The top local stories in Pattaya and Chonburi from the past week: Shot baby elephant recovering, Pattaya countdown rules and schedule, and much 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, from 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, December 12th, 2021, to Saturday, December 18th, 2021.

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

1.  RIP to Mr. Derrick Kane

A long-time member of the local community, a contributor to many charitable causes, and well-respected locally by many. Rest in peace.

Obituary: Rest in Peace to Mr. Derrick Kane

2.  Man arrested for killing a wild pregnant elephant in Chonburi

This incident drew a lot of heated discussion on our social media.  The man claimed the act was in self-defense.

61-year-old man arrested for killing pregnant wild elephant in Chonburi, claims self-defense

3.  Pattaya City announces countdown with the full artist list

You can see the event schedule and rules here. Those attending must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 AND be tested within 72 hours of the event.

PATTAYA​ COUNTDOWN​ 2022​ officially announced with full concert lists

Rules for Pattaya Countdown 2022

4.  Pattaya bar and entertainment venue owners want a legal opening

With concerns about Omicron, however, this is questionable at best. Meanwhile, reports of many new “restaurants” in Pattaya have come in recently.

Pattaya bar, tourism, and entertainment venue owners hold major meeting with numerous government officials, call for legal reopening

5.  Baby elephant shot ten times by poachers, caught in a trap, continues to recover

The good news: Fah Sai, the baby elephant, is doing well. The bad news? The suspected illegal poachers responsible have still not been caught.

UPDATE: Injured female baby elephant, shot and left for dead by poachers, recovers in Pattaya after operation to remove multiple bullets

6.  Chonburi police continue crackdown on crane machine games

This continued crackdown has drawn lots of amused responses on social media. Thailand considers the machines gambling devices, however, and laws are tough (officially) around them.

Chonburi police continue crackdown on crane machine games in Bang Saen mall

7.  Latest Chonburi official orders released

Here you go if you missed them:

Chonburi governor releases new provincial orders around Covid-19 restrictions before the new year festival


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 About Us: Contact Us: