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  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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