Pattaya Warnings and Dangers

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    Renting a boat ar a bike

    by filipdebont Written Dec 7, 2003

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    accident . . . .

    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.

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    Swimming

    by filipdebont Written Dec 10, 2003

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    The jetski's pass very fast and near the beach

    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.

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    Stop Selling Me Things!

    by Arjaree Updated Jun 26, 2007

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    The locals on the beach

    When you get there, find your spot, rent a chair. Once you get settled... here they come, one by one, trying to sell you shrimps, ice-cream, newspapers, or offering you a massage, manicure, pedicure.. You say no to all of them. You think it's done and now you can relax peacefully. You are wrong. Here comes a second round, third, forth...different and same ones keep floating back to you.

    Nah it's not THAT bad. It takes just a few seconds to have each one gone. They dont really stay bugging you for a long time. Simply say "no, thank you" or shake your head is good enough.

    Or you can pretend to focus on your readings and not hear whatever gets through your ears. Oh, another good one is just sleep.

    Have fun!

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    Don't Touch The Head!

    by RoyJava Written Sep 4, 2006

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    In a spiritual as well physical way the feet are the lowest part of the body. That means you better do not put your feet on a table to slouch in a chair. Also donot point your feet to people's direction around you. And Thais believe in the same context, the head is regarded as the highest part of the body; the most sacred part of the body! So, refrain from touching the head, even not ruffling their hair!

    That's why it is strange to see people (tourists ofcourse ...) touching the head for some luck of the famous fat Buddha statues. Mostly located in museums these images can be in parks, too. I saw locals do touch the feet, or his belly and, preferred to do the same. I really do not know where the luck will come from ... ;-)

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    Pattaya minibus fare

    by cbhuta Updated Sep 26, 2007

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    Minibus

    Board the minibus in the direction you want to go. For e.g. if you want to go to Pattaya beach, flag down a minibus that's going in that direction. DO NOT ask what he'll charge. We asked the first couple of times and were told 100 Baht for a 3-km distance. It was later that we found out that you just board where you want to and get off near the beach, and pay 10 Baht per person.

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  • Pattaya Bar Druggings

    by thaivet Written Aug 25, 2005

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    Beware of druggings in Soi Pattayaland 2. The streets there are populated by drug dealers selling Ya-Ba and their girlfriends working in the Go-Go bars are in possession of this drug.

    Currently, there is a struggle between rival drug gangs in this area fighting for control of Sales and distribution. Often, the Thai drug dealers are armed.

    Your newly found 'friend' in this area may be in possession of a class 1 substance. You could be implicated by the Thai authority if you associate with these girls, or any Bar Owners in this area.

    Extremely dangerous area that must be avoided at all costs.

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    Pattaya, uncomfortable streets...

    by voyageur2 Updated May 25, 2003

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    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...

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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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    Not really an ideal place for the ladies

    by shelnlin Written Mar 5, 2008

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    Earlier in one of my other tips I mentioned that this town isn't excatly thrilling for a female. I cannot stress this enough and after watching a documentary about men coming to meet woman that they hardly knew and marrying them a few days later, shows how desperate some of these guys can get.

    If you are a bloke use you bloody common sense, this girl that seems to sweep you off your feet with all your charms is perhaps only using you. She has often got family she is supporting and that can include Mum, Dad, baby, husband (did I say husband) yeah she is probably married.... to think of. Get to know this girl for goodness sakes before signing on the dotted line after you say I do. Spend time with her away from the bars, take her away from her local scene for awhile and really do some research on her and play it safe in the bedroom. Be sure she is telling the truth about her age as there are alot of child prosititutes around Pattaya now.

    If you are girl look out too, sometimes there may be the odd occasional Thai guy looking for a western mate, yeah its a little rare but it can happen. Again they too may have a family to support so look out for everything and use your common sense.

    Be careful, be wise and be cautious and although Pattaya is a great place to shop, its not a great place if you end up with a hole in your pocket or wind up with someone that took your fancy for a couple of days and then you end up spending the rest of your life paying money to the folks back home. Thailand is still a great place to visit and don't let me put you off coming here but really and truly think about what you are doing while you are there.

    Below I have included a few website links I thought may be useful about this sort of thing or even coming to Thailand to live.

    http://odisky.blogspot.com/2006/12/children-lured-into-thai-sex-industry.html

    Children Lured in to the Thai Sex industry

    http://www.expatinterviews.com/expats-in-thailand.html

    Expats sharing their views on living in Thailand

    http://www.pattaya-news.com/

    All the news from Pattaya

    http://lulu-superstar.blogspot.com/

    An insiders guide to running a bar in Pattaya

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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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    Pick Pockets

    by Travel2write Written May 10, 2005

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    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.

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    Be careful of what you eat on the Beach

    by gauravkisan Written Feb 6, 2005

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    Exotic sea food on the beach

    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.

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    Little Hustlers

    by Ike_2005 Written Apr 29, 2005

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    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.

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    PATTAYA TYPHON

    by RoyJava Updated Sep 2, 2006

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    What to do when the forerunner or the tailpiece of a real typhon hits the mainland
    where you're enjoying the weather???

    Away! Out of the way there!

    It happened on a clear day when a tailpiece of a huge Vietnam-typhon turned off to the Southeastern part of Thailand and hid JomTien, Thailand. On the sudden grey-black clouds overshadowed the beach area, followed by heavy gusts of wind like in a hurricane. The umbrellas got smashed to the air, which is quite dangerous because of the sharp pedestals.

    A typhon is not a monsoon wind with heavy rains. Typhons can appear with bad weather above the Chinese Southern Ocean. Again and again you are not used to these sudden climatic events and the best to do is "OUT OF THE WAY THERE!".
    We did ... ... ...

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    Beware of "shows"

    by iNorv9 Written Jan 8, 2006

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    Where do they come up with this stuff....

    The owner of our guesthouse warned us that we would be approached by many people offering a variety of "shows".... some even for free. Even if for some reason you are interested in viewing one of these "shows", he told us that most don't even exist. They are used just a bait and switch tactic to get you into a bar and charge you an exhorbitant amount for drinks. You'll see guys such show lists everywhere in Pattaya (see pic)..... so beware.

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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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