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Royal Thai Police

Thailand police are paid very little by the government, and their upkeep unlike most countries is supplemented by the local community in numerous ways. In general Thai police don't really hassle foreigners, especially tourists in Pattaya. If anything they seem to go out of their way not to arrest a foreigner breaking minor traffic laws.

However, that does not mean you will get away scot-free without some sort of payment. Arguing your side of the story at the side of the road and you know you're guilty will end up getting you nowhere. Better to accept the very nominal fine and be on your way. Easly recognisable they are dressed in a brown uniform with many badges and have a gun and handcuffs on their hip. Most have a limited reading or English speaking ability, so bear this in mind with any dealings with them, always remain calm and be polite.

If you are arrested for any offence, generally the police will allow you the opportunity to make a phone call to your embassy or consulate in Thailand, to a relative or friend. There's a whole set of legal codes governing the length of time and manner in which you can be detained before being charged or put on trial, but a lot of discretion is left up to the police. With foreigners the police are more likely to bend these codes in your favour, avail yourself at any opportunity. However, as with police in general, if you don't show consideration and respect you will end up the worse.

Thai law does not presume an indicted detainee to be either guilty or innocent but rather a suspect whose guilt or innocence will be decided in court. Trials are usually speedy. Thailand has its share of attorneys, and if you think you're a high arrest risk for whatever reason, it might be a good idea to get out the Bangkok yellow pages, copy down a few phone numbers and carry them with you.

The one major exception is drug laws, which most Thai police view as a social scourge to which it's their duty to enforce the letter of the law, or an opportunity to make untaxed income via bribes. Which direction they'll go often depends on dope quantities, small-time offenders may be offered the chance to pay their way out of an arrest, while traffickers usually will face serious charges.

Tourist Police Hotline

The best way to deal with less serious hassles regarding ripoffs or thefts is to contact the Tourist Police in Pattaya. They are more used to dealing with foreigners, rather than the regular Thai police. It has to be remembered that the Tourist police are made up of volunteers who are unpaid and even buy their own uniforms. Generally made up of expats who are willing to devote their own free time. The Tourist Police maintain a hotline - dial 1155 from any phone in Thailand, and ask for extension 1 a number to make a note of just in case. The Tourist Police can also be very helpful in cases of arrest. Although they typically have no jurisdiction over the kinds of cases handled by regular cops, they may be able to help with translation or with contacting friends or family. To learn more about their work in and around Pattaya visit the website

Tourist police 1155 24 hour emergency number

038 429 371 802/5

Pattaya police 038 420 802/5

Jomtien police 038 232 330/1

Banglamung police 038 221 911

Immigration police 038 429 371

Pattaya city call centre 1337 followed by 9 can connect to all emergency services

Pattaya's main police station is situated on Beach Road, next to the Central Festival Mall Soi 9.

Fire Services 038 22 1000 Emergency 199

Highway Police 0 2354 6007 Emergency 1193