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  Dangerous Thailand...

Tourist police and army raid private swingers hotel in Pratamnak

Link Here 22nd April 2018
Thai Police logoEleven men and 14 women of various nationalities have fallen victim to a police raid late on Saturday night.

They were attending a swingers party at an unnamed hotel (the article included a name but this wasn't correct) off Pratamnak Soi 5. The tourist police went in mob handed with Bang Lamung district administrative officials with support from soldiers from the 14th Military Circle.

The victims included American, Canadian, Chinese, Malaysian, Singapore, German, Thai, Cambodian, Indian and Ukrainian nationals. They were detained for further legal action.

Police said the party admission fee was 1,500 baht per person but it appears the party was for adult consensual couples and not attended by sex workers.

The hotel operator, a Chinese national, was arrested for violating the Hotel Act and illegally facilitating sexual activities.


  Whisky with a splash...

Thai government tells Songkran revellers to pipe down

Link Here 15th April 2018
songkranyoungboyThis year's Songkran seems a little subdued compared with previous

years. Perhaps things have calmed down due to the military government bringing in swingeing penalties for aggressive water fighting. Anyway there are less high pressure blue pipe guns in circulation and more people armed with conventional plastic water guns.

But there is still plenty of opportunity to get soaked though as Dave reports:

I went out at 9:15 last night to catch a Songthaew into town. When I got on everyone was sitting on the Right and the Left hand seat was covered in Water. I brushed away some water and sat down.

I said to a man sitting opposite that the Water throwing should have stopped for the evening by now. He said tell that  to that woman behind me. As I looked around a Thai woman had a bucket of Water in her hand and was in the middle of throwing it at the Bus. By some luck the water missed me and hit 2 ladies and the Man sitting opposite me. The middle aged Lady Tourist and the Young Thai Girl wearing short shorts and were both drenched.

There were no more incidents until the Second Road, when a Thai Girl targeted me with her Water Pistol. Luckily the water hit me in the Face and only my hair got wet. I would happily have throttled these water throwers,

I will not go out again until Friday and this madness is over.


  Something scary lurking on the beach...

Pattaya hires 'special forces' to pursue smokers for a 2000 Baht fine

Link Here 15th March 2018
panic beach police
Run! It's the beach police

Pattaya City council have announced that what they called 'special forces' will team up with infamous thetsakit (municipal officers) to fine people caught throwing cigarette butts on Jomtien's Dong Tan beach.

The beach police will have the power to demand 2,000 baht on the spot. Based on past experience, the move is likely to ignite fears that unscrupulous officers may attempt to extort tourists.

Deputy mayor Banthit Khunjak announced three 'special forces' operatives would be patrolling with regular thetsakit staff. They would use CCTV to help them nail smoking miscreants.

Thaivisa notes that thetsakit officers in places like Bangkok have been key in fining tourists 2,000 baht for dropping butts in tourist areas like upper Sukhumvit. Many people believe that only tourists are targeted and if Thais are in fact fined, they pay much less.


  The Land of Wiped Smiles...

The UK's Daily Mail highlights more ludicrous police bar raids, this time targeting darts players

Link Here 6th February 2018
pattaya dartsBritish expats in the Thai beach resort of Pattaya have been caught up in another police crackdown after officers raided bars across the city.

The police raided bars mostly in the vicinity of Soi 6 and were searching for dartboards, which they claimed were being used illegally by venues.

One bewildered bar owner on the strip reported police demanding to see a dartboard license. When they were unable to produce the appropriate documentation police confiscated their dartboards, reports Thai Visa .

When they enquired as to how they could apply for a license they were inevitably told the license did not exist.

Pattaya Darts, the city's largest amateur darts club, was forced to close temporarily and issued the pictures statement via social media,


  Perhaps a holiday in Thailand is not such a good idea......

Thailand is now enforcing a new law that allows for a year in prison for smoking on the beach

Link Here 2nd February 2018
krabi beachThailand has banned smoking on their top beaches citing litter from butt ends, which seems a bit rich when overlooking large amounts of plastic pollution that is washed up on beaches these days.

The country has banned smoking at 24 of the most popular beaches with foreign tourists.

Bannaruk Sermthong, director at the Office of Marine and Coastal Resources Management told Reuters : Starting today, smoking and cigarette-butt littering are prohibited on beach areas. Anyone who wants to smoke must do so in designated smoking areas, not on the beaches.

If you're found smoking on a beach you could be fined 100,000 baht (2,243) and get a year in prison.

And it's not just cigarettes which are banned on Thai beaches.The country has also banned vaping entirely.

Oh and drinking beer on the beach is also prohibited


  Seven Up...

Pattaya to Bangkok motorway tolls to rise significantly in April 2018

Link Here 5th January 2018
thai motorway tollThe Thai military government has approved an increase of tolls on Highway 7 or known as Bangkok-Pattaya motorway from 60 baht to 105 for cars, effective from April 19.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said the approval came after the Special Highway Department has finished the construction of nine new toll booths on the Bangkok-Pattaya motorway.


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