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If you want to get things moving in Thailand, make a documentary saying how bad things are and show it on international TV. A German documentary slamming Pattaya has so far had more success than a hundred directives from head office.

The documentary was titled Achtung Abzocke.

The documentary portrayed Pattaya in a less-than-flattering light, so city officials are upping their safety game, with local police announcing a raft of new measures aimed at protecting visitors. Some of them have already been introduced in a swift knee-jerk reaction to the scathing criticism.

Read The Thaiger’s story about the documentary HERE.

Thailand’s interior ministry issued instructions for security to be increased after the documentary criticised Pattaya as being unsafe for tourists and run by local and international ‘mafia’. Police have now set up new safety zones and patrols on Beach Road and in other popular ‘sin-city’ touristy areas.

The Pattaya News reports that the zones run from the Dusit Hotel to Central, from Central Festival to Mike’s Mall and from Mike’s Mall to Walking Street.

Police officers will carry out patrols on foot, as well as by bike and police vehicle. They will conduct checks on “suspicious individuals”, while reminding Thai people who may be enjoying a drink on the beach that they shouldn’t give tourists any problems.

The police say they are singling out Thai men and ‘ladyboys’ who appear alone at the beach or on Walking Street, due to a number of recently-reported crimes against foreigners. They will also carry out stop-and-search checks on cars, checking for drugs, weapons, or drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pandemic has washed away Pattaya’s “soapy” massage parlours

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While the Covid pandemic has hit Thailand’s businesses hard, it has also washed away its not-so-legal soapy massage parlours after tourism has dried up its clientele. Such places, known as glorified brothels, have left many masseuses out of work as boards have barricaded the once booming establishments.

Soapy Massage (àap-òp-nûat, อาบอบนวด, literally bath, steam, massage)…
These are the bigger massage parlours where girls are presented in the fishbowl and you get the full program (including sex) for a fixed price, depending on the girl starting from 1,500 and up to 5,000 Baht.

Only a few of the soapy services have survived the pandemic in Pattaya, with Honey Massage Parlour being one of them, according to The Pattaya Mail. After adjusting to the new requirements for social distancing, the business has re-opened on November 19. However, its largest shop has closed, once known as Honey 1 on Soi Honey, or Soi 11, the windows are dark and barricaded. Honey Inn is also up for sale.

25 year old masseuse Maywadee, says she used to work in such parlours where she would get a cut of the 1,500 to 2,500 baht fee. She says she used to see up to 7 clients a day, but now that number has been cut in half as Chinese and Japanese tourists, who were her largest group of customers have dwindled. Now, she is thinking about heading back to her home city of Chiang Mai, to sell handicrafts, as her Pattaya income has dried up.

Such parlours feature masseuses that are usually not native to the area, as many come from lower socio-economic areas such as Thailands northeastern provinces, otherwise known as Isaan. Many make the trip to tourist-driven cities like Pattaya, Koh Samui, Bangkok and others, in an attempt to make a higher salary than they would if they were back in Isaan.

SOURCE: The Pattaya Mail

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Phuket sees 300 million baht boost over long holiday weekend

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand says that Phuket has received a much-needed 300 million baht boost over the 4 day long weekend with around 54,000 tourists flocking to the island from last Thursday through to yesterday.

Phuket Office Director Nanthasiri Ronnasiri, reports that the average expenditure per visitor was about 5,500 baht, which was higher than the average spend for a Thai tourist to Phuket 2 years ago. She also noted that random checks on hotels showed that occupancy rates climbed to about 35%, with most guests staying 2 nights. But most of Phuket’s hotels remain closed.

Nanthasiri also says that many of the tourists concentrated themselves in the Phuket Old Town area, especially around Thalang Road, Phang Nga Road, and Dibuk Road in order to enjoy at the Sino-Portuguese shophouse architecture and historical locations. In fact much of Phuket Town, including its many markets and alley eateries, were doing roaring business, The Thaiger can vouch for the heavy traffic, on the roads and footpaths, over the past 4 days.

“This special holiday made Phuket tourism livelier, even though it was not as same as the situation before the Covid-19 pandemic.”

In fact, despite the welcome surge of visitors, it was still a long, long way from its previous tourist levels with much of the west coast, which has largely catered for the international tourist traffic, was still very quiet in places like Patong, Kata and Karon.

Phuket wasnt the only destination that has profited off of the long weekend as Chiang Mai saw droves of Thai tourists visiting its Royal Park Rajapruek as well as the northern city’s other nearby national parks and tourist areas. Visitors came from all over to see the blossoming of flowers in a beautiful display at the park as well as enjoying the air-purifying flowers as they relaxed. Tourists were able to rent a bicycle for 60 baht if they wanted to exercise while taking in the scenery and could also pay a visit to the orchid greenhouse, which hosts a variety of orchids in bloom. TripAdvisor recommends to set aside 2 hours to visit the park.

Next holiday weekend, on November 27 and 28, Pattaya is expected to get a tourism boost as its annual fireworks festivalis set to bring in travellers who have taken advantage of package deals offered by some beachside hotels. Such packages were offered for advance bookings, where holidaymakers could view the firework shows on the rooftops of their hotels. The firework displays are said to be long with breaks of entertainment-packed shows, featuring live music and student bands amongst others.

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Mother travels to Pattaya to desperately search for her missing daughter

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50 year old Chanapa Yuthiya has travelled from Chaiyaphum province to Pattaya, over 400 kilometres, to desperately search for her missing daughter. The grandmother has taken her 7 month old granddaughter along, after she says her daughter has been out of touch and unable to be reached since November 17.

Chanapa filed a complaint to Pattaya City police last Thursday after her 24 year old daughter Tevika Yuthiya went missing from an entertainment venue in the Pattaya area at about 8pm. Tevika was reportedly working at the venue, but her mother says she suffers from consciousness issues and mental disorders. Chanapa says her daughter has displayed reckless and unintentional behaviour in the past, which undoubtedly worries her more.

Furthermore, Chanapa says it is very rare to not speak with her daughter every day and after her daughter went quiet, she posted several pictures of her daughter on social media and has asked local media agencies for help. The latest in the case, according to Chanapa, is that Tevika is living with a man in Pattaya, but the man won’t say where and has refused to give his address. He further claimed that Tevika did not want to return home. The man’s nationality, age and name is not clear.

Chanapa expressed her concerns to the local media as she cried while saying that she wants her daughter to come back to meet her own daughter as everyone around them is very worried about her safety. She also states that if Tevika comes back, she will help her get treatment for her alleged mental disorder at a hospital. It is not known, however, why the man is saying that Tevika does not want to return home.

She stated that anyone who can help find her daughter or give clues, can contact the Pattaya Police in person or call the city call center at 1337.

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SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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