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  1. There is certainly no better way to showcase Pattaya's poor drainage system to the world than to have an international parade march through a foot of overflowing sewage and floating street garbage along beach road. I'm sure everyone was impressed.
  2. Fresh Water Fishing Advice - Pattaya Area

    I'm spoiled, with a family that owns a private fly-in fishing lodge on an island in a remote trophy lake in Northern Canada, and I must say, fishing really sucks here, but I still fish here a bit for fun and entertainment. Why? Because some aspects of it are far superior than other places, namely the scenery, the weather, and mainly the freedom that you can fish wherever, whenever, and however you want, with no wardens carrying a big rulebook outlining and the different ways you can't catch or keep fish. So, a few suggestions to avoid being on a boat, but to enjoy fishing nonetheless: -I went to lake Maprichan with some locals, waded in, and learned how to throw a weighted net. We caught a couple hundred small fish and a number of bugs and critters that I would never put in my mouth, but they certainly did. Fun for a change. You will be wet. -At high tide, one can have fun fishing right off the beach almost anywhere in Jomtien, casting out a weight with a couple small hooks baited with a chink of shrimp meat for some small fish. Cast anywhere away from the tourists. Let it sink, and it takes only a few seconds for a bite. 9 out of 10 times you are just feeding the fish, and your bait cutting skills will improve quickly with so much practice. For more success, swim or wade out to the boundary floats for more depth and bigger fish. However, you can count the floating debris and garbage in the mirky brown current, and when you get to 100, time to go in. You can fish from all the piers in the same way, all the way from the Sanctuary of Truth in Nakluea, to Bang Saray, but I'm not really a fan of the polluted water. Can't beat the sunsets though... -My favorite: Pick up a squid lure, and head to the pier on the southernmost tip of land Southeast of Sattahip called Samaesan Fishing Bridge (google maps). The sea water is much cleaner and clear. You can even see down to the bottom. Use a glow in the dark lure, and a strong headlamp in the evening/night to illuminate the area and draw them in, like the big boats do. Again, go during high tide, and a calm day. Don't go during a windy day, as the waves and wind make it hard to cast and for you to see what is chasing your lure. It is a beautiful setting, right across from the uninhabited islands, and when the sea is nice and calm, you can see the squid take your lure.
  3. One should be familiar with the Highway code here:
  4. I come across a police checkpoint on the average once a day here in this police scam city of Pattaya and Jomtien. I am sick and tired of it, while the helmetless loud piped unlicensed idiots continue to roar on by. I have learned to keep my drivers licence in a card holder on a strap around my neck for ease of access, and away from them seeing my money in my wallet, which is the real goal of the stop. However, the best defence I have found is my GoPro helmet cam. I now get waved on through most of the time when they see it flashing and recording their interrogation, and at the very least, it is now kept quite short as they know they might find themselves on YouTube.
  5. I was driving by the (clean) north end of Jomtien beach around 4PM Monday by the corner, and there were about 10 police officers standing about. I thought someone must have robbed a bank. Upon closer look, there were some photographers, and what looked like senior officials for the photo op. There was at least 1 van, and a couple of cars, and lots of saluting as the whole entourage left back to Pattaya in a convoy up Theprasit road. 2 hours later I took a stroll, and could not believe the huge amount of trash strewn about on the beach around the playground area, and it was as far as you could see both ways, and even up in an area I used to sit in the sand and relax and enjoy. I never was brave enough to venture out on the sand Monday as it was so filthy, and instead sat on the sidewalk and watched the rats scurry about for their evening meals. Those in charge must have felt necessary to counter the recent bad publicity and ordered a small section to be cleaned prior to the entourage getting there for pictures. Perhaps they might have walked over 200m further south, where the windrow of washed up garbage continues for the next 10 kms towards Bang Saray, but I did not see them anywhere else other than the cleaned section. We all know that 99% of it is coming from the sea and washes up on the beach, which is continuously fed all the garbage by the sewage outflows a few hundred meters offshore, and garbage strewn ditches and tributaries. The beach is a dump, the water is polluted, you can't relax in a beach chair and enjoy a cold beer or a smoke while using the garbage cans and ashtrays provided, so there is not much reason for me to go there anymore. I live about 100m from the beach, and now since I can't use it, I don't have a reason to be paying a premium to be in this place. At the very least, for the short term, they need a whole army of Cambodian garbage pickers as well as some sand cleaning machines active during low tides.
  6. My question is, if I was seen to be smoking a cigarette on the poisonous infectious sands by the Pattaya Beer Garden overflow, where the city dumps its slurry of raw untreated sewage and tons of trash from the streets into the sea, would the police wade through the slimy toxic sludge and give me a 100,000 baht ticket and a year in jail?
  7. Transformer exploding at Pattaya hospital

