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You can’t fly in Pattaya

I had a guy tell me the other day that he won't go to Pattaya because you can't fly. Puzzled I was confused. Why would you want to fly when you can just get a cab takes no more than 2 hours depending on traffic. But when he smiled I immediately realised what he was talking about. For a lot of people going to Pattaya means killing themselves or falling from a tall building to a messy death on the sidewalk.

What is it about Pattaya that people want to throw themselves off a building? Honestly I don't get it, if I was going to do it which there's no way in hell I would but for arguments sake I'd rather take the tallest skyscraper in Bangkok and have a longer more adrenaline packed flight down. 25 floors in a Jomtien apartment would go rather quick wouldn't you think?

While some of the failed pilots are unexplained most are put down as suicide and Pattaya isn't the only place guys do this either. Chiang Mai, Phuket, Bangkok also have huge number of deaths from jumping off buildings and off the bridges. Why do people do it? There's a lot of weired and wonderful drugs available for sale on Beach Road, I've never been sold flying tablets before maybe I went out at the wrong time.

You can't fly in Pattaya

Here's a list of those souls who could not fly, RIP;

01.13.2013 - Danish resident falls from 23rd floor balcony at Jomtien Condominium

12.14.2012 - Briton dies after apparent suicide jump from South Pattaya condo

11.09.2012 - German Leaps To His Death at Pattaya Park Resort

11.03.2012 - Broke Elderly Brit Makes Fatal Leap in Phuket

07.25.2012 - Dutch Man’s Fatal Fall From 8th Floor Room Unexplained

03.10.2012 - Unidentified Pattaya Foreigner Jumps Off Railway Bridge

03.06.2012 - Handicapped German Falls Out 4th Floor Window In South Pattaya

10.22.2011 - Young German Falls to His Death From 7th Floor

08.10.2011 - Australian Falls From 4th FloorAfter Smoking On Balcony

08.10.2011 - American Jumps to His Death From 9th Floor of Pattaya Mariott Resort & Spa

08.02.2011 - Drunk Russian Leaps to his Death Off 14th Floor

12.18.2010 - Japanese Woman Dies After Fall From North Pattaya Condominium

04.15.2010 - Australian Leaps off 4th Floor Apartment in Pattaya


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7 Responses to You can’t fly in Pattaya

  1. jack February 5, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    yeerp I,d be quite dissapointed, if a cute girl and her little associates managed to launch me from the balcony…..rest in peace thrill seekers

  2. whooyeah February 5, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    A couple of months ago I was staying in the top floor of a hotel on the corner of pattaya beach road and soi 2. After a flash flood of sorts we ventured out to the balcony to have a beer and a cigarette. Whilst looking at the beautiful view my friend slipped due to the wet tiles and lack of building codes that require non-slip surfaces on balconies. He grabbed on to a rickety railing that was below waist height and he was lucky he didn’t go over as there were no bolts on the end that grabbed.

    I recon its a combination of the broken hearts club and bad building codes. I have a mate in Chaing Mai that fell off a building quite a few years back and he recons anywhere else in the world they would have had something to stop him being able to get on to the ledge.

    As for the broken hearts, what I don’t get is why don’t they just go get another one? It’s not like there is a short supply.

    • Buttercup February 5, 2013 at 11:12 am #

      Was going to say the same, I am subject to vertigo and I immediately noted the railings are not at the same height than in westernland, and a railing below your hips won’t make any good if you slip…

  3. CoCo Channel February 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    its probably all 3 , some are “helped” to learn to fly , some just slip and fall and with Thai building codes they go over the edge and some are just depressed and see this as a way to end it……

    We know someone who was depressed , an expat that lived in Thailand that ended it all in Pattaya ,

    Watch for the signs of your buddies depression , its not something they can take back once they jump , this guy seemed OK the week before , if we knew he was that bad or thinking about it we could have probably talked him out of it , or at least tried

    I pity the poor Thais that have to clean up the mess 🙁

  4. ChiangMaiGuy February 7, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    2 things:

    1/ don’t piss of the wrong people who, actually, think much less of your life than your Mum (or even the average sunak)

    2/ to those that think the ‘long term solution to a short term problem’ is ‘flying’ there are better ways (but don’t do it)

    • Chris February 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      very good advice

  5. Brian sumpter February 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    Pattaya is loaded with hot call girls (who don’t have to work in bars) who are expert at cleaning out bank accounts. No money, no honey, no wings. 🙁

    Better to deal with rookies in Chiang Mai. Love stands a chance! lolol!

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