IS PATTAYA SAFE?

 

PATTAYA

 

If you read the forums about Pattaya, most people will say Pattaya is safe, but if you live here long enough, you will see Pattaya very differently!

 

PATTAYA CRIME IN A NUTSHELL
  • NEAR DAILY MURDERS
  • NEAR DAILY SHOOTINGS
  • DAILY VIOLENCE ON TOURISTS
  • DAILY EXTORTION OF TOURISTS
  • DAILY ROBBERY OF TOURIST
  • DAILY DRUGGINGS OF TOURIST

 

WHAT’S ON OFFER

Pattaya is known as “SIN CITY” it’s the prostitution capital of the world, you can do and get away with anything here as long as you pay cash! It’s dirty, corrupt, cheap fun, and although Pattaya is trying to change its image, if they take the sex out of Pattaya, it’s really got nothing to offer.

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IS PATTAYA SAFE?

After living in Pattaya for many years, it’s my conclusion that Pattaya, is in no way, shape or form a “safe place to visit!” but it didn’t take years to reach that conclusion only a few days and a number of close calls

I want to start by saying that the majority of Thai people living in Pattaya are nice, polite and helpful people who are friendly and welcoming who go about their daily lives with little or no interest in foreigners, but if you need help, they will go out of their way to make sure that you’re ok.

The thing that makes Pattaya dangerous are a number of points and not just a few bad eggs who directly target tourist to be their victims, attitudes to safety in general are pretty ordinary, slow reactions to public safety are just some of the issues at hand.

 

DANGEROUS PEDESTRIAN OBSTACLES

Just the simple act of walking around Pattaya is dangerous and how I see the most amount of tourist injured but not seriously, especially the elderly, people tripping and falling over, twisting their ankles and knee’s from holes in footpaths, uneven, loose or slippery surfaces, obstacles, erosion, open water runoff drains, catch so many people unaware, and account for many avoidable and unnecessary injuries every year. These obstacles to public safety can be left unchanged for many months, even years as nobody takes or is held responsible for fixing the problem.

LINKWALKING AROUND PATTAYA IS DANGEROUS

 

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

Thailand has a big problem with drug and alcohol abuse, illegal drugs are available to buy in many tourist areas and public drunkenness is acceptable, the difference between tourist and Thai drunkenness is that the majority of tourist drink to have a good time while on holiday and the Thai’s in the tourist area’s drink to alleviate their problematic circumstances which is usually “lack of money” and “family” related issues, which are emotionally charged, and foreigners are easy targets to vent their anger at and blame.

LINKGETTING DRUGGED & ROBBED IN PATTAYA

 

ROAD RAGE

It’s no secret that Thailand is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be on the road, so multiply that by ten in Pattaya, the daily carnage on Pattaya’s roads is scary and road rage is on the rise, the number of tourist being hit and having close calls with fast moving motor bikes, cars and buses is getting worse. With the lack of footpaths around Pattaya for pedestrians, and the incredible increase of the number of vehicles on the roads, more people are force to walk on the roads and in the direct line of fire of aggressive and hot-headed drivers.

 

MOTORBIKES ISSUES

Boy, where do you start with this one? Riding motorbikes is probably the best way to get around Pattaya, but with that being said, it is also the most dangerous, and accounts for an unfathomable amount damage to bodies and property every year, many of riders are unlicensed and are incompetent to say the most, this is not just Thai’s but Foreigners as well,  but Thai’s are by far the most dangerous when it comes to-

  • Speeding
  • driving on the wrong side of the road
  • riding on footpaths
  • not giving way
  • not maintaining machines like brakes
  • under aged riders
  • riding drunk
  • texting and riding
  • overloading bikes
  • not paying attention

Foreigners are worst for not being able to actually ride a motorbike, but hire one anyway, they are nothing but a danger to themselves and other by being on the road.

 

INCOMPETENT OPERATORS

Every year reports of tourist being killed by speedboats, jet ski’s, ferries,  minibus accidents, bus accidents, car and bike accidents, hit the news, but are played down by local authorities, incompetent operators of machinery and safety standards are responsible, and despite local government agencies vowing to tighten safety standards, nothing really changes and reports of these type of incidence continue to occur.

 

 

 

SEEING IT FOR YOURSELF

The longer you stay in Pattaya the more negative things you will witness, and those who would take advantage of you, or harm you, get lots of practice to refine their skills, from the long line of tourist who came before you, and with little or no consequence from authorities to deter them, sooner or later it will happen to you.

It is very easy to get into trouble in Pattaya, because Thai’s can get emotionally unstable very fast and can act out in a violent manner disproportionate to the circumstances in an instant.

Many times they will transfer their anger from another situation onto an unsuspecting foreigner, who is dumb-founded by what is occurring to them.

 

THAI’S ARE RECKLESS

Thai’s have little or no regard for the safety of themselves and even less for you, after all, you’re not Thai and are therefore – inferior, there is only 2 things that matter to them –

  1. Money
  2. Face

Money is number 1 with Thai’s, it doesn’t matter how you get it, just as long as you get it, and never give it back once you’ve got it.

