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DRIVING IN PATTAYA HINTS FOR FOREIGNERS

& The Pattaya Police

The seaside city of Pattaya in Thailand is a haven for the single minded tourists and ex pat haven boasting some 1600 bars.Hpwever with the sub prime crises affecting Thais therre are many young Thais who come to Pattaya looking for that quick buck. With them are the hire guys who use freinds bikes and cars to rent to unwary foreigners.

Pattaya Beach Rd is situated on a 4 km stretch of road along the sea & along the North end are around 96 bars, hotels and restaurants. This is the seafood paradise. Pattaya is famous for its ski boats, jet skis & water sports like fishing with all night bars and nightlife. Formally a US Military rest stop and recreation from the 60s and 70s it saw a rapid change in its development. Today it is a premier beach resort with over 1 million tourists visiting a year but as at Sept the mumber had dwindled and now the most popular toruists are Chinese, Indians and Middle East. Crime has also risen 5 fold and as many find it hard to make a living Pattaya atracts the yabba sellers to the gold snatchers.Local Police have so much ontheir plate they cannot keep up with the burglaries, robberies etc as gold in now over $US1000 an ounce???   

PATTAYA POLICE :

With low salaries some Police will try to extort money off you. In the past Pattaya Police have not been the best at keeping the law in order right & now with rising crime in Pattaya they face even more work. Gangs of Thai kids on bikes with guns, katoeys or ladyboys drugging foreigners or bashings & weekly deaths from shootings is still the norm and as the recession deepens with factoiry closures more Thai come to Pattaya to look at scams etc on each other & foreigners. If an altercation with Thai girls etc try to have witnesses with you and be careful you do not incriminate yourself. If in an accident NEVER move your car, bike etc. The recent case with the Asian Summit saw the Prime Minister Abhisit being nearly close to death after demonstrators stormed his vehicles ( TV showed 2 Police officers trying to stop a mob). The PM managed to escape unharmed but the car's back window was smashed by a red shirt thug wielding a motorbike helmet. The Police chief of Pattaya provided no protection to the PM and was demoted (not sacked which is what would happen in the West). Authorities investigated why police "were unable to contain the demonstrations" but you could see on Thai Tv plain as day there was literally no security & a complete shambles. With this in moind Pattaya has lost any further summits!!!!

National police chief Patcharawat Wongsuwon ordered moving the commander of the second police region, Assawin Narongphan, and Chon Buri's provincial police chief, Bandit Khunjak, to the national police office in Bangkok. Pol Lt Gen Assawin was replaced by Pol Lt Gen Suwat Chan-Itthikul, assistant national police chief, while Pol Maj Gen Bandit replaced by Pol Maj Gen Pramoj Pathumwong, deputy commander of the second police region. The transfers result from security lapses by anti-riot forces and inaction that led to the storming of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort hotel in Pattaya by red shirts led by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, forcing the abrupt cancellation of the summit meetings. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's life was put in danger when his motorcade was blocked by red shirts at a traffic light in Pattaya after he visited the hotel to inspect preparations for the summit. So as you can see even those on top can play games & do nothing with their PM of all things.

 

EXPAT TOURIST POLICE: { TP or VTP or FTPA}

The Beach Road Police station now boasts having "Black shirts expat Tourist Police" on duty with military-style black uniforms Foreign Tourist Police Assistants (FTPA) and patrol the streets with local police offering help to foreign visitors.These guys can assist you with interpreting and help if you have a problem in Pattaya & are based in the Beach Road Near Soi 9 every day. The job is unpaid volunteer work, and they pay for their own uniforms and equipment. It was project in 1994, first with the Thai Tourist Police Volunteers, which now numbers 369 & they speak different languages. There has been many controversial stories of these and Thai volunteer Police on Walking Street who have turned a blind eye on incidents like bashings and have been known to extort money from foreigners in return for help.

In the west these "Volunteers" are commonly known as snitches and there have been cases in Pattaya where these same guys have been known to snitch on bar owners. However these could be isolated cases of thugs wanting to join but these guys or Thai volunteers who have been caught redhanded but the foreigners are vetted now and provide a help service to tourists. They are really there to offer advice but typically they like to show themselves as real cops-- the black uniforms don't help much as they are intimidating & some would say some of these guys have alterior moticves for joining as they have businesses in Pattaya?? Remember too Pattaya has a lot of bars and the Police are and have a sad reputation of bending the rules to suit their needs.

