Russian Tourist Hit, Killed by Foreigner Riding Ducati Superbike

We’re certain it’s not completely new to you that pedestrians aren’t always safe on the streets of Pattaya. So the following story may just serve as an extreme reminder that you should always keep an eye on the traffic before crossing a road in Thailand. This rule doesn’t apply just during heavy daytime traffic but… Continue Reading

Alcohol Ban on Makha Bucha Day, February 11, 2017

This year, the important Buddhist holiday of Makha Bucha falls on Monday, February 11. Since this is a national holiday, government offices including your local immigration bureau, banks and many other businesses would usually be closed for one day. With Makha Bucha falling on a Saturday, however, and government offices being closed anyway, Monday, February… Continue Reading

Free Tourist Visa Scheme Extended Until August 2017 (Update)

The Thai Cabinet has agreed on Tuesday to extend the free tourist visa scheme for visitors from all countries for another six months until the end of August 2017. The free visa promotion was initially launched on December 1 in order to increase the number of foreign visitors during the peak season and specifically aimed… Continue Reading

December 5 Remains National Holiday

December 5, the birthday of the late Thai king who passed away last October, will remain a national holiday and continue to be celebrated as Father’s Day after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha countersigned a royal order on Tuesday. According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, December 5 will mark three important occasions:… Continue Reading

Ladyboy Pickpocket Nicks Chinese Tourist’s iPhone on Soi 6

We’ve only recently warned travellers and expats not to wear gold necklaces after dark in Pattaya or carry more cash than really necessary on them. Snatch-and-grab thefts and (ladyboy) pickpockets are by no means anything new in Pattaya but cases appear to have risen recently. Having said that, we should have added that you’re also… Continue Reading

Body of Kazakh Tourist, Drunk Thai GF Found in Pattaya Hotel Bed

Pattaya police are investigating the mysterious death of a 41-year-old male foreign tourist whose body was found lying on the bed of his hotel room on Soi Buakhao Tuesday night. The tourist has been identified as Mr. Viktor Vart from Kazakhstan. But it’s not just the as-yet-unknown cause of death which makes this case mysterious:… Continue Reading

Thai Lottery Results – February 1, 2017

The Thai government lottery is the only kind of “gambling” legally allowed in Thailand and taken very seriously by the Thai people. Lottery tickets are pre-printed in Thailand so you don’t really get to pick your own numbers as in lottery systems in the West. Instead, you select your preferred six-digit “lucky number” from an… Continue Reading

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