Face is appearing to be the big shot, the hero, the one who’s in control, it’s all about image, and they never want to lose face, especially to a foreigner, fact!

 

SAVING FACE AT TOURIST EXPENSE

Thai’s will lash out at foreign tourist to gain FACE and become extremely violent for small or even no apparent reason, and when it happens, it’s how the Thai gets approval or FACE from his countrymen, by defending his honor and the honor of the country from the evil foreigners.

For a Thai, if you verbally abuse or beat up a foreign tourist, you get bragging rights, you’re the big guy and this is very important for Thai’s, that is why you will see Thai’s attack a foreigner in a pack of 4 or more, they all want FACE AND BRAGGING RIGHTS – they taught the foreigner a lesson.

 

 

 

THE INTERNET

Pattaya – the city of love, yet this is mostly contrary to what you will find on the internet about Pattaya, the secret is knowing where to look for the information.

There are so many video’s on Youtube showing this exact type of behavior talked about here, violence and verbal abuse and there will be much more to come in the future as people record their horrible experiences while holidaying in Pattaya.

 

FORUMS

The forums say that Pattaya is safe, and for the most part, that is true, most tourists will not have many problems during a short stay in Pattaya, but some will!

The forums say that Pattaya is safe to walk around at night by yourself, and most of the time, that’s true, but for some people, it wasn’t.

The problem with some of these forums is that they are written by people who have not been the victim of a really bad experience, they all sing a different tune once it effects them directly though.

 

ADVERTISING FAMILY FRIENDLY

Holiday campaigns and real estate advertisers love to sell Pattaya as some kind of paradise on earth, They love to say that Pattaya is family friendly and a great place to raise a family or take that once in a lifetime holiday, but for many thousands of people who come to visit Pattaya every year, their experience is closer to a “living hell”.

LINKIS PATTAYA FAMILY FRIENDLY

 

NEWSPAPERS AND MEDIA

If you’re not living in Pattaya full time, one of the best ways to find out what’s going on is to read the local news papers who report just a fraction of what happens here, and represents just the tip of the iceberg of the crime wave in Pattaya.

Are good sources for reports of crime against tourist in Pattaya and Thailand and are worth checking out and subscribing to news updates and Email alerts.

 

 

 

THE LAND OF SCAMS

Thailand calls its self – “The land of smiles”, others would call it “the land of scams”.

From the moment you step off the airplane, there will be people trying to scam you every step of the way on your holiday and this will continue until you board your flight home again, some tourist will continue to be scammed by Thai’s well after they arrive home, they will send money to the prostitute they met on their holiday and fell in love with after 3 days, who will eventually bleed them dry of money.

LINKSOME PATTAYA SCAMS

 

MINOR CRIMES AGAINST TOURIST

Tens of thousands of tourist would have bad experiences of some kind in Pattaya every year from simple things like –

  • Misunderstandings with local Thai’s that can quickly turn violent
  • Thai’s blatantly ripping you off
  • Bad service
  • Two and three tier pricing for none Thai’s
  • Injuries from none managed public area’s
  • Thai’s failing to give change or return deposits and passports

 

SERIOUS CRIMES AGAINST TOURIST

Then there are more serious altercations like –

  • Drive-by handbag and gold necklace snatchings.
  • Pick pocketing
  • Hotel staff stealing from rooms
  • counterfeiting
  • Jet ski scams
  • Bin padding scam
  • Airport scams
  • Taxi fare scams
  • Taxi driver thefts
  • Taxi driver attacks
  • Drugging
  • Assaults
  • Beatings
  • Stabbings
  • Tourist activity and sightseeing injuries
  • Tourist activity and sightseeing deaths
  • Suspicious suicides
  • Murders

 

THE LIST GOES ON AND ON

There are scores of tourists every year, who go back home in body-bags from this one little holiday destination alone in Thailand and the number grows every year as more Thai’s and tourist are drawn to the city, and with no serious consequences, it only encourages others to try crime as a business model and income stream.

 

CONCLUSION

Most people who come to Pattaya for a Holiday won’t have to many dramas, but a lot will, the numbers of tourist injured, maimed or killed in Pattaya is high and it’s really difficult to know the exact number of people or how many how many are victims of crime, as most incidents go unreported, but rest assured, it’s alot!

In the animal kingdom, predators make up about 3% of species and hunt the weak, the young, the unsuspecting and the old. Pattaya is like that.

Pattaya reminds me of the African Savannah, and all the zebra’s (tourist) happily enjoying themselves, thousands of them, eating drinking, mating.

The zebra’s know that the Lions (Thai scumbags) are out there, but they are mostly unconcerned, because getting eaten only happens to others, not me, and Zebras may use the old “safety in numbers” strategy,  but that doesn’t change the fact that some zebra’s will have a bad day, and will be hunted by lions, trapped, killed and eaten!

Understand, that there are people in Pattaya who wake up every morning with the intentions of destroying someone’s holiday and financing their lifestyles with the proceeds from scams, extortion and crimes against tourist.

So remember – be aware, know the pitfalls and be safe.

 

 

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