We noted one in his Plain black car going down Beach Road in late April 2009 with his siren going --- there was no way he could pass anyone let alone for cars to pull over yet he felt like it was showtime with his arm on the window to show off his car, him and his siren & black shirt???. Why is he allowed to have a siren???? beats us & why blast the horn when no way could he move anycase???.

PATTAYA PEOPLE: MAY LAST YEAR: Pattaya Tourist Police succeeded in detaining 4 Uzbekistani women in the night of 22nd May who offer prostitution services to tourists on Walking Street & requested a foreign ‘spy’ to walk around Walking Street and once he was propositioned, to give the ladies marked bank notes and then call the police to inform of the location of where they were to make arrests.AMAZING WHO THE SPY WAS AND WHY theres so many Thai girls on the make on Beach Road every night????

   

READ COMMENTS ON THESE FOREIGN TOURIST POLICE ON:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/investigation/10413/farang-quad-a-force-to-be-reckoned-with

or go to [ Pattaya Tourist Police Agents ] but one ex volunteer just got caught for selling drugs and using his position as a Police volunteer but this Norwegian John Of Pattaya Visa fame got caught.

TOURIST POLICE THAI:

If in doubt in Pattaya always ask for tourist Police. They all speak English and will liase with the Thai Police who cannot speak English. Never make any statements unless you know Thai and can read? If not ask for a lawyer as it more than likely will incriminate you. We run a 24 hour help service for expats and tourists who have Police problems on www.thaiexpatlaw.com or you can call Mobile: (66) 083-2931045 our law 24 hour help service

Tourist Police numbers: 195,1699, 429371, 425937 All tourists and expats should carry these numbers.

Pattaya Police Tel: 191, 038-420802-5, 038-428223, 038-428967 Banglamung Police: 038- 221331, 038 -222100

Mobile: (66) 083-2931045 our law 24 hour help service

HOW TO GET TO PATTAYA :

From Suvannabhumi Airport, Bangkok, buses leaves often & cost 173 baht to Teppasit Rd or the Pattaya North terminal bus at 200 baht. Avis offer a limo service for 2,200 baht with chauffeur to the airport. From Bangkok buses leave Ekamai Bus Depot along Soi 63 Sukhumvit Road. They leave every 20 minutes every day. Cost is 120 baht. Taxis will take you also for 1200 baht from Bangkok to Pattaya a 3 hour journey. Pattaya North Rd station has many buses daily from 5.30am to 21.00hours. Also buses go to the Northern Bus Station Bangkok every 30 minutes t & here you can connect to a bus to Chiangmai. From Chiangmai there is a direct Bus from the Arcade Bus Station: Nachonchai Air. This is an excellent service & costs 600 baht leaving every 2 hours. This service includes 2 meals, pillow supplied plus snacks and drinks on board. Takes approx 14 hours and you can stretch out as only 32 seats. Once you reach Pattaya take a Songtaew pickup for 5 baht per stretch of road unless you negotiate before hand. Or take a train from Pattaya to Bangkok 33 baht then hop on the overnight to Chiangmai-choice of 3 trains leaving 6.00pm, 7.40pm & 10pm to Chiangmai.

RIDING MOTORCYCLES IN PATTAYA

The Police know it but just past Soi 8 on Pattaya Beach Road the Police often set up a road check for unweary foreigners outside the Police Station. The motto is-- always wear a lid and make sure you have an International drivers licence. No license or one from your country will mean a fine. You leave the bike and pay then get back on it??? When hiring a bike you do so at your own peril. If it gets stolen then you pay. If it gets damaged you pay and the cost may be over inflated but you will still have to pay. If the bike has no number plates don't rent it as again you are not even supposed to be on the road. You will also get NO HELP FROM YOUR EMBASSY & you must pay the fine or any monetary recompense before you can leave the country so be warned. Remember driving on the road in Pattaya is no different than in your country even though you may see unlicensed bikes or ones that have no registration or Thais with no helmets on. Even the passenger needs a helmet although the baby in the middle -forget about that?? Read our tips

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The Utapao Pattaya airport is now open for domestic flights May 1st 2009. There is a small local airstrip with limited facilities at U-Tapao (U-Tapao International Airport Information Tel: 038-245595, U-Tapao International Airport Office Tel: 038-245600 or your local travel agent. If you want a good Travel agent ex Thai Airlines behind Jack & Tars in the small Soi 6/1 2nd Road opposit the Bangkok Bank. All the expats use her and we guarantee good service from her.

 

 

 

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