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26 December 2006 :: 11:12:08 am 26042

Come on Folks – Let’s give Pattaya a chance by Snooki, The informed courtesan

All too often, all you read in the press – international as well as national – is negative comments about Pattaya being a hotbed of sin and iniquity – Sodomya, I’ve even heard it called. Some folk say it’s the second most dangerous place in the world, with manic motorcycle gangs roaming the streets terrorizing the locals and tourists, especially Russians, gunning down rivals at random. There are those who never put Pattaya on their addresses, but then the correct address is Banglamung, after all, but others do it through pure malice.
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             Very often the derogatory comments come from those who haven’t even been here, who just rely on hearsay and tall tales told by inebriates keen to impress their peers by seeing who can tell the most horrendous stories. There are even guide books that virtually skim over any mention of Pattaya whatsoever, or actively discourage people from coming here. 

            Local papers, both Thai and English can be sensationalist at times, but that’s largely to sell their newspapers, rather than being a true, balanced account of goings on here in Fun City. If you compare Pattaya to the red light districts of European tourist destinations like London, Madrid, Amsterdam or Paris, Pattaya would appear very tame. You don’t hear the constant scream of sirens, because, relatively speaking, the crime rate is much lower in this city with 120,000 registered inhabitants in 2005, (but unofficially somewhere in the region of 150,000+) 

            The police have been very effective in stemming drug abuse and abuses to minors, including child-prostitution. You rarely see street fights, or any instances of unruly behaviour as you would in the European cities just mentioned, with their football hooligans and rowdy drunks. The streets are relatively quiet after dark and there are few muggings or murders. 

            So much so that Pattaya is increasingly becoming a favourite venue for honey-mooners and families. Even the bars are beginning to loose out to Eastern European destinations, which have been attracting single men in increasingly large numbers. The bar-girls in Pattaya also enjoy a relatively trouble free existence. And I should know! 

            The infrastructure of Pattaya is gradually improving with new roads, drainage and water projects planned. The Eastern Seaboard is enjoying an economic boom, increasingly industrial estates are being developed with many of the ex-pat workers being housed in Pattaya and region. This partially accounts for the present popularity of present housing and all the new developments which are happening, especially the really big ones like Ocean Point. More and more retired people are making Pattaya their home, often after having come here as tourists on many occasions. You can see much more of a cross-section of people here, not just sex-tourists. Indeed, Pattaya is becoming really cosmopolitan. 

            More and more top class hotels and restaurants are being built in Pattaya and Jomtien, which certainly wouldn’t have happened in the old Pattaya of R&R fame. So too with the commercial developments as yet another supermarket opens a new branch and new shopping streets mushroom. With the new Suvarnabhumi Airport and the proposed high-speed rail link, the economic benefits are set to bring even more prosperity to all. 

            So, let’s think again and give Pattaya a chance to throw off its old image.


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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Tourism News

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