indian Community of Pattaya Thailand celebrates Holi festival

4.  Thai-Bangladeshi community celebrate 50th Bangladeshi National Day

Another major community event took place last week in our area.

Thai-Bangladeshi Community celebrates 50th Bangladesh National Day

5. Many local Pattaya business owners against a “sandbox” plan for vaccinated foreign tourists

Owners of businesses in Pattaya that mostly rely on domestic tourists are against a plan to make Pattaya a sandbox tourism zone, letting in vaccinated foreign tourists without quarantine, afraid it will cause domestic tourists to stop coming.

Many local Pattaya business owners against Pattaya becoming a “sandbox” for foreign tourists, think it will hurt domestic tourism

6.  Nigerian and his Thai girlfriend arrested in Pattaya for alleged drug dealing

This story drew a LOT of interest and comments. They will serve up to five years after reportedly being cooperative with officials.

UPDATE: Nigerian and his Thai girlfriend, suspected drug dealers in Pattaya area, to serve up to five years in Thai prison

7.  Intoxicated man threatens to shoot up restaurant over an alleged noise complaint

Our most commented story of the week after a man who was upset by alleged loud noise threatened to shoot up a restaurant and got arrested. The weapon later turned out to be a BB gun.

Intoxicated man arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot up Pattaya area shop patrons over loud noises

8. Police checkpoints are back in Pattaya just in time for Songkran

They are baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack….and in a big way.

Police checkpoints return to Pattaya in a big way, two arrested for suspected drunk driving last night including one foreigner

That is all for this week. As always, we appreciate your support, readership, and hope you have a great week ahead!

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