Anyone visiting Pattaya’s downtown post office knows parking is a real problem – and an avoidable one, as it turns out.
A stroll down Soi 13/2 – Soi Post Office as its colloquially known – on Dec. 23 found that the 8-meter-wide road was narrowed by almost half by parked cars and shop owners who illegally blocked off parking in front of their shops.
The barriers, chairs and other items blocking the street frustrated drivers who called shopkeepers selfish in trying not to block access to their stores. It also runs counter to Pattaya’s traffic laws.
Parking almost always has been, and still is, a mess on Soi Post Office.
Neither Pattaya police nor city municipal officers have made any real effort to regulate parking on the street for so long, however, that store owners feel they can violate the law with impunity.