Pattaya Warnings and Dangers

  • NEVER EVER RENT A BIKE OR A JET SKI...
    NEVER EVER RENT A BIKE OR A JET SKI...
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    ship trip for iranian tourist

    by behnzz Written Mar 23, 2014

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    This maybe helpful for iranian tourist looking for a night ship trip in pattaya, be aware its not like in bangkok or any place you may find one by khayam the owner that you must really void, its just a place gathered women for men not atall suitable for family even gentlman, just go if you don,t mind who travels with you, its really immoral, we leave ship before it lounched and even forget our money , we had said we look for a happy and safety ship &he had promised of it but i think it was just good for him & such people , it was theworst part of our travell, so remmember "Khayam" if you really care of morall & safety .

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  • WARNING FOR TOURISTS IN PATTAYA

    by kunchu Written Nov 5, 2013

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    There are Cute Looking, young with stunning beaties roaming around on Pattaya beach road with their MAMA (OLD LADY BOSS) to hook gullible customers by quoting very low for massage and "boom boom" from 100 to 500 Bhat. They will take you to their massage centre, u dont find anybody inside until you reach the room, the doors preopened and kept, after that one more beautiful girl will join saying one is tutor and other is student for massage, they both will massage you and you can do boom boom with anyone. They will ask you to keep the removed cloth on a mat kept on the floor, leg side of the coat/bed and ask you if u want to go to toilet, if u go, they will remove the money, if you dont go, both will massage you on the bed and will not allow you to get up untill the money is removed by a third person who is hiding underneath bed, if you are wearing any gold jewellery they will ask you to remove and keep so that it will not hurt them, once you remove the jewellery and the money is taken the the MAMA (old lady boss) will knock and come inside and will stay police raid we dont have id card, pl put on your cloth imdtly we will come with you to the hotel room, closer to the hotel room they will ask you to get down and walk they will park the vehicle and come, as soon as u get down, they will go. they know very well we outsiders cannot do much and dont want to get complicated with the police. This is real story of my friend.

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  • WARNING FOR GOING WITH FREELANCER GIRLS IN PATTYA

    by kunchu Written Nov 5, 2013

    There are Cute Looking, young with stunning beaties roaming around on Pattaya beach road with their MAMA (OLD LADY BOSS) to hook gullible customers by quoting very low for massage and "boom boom" from 100 to 500 Bhat. They will take you to their massage centre, u dont find anybody inside until you reach the room, the doors preopened and kept, after that one more beautiful girl will join saying one is tutor and other is student for massage, they both will massage you and you can do boom boom with anyone. They will ask you to keep the removed cloth on a mat kept on the floor, leg side of the coat/bed and ask you if u want to go to toilet, if u go, they will remove the money, if you dont go, both will massage you on the bed and will not allow you to get up untill the money is removed by a third person who is hiding underneath bed, if you are wearing any gold jewellery they will ask you to remove and keep so that it will not hurt them, once you remove the jewellery and the money is taken the the MAMA (old lady boss) will knock and come inside and will stay police raid we dont have id card, pl put on your cloth imdtly we will come with you to the hotel room, closer to the hotel room they will ask you to get down and walk they will park the vehicle and come, as soon as u get down, they will go. they know very well we outsiders cannot do much and dont want to get complicated with the police. This is real story of my friend.

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    Speedboat Operators

    by TiggerT Written Aug 13, 2013
    Speedboat in an accident from earlier this year

    There are a great many speedboat operators in Pattaya. Go to any of the beach areas in Jomtien, Pattaya Beach or Bali Hai pier and you will be approached by them. Whilst there are reputable operators, unfortunately the temptation of easy money from tourists is rife and quality of the boats is often suspect.

    There have unfortunately been many incidents of speedboat accidents and unless you are on an organised tour then you will find that your travel insurance will be of little help to you. There have been many incidents of operators jacking up the prices, operating without insurance, without a captains licence and vessels that are unsafe.

    ASK:

    1. Are you boats commercially registered
    2. Do you have a TAT licence (this is a requirement for tours and provides insurance)
    3. Is there the proper safety equipment on board (take a look for yourself - life jackets, life ring, VHF are just the bare essentials)

    Ocean Marina is a much better place to go for your speedboat tour to the islands. Ocean Marina itself ensures that all boats kept there are properly licenced and insured. Check out http://www.pattayaboatcharter.com who operate from there.

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    Pattaya is great...just play it safe. A few hints

    by Rugbyman1 Updated Jul 31, 2013

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    Pattaya is great to visit but like anywhere else if you are a tourist you have to take extra cautions. I am from Chicago and I feel more safe in Thailand then I do in certain area's of Chicago. Here are some helpful hints to make your stay more enjoyable.

