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  1. Yes, that is the intent. Unfortunately, these damn reflector bumps placed in the centre of the road really mess up your corners, as your eye immediately focuses on these killer obstacles, when you should be actually looking far ahead on the line your bike should be following. The thing is, if you look somewhere at a point on the road, your bike tends to always go to that spot. I'm now off to ride Malaysia with my Thai bike, so I guess I'll be giving them a chance to even the score.
  2. An Army live fire demonstration using the scammer's offending jet ski as a target with a 50 cal would make a good impression for others.
  3. Yesterday afternoon on Jomtien Beach road at the speed bump zebra crossing, an empty baht bus flew over at speed and a bunch of cash that must have come out from the last passenger's pocket before they hopped off, was knocked out of the back. A mad scramble was instantly made by the locals, and it was gone and snatched up within a couple of micro seconds of meeting the pavement. Good luck getting that back...
  4. Buying coffee beans in Pattaya?

    Benjamit Fresh roasted beans to take away, dated, available on Oct 31, 2017. Thai Arabica, 140 baht per 250 gm. I just brought in 6 kg of my favourite Columbian on my last trip home, so I'm good for a while.
  5. Actually, I would have stuck around to warn others, and have done so before in many similar incidents. I can only assume you were brought up in some <deleted> country by feral dogs where anyone else's life is worthless. A place where you learn to be a perfect dick, and it is every man for himself. Your mom would be proud of you.
  6. I disagree that most big bikes are noisy. Out of our regular weekly big bike rides in Pattaya which are open to the public, which draws about 10 to 15 big bikes weekly, only a couple of them that show up are loud. The rest are unmodified, quiet, and not at all a noise threat. Continuing with the same dumb logic, since rapists are men, they should ban all single unaccompanied men with a tattoo from entering the National Parks, as they appear to look threatening, and would include most monks, staff, and tourists.
  7. And typically, everyone is seen fleeing the scene, not warning others of the danger. I cannot understand why people do not care about others here.
  8. Good question Papa Al. As this rule has nothing to do with common sense, past experience leads me to believe that if they think your bike appears bigger than the one they drove to work, or you are wearing good full face helmets, gloves, and proper protective motorcycle clothing, you won't get in.
  9. No, it is not old age. As I type this, the roar of these pissy straight piped scooters ripping by is echoing through my neighbourhood. A long time big bike rider, I HATE noisy bikes. There are all kinds of roadside checkpoints here in Pattaya already, but noisy vehicles are not a concern to them. I'm glad to hear there was once an effective blitz here on these unneccessary modded bikes in the past, and I say it is highly overdue for a repeat. They are everywhere. Instead, the powers that be think they can solve noisy exhaust problems by dumb rules like banning all big bikes in National Parks, irregardless if it has a stock quiet muffler, which is cleaner and makes less noise than the scooter the ranger drives daily to work. I say let these little annoying low cc idiots roar through the parks, and show them who is really causing the noise problems, and get some common sense applied to rescind this stupid big bike park rule.
  10. My pet peeve is loud obnoxious bikes, and I'm a serious big bike rider. However, these idiot bureaucrats are not banning noisy polluting bikes. They are singling out big bikes which makes no sense. Some of these big bikes are so quiet, and have the lowest emissions of all, for example some of the touring BMWs with catalytic converters, and even electric big bikes. The only safety drawback with them is that they are sometimes dangerous to people and wildlife, as they are so quiet, you do not even hear them coming. In some events, these types of quiet bikes have required to be fitted with car alarms blaring while riding so that spectators on tracks can hear them coming and get out of the way. If sound is an issue, use a decibel meter and ban anything entering the parks over 95 decibels: loud scooters, busses, trucks, cars, stereos, and screaming kids. I hope it gets rescinded as soon as possible as they discover that it has no effect, other than drive more tourism away from this country.
  11. I believe you assume schoolchildren drive themselves to school here on motorcycles. I do not see that happening anywhere here, but if it does, it is a rarity. I have seen school children on motorcycles after school hours, but never going to or from school. It is already strictly forbidden here by the school’s policies (at least in my daughters school). My 18 year old daughter has her own motorcycle, is trained by both a Thai motorcycle school and with my ongoing training with her where we practice additional defensive evasive motorcycle survival techniques including drivers coming at you head on. It took about 6 months before I felt she was ready to ride here on her own. She has worked and practiced hard to earn her appropriate motorcycle license and insurance, more than most her age. Even with all that, the school does not allow her to drive herself to school, requiring her to take alternate transportation daily. If your point is to oppose schoolchildren riding as passengers on motorcycles without helmets, I strongly agree. Seeing the never ending carnage here always sickens me. The poor safety attitude on the roads, and police ignoring these issues while focusing on fleecing the Falang, is the biggest problem to positive change. Everything from the annoying loud pipes, crazy driving, fleeing the scene, and size has right of way incidents will ensure we will see this tragedy repeat itself for years to come. (Big sigh...)
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. One should be familiar with the Highway code here: