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"ABOUT THE CONTROVERSIAL..." Thailand Local Custom Tip by joiedevivre

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<p><font color='#0000FF'><b><font color='#FF0000'>ABOUT THE CONTROVERSIAL PATTAYA
<p><font color='#0000FF'>'<i>When you are in Pattaya, you are not in Thailand</i>'
: that's what you will hear people say. But nearly all the Thai people living
in Pattaya come from upcounty, so how to explain that feeling ? What makes Pattaya
different from the other cities in Thailand ? </font></p>
<p><font color='#0000FF'>I will say because it is the only place in Thailand where
you can find a huge community of foreigners (<i>mainly men of all nationalities
and backgrounds</i>) living there all year long. Some of them work, most are
retired. One of Pattaya's policies is to welcome retired people by granting
them a one-year visa. These people regroup themselves by communities : Belgium/English/French/German/Italian/Scandinavian/Russian/…
They recreate here their own cultural environment. As for example, it is not
an uncommon sign to see French people playing <i>petanque</i> or English people
playing darts. </font></p>
<p><font color='#0000FF'>Let's say that Pattaya is an amazing city with amazing
people !</font></p>
<p><font color='#0000FF'> It is a big city on the Gulf of Siam, located in Chonburi
province (<i>145 km South-East of Bangkok</i>). </font></p>
<p><font color='#0000FF'>In the daytime, it looks like any summer city in the
world where you can see people sunbathing, sporting on the beaches, enjoying
food in the restaurants, shopping in the malls, visiting its attractions (<i>temples/museums/parks/floating
<p><font color='#0000FF'> In the nightime, it has so much to offer : restaurants
(<i>international and Thai cuisine</i>)/pubs (<i>international and Thai music</i>)/cinemas
(<i>last show at 1:00 AM- American, Thai, Chinese movies</i>)/shows (<i>transvestites</i>)/bars
(<i>beer/go-go girls/go-goboys</i>)/massage parlours (<i>traditional Thai massage</i>)/karaokes/discotheques/and
more... </font></p>
<p><font color='#0000FF'>There is a large choice of activities in Pattaya so to
satisfy everybody's taste. <i><font color='#800040'>Sanuk</font></i> is the
motto of this city and it means 'enjoy'. </font></p>
<p><font color='#0000FF'>So, if you come here, you will enjoy. No matter who you
are, where you come from, how you look like : people will welcome you in a very
friendly manner. But always keep in mind that <font color='#800040'><i>sanuk</i></font>
in Pattaya has a price : money ! Beer, laugh, sex, money : here is the merry-go-round
of Pattaya by night… But it is just up to you if you want to join the community
or not. </font></p>
<p><font color='#0000FF'>Just one personnel advice : please don't let this merry-go-round
go wild otherwise you could end losing something which has no value : your reason
! </font></p>

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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