In Pattaya there is beach road, which is a pick-up place for most undocumented sex workers and Ladyboys. You want to be very careful on the beach after 10 pm. Many freelance hookers which do not have health cards work the beach road. Also many ladyboys/men are looking to roll a drunken tourist walking back to there hotel.
Petty crimes such as pick-pocketing are a known problem in and around the major tourist areas, such as Jomtien Beach and Pattaya Beach. To help curb this problem, a special Tourist Police division was established to aid foreign tourists (farangs) who have been scammed, robbed or pick-pocketed.
Pattaya, along with the rest of Thailand, is known for its abundance of pirated DVD Movies, Music CDs and Software. Such vendors can be found anywhere along main tourist areas, having their own booths or simply approaching customers in bars, beaches and restaurants. The quality of DVD movies can vary from perfect quality to simply a bootlegged version obtained from a handheld camcorder in a movie theater. Generally, a DVD movie will only be of good quality if it's DVD release date in the United States has already passed. Although this practice is illegal, local police do little to stop it, and only perform raids on shops and vendors for publicity.
The excess tourism business gave Pattaya many unique problems such as water pollution, petty crimes and prostitution. These were out of the central governments's ability to handle. Thus, in 1976, the Pattaya City Act passed the parliament, and Pattaya became a self-administrating municipality governed by a Council-manager government. However this administration system has some problems such as that the mayor may disagree with the city manager, so critics have suggested to abolish the system.
These little kids try to sell you all kinds of different knock off crap. This kid in the picture was offering to shine my shoes. They'll offer to shine your shoes even if you're wearing flip flops. I ended up buying an inkpen from one of the kids so he'd leave me alone. That pen was a lot of fun. It has a battery in it, and when you click the end to make the tip come out it gives you a little shock. It made for a good time when I got drunk around a bunch of half naked girls. Needless to say I pissed a few people off.
This is not exactly a warning. Just be careful of what you eat at the beach. Exotic seafood is available and you can try all of them with a bit of caution. Do ask for the price before you eat them otherwise you may end up paying double at least.
While in Pattaya (like this picture) or anywhere in Thailand, the new year's celebration is around mid-april. While in Thailand, there is a tradition where men sprinkle "a dash" of water on your for good luck and women dab a type of white powder on your face.
This is for good luck and is the custom of Thailand's New Year's celebration.
It has wound up turning into the world's largest squirt gun/water baloon fight. In this picture, I got 'drive by' splashed by this youngster celebrating Thai New Years.
What's annoying is that if you walk the boardwalk area, there will be a bar where a bunch of Aussie tourists are waiting there to hose anyone down who walks by the bar regardless of how formal your appearance is.
Tourists beware of this while in Thailand during the month of April.
The beach in Pattaya isn't very attractive, at some place it is only 3 m wide, but that is another story.
But over here the sea is very polluted by the many boats.
But it is also very dangerous to go swimming over here. As there are many jetski's for rent and sometimes these jetski's pass very, very fast at small distance of the beach.
So if you are swimming there is the danger of being hit by a passing jetski. And I believe that this is not such a nice experience.
There for I believe it is better to go to Jomtein Beach, which can easily be reached with a taxi.
Be careful whenever you rent a bike, or a jetski or a boat.
As mostly these vehicles do not have insurance. And when you get involved in an accident, you will pay for all the damages regardless if you are right or wrong. It is always that way, as Thai Police will always take the side of their follow countrymen over you in dispute.
Also show respect for the Thai Police as rude talk and/or shouting should be avoided in every case, guilty or not. Thai Police officers have much greater powers of action than for example their European counterparts and will not accept disrespectful behaviour.
Also check your vehicle for damage before you start, otherwise you might have to pay for damages you did not cause.
Some tour packages contain Pattaya, a city about 2 hours from Bangkok. Pattaya has long beaches and close to coral islands. Daytime it seems like a beautiful holiday resort. But it converts to a different atmosphere at night. Most of cities in the world are a bit dangerous for ladies late night. On the contrary men have to be careful against crowded shemales along the main street in Pattaya. I have never heard a bad news about tourists there, anyway they behave agressively sometimes. Keep away from them and do not trust pimps. Simply do not talk and go ahead...
I must say I did hire a jet ski a few times but do use them with caution as they are not insured and any accident you are involved, or any damage caused will have to paid by the user.
This place is full of danger !
My family got attacked by an elephant here in 2000 and my sister was killed.
Also reports of a tiger attacking a visitor.
Stay away !!