Pattaya's local administration says it has joined hands with police to launch a larger crime-busting force.
A negative rating recently by travel website CNNgo.com, which said Pattaya was one of seven places in Thailand that travellers should avoid due to frequent crimes, has prompted the Royal Thai Police to mobilise more officers to boost the Pattaya force's
crime-busting capacity. The extra officers come from sections such as Highway Police, Marine Police, the Crime Suppression Division and Immigration Bureau, in addition to Tourism Police, who have long operated in Pattaya and Chon Buri province.
Senior area commander Pol Maj-General Sanchai Chai-amphorn said Russians made up the largest group of victims, due mostly to their large numbers in the resort city. The second-largest victims of crime were Britons, followed by Italians. The taskforce has
been launched in preparation for a spike in the number of visitors over the high season, which kicks off in December,
Sanchai said the police were keeping an eye on short-term visitors, migrant workers, as well as people who dabble in prostitution.
Police have raided a Pattaya bar which was suspected of showing Australian Horse Racing and those in attendance were allowed to
place bets with the Bar Owner.
The raid took place at 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon at The Members Lounge off Soi Baukao. At the rear of the bar was a separate room containing a large TV showing live streaming of Australian Horse Racing.
Betting slips and a total of 72,000 Baht in cash were seized and 17 farangs and 4 Thai's were arrested.
Police revealed how the owner had registered with a betting company in Australia and would make bets on behalf of customers at the bar which contravenes Thailand's miserable anti-gambling laws. All those caught during the raid will be charged with a
variety of gambling offences.
Seventeen people, Australians and British, were arrested by police. Farang residents, some in their 70s were accused of betting on Australian horse racing events in a Pattaya bar which, when raided, was found to have betting slips and other
The judge in Pattaya court took a lenient view and they were each fined 500 baht but not required to leave the country or to be formally deported.
Two organizers of the alleged betting event were given a term of imprisonment but remain on bail pending an appeal.
The government is aiming to complete the country's first high-speed train between Bangkok and Pattaya by 2018.
Three other lines linking the capital with Phitsanulok, Nakhon Ratchasima and Hua Hin are also scheduled to be completed the following year. The planned four high-speed rail routes are part of infrastructure projects under the 2-trillion-baht borrowing
plan to be tabled before the cabinet for its approval next Tuesday.
Chula Sookmanob, director of the Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning Office, said the government expected to invite bids for the four high-speed trains in September. Bidders will be required to specify their technology for the train in the bidding
contest to enable the government to project the construction cost. Interest is expected from Japan, China, South Korea, France, Germany and Spain.
The projects could reduce Thailand's fuel costs by at least 100 billion baht a year and cut travelling time between Bangkok and the provinces within a 300km radius to 90 minutes from three hours.
British Ambassador Mark Kent has announced that Bert Elson had been appointed Honorary Consul to Pattaya. Mark Kent said:
I would like to congratulate Bert on his appointment and I am delighted to welcome him to the team. All of us at the Embassy are looking forward very much to working with Bert in the coming months and years. A few weeks ago it was announced that Bert had
been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours list; well deserved recognition of the excellent work that Bert already does amongst the British community in Pattaya with the Royal British Legion.
Elson will be offering emergency assistance to British nationals in Pattaya, as part of the Embassy consular response coordinated by the Consular Team in Bangkok -- in the same way as the Honorary Consuls in Koh Samui and Phuket. The Consular Team in
Bangkok will continue to handle the day to day consular business in Pattaya, such as hospitalisations, arrests and prison visiting. Elson will not be carrying out any documentary or notarial duties.
If you are a British national who needs help, please contact the British Embassy in Bangkok in the first instance.
Bert Elson is noted for his eatery Tropical Bert's on 2nd Road near Soi 6
Well rated Danish film set in Pattaya gets a US DVD release
18th February 2013
Teddy Bear is a Denmark drama by Mads Matthiesen.
With Kim Kold, David Winters, Elsebeth Steentoft.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
US 2013 Film Movement R1 DVD at US Amazon
released on 12th February 2013
Dennis, a painfully shy 38-year-old bodybuilder, would really like to find true love. He has never had a girlfriend and lives alone with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen.
When his uncle marries a woman from Thailand, Dennis decides to try his own luck on a trip to Pattaya, as it seems that love is easier to find there. He knows that his mother would never accept another woman in his life, so he lies and tells her that he
is going to Germany for a competition.
Hectic Pattaya turns out to be a huge cultural shock for him. The intrusive Thai girls shatter Dennis' naive picture of what love should be like, and he is about to lose hope when he unexpectedly meets the woman of his dreams. There may be hope for him
yet, if only he can confront his mother
The opening ceremony for the internatio0nal Military exercise Cobra Gold 2013 was held in Chiang Mai on 11th February. Service members from 15 nations attended the ceremony. The military representatives are participating in Cobra Gold to develop greater
interoperability among forces, improve relationships and further develop the ability to solve regional challenges.
The exercise, which ends Feb. 21, will improve the capability to plan and conduct combined-joint operations and will provide an opportunity for partner nations to build relationships and improve interoperability across the range of military operations.
The Exercises kicked off in the vicinity of Pattaya on Thursday so no doubt those taking part will soon get the chance for some rest and relaxation in Pattaya's bars.
Hundreds of residents and tourists race their highly decorated beds at Pattaya beach resort in Thailand. The beds may not strictly be for sleeping in, but they can move much faster than your average four-poster. This is the fifth international bed race
and is held annually to raise funds for various charities in the eastern beach town
This high season it is really worse than ever. I am talking about the baht bus availability situation going from Jomtien to Pattaya during peak evening hours.
The pattern is with high season and more Russian tourists than ever. The MAJORITY of baht buses going this route during peak evening hours are either EMPTY hustling for a taxi charter or engaged as a taxi charter.
The remaining minority of buses are OVER CAPACITY, people hanging off the rafters. Yes, quite often to the point of being a safety hazard.
People who want a BUS are getting very frustrated. Very long waits for seat availability. I mean seriously, it could be an hour based on how many people in your party and depending on whether you are willing to hang off the bus.
Picture this if you will. Twenty or thirty people hanging around in the same general area hoping for a baht BUS and EMPTY buses passing them. Also occasionally a totally stuffed bus not capable of taking even one more small person, even a daredevil. Walk
a little bit. See ANOTHER twenty or thirty people.
Bottom line the tourists Pattaya is supposedly welcoming to town are NOT being served! Bottom line because of the baht bus driver greedy behavior, there is a MASSIVE under-supply of BUS seats going into Pattaya during peak hours. Tourists (not to mention
residents) deserve a reliable BUS service to get into town and enjoy Pattaya. I am sorry but I think this is a really bad, serious situation.