Pattaya devastated

PATTAYA: Beaches are deserted, go-go bars stand empty and cabarets have shut their doors in the tourist haven of Pattaya, as business has ground to a standstill after worldwide travel restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For one of the world’s most famed — some might say infamous — tourism hotspots, the economic devastation is near-total and business owners say haven’t seen anything like it for four decades

“Our organisation has halted business 100%. Pattaya is a tourist city, we rely mostly on them. The whole city is affected by the virus,” Alcazar Cabaret Show executive Pawin Phettrakul told Reuters.

In normal times, the theatre — which features high-kicking dancing girls wearing elaborate feather headdresses and sequined dresses — sees over a thousand tourists daily, but now there are zero.

Alcazar Cabaret is not planning on laying off its staff at the moment, but the foreseeable future seems bleak.

Thailand depends on tourism for around 12% of its GDP, but in Pattaya, nearly the entire economy runs on visitors.

The resort town saw over 15 million visitors in 2018, according to the 2019 Chonburi Provincial Statistical Report, which was already a 20% drop from the previous year.

“I would say that this is the worse that has ever hit Pattaya. And, during the past two to three weeks, so much businesses has already folded, has already [gone] bankrupt, closed down due to the coronavirus,” said Roy Fu Wanlong, a business owner in Pattaya.

The city in recent years has been trying to shed its association with sex tourism that started in the 1970s when it became a rest and relaxation spot for US soldiers during the Vietnam War.

The town has promoted family-friendly entertainment and boat tours in the city. 

Thai Story with Farang

It’s healthy to check your thai. You can see by this story, where the feeling can bring a man to ruin his life.

A drunken British National stabbed his Thai wife in a jealous rage after finding out she hasn‘t been faithful.

At 1:00 a.m. on July 8th, 2006, Police Lieutenant General Manoch Bamphenthan of the Pattaya Police Station received a report from Miss Boosadee Maneejan, that a male foreigner had just stabbed his wife. The incident had taken place in front of Sunny Inn Hotel in Pattaya.

On the scene, the police found the body of Miss Chawee Pimasri, age 26, lying in a pool of her own blood. She had a severe stab wound to her chest, just below her left breast, and she was in critical condition. The police officers had her immediately sent to Pattaya Memorial Hospital for treatment of her wound.

Upon questioning the onlookers, it was determined that the man who had stabbed her was Mr. Denis Gill, aged 64, a British National, and also her husband. Apparently the two had been overheard having a heated argument, when Mr. Gill pulled out an 8” knife and stabbed his wife. When witnesses on the scene tried to help out, Mr. Gill fled the scene, stabbing himself as he left. He ran back into the hotel where he was staying and hid himself at the 3rd floor entrance.

The officers entered the building and found Denis sitting in a pool of his own blood, still holding the knife he used to commit the crime. He was found to be in a drunken state, making a lot of noise and carrying on like an insane person. He scolded everyone who tried to get close to him, and used the long, sharp knife to repeatedly stab himself until he was completely covered in blood. He severely sliced open his left wrist, and blood was flowing everywhere. Officers pleaded with him to cool down and instructed him to drop the knife, but Denis was in no mood to listen and was unwilling to relinquish the knife.

The officers feared that the situation might escalate, due to the fact that Denis would not give up the knife. An interpreter and a doctor from Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital were called in to help. The interpreter tried to talk to Mr. Gill and to reason with him, but had no luck. Pacing back and forth with blood draining from his body, and still wielding the knife, he threatening to kill himself if any one approached. The police and the interpreter tried again to get him to give up the knife, but had no luck. They were worried if this continued on for too long, he would die from massive blood loss.

Thirty minutes later, the officers had convinced him to drink some water. Just as the officers were handing him the water, they quickly jumped him and removed the knife from his possession. Denis was too fatigued from his blood loss to put up any kind of a fight. The police took the knife for evidence. Denis was escorted from the 3rd floor to the lobby of the hotel where and ambulance was waiting to take him to Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital. The staff at the hospital had informed the police that Miss. Chawee Pimasri, wife of Denis, had died from injuries.

Miss Busadee Maneejan, age 21, was the sister of the deceased. She had told police that Denis had been living with her sister for the last six months, and he often traveled back and forth from England. He had recently sent his wife 600,000 Baht to invest in Apple Beer Bar, which was located only 100 meters from the hotel where the crime had been committed. When he was not in Thailand, he would send her between 40-50,000 Baht a month to live on. He returned to Pattaya on June 26th to be with his wife, and checked into the Sunny Inn Hotel. He continued to manage his beer bar business with his wife but something had changed. Since he had returned to Thailand, his wife had not had sex with him. This caused Denis to think something was fishy. While he was gone, his wife had managed to bar, and he knew that many foreign men made passes at his wife. Then he found out that his wife was also dating a Thai man. This caused Denis to become very jealous and was the main reason for the argument.

Three days before the crime, Denis was consuming quite alot of alcohol and he had a heated argument with his wife. As they walked into the hotel they were shouting and yelling at each other, when Denis pulled out the knife and stabbed her.

Police Lieutenant General, Manoch Bamphenthan, who handled the case, mentioned that the reason Denis gave for committing the crime was that he was drunk and became enraged when he found out about his wife’s Thai lover. Denis is being held in police custody until he goes to trial for his crime