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    Cha Am, Hua Hin, Kuiburi July 2020 Covid Casualties

    Deserted beaches – made a tourist beach area run along the west coast of the Bay of Thailand 20-23 July.
    Pre-Covid this was/were thriving tropical beach tourist areas, packed with visitors spending their vacation funds. Many, many, many dollars/euros/yen/pounds/yuan deposited into the pockets of Thai host vendors. A good time was had by all.

    Today, Post Covid - Empty. Cha Am, Hua Hin, Kuiburi. No tourists, No vendors, No smiles. NO MONEY. Closed shops, Closed hotels, Closed restaurants. Relative ghost towns.

    20JUL20M Cha Am Beach
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    21JUL20Tu Kuiburi Beach
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    22JUL20W Hua Hin
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    23JUL20Tu Cha Am AM Departure
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    ^ Which hotel did you stay at there? It looks very familiar . . . my father-in-law's preferred one, I think


    Yea, deserted, kinda nice to not have shoulder to shoulder hawkers but also sad, really.

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    It looks lovely.

    Did you have a good time?

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    Very bleak, you’ve got to feel sorry for the people who depend upon tourists for their livelihood.

    We are going to have learn to live with COVID 19 until a vaccine is available. In many countries living without it is no longer an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Which hotel
    Cha Am Methavalai Hotel

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Did you have a good time?
    Yea, reasonably good. Traveled Phetchaburi, Cha Am, Hua Hin, Kuiburi. Visited a few tourist sites. Reference a few threads I posted in the Southern Thailand Forum. So many businesses shut down. Businesses that will not open again. The economic damage of Covid in a country that has been minimally impacted by the medical damage.

    Actually had trouble finding open restaurants and hotels. The vendors are shell-shocked. No customers, No sales, No walking traffic, no reason to open shop.

    These tourist economies are gone. And, they are not coming back. Six plus months down the Covid Pandemic the realization is starting to dawn on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    Pre-Covid this was/were thriving tropical beach tourist areas, packed with visitors spending their vacation funds. Many, many, many dollars/euros/yen/pounds/yuan deposited into the pockets of Thai host vendors. A good time was had by all.


    Today, Post Covid - Empty. Cha Am, Hua Hin, Kuiburi. No tourists, No vendors, No smiles. NO MONEY. Closed shops, Closed hotels, Closed restaurants. Relative ghost towns.

    of course some concern is warranted for the tourism industry and the people who work in it, but let's keep in mind that these photos were taken midweek in july.

    not sure how many, many, many dollars/euros/yen/pounds/yuan were actually deposited into the pockets of thai host vendors in july last year.

    a more telling assessment can be made during the upcoming high season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    Cha Am Methavalai Hotel
    Yes, thought so. We've stayed there a few times. Thanks

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