Dual pricing - English
Having returned home for the summer to England, I
decided to look round my hometown of Oxford. Some university colleges are
now charging admission to visit - around 200-300Bt.
Then I found out that as a city resident, I could get
in for free. Dual pricing in England! But interestingly, you don’t have
to be English, just prove you live here by showing your driving licence or
an official document showing your address in the city.
When I visited Sri Lanka, I was charged $12 US (then
1200 rupees) to visit a historic site, whereas a Sri Lankan, rich or poor,
was charged 2 rupees. Also the government decreed a minimum rate of $50 US
per night in hotels. With a residency visa the same hotel was $12 US.
I think that we still get a good deal in Thailand. That
is why we keep coming back and many people want to retire there.
Cummins’ “Pattaya: Retrospective and Perspective”
The article that Peter Cummins posted this week (Week 30
2001) was among the best I have read ever. Since I didn’t get to Pattaya
until 1971, I had to learn much of the “history” of Pattaya from Barbos
and the publicans that were there back in those days. Oh how I miss the
clean, clear waters back then. The water at the islands was so clear that
you could see the bottom in 12 ft. of water (probably more). There were so
many fish in the bay.
As I returned every year from 1972-1996 after living in
Pattaya while working at the US Army Satellite Communications Station at U-Tapao
and as Station Chief of the Microwave Station at Sriracha, I saw the changes
to Pattaya both good and bad.
Given the option, I would say that I would prefer Pattaya
as it was back in the beginning but is that really so? Probably not. Why you
ask? Well, now there are very many hotels to choose from and hundreds of
international restaurants from which to choose. I usually ate at home or
visited Barbos. There are good if not great malls and grocery outlets that
sure weren’t available back then. We usually shopped at the open market in
Sriracha back then for fresh food. There are also hundreds of bars, gogo’s
and clubs to pick from. Back then there were only about a dozen or so that
could be called inhabitable. Yes, I would still probably say that I would
choose for Pattaya to return to what it was in the beginning, but I’d
probably be wrong...
One thing I’ve been wondering about. With all the
writing talent you have available and all the access to the history, do you
think that perhaps you could put out a Pattaya City map with all
establishments shown for each year starting with say 1965 to now showing the
correct locations on the sois and maybe publish them one a week? What a joy
that would be to the old hands and frequent visitors. It would bring back
I’ll get off my soapbox now.
Ken and Rattana Bower
A grand Thank you
from Center Point Pub
Our warmest appreciation goes out to all those who
attended the Saturday’s Grand Opening (21/7/01) of Center Point Pub at the
Green House Entertainment Complex, 2nd Road.
Special thanks goes out to Chanyut Hentrakul for his kind
word during the opening speech, Pattaya Mail, Doctor Iain and Brendan for
covering the event, Boonkird Viwatdecha, managing director of FM107.75 Mhz
Sunshine Radio and his lovely wife, and everyone who contributed in one way
or another to make this occasion a huge success and put Center Point Pub
firmly on the Pattaya map.
Last but not least, if you missed out on the grand
opening, fear not, Sophon Cable and Pattaya Mail will keep you posted of all
the events and activities planned throughout the year.
Thank you once again and for as long as you keep arriving
we’ll keep providing.
Sam, Sue, Richard and Loren
Center Point Pub Management
Was someone telling
It seems Winebibber really did start something when a few
weeks back he joked about the bowling green provoking complaint. Presumably
the jesting note was because it seems unbelievable that such a staid pastime
could cause offence. Was someone telling ‘porkies’ when saying his
protest about 5 a.m. motor-mowing went unheeded or was it much Mailbag
comment that moved the bowling-green management to action?
Joint-owner Kevin Springett (another plug Kevin) argues
the point and says (PMail 20/7) he acted immediately when he heard from a
‘disgruntled resident’ (and why not?); but his sour and entirely
unnecessary puerile sarcasm indicates not with good grace. He in fact
appears to take the attitude the early-morning ‘noise pollution’ should
have been suffered in silence. Someone should point out to Mr Springett that
many who were woken up at that time might have been prompted to more direct
action than properly advising of the disturbance. Given that the condos of
the people being disturbed directly overlook the green it wouldn’t have
been difficult for the occupants to ensure the green didn’t need mowing at
5 a.m. or indeed at all. A few good squirts of one of the Songkran
water-projectors filled with an appropriate growth-retardant (any weed
killer) would have done the trick. I doubt Mr Springett’s dubious PR
skills have recruited many customers from that direction but he might be
grateful his next-door neighbours have more sense of propriety and are
better ones than he appears to be.
In PM’s 27th July issue a letter from D. Johnson
confirms the noise pollution problem and regulatory neglect is widespread
throughout Pattaya and T. Tighe also points out that the resort misses out
because visitors can’t get a good night’s sleep. Meanwhile it was
reported that the crackdown on lewd entertainment will continue. Last week
this comprised a popular and long-standing go-go bar in Soi Post Office
being closed down. The lewd entertainment the owners provided without
keeping anyone awake? No more than what may be seen on many public beaches
in the Spanish and Greek resorts that yet another writer recently pointed
out have made giant steps forward while Pattaya has marked time.
The writer who a couple of weeks back said he thought
Pattaya could change was indeed an optimistic soul. Don’t the priorities
of the local authorities indicate that the writer who quoted the ‘you can
lead a horse to water’ adage was much nearer the mark.
Troubles in Poi Pet
I am a Norwegian freelance press reporter living in Korat.
Every 3 months I have to go outside Thailand to get a re-entry stamp on my
non-immigrant visa. The last 5 times I have gone to Poi-Pet in Cambodia, as this
is the nearest place to my home in Korat.
On previous trips there has been no problem when I have
stopped for cigarettes and whisky. This time I brought two friends from Norway
and Germany plus their Thai wives, and they asked me to buy 5 cartons of
cigarettes at 100 baht each. At Poi-Pet some young people, mainly Khmers, assist
you by carrying your shopping, etc. I paid one girl and one young boy 50 baht
each, but then my problems started.
I sat down at a vendors place for some food when two Thai men
in ordinary clothes started talking to me, asking me where I came from, and what
I was doing in Aranyaphrathet. I told them that I had been in Poi-Pet and they
wanted to see my passport. When I took my cigarettes and walked in the direction
of my Toyota pickup car where the rest of my family was waiting, after only 5
minutes walking the same two people, now with another man in a border police
uniform stopped me and asked me to follow them to the police station because I
had taken too many cigarettes over the border. They wanted 20,000 baht or they
would arrest me. When I protested, they raised the amount to 25,000 baht. We did
not have much money and I asked to telephone the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok,
and the officer on duty, Mr. Grasrud, said that he would phone back. He did so
and after 5 minutes talking, the police captain Nipon Emkom said that we could
take our cigarettes and go back to Korat. He admitted that the girl had reported
me to the police. He also apologized (Koh Tot).
I hope this can be a warning - don’t buy more than 1 carton
I was wondering if Victor Hayes (Mailbag, 22 June) could be
more specific about the retirement visa he receives. I’m 52, have a generous
disability pension from the U.S. military, and have always been told by Pattaya
immigration that I have to be 55 and have the requisite deposit in a Thai bank.
Hello Pattaya Mail,
...On the auspicious occasion of the 8th Anniversary of the
Pattaya Mail, you can certainly be proud of what you have achieved, and of the
service that you provide to the entire Eastern Seaboard. Congratulations on your
Eastern Star Golf Resort
Success in the
Let me take this opportunity to congratulate you on the past,
thank you for the present and to wish you and your colleagues at the Pattaya
Mail continued success in the future. We need you.
With all best wishes,
Dulwich International College
I would like congratulate the entire staff of Pattaya Mail on
this very special occasion for what you have achieved for the last 8 years and I
wish you all much more success in the years ahead.
Royal Cliff Grand, Royal Cliff Beach Resort
Dear Pattaya Mail,
Congratulations for what you have achieved so beautifully
with your newspaper and for having reached your 8th anniversary. See, stepping
on my foot at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel some years ago was good luck, wasn’t
Well, H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y and may it serve the East
M.L. Tuang Snidvongs
Good luck and congratulations on your 8th year. I can’t
believe another year has gone by so quickly; it’s frightening.
Dear Pattaya Mail,
Eight years of Pattaya Mail - eight years the hottest news of
the town: congratulation to you and your team. All of you did a great job in all
of those years. Whenever I’m in Thailand I appreciate reading the Pattaya Mail
right out of the rotation. And in between our trips to the land of the 1000
smiles - our most beloved country - I surf to your internet pages to be informed
and stay tuned to Pattaya. Thank you very much for that great service through
all the years and hopefully a long time in the future! My best wishes and hold
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