pattaya city news

  • Media and local residents complain about taxis and baht busses blocking traffic near Walking Street

    The Pattaya press association took this video last evening to highlight the problems with taxis and baht busses stopping in no parking zones near Walking Street to let off and on and wait for passengers.

    As the area is currently under construction and one lane is closed for a drainage project, the remaining lanes are limited. Despite signs and markings telling taxis not to stop in this area right near Walking Street, vehicles continue to do so, which causes the road to go to one lane and significant traffic backup.

    After several complaints this video and photos were taken and hopes are that the relevant organizations will enforce parking, stopping and waiting for passengers at this busy area.


  • Is this the End of the Road for Walking Street

    More casualties at Walking street. Lighthouse is dead (girls go to Bliss), Party Girls aGogo dead, Hidden aGogo dead, Yes aGogo dead, Sugar Baby Agogo dead…

    Walking Street, the most famous street and nightlife venue in Pattaya is facing an uncertain future. Walking street that has more than 100 buildings, which include some of the most famous nightclubs, discos, go-go clubs and restaurants in Pattaya, seem to be closing down very quickly.

    It seems that  European and Russian tourists have gone down due to change in exchange rates that haven’t been in their favour. This month has seen yet more bars and clubs close down across Pattaya and walking street. At this rate is there a future for the most famous street in Pattaya?

    However, does this just mean that customers will now be pushed to Soi Buakhao and surrounding areas?


  • City-wide roadwork leaves Pattaya traffic in gridlock

    Citywide roadwork has Pattaya residents up in arms with locals claiming city hall is making bad traffic even worse due to poor planning.

    From the southern end of Beach Road to Second Road near Central Road to Sukhumvit Road in Naklua roads have been dug up, holes left with barriers and lanes closed in a patchwork of projects that leaves no area free of congestion.

    Residents say Pattaya officials should limit roadwork to a single zone at a time and not wreck the entire traffic grid simultaneously.

    City hall countered that it received budgets for various projects from laying drainage pipes to burying electricity lines and that the budgets must be spent.


  • BMA urges parents to take children to get rotavirus vaccine

    BMA urges parents to take children to get rotavirus vaccine

    Parents of young children should take their charges to hospitals and clinics to receive free rotavirus vaccines so as to prevent severe diarrhea, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on Monday urged.

    BMA deputy governor Thaweesak Lertpraphan said parents of children, who are between two months old and four years could take their children for the vaccine at the BMA’s community clinics or hospitals every Tuesday from noon to 3pm.

    He said the rotavirus caused infections and severe diarrhea among those newly born to four years old, at a cost to the BMA of Bt4,300 for medical treatment. It is both safer for the children and cheaper for the BMA to provide free vaccines.

    He said about 17,000 young children fell sick with the rotavirus in 2018 in Bangkok.


  • Pattaya CCTV System deemed a success, going to be introduced across the country

    Earlier this week on our social media feeds The Pattaya News gave you a sneak preview of Pattaya’s 36 million baht CCTV system and command center. 

    As recently as a few years prior, the majority of the cameras were not working and in a state of disrepair. However, in the past two years, the city has invested millions of baht into repairing and upgrading the system and installing a command center.

    The city is now lined with hundreds of cameras, although officials declined to comment on exactly how many they are.

    Officials stated to the press that they were installed in the heaviest foot traffic and tourist locations, as well as what they called high-risk locations where crime is common.

    The cameras are high quality and able to zoom in even on small details such as vehicle registration numbers according to Police Major General Woraphong.

    Major General Woraphong says the results speak for themselves.

    From May 2018 to May 2019 he stated that there has been a total of 1305 criminal cases in Pattaya, including theft and assault filed with the Police.

    1,120 of those cases have resulted in an arrest and the suspect brought to justice, he stated. The vast majority he stated were resolved by reviewing the CCTV system and tracking the suspect successfully.

    Now, with the success of the system, it is about to be launched in high tourist destinations nationwide.  Additionally, even more cameras are going to be installed throughout the city, allowing Pattaya Police to be able to view at a glance the majority of the city at any time.

    Phuket, Koh Samui, Hua Hin, Rayong, Trat, and Chiang Mai are next on the list to get the Pattaya CCTV style system and command center according to Major General Woraphong. Pattaya was the testing ground for the system as according to Major Woraphong it has an increasing number of foreign tourists year over year.

    Original source Bangkok Post, photo credit Pattaya Law Enforcement


  • Pattaya’s NEW MODEL to improve tourist safety

    Pattaya’s NEW MODEL to improve tourist safety

    Police plan to introduce the “Pattaya Model”, a new set of crime prevention measures, in other provinces popular with tourists after success in finding a number of criminal suspects in this beach resort city.

    The results of the crime prevention model have encouraged the Tourist Police Bureau to apply similar methods in Phuket, Koh Samui, Hua Hin, Trat, Rayong, and Chiang Mai.

    The “Pattaya Model”, which was first introduced by the Tourist Police Bureau in Pattaya, uses a mix of high-tech surveillance cameras and crime control measures in crime-heavy areas such as Pattaya Bay.

    “We chose Pattaya first because the number of foreign tourists visiting the city is steadily increasing,” said Pol Maj Gen Woraphong Thongphaibun, chief of the tourist police’s Sub-division 1.

    He said the new measures have so far yielded encouraging results. From last year until May this year, there were a total of 1,305 criminal cases, including thefts and physical offenses. Up to 1,120 of the individuals suspected of wrongdoing in those cases were brought to justice.

