Pattaya City officials are inviting tourists to visit the city and Koh Larn with free parking spaces at the blue field in front of the Pattaya sign at the Bali Hai Pier.
The new Pattaya City Deputy Mayor Wuttisak Reumkitkarn told The Pattaya News this week, “We have received complaints about parking spaces being charged by Bali Hai Pier by some people. Some of these folks charging “customers” were reportedly homeless and none of them work for or with Pattaya City. Some people reported being charged as much as 500 baht for a parking space. This is a scam and is not a Pattaya City policy.”
“Pattaya City Law Enforcement officers have placed a sign that announces that this area belongs to Pattaya City and that parking is free. Some signs in the area have also been installed that tell tourists and visitors to call 1337, our 24-hour city hotline if they are being charged for a parking space to report it.” Wuttisak continued.
“The parking area around the blue field is free for locals and tourists especially for domestic tourists who are going to Koh Larn, taking pictures with the Pattaya City signature sign, or going up to the viewpoint or lighthouse area nearby,” Wuttisak stated.
“Koh Larn residents are all vaccinated and the island is a top tourist attraction for our area. We believe that by offering additional free parking spaces we increase the value proposition of visiting the island. Additionally, we stop con-artists from separating people from their hard-earned money by charging them for parking spaces. We have also been stopping similar scams on Beach Road by Pattaya Beach, as parking is also free in this area.” Wuttisak concluded.