In yet another incident involving people from Australia, a 45 year old male was taken to Pattaya Memorial Hospital in the small hours of the morning on Monday. According to the Chonburi police the Australian man was attacked by two assailants, one was said to be a caucasian foreigner and the other was reportedly a Thai national. Witnesses identied that the victim was the owner of the Good Goat bar, on Soi Buakhow. According to the testimony, the owner was drinking at a bar and got into an argument. The attackers followed him back to the Good Goat Bar on motorbikes and then attacked him in front of the premises, laying blows until he lay on the ground unconscious.
Alcohol-related violence is all too common in Pattaya and it must be remembered to try and avoid situations where you are insulting others. Any comment or remark that could start an argument, could escalate quickly to violence especially if it causes a person to lose face. In the past foreigners have been assaulted when they fail to understand that losing face in front of others is a cardinal insult and extremely provocative.
In this case it seems the owner had tried to retreat from the situation only to be followed outside the venue where he had been drinking. If you are involved in an argument discretion is often the better part of valour and it is best to retreat to the safety of your hotel as fast as possible. It is extremely rare that an assailant would try and force entry into a hotel room as cctv coverage is ubiquitous and most hotels have security guards.
Soi Buakhow is a very lively area typically busy until dawn, so there will usually be people around and it will be safe for Thais and tourists alike. The main hazard is the lack of footpaths which means that pedestrians share the very busy road with cars, trucks and motorbikes.