Pattaya to Hua Hin Ferry Service Now Officially Launched

Ferry service between Pattaya and Hua Hin on the other side of the Gulf of Thailand isn’t really anything new. Several private ferry operators have tackled the project again and again over the decades – and ultimately all failed miserably.
The last attempt to bridge the 113-kilometer sea route between Pattaya and Hua Hin by ferry failed only in 2011, due to lack of passengers and as unprofitable as previous projects.

Now a brand-new passenger ferry service between Pattaya and Hua Hin was officially launched on Sunday.
The new ferry service, operated by Royal Passenger Liner Ltd, launched unofficially on January 1, with free trips between the seaside resorts offered until January 31. The official launch was however postponed from January 12 after bad weather caused the cancellation of many trips.

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Pattaya Holds Vigil for Late King (Photos)

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More than a month has passed now since the passing of King Bhumibol and the Thai people are still struggling to come to terms with the death of their much-beloved monarch.
Revered by many Thais as a demigod and “father of the country”, the world’s longest reigning monarch was not only a stabilising figure in the politically often divided nation; the bond between King Bhumibol and his subjects has been – and continues to be – deeply rooted in the Thai soul.

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Vigil for Late King: Pattaya Beach Road Closed to Traffic on Saturday

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On Saturday, November 19, starting from 6 p.m., Pattaya Beach Road will host a vigil to mourn the recent death of King Bhumibol on Pattaya Beach Road. Beach Road will be closed to traffic from the Dolphin Roundabout in the North to the entrance of Walking Street in the South from 3 p.m. in the afternoon.
Thai people and “foreign friends and families” have been invited to come together to “mourn and remember the Royal Grace” of the late king. Crowd estimates vary between 50,000 and 100,000, with tens of thousands of Thais expected to travel to Pattaya from Bangkok only.

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Entertainment Activities to Go Back to Normal November 14 (Updated)

It’s been a sad day for the Thai people. Following the announcement of the death of King Bhumibol Thursday evening, Thais are mourning the tragic loss of their much revered monarch. Having reigned for 70 years, for most Thai people King Bhumibol is the only monarch they can remember in their lives and his death… Continue Reading

“They Park Where They Want”: Call to Ban Tour Buses from Pattaya

The Farang (sex) tourists of days gone-by, the Germans, English etc., would often not book a package tour but were mostly individual tourists who would arrive in Pattaya from the airport by taxi or public bus. Since ever-increasing numbers of Russian and (more recently) Chinese tour groups have started visiting Pattaya, however, the number of… Continue Reading

“Arab” Couple Arrested for Scamming Tourists out of Money

A 44-year-old Turkish man and a 45-year-old woman from Iran accused of scamming scores of foreign tourists in Pattaya over the last couple of months and making off with “hundreds of thousands” of Baht were reportedly nabbed early Sunday at the Amazon Condominium on Soi Wat Boon 5 in Jomtien. The scam allegedly consisted of… Continue Reading

Military to Appoint New Pattaya Mayor, City Council Next Week

Since Pattaya gained city status in 1978 it’s been administered under a special autonomous system where the people of Pattaya could directly elect their own mayor and city council (except for Bangkok that’s never been the case in the rest of Thailand.) So every four years you’d have local elections and the more than 100,000… Continue Reading

Thunderstorms, Strong Winds Forecast for Pattaya May 19-23

Following the longest-lasting heat wave in recent memory and near record temperatures for almost two months Pattaya finally got see the first notable rainfall this year in the last couple of days, resulting in a slight yet most welcome drop in temperatures. Now the Thai Meteorological Department has warned of thunderstorms, strong winds and possibly… Continue Reading

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