    I saw a lot of them being helped and carried over to the blue hospital just to the south on soi bua khao. Wheelchaired them to the steps then forced up on their feet. Tiny babies in arms too. Some ambulances brought some patients away, to other hospitals I presume, but were not moving fast as traffic was a gridlock with all the gawkers.
  8. As a schoolchild in Canada in the '60s, our whole class was periodically sent out with trash bags to clean up the schoolyard, and streets of any garbage. Not as a punishment, but as a life lesson. It made us realize early on to appreciate a clean environment long before it was socially acceptable to do so. Fast forward 50 years. In Vietnam, I stopped on a bridge to take a photo of this beautiful river and valley, although trash was everywhere on the banks. Another bike pulled up alongside me, and I thought he was there to enjoy the view also. Instead, he dumped several of his large garbage bags of refuse over the side railing into the waters below and promptly rode away, leaving me stunned. I just sat there, shocked, trying to comprehend it. I came to realize that for a thousand years, his ancestors have dumped their biodegradable refuse made of plant matter or animal bones the same way. Now due to the modern age, the volumes have multiplied, and type of trash is worse being long life plastics, metals, chemicals and such. Yet, the practice continues unabated everywhere here as evidenced in every ditch, every vacant lot, and in every Soi, yard, and village and city. Until attitudes change here in the third world so that people stop feeling comfortable living amongst their own rotten refuse, learn some respect for their environment, made accountable, and are given an easy option for proper waste disposal, change here will be difficult.
  9. Making ice tea like an absolute boss

    I'll wager he is not the one that pees on the toilet seat at his home.
  10. I was responding to his question 'What sewage treatment plant ?' I found two, and pointed out their operating and design capacity. Form other articles, I know the first one 17 years old is already in disrepair, and not functioning to capacity. The new one in Jomtien, only a couple years old seems to be functioning OK. I would like to learn more about the sewage problems we face and would welcome anyone with technical expertise to share any relevant information or insight. I found a link to a study paper published in 2002 which those of a technical background might find an interesting read regarding the effectiveness of the present system design here before and after the first treatment plant was built, along with the improvements to beach water quality. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/268596181_Modeling_the_Interaction_between_Drainage_System_Wastewater_Treatment_Plant_and_Receiver_Water_in_Pattaya_Beach If the link does not work, try Google search: 'Modeling the Interaction between Drainage System, Wastewater Treatment Plant and Receiver Water in Pattaya Beach'
  11. As per another article: Pattaya’s main wastewater-treatment plant is on Soi Nongyai, which can process up to 80,000 cu. meters daily. A second plant serving the Jomtien Beach area is located on Soi Wat Boonkan­chanaram and receives about 20,000 cu. meters of water a day, but has the capacity to handle 63,000 cu. meters daily. Images from Google:
  12. That is not a tanker truck 'honey wagon' in the photo, but a pump truck. Although I have never had the pleasure of seeing it myself, normal design would be such that the Beach Road Beer Garden pumping lift station acts like a giant sump pump. It collects the sewage in an underground tank just beside it around the sidewalk, which has its large overflow outlet pipes you see spewing the excess sewage it can't handle directly onto the beach during a storm. The stationary pumps inside the pump house normally pump the sewage through a dedicated underground line up to the treatment plant. The pumps inside it are either undersized/underpowered/unreliable/unmaintained. At any rate, they are not effective during a storm due to the influx of excess storm runoff infiltrating the sanitary sewer lines which all run into the tiny beach road storage tank. The pump truck you see is simply just a pump mounted on a truck, that hooks up to the system bypassing or even assisting the station pumps, and pumps the sewage to the treatment plant, no tank. Compared to stationary pumps, this pump truck is far more costly to run, but I suspect the funds to have them continually come set up, and operate as a band aid solution would not come out of the capital budget. That is why you see them there so often. There are no doubt many more technical issues, but having an effective pumping station here should be a top priority to keep as much raw sewage off the beach as possible. The most important step is a collective effort to reduce the amount of stormwater running into the sanitary sewer lines during storms, which cause the system to exceed its tiny capacity in the first place. This is difficult here, as it would involve some costly measures for some property owners. For example, eliminating stormwater migration through the loose covers of the septic tanks between the buildings and the main sanitary system would involve digging up and removing the old concrete cylindrical tanks and flat disc lids, and replacing them with new proper covered septic tanks. This could only be achieved with strong building codes, inspection, and enforcement. All of which is a rare unknown and ignored concept here.
  13. I guess I just missed it. Just watched KevInThailand's blog about it on Youtube.
  14. Anyone know any details about these Chonburi buffalo races? When, where, is it worth seeing if you are just an hour's ride away in Pattaya? TAT's website's scant info shows it going on from October 1, to November 30, 2017. I can't believe it goes on for 2 months...
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