Pattaya Daily News

01 December 2006 :: 20:12:23 pm 6417

Letter From Arthur

I really don’t understand. Is Pattaya trying to “shoot itself in the foot”?
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Dear Editor,

I don’t usually write to newspapers but recently a couple of incidents, that I have seen and read about, have compelled me to send you this e-mail. 
My wife and I retired and came to live in Thailand approx 3 years ago. We love Thailand and its people. We respect your King and the wonderful work he does for his people and admire the Thai attitude towards Religion. Apart from a few minor incidents, we have never had any real problems in Thailand in our travels around the country. Thailand truly is the “Land of Smiles”. Perhaps Pattaya is becoming a separate State. 

The Point. 

1. Song Taews. 

Not the usual 5 or 10 Baht debate but SongTaew drivers demanding more money, half way along Jomtien. 

If there are no Thai passengers on the SongTaew, more and more often, as we travel away from Pattaya, the drivers stop and demand more money, to take us past Soi ChiayaPruk. If we refuse to pay, we get turned off the SongTaew and we have had to wait for another or walk home. Not very good for an old retired couple! 

Is this legal? What should we do when this happens? How many Tourists, who don’t understand the system, get fleeced? Without the “farangs” who live here and Tourists, I very much doubt that one in a hundred Song Taews would even exist in Pattaya, so why do they try to throttle the “Golden Goose“? 

2. Drunkenness. We were sat on the beach, when we noticed a Thai woman acting in a very strange manner. She looked like she had Learning Disabilities but a closer look, showed her to be “out of her tree”. 

She approached a young Thai couple and their baby, on the table next to us, grabbed their large bottle of Coke and poured over her own head. The Thai’s left. We were next. She tried to snatch my beer, which I managed to save but she then picked up an empty bottle and threw it at my dog. 

She went onto the next table. German tourists enjoying themselves, they had their Mobile Phones, sunglasses, drinks all grabbed by this “lady”. After a bit of pushing and shoving, she wandered off, along the beach 

I asked the Thai Lady, running the bar, to call the Police. She said she already had but she got onto her motorbike and went and spoke directly to the Police at the local Police box. 

Eventually a policeman turned up. Did nothing and went away. 

She came back much later, this time with a 2 inch thick, 6 foot long, piece of bamboo and tried to hit whatever she could with it. She smashed it onto my table. I and the Thai’s I was with had had enough and she was dumped off the beach, not to be seen again. Why didn’t the Police act? If I had hit her, how much trouble would I be in? 

I really don’t understand. Is Pattaya trying to “shoot itself in the foot”? 

The Police promise more patrols but every day we hear of another shoot-out between “gangs of youths” on motorbikes. 

City Hall closes the Jomtien Beach Bars at 18:30 for “safety reasons”. Why did they spend a fortune on lighting up the beach, so that people could continue to enjoy themselves after dark? 

We constantly hear how T.A.T. is promoting a family atmosphere in Pattaya. I don’t think “shoot-outs at the O.K. Coral”, an increasing drug problem, murders in ALL walks of life, muggings and an increase of boorish drunkenness by some of our less delightful “visitors”, will encourage anyone but Football hooligans and Jamaican Yardies to come here. 

I am really sorry to have to vented my anger and dismay to you but I honestly believe that if somebody doesn’t, and nothing is done, we are going to lose the very people that keeps everyone in Pattaya reasonably prosperous. Tourists! Anybody else feel like I do?

Thank you,

Arthur

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