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    Pattaya beaches, Koh Lan reopen from Monday

    PATTAYA: Pattaya will reopen its beaches and the popular offshore destination of Koh Lan from Monday as it eases its lockdown in line with the decline in local coronavirus infections nationwide.


    Beachgoers in the resort city in Chon Buri will be able to rent lounge chairs and umbrellas but operators must enforce distancing measures by keeping them at least one metre apart, Mayor Sonthaya Khunplome said on Friday.


    The beaches will be closed from Tuesday to Thursday in the second or third weeks of the month, instead of every Wednesday before the lockdown, for clean-up, he added.

    The reopening includes beaches in neighbouring Jomtien.


    The city also posted a Facebook message announcing the reopening on Monday of Koh Lan, an island popular with day-trippers. However, accommodation providers on the island will not be allowed to open yet.

    The city sealed off all beaches from visitors and local residents on May 9 as part of its effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Koh Lan had been off-limits since March 25.


    Chon Buri has reported no new Covid-19 cases since May 23, and only 15 since the start of the month. Since the first case was reported on Feb 24, the province has had 87 patients, 41 of them in Bang Lamung district where Pattaya is located.

    Pattaya beaches, Koh Lan reopen from Monday

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    Sausages rejoice!

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    I wonder how crammed those speedboats and ferries will be and whether they've had any maintenance after being hard hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    I wonder how crammed those speedboats and ferries will be and whether they've had any maintenance after being hard hit.
    You Wonder? Come on Dil. You know they did nothing to any of them during the down time. . They pulled into port and shut them off and left. They will fix them as they break like they always do. Preventative maintenance on equipment here is not required.

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    ^ You got me. See you in the capsized ferry thread on Monday

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    ^

    Prob so. First it will be the jet boat collision. Then the broken ferry.

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    Not sure who's going to be hiring speedboats or riding ferries with no tourists here but for sure no money will have been spent or hours put in on upkeep during the downtime.

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    Koh Lan open, but not accommodation providers; maybe I've been in LoS too long, but anyone know whose bil owns the ferries?

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    The re-opening fails to underline the reality that there are no tourists irrespective of the COVID regime, and the beaches, in what is low season, would have been pretty well deserted during the working week.

    The only beneficiaries to the lifting of this unnecessary restriction are the poorer locals who gravitate to beaches such as Bang Saen etc in the early evening to take advantage of the cooler night air and have their picnics.

    With no Chinks Ko Larn is irrelevant.

    I suspect the Thai will return to Pattaya at the weekends to do what they have always done which is to sit somewhere in sight of the sea and eat seafood whilst sipping their dilute whisky sodas and water.

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    Ah yes, Jomtien...


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    ^Doesn't look anything like that video now, I walk along it almost every morning.

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    Yeah, there are always good days and bad days on the Thai coastline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    I wonder how crammed those speedboats and ferries will be and whether they've had any maintenance after being hard hit.
    Somchai: "Wat id maintenent?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    I wonder how crammed those speedboats and ferries will be and whether they've had any maintenance after being hard hit.
    The same questions to be pondered by the sexpats about the prostitutes when the bars reopen. That's if there is still prostitution in Pattaya? I wouldn't know to be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    That's if there is still prostitution in Pattaya?

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    What I find amusing about the so-called knowing expats is their evident delusion that the beaches in Samui, Koh Samet, Hua Hin, Phuket etc are not somehow afflicted by the Thai inability to manage their shit flows into the seas that provide their daily bread and butter. It's as if these gormless saps believe their shite in these places is miraculously turned into pixie dust.

    Thailand is a shithole. Period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    What I find amusing about the so-called knowing expats is their evident delusion that the beaches in Samui, Koh Samet, Hua Hin, Phuket etc are not somehow afflicted by the Thai inability to manage their shit flows into the seas that provide their daily bread and butter. It's as if these gormless saps believe their shite in these places is miraculously turned into pixie dust.

    Thailand is a shithole. Period.
    is that your justification for logging in pqttaya?

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    Are you having a cerebral occlusion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    The same questions to be pondered by the sexpats about the prostitutes when the bars reopen. That's if there is still prostitution in Pattaya? I wouldn't know to be honest.
    Your mate Edmond will

    He's been putting in 60 km a day pedaling up and down Beach Road on his sisters mountain bike..... with padded saddle.

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    Are the hotels in Pattaya allowed to open now?

