Pattaya Tourist Police made a sweep of Walking Street during the evening of January 16, bringing in a team of volunteers to clear the area of beggars and touts.
The officers and volunteers arrested or moved on all those who were considered to be making a public nuisance of themselves, following a number of complaints by visitors that they were continually being harassed in and around Walking Street.
Amongst those arrested was a gang of six Cambodian beggars, consisting of two men, two women and a young boy and girl.
Five touts who were drumming up business for live sex shows were also arrested, as was a man who was offering to take photographs of tourists with a captive loris.
A youth selling dried marijuana to tourists was also netted by the police.
The show bars, currently Top Girls and Tramps, employ touts to drum up trade. Anyone arriving at these bars escorted by a tout will be required to pay an entrance charge (which includes the first drink). A portion of the entrance charge
will then make up the touts commission.
Anybody, or at least any farang, turning up without a tout in tow will be granted free entry.
Now it seems that other bars are catching on to this rather discriminatory pricing. There have been forum reports of Peppermint charging entry to non farangs.
The latest is a report of 600 Baht entrance to Hot Girls (which may have been for 2 people). Again it includes the first drink.
But there is also a possibility that the entrance charge may become a double whammy. By coughing up at the door, customers are also identifying themselves as newbies and may then fall easy prey to hassle for tips and lady drinks. The girls
and staff will surely try it on anyway.
A disturbing incident occurred on Walking Street in the early hours of Sunday Morning which was initially dealt with by the Tourist Police based on the street.
Three men from Estonia made a complaint at the Tourist Police Mobile Unit regarding a confrontation with three Thai Men in Soi 15. It is thought the men were being ushered into a Show Bar but decided at the last minute that they did not want
to go. The Thai men became angry and a fight ensued.
The men were told to make their way to Pattaya Police Station to make a report, however they decided to take matters into their own hands and went back to confront the Thai men. It is thought that more than 15 men set-upon the three Estonian
One managed to run away, a second was hit over the head with a steal pole and a third man was stabbed in the leg with a broken bottle. A major artery in his leg was severed and he was rushed to Hospital. Later on Sunday he died from the
injury according to medical staff at the Pattaya Memorial Hospital.
The incident, which is now a murder investigation, occurred only meters away from the Tourist Police Unit and is now being investigated by Pattaya Police and the Tourist Police as the hunt for the attackers continues.
We understand that as of Monday Afternoon, no arrests had been made in connection with the attack.