Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet may be a slight exaggeration, however there is enough material along this stretch for a director to produce 10 ballets. Every morning I walk along Pattaya beach and marvel at the unusual sights, it surely is a page out of life’s rich tapestry.
I walk every day along the beach and take in the sights, have breakfast, read the Bangkok Post then walk back home.
My condo Markland on Pattaya Beach Rd.
Babushkas at the beach
Sometimes you come across some glamorous beach babes, sadly these two don’t qualify in that category.
Does smoking keep your weight down?
Super models sometimes smoke to control their weight, clearly in this case it has not worked.
Some Russian eye candy
Ok, that’s more like it. 🙂
Seagull sculpture on Beach Rd.
Strangely enough I have never seen a seagull on Pattaya Beach Rd, lots of pigeons but no seagulls.
Some shade at the beach
April & May are the two hottest months in Thailand, it is also the time when tides are very low so the beach looks so much better with more sand showing.
Every morning they head for Koh Larn.
Many hundreds of tourists take the boats out to Koh Larn for a day at the beach, most of them return very sunburnt.
Three Amigos part of Pattaya Beach Road Ballet
How cool are these guys?
Balloon above Beach Rd
Most morning I tale a 25 minute walk to see the latest Pattaya Beach Road Ballet.
Wot! No chairs or umbrellas?
At last there are some sections of the beach without umbrellas, chairs or greedy unfriendly vendors. Not all of them are unfriendly but many are. There are still lots of umbrellas those people like me who don’t want to sit in the direct sun.
Beach repairs after the storms
It’s a never ending job repairing the beach in the wet season.
Personally I would not do this because I don’t trust the Thai boat drivers, there are always a few people killed each year due to their incompetence.
Hi ho, hi ho, its off to work we go.
It really doesn’t matter they are travelling the wrong way in a one way street, after all this is Pattaya Beach Rd.
New shopping centre between Soi 5 & 6.
It’s called the Bay & after many months only 2 tenants have moves in. Starbucks & McDonalds.
In front of The Bay shopping centre, photo taken February 2 2017.
One of the reasons I like the Beach club is………..
Pattaya is certainly a unique part of the world.
Hats for Sale
Every morning they sell to the Chinese tourists.
Stretching on Beach Road north Pattaya.
Traffic jam at 8 am August 22 2015
The busses are bringing Chinese tourists to the beach where they crawl aboard the waiting boats to go para-sailing & visit Koh Larn. Since the August 17 bombing in Bangkok and the Shanghai share-market plunge, now in September 2015 it seems the tourists numbers from China have fallen by up to 50%. However now in 2016 they are back in force.
Every day of the year thousands of Chinese tourists head for the boats.
Selfie on Pattaya Beach
A females favourite pastime, when too many selfies is never enough. 🙂
More exercise on Beach Rd
Good to see the lad and his father wearing crash helmets, riding on the footpath can be quite dangerous when selfish pedestrians think they have “right of way”. 🙂
Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $30 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.
Jet Ski scammers
Along the Beach Road in Pattaya, often between Soi 10 and Soi 13/4 (entrance to Walking Street), Thai Jet Ski touts will approach the tourist. Most likely time to witness the scam unfolding would be between 5pm – 5:30pm as it is getting dark. Particularly outside Mike Shopping Mall, Royal Garden Plaza, and Soi 13/2 to Soi 13/4. The tourist is required to sign a contract with the Jet Ski operators before they board the Jet Ski and have their fun. Cost is around 700 baht ($20) for thirty minutes. When the tourist returns to the beach the Thai Jet Ski operator will board the Jet Ski and bring it up on to the beach. Here is where the scam starts, as they (theatrically and dramatically) point out the damage and demand that the tourist pay for it, typically ranging anywhere from 30,000 baht ($950) to 70,000 baht ($2,200), but it can be 100,000 baht ($3,180) and up. Of course this damage (deep scrapes on the underside of the Jet Ski, scratches to the paintwork, or a broken plastic bumper) has been there all the time. Often, if not most times, it is a group of tourists that are scammed. More people, more money.
If they use the version of the scam where the tourist boards the Jet Ski when it is already submerged in the water, thus hiding the damage that is already on the underside, the scammers don’t need to cover the damaged areas. The damage is revealed once they bring it on to the shore after the tourist has rented it. More government warnings etc here.
Be careful, you have been warned.
At the emergency meeting in August 2015, Pol. Maj. Piyapong was reported in local media saying that his office received numerous complaints from scam victims that first went to the Pattaya police station only to be ignored. The same press reports also showed that, as far back as 2011, Pattaya mayor Itthiphol Kunpleum said Pattaya’s police were part of the jet ski problem, with corrupt officers assisting scammers… I hope you can now understand what I mean when I call it Pattaya Beach Rd ballet. 🙂
What a great year for travel in 2015
That’s all folks