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Hi Everyone,

 

Is Samui coming back to life yet? Are hotels, bars, and restaurants on Chaweng open yet? Is there a chain discussion on TV.com or somewhere else with regular updates?

 

Thanks in advance.

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Chaweng Beach and the beach road are still very deserted, although a few places have opened up. Central mall is open with nearly all shops and restaurants inside as well, but it is eerily quiet. The areas just off the tourist areas are surprisingly busy though this past week. Thai restaurants and markets are busy and traffic has seen a big increase as well. It appears lots of people from Bangkok and other mainland areas appear to take advantage of the current very cheap accommodation on Samui and decide to visit. 

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3 hours ago, tribalfusion001 said:

Chad from CB Media is there now, he says 90% closed in Chaweng.

 

 

Ohh..looking at the video...missing Thailand and Samui so much.

 

Most of the restaurants in Chaweng are closed, and tons of hotels too. I hear there are now people coming from the mainland, but not in such numbers to make a significant change. Some of the hospitality staff left the island to come back when the things get better, others are waiting and hoping to get employed soon. Many running out of money. Some places have closed permanently and there is plenty of second hand equipment for sale. We were looking to find a temp job for an intern with a 3+ star hotel through business friends, many many places are still closed.

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3 minutes ago, gearbox said:

 

Ohh..looking at the video...missing Thailand and Samui so much.

 

Most of the restaurants in Chaweng are closed, and tons of hotels too. I hear there are now people coming from the mainland, but not in such numbers to make a significant change. Some of the hospitality staff left the island to come back when the things get better, others are waiting and hoping to get employed soon. Many running out of money. Some places have closed permanently and there is plenty of second hand equipment for sale. We were looking to find a temp job for an intern with a 3+ star hotel through business friends, many many places are still closed.

Watch his update from today, Chaweng and Lamai deserted.

 

 

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Looked like a handful of expats just sitting around Lamai having a few beers... looks grim.  Even if the borders open this year, not sure we are going to proceed with our previous reservation on Samui.  Have a feeling a lot of places will be going under or not have staff in time for high season.

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Smaller Thai owned hotels are opening now. They are hoping to make business with domstic tourists. Tha bigger ones still closed. 

Chaweng beach road is completely empty. Wonder why they don't finish building that road. Now would be perfect. 

 

Places like Plai Laem market full like before Corona. 

 

Personally I liked the first April weeks. Could stay like that forever

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7 hours ago, Peterw42 said:

This guy pushes a certain narrative for his videos, he likes to paint the picture that he is the only westerner that has ever been to places, he is discovering places in Thailand that nobody else has ever seen etc. Reality is he is probably filming in early morning. found a 7/11 thats being renovated etc. If there is a busy restaurant and an empty restaurant, he will film the empty restaurant and make out he is the first westerner ever to visit it.

He refers to covid etc as "the situation" as though its illegal to be talking about it, all adds the the drama he creates.

If you mention "coronavirus" or "covid-19" in your YouTube title or in the content then YouTube place a blue warning strip under the video title. This is the reason he says the "situation" and it will affect revenue too.

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lots of activity in villa rentals where we are. Rates are down but bookings are increasing weekly.

I think that the hotels will struggle to compete.

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2 hours ago, tribalfusion001 said:

If you mention "coronavirus" or "covid-19" in your YouTube title or in the content then YouTube place a blue warning strip under the video title. This is the reason he says the "situation" and it will affect revenue too.

Thats not true, do a quick search on youtube for Covid, corona etc, there are literally 1,000s of videos with covid in the title, talking about covid. No Blue warnings or loss of monetization. I have friends who vblog and have said the word covid 127 times and their videos are still monetized.

They have pulled videos with fake news about covid etc, but you can write and say the word.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Peterw42 said:

Thats not true, do a quick search on youtube for Covid, corona etc, there are literally 1,000s of videos with covid in the title, talking about covid. No Blue warnings or loss of monetization. I have friends who vblog and have said the word covid 127 times and their videos are still monetized.

They have pulled videos with fake news about covid etc, but you can write and say the word.

 

 

 

All down to the algorithm. Here is an example, blue warning above the title.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gRrM-_eodM

 

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Lamai beach where I go working a few kilometers every morning is still practically deserted and everything is still closed except the Bamboo restaurant whose owner is a Thais and at the end to the east where the big rocks start a restaurant also opened but I forgot the name.

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