The top local stories from the past week in Pattaya: Big Joke visits Pattaya, major nightclub fire on Walking Street, and more…

Hello Pattaya News Readers and Supporters!

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. 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, this is only the top local stories in our area and province.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Sunday, September 12th, 2021, to Saturday, September 18th, 2021. 

Let’s get started and see what the top local stories were!

1. Thai Tourism Minister visits Pattaya to discuss “Move On” reopening plan, plan to be presented to CCSA this Friday

The Thai Tourism Minister visited Pattaya to discuss the Move On reopening plan last week. The CCSA meeting, however, ended up being informal and will be reconsidered later this week, on the 23rd/24th.  The Move on plan is also likely moving to a “One SOP one standard” plan that will simplify things but is not final.

Thai Tourism Minister visits Pattaya to discuss “Move On” reopening plan, plan to be presented to CCSA this Friday

Pattaya “Move On” project set to join “Sandbox 7+7” extension on its proposed opening this October, Tourism and Sports Minister says

Tourism Authority of Thailand plans to propose no-quarantine tourism under “One SOP One System” scheme for fully-vaccinated foreigners

2. Major fire causes serious damage to Walking Street nightclub in Pattaya

One of the biggest stories not just of last week but in the past several months. The official cause remains under investigation.

Major fire causes serious damage to Walking Street nightclub in Pattaya

UPDATE: Forensic Police still investigating nightclub fire on Pattaya Walking Street, cause still unknown

UPDATE: Pattaya Mayor inspects Walking Street nightclub after weekend fire, cause still under investigation

3.  No guarantees of nightlife opening soon if Pattaya reopens to vaccinated foreign tourists

Not the news people want to hear but local and regional leaders say their hands are tied by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) due to a national mandate to keep all bars and entertainment closed due to concern of the spread of Covid-19.

No guarantees of entertainment/nightlife opening for October tourism reopening proposal in Pattaya, officials want to focus on cultural and natural activities

4.  Big Joke visits Pattaya

It’s been a while, but top-level police advisor “Big Joke” visited Pattaya last week. Here is why.

‘Big Joke’ visits Pattaya to follow up on ‘Smart Safety Zone 4.0’ project

5.  Young girl drowns in swimming pool in the Banglamung area

A tragic story that drove many comments on our social media last week.

4-year-old girl tragically drowns at a swimming pool in Pattaya area home

6. Pro-democracy protesters hold a car rally in Pattaya to protest the visit of PM to the area

The Prime Minister visited Chonburi last week to inspect factory sandboxes in Si Racha, but protesters were not pleased to see him.

Pro-democracy protesters hold car rally in Pattaya to protest Prime Minister visiting Chonburi


Thai Prime Minister visits GISTDA and the Factory Sandbox program in Si Racha

That is all for this week. We hope all our readers stay safe and will see you next week!

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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 eight 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: