Pattaya is not only getting overrun by colonies of rats, it has also become a magnet for another kind of pest, commonly known in the UK as lager louts.
Gangs of poorly educated, low socio economic class young men, especially from the UK, are now pouring into Thailand, and heading to Pattaya with the sole purpose of causing trouble whilst on holiday in what they perceive as Sin City, the Blackpool of the East.
We are seeing the kind of young Europeans who normally goes for a drinking binge holiday in Spain now coming here bringing with them their aggressive, noisy and troublesome attitude. As a result, many people, especially families, stopped going to Spain and southern Europe because of these hooligans terrorizing everyone in their drunken crazed condition. However, things have now changed and prices have soared in these areas. Lower prices on airfares and of course the attractive price level of everything else here in Pattaya is now attracting these youngsters to come here and threatening to destroy whatever good reputation that is left with the Thais of foreigners.