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World Class Resort? Neo Pattaya takes a lashing as resort is deluged - improvements "a pipedream"

 

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Picture: Sophon Cable TV

 

Just an hour of rain yesterday left Pattaya devastated under a deluge of flooding, chaos and mess. 

 

Mayor Sontaya Khunpleum - frequently in the news recently with his plans for NEO Pattaya, a world class and orderly resort - has a lot to answer for according to some posters on a news site.

 

Thais in the area - as well as the many expats who live in Pattaya - took to social media to moan about the inevitable, the corruption and the continuing throwing of money at flood prevention that only results in failure.

 

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Picture: Sophon Cable TV

 

Sophon Cable TV reported that things were particularly bad in Sai 3 "yet again" while the Nong Yai community and Muang Pattaya 4 school area were under flood waters up to 80 cm.

 

School children were seen wading through the deluge.

 

Huge billboards proclaiming NEO Pattaya with order and palm trees were pictured with a backdrop of the reality - traffic jams, chaos and contruction mess.

 

One picture posted from a soi showed rubbish, rubble and what appeared to be almost completely submerged barriers next to a place advertising "Pete's Pies".

 

The road barriers were not needed - only large trucks could have got through.

 

 

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Picture: Sophon Cable TV

 

Thai comment on Sophon was mostly resigned to what always happens when it rains in Pattaya.

 

"I'm used to it" said Ko Pattaya while others quipped that it is news when it DOESN'T flood after rain.

 

But some took aim against Mayor Sontaya - part of a strongarm family who promised to get things done when he was put in power after the previous mayor was unceremoniously sacked towards the end of 2018.

 

One poster reminded the public that the mayor had had nearly two and a half years to start to get things right. 

 

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Kiatchai S. pointed to the ongoing problems and the constant changes of mayor and the tons of budget spent on the issue. To say he was critical of the current authorities would be an understatement. 

 

But while there is Thai resignation about budget waste and corruption there is also frustration.

 

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Picture: Sophon Cable TV

 

While the authorities harp on about the potential for Pattaya's future and business media bangs on about investment and plan after plan for new transport links, basic infrastructure remains poor. 

 

In fact for many improving the drainage is, if Thaivisa may make a pun...

 

A pipedream. 

 

PIcture: Sophon Cable TV

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Shuya said:

Amazing water management. The city is under water and the reservoirs are empty.  

To fix it money needs to be redirected from where it is actually going, and use it on fixing the problem. Unfortunately that's not how the system works in Pattaya.

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All the photos in the OP were taken from the same point, bottom of the hill on Sukumvit before it rises again towards Pattaya Tai. Always floods there when it rains heavily and usually takes an hour to drain off. Zero flooding where I live.

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17 minutes ago, polpott said:

All the photos in the OP were taken from the same point, bottom of the hill on Sukumvit before it rises again towards Pattaya Tai. Always floods there when it rains heavily and usually takes an hour to drain off. Zero flooding where I live.

Quite, some moons ago we were out in South Pattaya and took refuge in a gogo bar during a bit of a downpour, can't quite remember which one. It didn't last long and when we came out the pavement wasn't very obvious and unwittingly I stepped off, nearly up to my knee and very close to taking a dive.

Despite what many think there has been improvements over the years. Biggest failing has been the beach, the amount spent over the years would probably have paid for a barrier.

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20 minutes ago, scammed said:

queue pattaya bashers and thailand bashers in general

 

Queue Pattaya apologists and Thai apologists in general. See what I did there? Works both ways 🙃

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5 minutes ago, canopus1969 said:

And do you not think for good reason ?

there are stuff that should be improved, like more trash cans,

but the usual culprits claim they dont come here, but still

spam a never ending loop of complaints on pattaya

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13 minutes ago, scammed said:

there are stuff that should be improved, like more trash cans,

but the usual culprits claim they dont come here, but still

send a never ending loop of complaints on pattaya

No improvements needed for me. To add to @sandyfs anecdote, i can remember going out during the great storm in 2015, parking the bike at the side of Tukcom and watching the waters rise from the steps of Friendship supermarket. An overhead transformer exploded near us showering sparks and molten metal everywhere so we decided to make a run for it. Waded waist deep, chest deep for the g/f, across Pattaya Thai then waded down Soi Buakhow and eventually to Soi Diana beer bars, which are raised up from the road. Sat there as the water slowly raised up the legs of our bar stools and we watched 2 young Aussies having a swimming race down Soi Diana. A real party atmosphere with everyone having great fun. Memories are made of this, I wouldn't change Pattaya for the world.

 

If you don't love Pattaya, warts and all, don't come here, if you live here, move elsewhere, lots of quieter places in Thailand. If you want 24/7 fun and a party with amazing memories, come to Pattaya.

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22 minutes ago, foreverlomsak said:

Your all wrong.

It's the first move in relocating the beach to where it wont wash away again.

And no longer cause tiresome issues for the 101 Walking St businesses.

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6 minutes ago, polpott said:

No improvements needed for me. To add to @sandyfs anecdote, i can remember going out during the great storm in 2015, parking the bike at the side of Tukcom and watching the waters rise from the steps of Friendship supermarket. An overhead transformer exploded near us showering sparks and molten metal everywhere so we decided to make a run for it. Waded waist deep, chest deep for the g/f, across Pattaya Thai then waded down Soi Buakhow and eventually to Soi Diana beer bars, which are raised up from the road. Sat there as the water slowly raised up the legs of our bar stools and we watched 2 young Aussies having a swimming race down Soi Diana. A real party atmosphere with everyone having great fun. Memories are made of this, I wouldn't change Pattaya for the world.

 

If you don't love Pattaya, warts and all, don't come here, if you live here, move elsewhere, lots of quieter places in Thailand. If you want 24/7 fun and a party with amazing memories, come to Pattaya.

well I guess its all okay if you want to live your life in a stinking, unhealthy sewer, like some kind of human rat.  Most of us prefer a civilised and safe environment.  Hope your cholera and typhoid jabs are up to date 

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17 minutes ago, polpott said:

You pays your money, you takes your choice. Pattaya number one for me. Civilized, safe and boring not for me

 

Indeed Pattaya is unique in its status as one huge knocking shop adult disneyland with rides for all tastes and budgets and various amenities to both service and rip off the clientele!

 

Never going to be a world class resort in the traditional sense ......thankfully!

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7 hours ago, Oldie said:

Show mercy. Pattaya is at/below sea level and water does not flow upwards without pumps. 

Is that why it`s popular with seamen...:whistling:

 

oops sorry feeling a little giddish this morning :cheesy:

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3 hours ago, polpott said:

All the photos in the OP were taken from the same point, bottom of the hill on Sukumvit before it rises again towards Pattaya Tai. Always floods there when it rains heavily and usually takes an hour to drain off. Zero flooding where I live.

Pattaya Klang yesterday

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2 hours ago, Pilotman said:

They should check out the word 'gravity' and 'flow dynamics' in Google. Apparently the Pattaya authorities are not acquainted with the concepts. 

"Gravity" = how stern and serious you manage to look, in your tightest uniform, holding forth from behind a bouquet of yellow flowers.

 

"Flow dynamics" = the regularity and reliability of the cascade of brown envelopes which the position occasions.

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