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Deserted beaches, empty bars: Covid-19 devastates Thailand's tourist islands

Visitor numbers expected to plummet by tens of millions in crisis that eclipses the 2004 tsunami, bird flu and Sars

Rebecca Ratcliffe in Chaweng

 

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Koh Samui’s beaches are almost entirely devoid of people since the coronavirus pandemic began. Last year, 40 million tourists visited Thailand. Photograph: Marco Pompeo Photography/Alamy Stock Photo

 

The streets of Koh Samui, one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations, are eerily quiet. Along Chaweng’s Beach Road, a usually raucous party area, shuttered shops stretch into the distance.

 

Before the coronavirus pandemic, it was buzzing with traffic. Now, taxi drivers sit on the roadside, with little hope of finding customers. Where bikini-clad sunseekers once browsed souvenir shops and drank at neon-lit bars, a lone street dog stretches on the pavement. Elsewhere, swathes of Samui’s idyllic, sandy white beaches are almost entirely free of people.

 

About 40 million tourists flocked to Thailand last year, drawn by its spectacular coastlines, ornate temples and famous cuisine. Yet in 2020, the country will struggle to attract even a quarter of that number, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

 

Full story: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/23/deserted-beaches-empty-bars-covid-19-devastates-thailands-tourist-islands

 

-- The Guardian 2010-07-23

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Yeah, but you can bet if 1 tourist sits down, 50 walking beach vendors will jump out of that greenery offering massages , Ice creams , fried sea food and a carved wooden elephant

not according to our business owning, island reclining, members..   "business is booming they say, Booooming!"   😉

maybe this is the best way for them to appreciate our contribution to their business....in the past some of them took advantage of many of us, now they have nobody, they should start to think that aft

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9 minutes ago, Surelynot said:

happy hours, deals and discounted prices

But, but, but ............ this is against the law, and is punishable by a fine of 50,000 baht!  (if ur Japanese) 🙂

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2 minutes ago, thequietman said:

But, but, but ............ this is against the law, and is punishable by a fine of 50,000 baht!  (if ur Japanese) 🙂

Seriously? ....and what is the Japanese ref? Guess I have missed something.

 

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15 hours ago, Mavideol said:

they should start to think that after will the foreigners living in are not bad and should be treated with respect..... or maybe I am giving them too much credit  555

 

I think it's the latter, not the former....  :whistling:

 

Just wait until the Chinese, Japanese and Koreans return.... however many years that may be into the future.

 

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