News roundup: Beach chairs, resisting arrest and more flights to Pattaya,

Pattaya is a city that never sleeps and there has been plenty happening lately. The Bangkok Post reports that tourists are most dissatisfied with the new beach chairs that have been installed. These have been provided by the city government, and knowing government procurement, probably were supplied by the lowest bidder.  Says the report:

Wanchai Lertnirandorn, 57, a beach service operator, said the new chairs are apparently designed for use on hard surfaces, not soft surfaces such as sand. They are not stable and some of his clients have fallen off them. He said there are not enough umbrellas for the operators who are given 20 each, and that the green cushions absorb heat.

this seems like a somewhat trivial whinge but remember, these guys rely on tourists sitting on these chairs for their income. Also wouldn’t you be annoyed if your chair was uncomfortable? First world problems, maybe.

In an unverified story posted to social media, a Russian man apparently was arrested during a traffic stop. He put up a fight when they tried to take him in. Bad idea, as the whole thing was filmed on camera. The man and woman swapped seats to try and avoid a DUI charge. This obviously backfired, remember, the safest thing to do is not drink and drive, but then, if you get caught, try not to make it worse.

Finally, the worlds best airline (supposedly) has announced it will fly to Pattaya via U-tapao airport. Qatar airways will fly 4 times a week starting from January next year to meet demand. This will hopefully help alleviate traffic on the Chonburi expressway from Suvarnabhumi.

Qatar Airways will operate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class on flights between Doha and U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport, on its winter schedule. It will be the first five-star Middle East airline to offer flights to and from Pattaya.

It seems things are on the up and if things keep going this way the promised high speed rail between BKK and Pattaya might actually eventuate.

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.

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