Pickup truck gets stuck in the sand on Pattaya Beach, driver thought it was legal to drive on the beach

Pattaya –

A pickup truck became stuck in the sand on Pattaya Beach this afternoon following the out-of-town driver believing it was legal to drive vehicles directly on the sand (September 10th).

The black pickup truck became stuck on North Pattaya Beach at 5:30 P.M.

Pattaya lifeguards and local tourists attempted to help push the pickup truck from the sand but failed, as the efforts only caused the truck to become embedded deeper, not far from the shore.

The Pattaya City Police arrived and called a tow truck to the scene. With the assistance of the tow truck driver, the vehicle was eventually pulled back to Pattaya Beach Road.

The pickup truck driver, Mr. Bandit Wisaphon, 34, who is not from the Chonburi area, told The Pattaya News, “This was our first time visiting Pattaya beach again after a very long time, well before Covid-19.”

“I saw some trace of wheels on the beach while on Pattaya Beach Road and didn’t see any signs warning me not to drive on the sand so I thought it was legal to drive on the beach and get a closer look at the ocean while in my truck. I later found out the tracks belonged to ATVs the lifeguards use and construction equipment conducting a remodel and that it is not meant for regular vehicles to drive on the beach. Unfortunately, I became stuck, luckily everyone helped me free my truck. I learned my lesson today.” Bandit concluded.

Pattaya Police declined to charge the man and several bystanders appeared to find the situation quite comical.

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for closing in on two years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya and Phuket, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket except when commuting between the two.