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Pattaya residents, where are you?

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A friend in Pattaya is sending me daily videos from the city, and it is frightening! 

 

It feels more like the aftermath of a nuclear accident, than the return to life after a pandemic. 

 

There are very few taxis/songthaew, and when he finally gets one, he sits alone in it. 

 

Traffic is almost inexistant... no motorbikes roaming the roads in Pattaya, can you believe that? 

 

Malls are empty... you can count the visitors with the fingers of one hand. 

 

Yesterday, he was at the Royal Garden at 6PM...not one soul! 

 

Same thing a little bit later at the Central. 

 

Where is the population? 

 

Many Thais may have chose to return to their villages, but what about the tens of thousands of farang residents? 

 

There is far more life and activity in my remote area in Sisaket province, where the nearest small city is busy as usual. 

 

Has Pattaya become toxic? 

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7 hours ago, Brunolem said:

Many Thais may have chose to return to their villages,

but what about the tens of thousands of farang residents?

Tens of thousands?? I really doubt they were so many. :unsure:

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it does seem to be getting a little busier ,but i must say ,its great like this ,but i do feel so sorry for those who have lost their jobs ,

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4 hours ago, Brunolem said:

Around 2010, there were over 40,000 farangs with a retirement visa in Pattaya... and that was only those with this specific visa... (that was headline news in the Pattaya Mail at the time). 

 

I doubt that these numbers have gone down since... on the contrary... 

since some years there was a downtrend and especially this corona thing has  nearly extinct all farang long staying expats in Pattaya !! 

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where are we ?
we are all being good little vegemites and social distancing while watching frustrations being played out on social media.
what are you doing ?

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22 hours ago, Phil McCaverty said:

Over here on the Darkside, where most expats live, life is pretty much back to normal. No reason to go into Pattaya, although I've been in a couple of times, lunch at Bake 'n Brew (x2) and dentist. Over here, things will be 100% back to normal when the bars open and restaurants serve alcohol again.

Agreed. Most just stay at home and only venture into town if and when they really have to. Remember many blame the farangs for this and think that we are extremely rich.

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I was thinking about heading down to Pattaya (Jomtien) for a few days R&R when the internal travel restrictions end next Sunday. After reading you report, I don't think I'll bother. Doesn't sound like much fun, but all the best Pattaya, hope you make it through the crisis.

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22 hours ago, Pattaya46 said:

Tens of thousands?? I really doubt they were so many

just 2 really big guys taking up a few barstools each, I thought? Haven't been there in a few years...

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1 hour ago, wombat said:

where are we ?
we are all being good little vegemites and social distancing while watching frustrations being played out on social media.
what are you doing ?

I am actually at Central Ubon...lots of people there, almost business as usual.

 

Looks like Pattaya is losing its mojo...no extreme city anymore?

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