A word on international private investigators...

February 8, 2018 - Reading time: 2 minutes

At PattayaPI, we are happy to work with any client that reaches out to us. This includes private individuals, law firms, and other detective agencies. Frequently we are instructed by foreign companies working on behalf of their clients in other countries. We have no problem working with these companies but feel asthough we owe it to prospective clients to explain the process by which international PIs work.

An "international private investigator" is someone based centrally, typically in the USA or Europe. They will accept a range of cases and work in any country in the world, whilst communicating with the client in their home country. There is no problem with this business model and it tends to work well most of the time. What typically happens when an international PI is instructed by their client is that they will go on to contact several different detective agencies based in the relevant country... For example, if you need a task performing in Thailand, these companies will contact every agency within Thailand asking for a quote. Sometimes they will even have rival companies bid against each other for work with the aim of finding the lowest possible price. Once they have secured the lowest possible price from a detective agency in their chosen country, they will go on to add their own commission (which in some cases can more than double the cost) and then act as a middle man between the client and investigator.

Often lawyers based overseas will not wish to contract with foreign entities, and so "international private investigators" tend to fill this void, acting as middle men based in the lawyer's country. While this does work in practice, it results in the client paying vastly more for the service, as lawyers and international PIs both charge their own fees. It also means that we don't have a direct line of communication with the client; there is a possibility of miscommunication as messages are relayed between an 'international PI', and then a lawyer before reaching the end client. We always prefer to have direct communication with our clients wherever possible. We feel that knowledge is power, and if you are considering working with an international PI, we hope that this post will help you with your decision.


Are you looking for a private investigator in Bangkok?

January 28, 2018 - Reading time: 2 minutes

If you’re looking for a private investigator based in Bangkok, look no further. PattayaPI does not only cover the Pattaya and Chon Buri areas, we also service Bangkok, Isaan and most of Thailand. We often take on work from other companies based centrally in Bangkok or even overseas in the Asia region. The contacts and knowledge PattayaPI have are simply unmatched by anyone else. We urge anyone looking to hire us to approach us directly and avoid any middleman fees.

Unlike other companies, we never outsource our work. All jobs completed by us are done so by our own staff, this allows us to maintain a consistently high standard of work and have direct lines of communication with our clients. You will not find many private investigators based in Isaan, in northern Thailand. These areas are often very rural farming communities and sparsely populated. Despite this, we are happy to send our teams to these areas at short notice and work for you to discover and report the truth.

There are many unregulated private detectives in Bangkok and all over Thailand. We suggest taking your time to search for a competent agency and doing your own research before hiring them. Good PIs can be very few and far between in south east Asia and especially a developing country such as Thailand. At PattayaPI, we have extensive contacts throughout Bangkok, the surrounding areas and all over Thailand. Our pricing is competitive and our standard of work is second to none. We keep our clients in the loop and updated in real time through every step of the investigation. It is for these reasons that we consistently receive positive, five star rated reviews and recommendations.

If you need to hire a private investigator anywhere in Thailand, for any reason, get in touch with us first and see how we can help you. We offer free, no obligation quotes for all work and are genuinely pleased to help anyone that reaches out to us.


Can you bar fine my girlfriend?

January 19, 2018 - Reading time: 3 minutes

“Can you bar fine my girlfriend?” – This is a question we regularly answer for our clients. Thousands of men visit Pattaya, or Bangkok every year and become involved in romances with ladies working in beer bars or agogos. In the PI world we call this type of job a “sting operation” or a “honeypot trap”. It is a test of faithfulness that cannot be argued and leaves no doubt of the situation.

You might already have questions about the faithfulness of your girlfriend… Is she hiding her phone screen from you? Is she still talking to that guy on Facebook? Often times, if your girlfriend is working at a bar in Pattaya, the easiest way to figure out if she is loyal to you is a simple “bar fine test”. This is usually cheaper, faster and more effective than other routes of investigation.