    1.) Do not rent a jetski or motorbike near the beach. Too many scams happpen. Doesnt happen to everyone but more than average..so stay away.

    2.) Watch the Tuk Tuk drivers..they will scam you by being nice and then talking you to all their friends shops ( suit shops, gem shops..etc) and they get paid fees for bringing tourists to the shops. I say just tell them exactly where you want to go and get a price settled before you leave.

    3.) If you take a taxi...use one that will turn on the meter ( which they all are supposed to use) If they dont turn on their meters, they will charge you higher. Get a firm price set before you go..or get out and get another one.

    4.) here is one for mainly the tourists that want to see the nightlife at Walking Street. Watch your food and drinks at all times if you go to a beer bar or go go place. Druggings are rare but do happen. There are criminals in every country.

    5.) Watch if you are a drinker of beer or liquor. They add receipts to a bucket or bin everytime you order a drink and you pay at the end. However a few people have experienced a few "extra" drinks added that they didnt order ( Especially in the go go and beer bars) Dont get too drunk.

    6.) Just be careful late at night if you walk along the beach in Pattaya. Lots of working girls and boys there and things do happen. I would say you dont have to stay away, just dont be drunk and watch your surroundings.

    7.) DO NOT even think about buying drugs. The police have so many stings set up there and they have heavy jail time and fines if you are caught. Thai prisons are some of the worst around.

    8.) DO NOT get into a fight with police, working girls or Thai's in general. They love tourists but they stick up for each other. A confrontation with one suddenly becomes a confrontation with 10. Just try and leave any bad situation or get a tourist police officer.

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  • Jet Ski

    by PM1008in Updated Apr 2, 2013
    NEVER EVER RENT A BIKE OR A JET SKI...

    NEVER EVER RENT A BIKE or A JET SKI

    NEVER EVER RENT A BIKE or A JET SKI even if it seems a very good deal. They are all CHEATER and it's a HUGE SCAM carried on collectively by group of people on the beach...REMEMBER - A small scratch on the Jet Ski or the Bike and You end up in HUGE Problem...The people sitting under the umbrella on the beach though seems like tourists are very friendly initially, will get together including the owners, the local police and the translators (who might pretend that he is trying to help you out) and then they will strip you off of ALL YOUR MONEY and might even try n INDULGE you in a fight which can land you up in bigger trouble legally...Once they get the money they demand from you(An extremely IRRATIONAL AMOUNT) they share it within themselves - The Bike or JET Ski Owner, The Translator, The Police and everyone who acts as WITNESS over there...

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  • Pattaya Warnings

    by devonshire43 Written Jan 1, 2013

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    Pattaya- is such a great place to visit.with a hint of caution take a few precautions
    everyting is ok i say avoid mopeds!/motorcycles traffic chaos meny problems plenty of other modes of transport,Jetski is for me big NO NO because its not only Dangerous the people hiring most often
    stitch people up etc,

    Day time Pattaya great fun, Night time all different my advice watch you Drinking Thai whiskey
    very strong,Night time Beach Stroll big NO NO to meny characters hanging on beach road,jomtein
    etc Stay away from Freelance Girls,etc most looking for pied people to Rob.

    Change currency into Small Notes,or get short changed, Watch out for Traffic if Drunk crossing the
    Road could be your last holiday,No insults to locals,Girls,Trannys,etc,Girls need to be from Bars with ID Great place go just keep an eye everything sweet Always wear protection Do not use or take drugs.watch wallet no wearing nice expensive jewellery Russian Men are aggessive unpradictable moody people who could be looking for a scrap,thai youths in groups be careful have a good trip.

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  • Pitfalls of Motorcycle Hire in Thailand.

    by Bodlagz Written Oct 30, 2012

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    Little "step through" scooters are one the easiest and best ways to see Thailand, they are cheap to hire and give you total freedom. Before you hire one, there are a few points you should consider and research, are you legal, do you have a license, are you insured. These are all points overlooked because it is so easy to hire a motorcycle in Thailand.

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    Do not mess with the lady boys

    by xymmot Written Oct 13, 2010

    Often times there are crossdressers,/ transvettikes or what they call Ladyboys who parade down walking street. To me, they are bad news as I hear many of them will fight you if you tease them, or say bad things. They hang out in groups and are often harmless unless prevolked, do just look and do not touch to be on the safe side. If you decide to go out to see them, they are better at a Tiffiny Show, It is tolarated in Thailand and well praise.

