Bangkok post today reports that they have a caught the suspect. “Sakda Nuchwong, 26, known as “Nong Noey of Walking Street”, was nabbed at her room in Central Pattaya ” they wrote. The victim of the robbery was a Russian man, who lost gold jewellery and cash valued at 150,000 Thai baht ($4500). Together with another ladyboy, Noey hatched a plan to rob the drunken tourist when they found him on Walking Street. They propositioned him and were invited back to his hotel. In the room they saw that the safe was open and when the man left the room to go to the toilet they robbed him. Due to being drunk the man passed out on the bed and the two robbers left. The police used CCTV footage to track down the culprit.
Unfortunately, the transgender community in Pattaya has a reputation for lawlessness and thefts against tourists are common. As we have often written about hotels in Pattaya, selecting a good hotel with security cameras and that holds ID cards is a good precaution, in addition to the usual safe in the room, so that if the worst does happen the criminal can be identified. Of course in this case, not opening the safe while drunk would have also been a good idea, which is another tip that makes our list of top mistakes to avoid in Pattaya. If you are going to have a guest, they should leave their ID card at reception upon arrival and a copy retained by the hotel. In addition, it is good practice to take whatever you need from your safe and then immediately close it.
If at all possible we also recommend against carrying large sums of cash. Many banks have VISA, Mastercard and Union Pay products that do not have a fee for international withdrawals. This means you only pay the 220 baht ATM fee levied by the Thai ATM owner. This means you will have a maximum of 20-30000 baht with you at a time, the max that the ATM can dispense.