An Easy ฿75,000


It’s a familiar story, which for some reason seems to be popping up almost every week. It’s in the news, and all over the TV channels, and has been a major problem in Pattaya for as long as I can remember. Yes, someone has had their gold stolen.

This time it was the turn of Mr. Vuori Emil Juhani, a 51 year old gentleman from Finland. To cut a long story short, while he was waiting for friends, a couple of Thai teenagers approached on a motorbike, snatched Mr. Juhani’s necklace, and made a quick getaway. Sounds all too familiar, doesn’t it?

The necklace was reportedly purchased back in Mr. Juhani’s home country for around 2,000 Euro’s, which equates to roughly ฿75,000. Mr.Juhani was able to show pictures of himself wearing the necklace as evidence to police, once they arrived, however, the chances of catching the thieves and retrieving the gold are slim to none in most cases.

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Pattaya is obviously not the only place in the world that theft occurs, but with salaries relatively low for Thai males here, crime is often seen as an easy option for some quick cash.


The best advice is to simply not wear any gold whilst wandering around the streets of Pattaya. It’s simply not worth the unwanted attention it always attracts. The alternative is to hire Tim “sharky” Ward to shadow you as your bodyguard, ready for when the inevitable strikes.


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  • johnhender

    The truly rich don’t wear any gold it is just these people trying to look like they are wealthy the “thousandaires”

    • Luke

      Are you suggesting Tim Sharky Ward is a poser? 😉 do you mean he only Wears what he has on hes neck?

      • johnhender

        I work for wealthy people they would not be caught dead flashing gold. It is something low status people do in America. The gold is probably the most expensive thing they own
        I personally don’t wear gold I don’t need to nor do I want to ,but the minute I meet someone flashing gold I already know what their status financially. Plus it looks stupid
        If they are dumb enough to flash gold in Thailand they deserve what they get

        • Luke

          I agree