If you looking to hire a private detective to attempt and bar fine your girlfriend, there are some things you should consider:

The first thing you should consider is the age of investigator you’re hiring. Popular bar girls can earn good money through customers buying drinks for them as well as tips. A lot of the time these girls aren’t desperate and can pick and choose who they spend the night with. The results of a bar fine test can vary hugely, for example if you were to hire a 60-year-old investigator, verses a 35-year-old smartly dressed foreigner.

At PattayaPI, we prefer to use younger men for these tests, and ensure that they are always smartly dressed and polite. If you hire a PI that wears a stained Chang beer tank top, your results may not be accurate. Saving face is a huge part of Thai culture and society. A bar girl that leaves the premises with a scruffy looking customer may lose face (damage her reputation) among her friends working in the bar.

Another important element to bar fine tests is evidence gathering. We have access to state of the art hidden camera equipment; however it can be extremely difficult to capture hidden camera video inside beer bars or agogos in Thailand. We have found in the past that the extremely loud disco music in most bars tends to drown out the conversation we’re trying to record. Capturing images with hidden cameras can also be challenging due to the dark lightening in a lot of establishments, combined with bright disco lighting… This can be a real problem as hidden cameras have very small lenses and the images can come out over exposed and be very disappointing.

We have developed unique techniques of proving to you that your girlfriend isn’t being faithful to you in the bar. Get in contact with us, explaining the details of your situation and we’ll be glad to explain what we think is the best evidence gathering technique for your scenario.

Lastly you should be prepared for the result, whichever way it goes. At PattayaPI, we will always offer you advice and support on your situation and suggest to you what we think is the best way forward. Of course, some of our clients don’t want advice from us and that’s fine too.

We are quite simply the best private investigators for determining the faithfulness of your girlfriend or wife, whether that means a bar fine test or a more elaborate investigation. Get in touch with us for a free, no pressure consultation.


Do you need to find a prisoner in Thailand?

January 7, 2018 - Reading time: 2 minutes

There are countless unfortunate reasons why someone you care about could be locked up in Thailand. From simple drink driving to more serious accusations, thousands of foreigners find themselves behind bars in Thailand’s ruthless jail houses. At PattayaPI, we have a proven track record of liaising with the police, tracking down prisoners and delivering messages, as well as basic aid such as food, toiletries and money. If you are not sure that your friend or loved one has been locked up in a Thai prison or jail, we are able to discover if they have for you and keep you updated through every step of the process. We understand that losing track of someone can be extremely stressful, especially if you suspect that they may be locked up in a developing country such as Thailand.

We will work with you to deliver results as fast as possible and put your mind at ease. We are more than just investigators, we truly care about helping foreigners that have found themselves behind bars and will endeavor to help them no matter what they have been accused of. It can be very difficult to find a competent lawyer in Thailand that has a good level of English and will put the effort in to representing their client to the best of their abilities. We are able to put you in touch with the best lawyers in this country, guaranteeing you the best access to legal representation and the best chance of freedom. As the saying goes, it's not what you know but who you know. This could not be truer in the land of smiles… We rely on our extensive range of contacts to assist us through investigations, securing you the best possible results as quickly as possible, all while keeping you updated in real time through every step of the process.

If you think that someone you care about may have been locked up in Thailand, get in touch with us and see how we can help you.


Happy new year from PattayaPI

January 1, 2018 - Reading time: 1 minutes

From all of the staff and associates of PattayaPI, we would like to wish all of our clients new and old a happy new year for 2018 (or 2561). We are excited to take on new cases this year and eager to help anyone with their problems in the land of smiles.

We try to be more than just investigators, offering support and advice to our clients throughout the process and relying on our years of experience helping foreigners in Thailand.

We offer free, no pressure consultations for all work carried out. We will take the time to assess your situation and come up with the most effective way to get a result for you, offering a fixed quote with no hidden fees or charges.

We wish you the best of luck in 2018 and may all of your problems be overcome with the help of PattayaPI!