A slow news day in Pattaya......
- Drunk, jilted American bashes himself with beer bottle in Pattaya beer bar [via Pattaya Daily News]
- My feeling that Thais welcome any opportunity to have a go at farangs is further strengthened by:
and the old favourite:
If you are thinking of buying a condo with your Thai terak then I recommend you select a condo on a low floor. Chose a high floor and you may see more of the view than you expected.
- Minus 5 Pattaya - A group of guys in town from Hull for a stag week, (you may have seen them around town dressed as superheroes and katoeys), checked out Minus 5 and tried the drink all you can vodka shooters in 20mins for a fixed fee of Bt500/- per person. The ten of them did 6 litres of vodka in the allotted time. No wonder they were buzzing!
- Re the stag party. On the night they were dressed in ladies clothing, one of them make the mistake of wondering down Walking Street with his dress over his head and his meat and two veg on display. Understandably, he got pulled by the BIB and an irate Thai officer wanted to lock him up. A farang tourist police officer calmed things down and the offending flasher got away with a Bt2,000 fine. Lucky guy.
- Pattaya profits from Russian property buyers - "I think this year, Russians will account for 40 per cent of property sales in Pattaya," predicted Uriy Segal, the Russian president of Russian House, another newly set-up Pattaya property agency. [via Bangkok Post]
- A website just for katoeys - Pattaya Lady Boys
- Shorter route to Hua Hin from the airport and the east
The completion of the southern section of the Bangkok outer ring road late last year brought Hua Hin closer to the airport and Pattaya in terms of travel time. I mistakenly thought the route was straight on from Bang Na but you've got to head south on the outer ring road to reach the Bang Phli-Suksawat Expressway. [via Bangkok Post]
- Thai Inflation at 10-year high - May rate of 7.6 per cent is the highest in nearly a decade, due to the unrelenting rise of oil prices. [via The Nation]
- Taxi fares will go up, but by how much will not be known for another two weeks. Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej on Sunday supported an increase, saying the 35 baht flagfall had not changed since meters were introduced in 1992. The prime minister thinks fares should start at 39 Baht, but drivers have demanded an overall 20% rise with the flagfall rising to 40 Baht. [via Bangkok Post]
- The great rice crisis: Rationing at UK supermarkets as world prices soar 70 per cent. Supermarkets are rationing rice in some stores after panic-buying by customers worried about a global shortage. Retailers including Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Lidl have introduced quotas for the staple food, which has increased in price worldwide by 70 per cent in a year. [via Mail Online]