Alert Level Raised in Chonburi, Pattaya

After the bomb attack at Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok, Thai authorities in Pattaya have convened to determine new security measures to be put in place.  In Pattaya city, police have created check points in high risk areas and other places that may attract violence. Provinces such as Chonburi with major tourist attractions have been warned to take extra precautions against disaster and unrest that is affecting areas of the country.  In Chonburi Mr. Pakorn Ratthichai the Governor along with mayors of Laem Chabang and other municipal officials were convened to organise both civilian and military police in the area. The frequency of patrols has been increased to deter violence.

Maximum security will be provided to tourist areas and other places where people gather such as shopping malls, temples, Walking Street and Beach road. CCTV cameras are being checked as well as lighting in the area. In addition, plans are being put in place for the event of an accident occuring. Civilian, police and military authorities are planning if there is a security event in the area. If an emergency occurs authorities will be prepared to act immediately.

Pattaya is considered a top tourist destination by the government. The atmosphere is currently normal, however, people should take normal precautions around busy streets and alleys. Officials have stated that tourists should freely go about their business but increased levels of surveillance are expected. To date there has not been unrest in Pattaya as there has been in Bangkok. The Pattaya City police and Royal Thai police may set up more checkpoints to monitor for any suspicious activity and people may be stopped and searched for unauthorised items. Police advise that if you see anything to call 191.

 

richard coxley

Richard Coxley is a business consultant with over 12 years experience in Asia. He enjoys playing golf. He has travelled extensively in Thailand and currently resides in Pratumnak, Pattaya.