Neon-lit Pattaya draws students too

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While many Thais are drawn to Pattaya’s neon-lit streets with baht signs in their eyes, some come simply for the area’s many educational opportunities.

There are several colleges around the area offering training in computers, accounting, hospitality and more.

Saisuda Praicharoen, an 18-year-old business-computer student at Kingston Pattaya Vocational College said that since Pattaya is a center for tourism, shopping and industry, it’s a good place to learn to communicate with foreigners.

Saisuda Praicharoen (left) and her friends are third year Business Computer students at Kingston Pattaya Vocational College.Saisuda Praicharoen (left) and her friends are third year Business Computer students at Kingston Pattaya Vocational College.

She admitted she hates Pattaya’s traffic, however, and wishes there was a pedestrian crossing across Sukhumvit Road near her school, or even an elevated train.

Phiromporn Klangsena, a first-year accounting student at Pattaya Business Administration College said she came from Loei with her mother three months ago. She likes its beaches, luxurious hotels and that she can practice her English for tourists.

Phiromporn Klangsena (2nd left), shown here with her friends, is a freshman studying Accounting at Pattaya Business Administration College (PBAC).Phiromporn Klangsena (2nd left), shown here with her friends, is a freshman studying Accounting at Pattaya Business Administration College (PBAC).

“Everything is nice in Pattaya, except for all the nightlife-entertainment venues,” the 18-year-old said.

Nittaya Jituafua, 19, thinks Pattaya is too dirty. A third-year student at PBAC, she said she likes the city because there are many visitors from different parts of the world, but there is too much garbage and litter. She thinks things are improving, though, and also said she wishes there were a Bangkok-type “skytrain” in Pattaya.

Miss Nittaya Jituafua is a third year student at Pattaya Business Administration College.Miss Nittaya Jituafua is a third year student at Pattaya Business Administration College.