Thailand Time Machine: A look back at this week LAST year in top Thai news: Unpopular maximum control Covid measures extended, Swiss tourist murdered in Phuket, and more


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, follow 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 first full week of August 2021, from Sunday, August 1st, 2021, to Saturday, August 7th, 2021.

Let’s go!

1. Chonburi stays under maximum control for another month, deepening misery for business owners and residents

Due to Covid-19 measures, it was a very bleak time last year.

Thailand’s Covid19 Center extends maximum control measures in 29 provinces nationwide until the end of August, other additional measures announced

Video explanation of Thailand extending and expanding Covid-19 restrictions from August 3rd

2.  Car mob calls for Prime Minister to resign due to Covid measures

The deeply unpopular measures, running for four months at this time and announced as stated above to stay for another month, were causing immense tension and anger.

“Car Mob” demonstrations organized nationwide in Thailand on Sunday, calling for Prime Minister resignation following continuing Covid-19 crisis

3.  Homeless population continues to rise, and residents ask officials to help

With nearly every business sector closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, the homeless population was also quickly rising.

Local Pattaya residents urge authorities to do more to help the rising homeless population in the city

4.  Fire destroys Pattaya-themed restaurant for the second time

It is now back open and repaired.

Fire destroys Pattaya area theme restaurant and cafe-for the second time!

5.  Foreign tourist in Phuket found dead at a secluded waterfall

This was a massive story last year, as she had been murdered. The suspect was caught shortly after.

Foreign female tourist, participating in Phuket Sandbox, found dead at Ton Ao Yon waterfall, police believe foul play was involved

Phuket provincial authorities express deepest condolences regarding the suspicious death of a Swiss tourist, further investigation ongoing this afternoon

Suspect who allegedly murdered Swiss tourist in Phuket Sandbox arrested

That is all for this week! Stay safe!


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: