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Where have all the Chinese gone? Thai media say TAT in denial about tourism numbers in Pattaya

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16 hours ago, newnative said:

    Just for reference Pattaya does have a public park near the Big Buddha and another in Naklua near the beach.  I think both have children's play areas.  Most major roads have sidewalks with crossing areas.  Beach Road has working pedestrian crossing lights. Traffic seems to be doing a little better job of stopping but it's still pedestrian beware--true for most parts of Thailand. 

And a pedestrian area free of nighttime traffic, quite a good promenade too! The beach is a good area for kids to play.

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59 minutes ago, Kim J said:

Yes indeed, the park area around the Buddha they made it quite pleasant and have done a significant amount of work to it, but it suffers from the age old problems that once they have it, they do not take care of it. There are a number of paths through the trees that would make for a pleasant environment, were it not for people riding motorbikes around them, prostitutes soliciting short time liaisons and resulting used condoms etc, drug users and vagrants using the area, stray dogs everywhere, and frequent muggings / robberies.

As I said in an earlier post, some problems could be easily rectified, this being one of them, but the police and other authorities seem to have different priorities.

You mention the pedestrian crossings on the Beach Rd and other places that were recently installed at great expense, but are seldom working, and when they are working many vehicles simply ignore them.

You could also add the bus stops that they designated and painted all over the city recently, I don't think I have ever seen a single songthaew / bus use them. There are two instances where they have even provided infrastructure to improve the place but do not use it!! Quite bizarre really.

     I think you might find some of the things you mentioned in BestB's Central Park at night, as well, but nice of you to at least acknowledge that Pattaya does have public parks. I think children would be more likely to use the park and playground during the daytime and not at night.  As far as I know, most of the pedestrian lights are working on Beach Road.  From my observation traffic is stopping more often than before, especially if there are pedestrians crossing, but Pattaya and all of Thailand could use better traffic enforcement.  

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On 11/21/2018 at 9:38 AM, morrobay said:

 In particular this last Sunday, Monday and Tuesday I made a point of being there and observing that area in front of Hard Rock, at those hours. There are few tour buses and Chinese . Still some but about 20% of the previous. Actually there are almost equal numbers of Indians. Could they be boarding big boats at Bali Hi?

Could they be boarding big boats at Bali Hi ?  yes.  To be objective here I just went down to Bali Hi and indeed there are many tour buses dropping flag waving groups off near waterfront and they are boarding the larger passenger boats as well as speedboats off the pier. Beach rd this morning seems to have had a few more groups also.

So while somewhat less that before not 80% less.

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