Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Pattaya "Happy Zones" start March 25th..
authorities are setting up the “Happy Zone” scheme on Walking Street. Chonburi chief Somprasong Yenthuam said that a party launching the new “happy” era for the resort would be held on Saturday March 25th. And the chief told reporters yesterday they can expect an end to attacks on tourists in Walking Street, and no more swindling or padding of bills. Explaining the “Happy Zone” project he asked for the cooperation of 100 bar operators in the area to put CCTV outside their properties so that they could be “the electronic eyes” that could help with any necessary evidence gathering. He asked the operators to ensure that none of their staff attack tourists for any reason and that there is no swindling of visitors such as padding of bills. Following the meeting he went on a tour of inspection down the street and spoke to tourists ensuring them of their safety.
“The Happy Zone project will turn Walking Street into a place of happiness for tourists. We have asked the operators to ensure there are no under 20s, no weapons and most importantly no trouble for tourists. “That means no physical attack or swindling of visitors at all”. The chief said that local police, soldiers and district officials were all onboard with the project.
Commentary: My tip to all the bar managers on Walking Street, Soi 15 and Soi Diamond is to hang “Happy Zone” banners outside your bar and give each customer that purchases a beer a “smiley face button”….