Pattaya bar brawl brews: Owner and tourist fight over last call

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A Thai bar owner and a foreigner got into a bout of fisticuffs in Pattaya after the latter pushed the owner’s girlfriend in the chest for refusing to serve him because the bar was closing.

Mueang Pattaya Police Station officers intervened in the altercation between the Thai man and the foreigner outside a bar in Soi Pattaya 8, about 150 metres from the police station.

Both men were summoned to the police station for questioning. As they were still angry, the Thai man’s girlfriend, 44 year old Nukul, recounted the incident to the police.

Nukul explained that she, her boyfriend, and their employees were watching the football European Championship when the foreign man, who appeared drunk, arrived at the bar.

The foreigner ordered a beer but Nukul refused to serve him saying the bar was closing soon at 4am. The foreign man became angry and pushed her in the chest. He also pushed another foreign customer, who fell to the floor and injured his elbow.

Her boyfriend, who witnessed the incident, approached the foreign attacker. Nukul said her boyfriend asked the foreigner to meet him at the police station, and the two then engaged in a heated argument that quickly escalated into a physical fight.

Nukul said she tried to stop them but was unsuccessful, and the police eventually intervened. Both the Thai man and the foreigner face two charges each:

  • Section 391 of the Criminal Law: physically assaulting another person without causing physical or mental injury. The penalty is imprisonment of up to one month, a fine of up to 10,000 baht, or both.
  • Section 272 of the Criminal Law: engaging in a noisy or quarrelsome manner in a public way or place. The penalty is a fine of up to 5,000 baht.

A similar incident was reported at the Helicopter bar on Soi Pattaya 6 in May. In this case, three British men were attacked by a group of bar security guards over an unpaid bill. The attack left one of the British men in a critical condition.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at

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