Police, Chonburi immigration police and soldiers have raided Flexx Club pub at the south end of Walking Street, Pattaya.
They asked the pub staff to turn the lights on and stop the music which caused the revellers to panic and they tried to flee the scene but the officers had already sealed the exit doors. The officers then inspected passports, visas, ID cards and searched
Upon inspecting the pub they found 32 foreigners without passports, 5 foreigners and 5 Thai girls failed drug tests. In addition the officers found cocaine on the ground near the DJ stage.
The police that they had raided this pub because there were rumours that people take drugs there and also it stays open after hours.
The raid was a bit of a showcase and the news was carried by Channel 7 TV.
Farangs are warned to carry at least a copy of their passport or else a picture on their smart phones showing the photograph page and the visa and/or entry stamp.
Of course this is not the sort of thing that endears visitors and tourists. One Pattaya forum poster wrote, perhaps echoing the thoughts of many:
If this is going to be the norm in Thailand I'm out until a proper democratic government is installed.
No matter how clean you are if you get caught in a situation you are history and no one can help you, you are totally screwed
I just don't need to take these risks. Okay for business people to say its all good, no problem it will all be fine but I don't go on a holiday to be loaded into a army truck by military personnel. Sitting in a bar and being breathalysed, drug tested,
filmed for TV news, and if you aren't carrying your passport you are taken into custody.