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Tourists complain of more scams at a free public carpark at Pattaya’s Bali Hai Pier

Petch Petpailin

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Residents and Thai tourists are again complaining to Pattaya authorities saying that they were charged a parking fee at a ‘free’ public carpark at the Bali Hai Pier. The residents report there was a group of people around the carpark and demanding a fee of 300 baht per day from the drivers. Many tourists, both Thais and foreigners, weren’t aware that the carpark was free.

After a number of official complaints, the Deputy Mayor, Pattana Boonsawat, and municipal police headed to the Bali Hai Pier yesterday. No individuals or groups collecting parking fees from tourists were around when the officials arrived. Pattana met with Thai media and said that the authorities had received complaints via a hotline (1337) that a number of men were asking tourists to pay the fee and “threatening anyone who refused to pay”.

The Deputy Mayor noted that the carpark was there to offer tourists convenience, so these actions “completely ruined Pattaya’s reputation”. He said Pattaya city would make an announcement to notify both Thais and foreigners that the carpark was offered free of charge.

He also said that municipal officers will take a closer watch on the area to prevent any groups or individuals from luring tourists to pay the fee. He insisted the residents and tourists can immediately report via the hotline on 1337, which is open 24/7 if finding similar cases.

Thai media said that it wasn’t the first time this kind of fee scam had happened. Last year, the same issue was reported at Bali Hai Pier and another public park on the road along Pattaya’s foreshore.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News | Kom Chad Luek

 

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    Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger focusing on Thai news and what's happening in Thailand. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp.

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