Ripped off for 10 baht
Recently a Thai friend and myself rode in a songthaew a short distance,
less than 3 minutes, along Pattaya 2nd Road. On getting out, my Thai friend handed the
driver a Bt20 note (neither of us having sufficient coins at that moment) and to HIS
surprise, he got no change! While demanding change, the driver just drove off, almost
riding over my Thai friends feet.
Ive lived here quiet a while, so I know roughly the costs of
distance - baht, etc., but this was absurd and in this case, even a Thai being ripped off!
Its been written about several times in the press and I have
friends and tourists who have had similar experiences, sometimes bordering on violence,
from the driver.
Why is there nothing done about this? Just reporting the number of the
car, etc., is insignificant to stop this daily problem. A solution?
First, a clear "protected" sticker in ALL songthaews,
indicating both price and area of Pattaya (not kilometers!) Back this up with a map of
Pattaya (including Jomtien, Naklua, etc.) divided into the necessary price zones.
That way, all tourists, Thais, etc., know exactly what to pay for where
and all drivers are then bound by this ruling and breaking it should cause them suspension
from driving for a set period.
Costs too much? Of course not, money used in a good way is never too
much but what is important is implementing the new ruling, which in the end, will help the
Simple rip-offs can give Pattaya another bad name. Think about it!
Smelling the fake flowers
I have been privileged these past two years to holiday in Thailand
seven times, enjoying the friendly atmosphere, with hard working people striving to return
their country to its rightful place in Asia.
Unfortunately, there are always a few who sully the Thai good name,
like the palm leaf flowers market from South Pattaya who last year gave nothing but
repeated empty promises for 2,000 B (after two earlier purchases). Even more distressing
are the contemptible thieves who have so far this year stolen five letters from England
addressed to a lady in Buriram and Pattaya. Can the Thai post office do nothing at all to
stop this offensive practice? I am given to understand I am by no means the only one to
suffer. I hope someone in authority can answer before I return to England.
I am a computer engineer with 20 years experience in the industry. I am
getting a little tired of your "Computer Doctor" blaming everything on Loxinfo.
I have tried KSC and other ISP providers and settled on Loxinfo. My V90
line gives me at least 45600 bps and generally 48000 bps. I have found that Loxinfos
technical support is excellent and they are always amenable to suggestions for
Mr. Richard Bunch has a financial interest in seeing that e-net gains
subscribers. I think that Pattaya Mail has a moral obligation to print the other side of
Unlike Mr. Bunch, I do not stand to benefit financially on this letter.
I can tell you quite unequivocally that I can produce letters from
several people, who are all, like myself, computer engineers, that we are well satisfied
So please, by all means keep the "Computer Doctor" column,
but ask him to confine himself to answering questions, not promoting the ISP that will
provide him with a kick-back.
Amazing Thai bank line
Thank you very much for publishing such a letter (as before). It is
such a common practice in Pattaya that nobody reacts to it. You will find all major banks
in all of their branches in Pattaya, especially Bangkok Bank, Thai Farmers Bank and Siam
Commercial Bank, all have 6-8 counters but only 2 or 3 working at a turtles pace.
Many times the tellers are even gossiping or talking with influential
people doing deals behind them. Even if 2 or 3 counters are open, many times you will find
one counter not dealing with customers. The teller is instead counting money from the
safety vault. None are bothered, perhaps because Thai people have no time value.
But my question is, isnt it the responsibility of the bank
manager to look after this? If they dont have much staff, then why doesnt the
manager ask for more staff from the head office? Otherwise, what is the use of having 6-8
counters in every branch? Is it just for show?
...Such problems face us every day in Pattaya.
Clean Up Pattaya!
Does anyone at Pattaya City Hall actually care about Pattaya? If so, I
issue them the following challenge:
Venture out of your mansion and take a drive or a walk along Pattaya
Beach Road. Then go over to Jomtien and walk along the sand at low tide. Do this with
tourist eyes, as someone who has come to Pattaya for the first time.
Now the quiz: What would you say to your friends about Pattaya when you
went home to England, Germany, the USA or Japan? I bet it would be something like
Pattaya is a dusty dirty rubbish dump.
The Beach Road, as everyone knows, is a permanent disgrace. The
construction company (who should really be called a destruction company) is totally inept.
Why the city has not fired them long ago can only be guessed!
But the Jomtien beach problem is easier and cheaper to fix. Just take
two or four of Pattayas unemployed men or women and pay them to walk the beaches at
low tide picking up the plastic bags and bottles that collect there. Within a month, for a
few thousand Baht, we could have the beaches returned to be one of Pattayas assets
instead of a disgrace.
Post Card from Italy
Thank You for news from Pattaya, by Internet! I send you a post-card
from my town Turin (Italy).
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