Sign of Untidy Times

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If there’s an item or service for sale in Pattaya, there’s a good chance there’s a billboard advertising it.

Signs, posters and advertising boards go up, but they rarely come down. Most times, a new one is simply erected in front of the old. After several years of booming tourist and expatriate growth in Pattaya, the result has become urban blight.

City and district governments are keen to sell permits to erect signs, but have shown far less interest in ensuring they’re taken down when the permit period ends.

All major area roads are affected, including Sukhumvit, Pratamnak, Jomtien Beach, North Pattaya, and Chaiyapruek. The problem is especially bad on tourist-heavy Jomtien Beach and Pratamnak roads where boards even block signs for public offices serving tourists.