    Behind the success of the plan is the installation of smart cameras in downtown Pattaya, Pol Maj Gen Woraphong said.

    The 36-million-baht CCTV project enables police to monitor criminal suspects or detect unusual behavior. The cameras were installed in “vulnerable” areas with a high frequency of legal violations.

    According to Pol Maj Gen Woraphong, the cameras can also detect vehicle registration numbers. The technology reinforces police operations, to intercept drug trafficking and search for suspects who commit crimes against tourists, he said.

    “These cameras have helped us solve many cases, and remind people to think twice before getting into a fight. We plan to install more cameras in Pattaya in the future,” said Pol Maj Gen Woraphong.

    Police are also taking steps to regulate water activities such as reckless speed boat driving and road violations.

    “They may not be considered serious crimes, but every problem can escalate into bloody scuffles or even fatal accidents, which will affect the tourism mood in Pattaya,” Pol Maj Gen Woraphong said, adding that the resort city generates up to 230 billion baht in revenue each year.

    “We have so far continued to arrest wrongdoers,” he said.


  • The end of visa runs or not

    For decades tourists or ex-pats who are below the retirement visa age limit, have extended their stay in Thailand by so-called ‘visa runs.’ 

    One example is when people travel to a nearby country to apply for a tourist visa and extend their stay for another two to three months.

    This is commonly called a ‘visa run.’

    Companies providing ‘Visa Runs’ leave every tourist town in Thailand on a daily basis in convoys of mini-vans and coaches to head for the nearest border.

    Tourists typically travel to border towns such as Aranyapratet on the Cambodian border, Nongkhai on the Lao border, Mae Sai or Mae Sot a Bangkok jack report on the Burma border, Vientiane in Laos or to Penang near Malaysia’s border.

    Visa runs may be a unique (or even traditional) part of Thailand’s tourism scene.

    But, this week reports are coming in of tourists and ex-pats being DENIED new visas at Vientiane, on the Laos border.

    The Royal Thai Embassy at Vientiane, usually one of the easiest to pass through with a new stamp, has begun turning foreigners away.

    Yesterday one American reported to a Visa Forum, ‘Just got denied my second tourist visa at Vientiane. Have one visa in my US passport from December 2018 and 3 exempt stamps. The guy simply said ‘my boss didn’t give you a visa, you have to go back to your country.’

    Another American in the same queue was also denied and new visa. When his Thai girlfriend asked for an explanation she was told that there is a ‘new rule’ and foreigners can only have ONE tourist visa every twelve months.

    One tourist visa would only be enough to qualify for a three-month stay. IE, one two-month visa plus a thirty-day extension at a local immigration office.

    At that point, it is usually time for the famous VISA RUN, but not anymore it seems.

    Not for these two Americans, it isn’t.


  • iPhone designer Jony Ive set to leave Apple

    The British man who designed the iPhone, iPod and Mac is leaving Apple after nearly three decades, saying it is a “natural” time to go.

    Chief design officer Sir Jonathan Ive – known widely as Jony Ive – will leave later this year to start his own design firm.

    But he will not cut his ties with the technology giant completely, as his new company will count Apple among its clients.

    He told the Financial Times: “While I will not be an (Apple) employee, I will still be very involved – I hope for many, many years to come.

    “This just seems like a natural and gentle time to make this change.”

    According to the paper, his new venture LoveFrom will launch fully in 2020 and Sir Jonathan will continue to work on wearable technology and healthcare, which are among Apple’s strategic priorities.

    “There are products that we have been working on for a number of years,” he said, of his ongoing work at Apple.

    “I’m beyond excited that I get to continue working on those, and there are some new projects as well that I’ll get to develop and contribute to.”

    Sir Jonathan was a close creative collaborator with co-founder Steve Jobs and his designs helped fuel Apple’s rise to a $1trn company.

    Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook described Sir Jonathan’s designs as “groundbreaking”.

    “Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998’s groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care,” he said.

    “Apple will continue to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built.

    “After so many years working closely together, I’m happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future.”

    Originally from Chingford in northeast London, Sir Jonathan studied design at Newcastle Polytechnic – now Northumbria University – and founded his own design company called Tangerine before being recruited by Apple in 1992.

    He was knighted in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2012.



    Dusit Thani Pattaya was recently granted an audience by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the Chitralada Palace as Her Royal Highness graciously accepted the hotel’s donation on behalf of the Chai-Pattana Foundation under the patronage of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. General Manager Neoh Kean Boon leads the hotel’s management team in presenting the money it raised from staff and management donations towards helping the less privileged through the creation of sustainable livelihood projects for them and their families. It is one of the hotel’s initiatives aimed at giving back to society under its CSR Programme.



    The First Pacific Hotel & Convention Center was the venue for the Installation Night of Club Presidents and their Board of Directors of 5 Rotary Clubs, namely the Rotary Club of Pattaya, the Rotary Club of Chonburi, the Rotary Club of Sriracha, the Rotary Club of Laemchabang and the Rotary Club of Panatnikom. The grand ballroom was filled to maximum capacity with Rotary members from clubs around Thailand. Irish Stephen “Steve” Devereux was installed as Club President of the Rotary Club of Pattaya for the second year running, and will as such continue a very successful presidency and leadership of the Pattaya club that is the “Mother Club” of Rotary in our city, formed back in 1972. Pattaya have now 5 Rotary Clubs. The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service


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