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 third week of August 2021, from Sunday, August 15th, 2021, to Saturday, August 21st, 2021.
1. Pattaya Beach remodel project temporarily paused after a group of prominent Thai residents protest
It remains “paused” a year later. The major issue was fighting over taking down large trees.
Pattaya Beach remodel project temporarily paused after group of prominent Thai residents protest
Pattaya beach remodel project paused after several prominent local residents protest
UPDATE: Pattaya Mayor addresses the status of the Pattaya Beach remodel project
2. Anti-government protests rock Bangkok, smaller protests in Pattaya
These were from many different groups and reasons.
RECAP: Anti-government protesters hold marches, rallies, conflict with law enforcement in Bangkok
Pro-democracy protesters from Pattaya area join recent protests in Bangkok
Bangkok Metropolitan Police to take legal action against aggressive protesters, Din Daeng Police deny using live bullets during protest dispersal
As protests in Bangkok continue, prominent protest leaders remain in jail, denied bail, and more
Pro-democracy demonstrators march to three foreign embassies in Bangkok to submit assistance letters
3. Massage parlor and spa operators sue Thai government in class action lawsuit for 200 million baht due to lack of compensation for mandated Covid-19 closures
Months of mandated business closures finally came to a breaking point.
Massage parlor and spa operators sue Thai government in class action lawsuit for 200 million baht due to lack of compensation for mandated Covid-19 closures
4. Thai government to delist Kratom from country’s narcotics law and release thousands of Kratom-related prisoners
A year later, the same would happen with Cannabis, basically.
Thai government to delist Kratom from country’s narcotics law and release thousands of Kratom-related prisoners
5. Twenty-one people were arrested in the Soi Buakhao area for allegedly gathering, drinking alcohol, and breaking Covid-19 rules
This was common this time last year due to strict Covid rules that turned the city into essentially a very quiet, dry, rural town.
Twenty-one people arrested in Soi Buakhao area for allegedly gathering, drinking alcohol, and breaking Covid-19 rules
That is all for this week, see you next week…