A pack-dogs attack outside a group of Pattaya bars masquerading as “restaurants” left a 54-year-old man dead and two others injured.
Narawit Pongsungnoen, 54, died of a bloody stab wound following the 10 p.m. Jan. 2 brawl at the Tree Twon Market, which has the epicenter of Pattaya’s stunted nightlife scene.
Witnesses a group of about seven men met near the coronavirus-testing booth set up by Pattaya City Hall to screen employees and customers entering Soi Buakhao market, a square filled with food booths, beer bars operating under the pretense of being restaurants and the full-blown Area 39 live music nightclub where there’s no food to be found but plenty of supposedly prohibited dancing.
The group, said to represent rival businesses in Tree Town, exchanged heated words which escalated into violence. Only when the pack dogs knocked Narawit to the ground did they find their courage to stab him.
The brave perpetrators and his supporters scurried from the scene before police arrived. Narawit later died at nearby Pattaya Hospital.
The original version of this story appears in the Pattaya Mail, a Bangkok Herald partner.