Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (3 May 2022)
With yesterday, Monday, a national holiday here in Thailand, so businesses reopen today along with government, immigration and utility offices. The reminder as always is to avoid unless essential as queues are usually long after a 3 day weekend.
Questions have been raised regarding a kitchen fire at the Jomtien Palm Hotel last night that saw much of the building filled with smoke, but any alarm system installed FAILING to go off and warn guests. It was down to hotel staff to rouse sleeping residents just after 11PM and escort them out of the building before the fire department established the smoke cause was a kitchen extraction system. As the last night of the 3 day holiday weekend, the hotel had a high accommodation rate, including over 100 with disabilities. Hotel staff couldn’t give any real answer to the alarm failure and it’s hoped that city hall will investigate. Some will still remember the 1997 fire at another hotel where a kitchen fire and lack of operational alarms led to over 90 dying, and that’s been referred to by local Thai media. In this instance, luckily, no one is reported injured.
In Kanchanaburi 57 burmese were nabbed as they sat waiting for their ride to illegal work in thailand. Locals tipped off the police and a brigade was sent out to catch them.
In Nakhon Ratchasima when an SUV overturned, as it was tailed BY police, so the boys in brown discovered some 8 million pills stashed inside. Following a tip off, they had tailed the Fortuna, only for the men inside to lose control. They duly fled, and someone is going to be less than impressed with their couriers for sure.
On Phuket, a Ukrainian Thai lad was attacked by a big fish just off Kamala beach, seeing him need medical attention for severe bites. The jury is out as to the fish type, with the hospital staging probably a barracuda or sea pike fish and the local marine biological center director claiming it may well have been a shark. Either way beach guards along the coastline have been ordered to keep an eye on what’s IN the water, over the next week. Phuket deputy governor Pichet Panapong ordered beach guards to stay alert after the incident.
The president of a Thai university has felt it prudent to resign after complaints that he posted photographs on his social media pages of attractive air hostesses. Stating that he had no intention of harming anyone, the president admitted posting fully clad photos of airline staff, doing their jobs. He has stated that far from harassment, they were posted to make friends and colleagues jealous. Either way, the new wave of the correct brigade.. got their way.
Jomtien hotel fire aside, the city and region saw a busy day yesterday with all roads congested as visitors finally left for their hometowns. How busy? Well, in some cases, small eateries had queues outside waiting for tables. Central roads were clogged with traffic for much of the day and with further 3 day weekends coming soon, the city can adjust happily, albeit slightly, to the increase in business.
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