A look back at this week last year in Thailand news: Fires, flooding, and monorails….


The following is a weekly feature article looking at this same time period LAST year in Pattaya 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 as promised 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 roughly in order of publication.

This week, we cover the fourth week of SEPTEMBER 2020, from Sunday, September 20th, 2020 to Saturday, September 26th, 2020.

  Let’s get into the top stories from this week LAST year!

1.  Heavy rain brings flooding to Banglamung and Pattaya

Just a reminder that every September, although fresh to those who may not have been here long, is the heart of the rainy season and yearly sees significant flooding.

Heavy rain brings flooding to Banglamung and Pattaya

2.  “Big Joke” files lawsuit against Prime Minister for his transfer out of police position

A year later, the lawsuit was settled out of court and Big Joke was moved into a top-level police advisor position and is back in a position of prominence with the Royal Thai Police. Answers to exactly why he was moved out of position may never be answered.

Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn files a lawsuit against Thai Prime Minister for allegedly unlawfully issuing him a transfer order to a cabinet advisor

3.  Fire damages under construction fantasy cafe in Pattaya

A second, more recent fire, also took place at the same venue not long ago. It remains closed as of this time. Both fires were attributed to a faulty electrical socket, according to investigators.

Fire damages under construction fantasy themed café in Pattaya area

4.  Pattaya monorail project gets positive feedback from investors

However, a year later, it is still essentially on pause, other than some clearing of roads around the Eastern part of Pattaya, and “delayed due to Covid-19.” When do YOU think the monorail will be built?

Pattaya monorail project receives positive feedback from Thai and foreign investors at Pattaya conference, maps revealed

That is all for this week, it wasn’t the busiest week last year, as is often the case in September, although this year due to Covid-19 has seen more newsworthy stories. We appreciate your support and 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 Pattayanewseditor@gmail.com About Us: https://thepattayanews.com/about-us/ Contact Us: https://thepattayanews.com/contact-us/