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    Same all over Thailand I should imagine...

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - The black leather party masks that performers May and Som wear for their fetish shows in Bangkok are definitely not the sort to stop the coronavirus.

    Behind closed doors, they practise for the day when health restrictions are lifted and tourists return, but they have no idea when and worry that the city's infamous Patpong red-light district could be very different by then.

    "This kind of place will be the last to reopen," said May 31. Like Som, she goes only by her Thai nickname.

    Even when it does reopen, customers will be worried about their safety," she said at the BarBar club on Patpong's Soi 2 street. BarBar and other clubs such as "Bada Bing" and "Fresh Boys" are shuttered and the nights are largely silent.

    Thailand shut bars and clubs in mid-March as coronavirus cases surged. It halted international passenger flights, stopping the tourism that had made Bangkok the world's most visited city for four years.

    Patpong went dark.

    But residents say the decline had already begun for a red-light district that flourished in the 1970s as a rest stop for U.S. forces in Indochina.

    "This COVID-19 is an accelerant of change," said Michael Ernst, an Austrian 25-year veteran of the district and former bar owner who opened the Patpong Museum weeks before the new coronavirus reached Thailand.

    "The go-go bar and its very one-dimensional concept of a stage and ladies dancing on it with a number. I think that's already over, they just don't know that yet."

    The number of go-go bars in Patpong district has waned in recent years as business has moved to other parts of Bangkok or online and as sex tourism has become a smaller part of the overall tourism industry for Thailand.

    For decades, tourism figures were skewed towards men. But the growing importance of Chinese visitors in particular changed that. In 2018, more than 53 percent of tourists were women.

    Nonetheless, Patpong's nightlife district employed thousands of people, mostly young women. Most are now among the 2 million Thais the state planning agency believes may be made unemployed this year because of the impact of the virus.

    BarBar is still paying some workers. But the manager of at least one go-go bar on Soi 2 just abandoned the lease.

    Thailand has now begun to lift some movement restrictions with infections at over 3,000 and deaths nearly 60, but neither rising rapidly. There is talk of tourism resuming.

    But a health ministry spokesman said that nightlife venues would be among the last to reopen.

    "In the new normal, Patpong will have to adapt a lot. It may end up looking different, but this change will be for the better," Rungruang Kitpati said.

    Social distancing and the sex industry are hard to make compatible, however.


    That's the sexpat mongers fvcked then...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Same all over Thailand I should imagine...
    Not so London apparently.

    Sex workers' hands tied under virus lockdowns

    Perhaps the risk of catching CV-19 while you are being whipped adds something to the thrill. Anyone with first hand experience of this, do please let us know.

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    The article failed to acknowledge the other significant factor in the demise in Thailand's sex industry; the 2008 banking crash that precipitated a sea change in credit supply, disposable incomes and the freezing of wages, particularly among the lower paid. In one fell swoop the mainstay of the industry's demographic, essentially the lower class, blue collar whore mongering oaf, stopped coming for his annual shagfest, drunken binge vacation.
    This trend has been detected anywhere in Bangkok's more louche areas and in Pattaya over the past decade which has seen a much greater emergence of tourism among the ASEAN,Chink, Indian and Russian family sectors.

    Here in the Naklua, Pattaya, Jomtien conurbation, from May through to November, the multitude of Beer Bars that once echoed with shrieks of whore laughter, frenetic music and the ringing of bells among the thousands of beer swilling punters in the early Noughties are largely deserted. Even in the high season many offer slim pickings for the girls who often outnumber customers.

    The one success story here in Pattaya in high season is the club dance scene featuring DJ sets playing to a cosmopolitan crowd of younger folk from the hinterland and at weekends from Bangkok.

    But the British and German pub/bar venues are slowly atrophying as their customer base has been whittled down inexorably year by year to the point that their only patrons in low season are ageing resident retirees.

    End of days and Bangkok will certainly change - Soi Cowboy, Nana and Patpong are too valuable as real estate to be left to languish on poor performing leases and eventually will succumb to development.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warwick View Post
    Are the hotels in Pattaya allowed to open now?
    I think so, the beaches and the sea are now open, but the issue of a 'deep clean' between bookings is questionable and if it is anything like most things in Thailand it'll be bollox.

    The upscale resorts were planning for a re-opening in early June but with the prohibition on alcohol served in their bars and restaurants it is difficult to see why they would bother.

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