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    Ladies on the Beach

    by Sami29 Written Apr 13, 2010

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    If you are interested in a lady companion, there are many ways to get. In bars, there are many ladies and they are apparently safe, the same thing can be said about the Sabai Massage parlors in north Pattaya. But if by any chance, you meet a lady on the beach, keep in mind that these ladies have no support or identity. Some of them have criminal records.

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    Pattaya bars: Look to See Who is the Cashier

    by Sami29 Written Apr 13, 2010

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    Whenever you see inside a bar a Thai man cashier, immediately know that this is not your place. It's unusual to find a man working in a bar as a cashier unless the place belongs to Thai Mafia. The man cashier is obviously employed to get rid of the unpaid checks. So if you drink two bottles, you will find five receipts kept in your receipt container. You cant argue. Of course, the ladies know that but they cannot talk. The best thing is to pay and get out of the place.

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    Floods! Monsoon Surprise.

    by gaolei Written Nov 5, 2009

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    I was sitting in the hotel looking at the temple on top of the hill at South Pattaya. I could see the clouds coming over the hill and the sky getting darker. At 3:30 PM the street lights came on as the rain started. The rain came down with a roar. A minute later the roar increased, and increased and increased again. It was really raining!

    At 5:00 PM the rain was down to a sprinkle so I caught the Baht Bus from the front of the Residence Garden Hotel toward Pattaya South road. We got to the first intersection and the driver decided the water was so high he would detour. 15 minutes later we emerged from the alleys onto South Pattaya road where the water was over the sidewalk in front of the temple. The driver then looked for a place where the water was low enough for people to get off on Second road.

    I was headed for Pattaya Beer Garden for dinner, so I got out of the bus at the first stop on Second road. I headed down the first street heading down to Beach road only to find myself walking through "Boys Town". I had a lot of young guys smiling at me as I rushed by!

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  • Pattaya's Motorcycle Highway Men

    by Bodlagz Updated Aug 25, 2009

    Most of Pattaya's resident expats are already aware of Pattaya's latest crime trend, "the Pattaya motorcycle highway men". The expat residents of Pattaya are now used to seeing stories on the Pattaya T.V. news channels and the Pattaya local news papers, The Pattaya Mail, The Pattaya People etc, about Pattaya residents, both expat and Thai nationals being the victims of Pattaya's motorcycle highway men. It is also sad to say that most of the residents of Pattaya know someone personally who has been a victim of the Pattaya motorcycle highway men.

    Unfortunately, Pattaya's tourist population, especially the first time visitors to Pattaya are not made aware of Pattaya's latest crime trend.. for the full article use the link below.

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    Pattaya beach

    by STRATOS79 Written Oct 1, 2008

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    Many times I have seen the locals swimming with their clothes and didn’t understand the reason
    Pattaya beach is not a good idea for swimming because of the water pollution and also most of the times it is too crowded it is better going to Jomtein which is about 10 -15 minutes driving

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    Irresponsible drivers

    by STRATOS79 Written Oct 1, 2008

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    Accidents are very regular in Pattaya most drivers ignore the basic safety rules like speeding stop and park without looking drive in the wrong way of the road making it dangerous for other drivers and even some times for people that are just crossing the road

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  • Mar 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    1st of march 2014- Highway robbers are operating in pattaya central road and the intersection with Sukhumvit road -quick fast getaway down Sukhumvit road - unfortunately my scooter is not very fast and he got away - he was of Thailand nationality

    At 7:30 pm he got me right on the corner when the lights turned green - reached right between my wife and i to the back of my neck - He got away with a broken gold chain necklace - about $1000 worth with a load of sentimental value - please be aware

    he is watching -as he must have been watching me /us

  • Dec 18, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Peddlers,pimps,touts & tramps !

    After the first or second day in Pattaya one will long to be left alone whilst strolling down a street. Sadly, some of the main streets like Beach Road, some soi's off Beach Road and Walking St do not make easy walking. Absence of proper side-walks is only part of the problem. A bigger menace is the constant call-outs (sometimes pictures are pushed just under your nose) and hassles from peddlers, pumps, touts & tramps. A nice place spoiled by these depraved sorts. Be careful not to get too irritated with them. I have seen several Thai people ganging up to beat "farangs" on more than one occasion. It is important to remember that the Thai's in Pattaya, Phuket & Patong do not represent the rest of Thailand - where Thais are generally the smiling, warm, welcoming people we hear about. Pattaya, Phuket & Patong attracts Thai's keen to make a quick buck no matter what it takes - so be careful.

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