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Channel 7 report: No tourists and desperate times for vendors/ hotels in Pattaya


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On 8/20/2020 at 9:49 AM, thaibeachlovers said:

It's no more than what happens every low season. Strange how this time it's "different". The unemployed bargirls used to go home to the village, so what's different now?

 

You are right about FARANGS not coming back anytime soon, but I fully expect the Chinese to be back in the not so distant future, not that they spend much if any money on bars and suchlike.

 

Hmmmm... I used to think that you were a seasoned and knowledgeable traveller. But some of your comments of late....

I think leaving Thailand may have really affected you.

 

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and why should they with the way they have been treated over the last 30 years? They have been scammed one too many times and are booking their 40 quid flights to Spain instead.   I can

The people on the 5k a month handout are not the ones taking holidays and filling the 3-5 star hotels, it's the other segment of Thai society, the middle classes who would normally have gone overseas,

Was speaking to a Thai friend of mine recently and she said "the economy will recover soon because everyone wants to visit Thailand". Had a bit of a laugh at that and chatted about how expensive Thail

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On 8/19/2020 at 7:11 PM, Leaver said:

That may not be the case for citizens of other countries, perhaps the majority of countries.  

It is still possible to find insurance. World Nomads covers most countries but not extra cheap. I had to send them several times before I had it in writing "You are insured " . Due to Government travel warnings they will not cover for any Covid related illness or any travel or flight disruptions. They will cover for general non covid related illness or accident.

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7 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Indeed. Don't have to pay rent, grow own food.

Correct.  

 

They won't be making any income, but have no expenses, either.  

 

If they come to Pattaya, they may make a small income in a competitive market, but may not even cover their expenses.  As you say, rent is the main expense.

 

One, maybe two customers a week, if lucky, wouldn't be worth it.   

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2 hours ago, Eindhoven said:

 

Quite possibly. I really have no idea as to how it is for people from any other country than mine.

Well, every other country but yours does represent a big part of the Thai tourism market.  🙂

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1 hour ago, Wongkitlo said:

It is still possible to find insurance. World Nomads covers most countries but not extra cheap. I had to send them several times before I had it in writing "You are insured " . Due to Government travel warnings they will not cover for any Covid related illness or any travel or flight disruptions. They will cover for general non covid related illness or accident.

Do they cover citizens of all nationalities?  

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On 8/12/2020 at 10:36 AM, Leaver said:

It seems like UK residents can secure travel insurance for Thailand, but still, many other countries have their Foreign Office warnings and therefore no travel insurance.    

We've an annual travel insurance policy issued by Bupa UK which expires at end of October but they recently sent us a letter informing that we won't be able to renew the policy, thanks for your business but please find a broker if you want to renew in October.

 

That's not a positive omen.  

 

 

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20 hours ago, Leaver said:

Do they cover citizens of all nationalities?  

Not many cover once you have left your home country. I think they are set up especially for this so they cover anyone. It is not that cheap. Mine was about $120 australian per month. I think a little less than 90usd. I was also told to check Fastcover. Not sure if just for Australians. I'd already bought Nomads.

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14 hours ago, torturedsole said:

We've an annual travel insurance policy issued by Bupa UK which expires at end of October but they recently sent us a letter informing that we won't be able to renew the policy, thanks for your business but please find a broker if you want to renew in October.

 

That's not a positive omen.  

 

 

What options have you got, come October?

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2 hours ago, Wongkitlo said:

Not many cover once you have left your home country. I think they are set up especially for this so they cover anyone. It is not that cheap. Mine was about $120 australian per month. I think a little less than 90usd. I was also told to check Fastcover. Not sure if just for Australians. I'd already bought Nomads.

Thanks.

 

I'm fine for insurance, at this stage, but always good to have a back up plan here.  

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2 hours ago, 3NUMBAS said:

by this time next year they will be even more desperate so learn to live with it

I wonder at what point does desperation turn into defeat?  

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On 7/10/2020 at 1:44 PM, freesudani said:

They seriously think that tourists will be flocking to Thailand in October?

Tourists from Thailand, maybe, yes.. i suppose they think that. Probably true if they drop prices to where they should be when there is no demand. 

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10 hours ago, Leaver said:

What options have you got, come October?

Haven't even bothered looking, Leaver.  

 

We rebooked our LHR-BKK return late May 2020 flight to November 2020 but don't envisage that we'll be going on holiday to LOS this year.  The travel insurance issue is therefore pretty much redundant for the foreseeable future.  Let's see what next year brings, jeez.  

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On 8/24/2020 at 1:35 AM, torturedsole said:

Haven't even bothered looking, Leaver.  

 

We rebooked our LHR-BKK return late May 2020 flight to November 2020 but don't envisage that we'll be going on holiday to LOS this year.  The travel insurance issue is therefore pretty much redundant for the foreseeable future.  Let's see what next year brings, jeez.  

Yes. Travel in 2020 will not be possible for intercontinental tourism, and a lot of international tourism.  Maybe the second half of 2021.  We can only hope. 

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