This week last year in Thailand news: Covid-19 restrictions, checkpoints begin, raids on private parties, and more


The following is a weekly feature article looking at this same time period LAST year in national and Thailand news.

This weekly feature 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, however, are in order of publication. This week, we cover the THIRD week of April 2020, which was a major week due to Covid-19 from Sunday, April 12th, 2020 to Saturday, April 18th, 2020. They are in order of publication.

1. Dozens of people arrested performing underground cam shows

Authorities began regular raids and arrests on people gathering and violating the curfew in Chonburi.

Dozens of people arrested violating Covid-19 emergency decree performing underground cam shows in Chonburi

2.  Alcohol sales banned nationwide in Thailand

Probably, along with condo pool bans, the least popular restriction last year. As Thailand battles Covid-19 a year later still let us hope this one doesn’t return.

Alcohol sales are now banned country wide in Thailand to help discourage gatherings

3.  Pattaya City begins checkpoints

Another unpopular restriction, once again let us hope these don’t have to return this year.

Pattaya City Checkpoints and closure to start Wednesday, not Tuesday, in the afternoon

4.  Homeless problem growing in Pattaya

A year later, it is slightly better but if the current round of Covid-19 infections causes widespread restrictions or closures this could become an issue once more.

Homeless problem growing quickly in Pattaya due to Covid19, local residents ask city officials to take action

5.  Chonburi enforces no activities on the beach

Hopefully, beaches don’t close this year. This was another unpopular rule last year as they kicked everyone off the walkways and made them walk in other areas.

Pattaya City Law Enforcement make it clear- NO activities on the beach area and walkways, including exercise- they are closed

6.  Man stabs woman to death in public in Pattaya

This was a major non-covid story last year.

Male suspect arrested after allegedly stabbing a 50 year old Thai woman on a road in Pattaya this morning

Man who stabbed woman to death in public Pattaya street was ex husband, allegedly admits crime

7. Pattaya police raid illegal gathering of foreigners drinking

There were a lot of these last year, hopefully doesn’t happen this year.

Pattaya Police arrest thirteen foreigners found drinking and having a pool party at hotel resort

That is all for this week…one year later, we once again face Covid-19 in Thailand although when compared to last year’s restrictions things are much better…for now.

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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 About Us: Contact Us: