I recently experienced a problem with an ATM machine that you might want to warn your readers about. I requested 20,000 baht, but the ATM only dispensed 15,000 baht, which was also duly printed on the slip. I made a mental note to check my account statement, and found that I was indeed debited 20,000 baht, and not the actual 15,000. I see many people just throwing away their ATM slips when withdrawing money, but they should keep the slips and check against their account statements, because without the slip, they will have a hard time getting their money back from the bank.
With the Thai government telling the tourist you must go from the bars at 2 a.m. its like telling children to go to bed. Whatís the point of coming to Thailand for a vacation if you are going to be treated like children? I am considering whether or not to cancel my vacation in Thailand.
In response to Mr. Cocksedge: Personally I feel that we as a society should not change one thing, outside of security issues, due to the events of September 11. To do so is to admit that the actions of these fanatics has made a change. It cannot, we must live our lives as we had before. The plane at the Royal Gardens is a well known icon for Pattaya and to remove it because some badly misguided people performed an unthinkable act would just be wrong.
A Proud American
Congratulations on your paper which I read every week here in England via your internet edition (and of course I buy it when in Pattaya!).
I have been following the crocodile story since the Bangkok Post (and our own papers in England) reported the escape. But... it isnít the crocs that bother me. I am coming to Pattaya in two weeks time. You seem to be having a lot of rain - is there any sunshine to go with it?
(Midday frequenter of Shenanigans when in town)
Can I just say as a heterosexual man in Pattaya that I wish all the luck in the world for the gay festival starting soon. Can I also say that as a South Pattaya resident and seeing some of the very young working boys down the likes of Soi 17 or Soi V.C as it is known I personally think it will be a good idea for the undercover police or whoever else has the power to maybe do some I.D. spot checks on tourists with their partners that may appear to look some what younger. This I feel as a Pattaya lover is what really needs to happen to un-tarnish the image of Pattaya and possibly deter the paedophiles or older people that are prone to choosing very young partners.
Once again good luck to the festival and I hope plenty of cash is raised fore the AIDS hospital and drug centre.
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Chinnaporn Sangwanlek, assisted by Boonsiri Suansuk.