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Pattaya Mayor Poramese Ngampiches, accompanied by deputy mayors, city council members, and other officials, visited Bali Hai Pier today to initiate a landscape improvement project aimed at enhancing tourism prospects.


The inspection focused on identifying structural issues and assessing the pier’s surrounding areas. Additionally, they reviewed parking zones, advocating for a better organisation to increase available space for both tourists and locals.


The inspection aimed at identifying structural issues and assessing the surrounding areas of the pier. They also reviewed parking zones, urging better organisations to expand available space for tourists and locals alike.


Poramese engaged directly with speedboat operators, instructing them to set up tents and booths and remain there while conducting their businesses. He addressed the inconsistent ticket pricing that had previously damaged the city’s tourism reputation.


In addition to the inconsistent pricing, Pattaya’s speedboat operators are no strangers to fighting over customers. A prior incident on August 26 last year, saw two fights breaking out among the operator within a day. Violent incidents between rival motorbike taxi companies in the area are also a common occurrence.


Bali Hai Pier is a stage for one of Pattaya’s most competitive tourism hubs, with many businesses in fierce competition for tourists looking to catch a boat to Koh Larn. The common fights between business owners could damage the city’s reputation as a renowned tourist destination.


In response, Deputy Mayor Wuthisak Rermkitchakarn directed special affairs officers to patrol the pier on a three-shift schedule to ensure tourist safety.


The inspection included the unused ticketing hall, which the mayor plans to convert into an open seating area for passengers and tourists waiting to travel to Koh Larn. Outside this building, a new parking area for motorcycles will be constructed for better organisation.


Despite the comprehensive review, the abandoned Waterfront Condo project at the foot of the pier, notorious for its legal battles, was not discussed during this visit.


A previous Pattaya Mayor was cleared of legal corruption charges related to the Waterfront project but this was due to the expiration of the statute of limitations rather than a transparent review or legal process, reported the Pattaya News.


By Ryan Turner

Image courtesy of Pattaya News


Source: The Thaiger 2024-06-06


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How about finish some of the road works that have been started.....oh that's right almost forgot, road works don't generate tourism $$$ that eventually end up in certain people's pockets!

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Perhaps they should learn from the success of San Francisco's famous waterfront? For example, Pier 39 is very popular attraction these days due to the huge number of sea lions that can be seen there.




Of course, Pattaya is not famous for its sea lion colonies and, rather than doing the usual Thai thing of buying them from elsewhere and then mistreating and neglecting them, they could simply do a sweep of the bars in Soi Buakhao and offer all the obese farangs in wifebeater vests free Chang for the day if they will go and lounge around in the sun as a tourist attraction on the Bali Hai pier, flopping about a bit and making the occasional barking noise.

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Oh look I can make money here, and here, and over there....

On 6/6/2024 at 5:33 PM, snoop1130 said:

The inspection aimed at identifying structural issues and assessing the surrounding areas of the pier.

I made a bit from that, lets do it again the same way. How about some fancy lampposts as well. 

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On 6/9/2024 at 2:08 PM, roger101 said:

How about removing that white elephant of an automated parking facility and returning it to the nice area it was before?

Many years ago I went to an event there, I think it was some Thai national day where everyone sang and held candles. People had picnics on the grass and enjoyed the open spce and live music. Quite a spectacle. Then they took the area away and gave it over to parking.... The whole town is becoming a car park, with stationary traffic at midday, midweek now. 

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