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.
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.
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.
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 ... ;-)
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.
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.
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...
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
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.
Children Lured in to the Thai Sex industry
Expats sharing their views on living in Thailand
All the news from Pattaya
An insiders guide to running a bar in Pattaya
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ... ... ...
Pattaya's image is no longer the sleepy fishing village it was 50 years ago. Pattaya is a late riser and the city comes to life after dark. Sex tourists appear to run the streets and, whatever their tastes, they will doubtless find something to keep the midnight oil burning. For sure!
There is also a prominent gay sex-for-sale scene in Pattaya. Prostitutes from as far as Romania, Russia and Nigeria can all be had in Pattaya. The saying "No Money - No Honey!" is trend and, it is time to take really great care when having sex in Pattaya! Taking precoutions is greet need! Even Pattaya itself stays alert and you can go for a serious test.
Don't Run Risks!