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Pattaya is smiling again! Top end hotels at 90% capacity for long holiday weekend

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14 hours ago, OneMoreFarang said:

Somehow I don't think the typical inner Thailand 5-star tourists will walk around the "streets" especially not that walking street.

Buakhao was dead too, not a high end tourist in sight!

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11 hours ago, warcy said:

Long holiday? I thought tuesday is a holiday and not monday.

Monday 27th is a Songkran substitution day.

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High end hotels doing well but what about the majority which are little places? All us poor people love the moment with the chance to stay in a good hotel. Who would want to stay in anything else at this time when they are cheap. But I think the headline is more hype than a true picture.

 

I was thinking about going this weekend but the idea of fighting traffic turned me off. And I know others who just didn't want to put up with the jams. The constant horrible traffic and crowds has ruined travel and tourism for me. it's never going to be the same. Holidays are turning into something like those shopper rampages where everyone bursts through the doors to get in for special deals.

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I don't believe this spin, on a one hand there was an article that said Thai people will not spend money this holiday as they have already spent on a holiday in the beginning of this month and now "hotels are 90% booked" i'm told streets and venues are devoid of people so where are all the supposed tourists at?...

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1 hour ago, ezzra said:

I don't believe this spin, on a one hand there was an article that said Thai people will not spend money this holiday as they have already spent on a holiday in the beginning of this month and now "hotels are 90% booked" i'm told streets and venues are devoid of people so where are all the supposed tourists at?...

These hotels are often not on the cheap side. If someone really wants to travel he would be far better off in one of the cheaper ones without government discount. Perhaps the people sit now in the expensive discounted rooms and enjoy what they bought at a convenience store. 

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5 minutes ago, Oldie said:

These hotels are often not on the cheap side. If someone really wants to travel he would be far better off in one of the cheaper ones without government discount. Perhaps the people sit now in the expensive discounted rooms and enjoy what they bought at a convenience store. 

I know a couple of guys who have traveled and stayed in hotels this last week and they have got better deals calling them direct rather than using the online booking platforms

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10 hours ago, tribalfusion001 said:

You can dress it up how ever you want, but without incoming tourists the sector is not going to recover with just domestic tourism.

domestic tourism is just smearing money around. for every baht spent in a hotel its one less spent in a local restaurant or on the weekly makro/tesco run.

thailand doesn't gain anything its a zero sum game.

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23 hours ago, Andrew23 said:

Hard to believe. Streets are deserted.

Beach road was jammed with cars from Bangkok yesterday afternoon. Also large queues coming into town at lunchtime from the highway.

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2 hours ago, jacko45k said:

Buakhao was dead too, not a high end tourist in sight!

What do you mean, I was there for an hour or so.

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12 hours ago, Oldie said:

Just came back from a walk in Central Pattaya including Central Mall. To me it looked like all the days before. 

So just like the "Oldie" days.... 🙂

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1 minute ago, ChakaKhan said:

So just like the "Oldie" days.... 🙂

Of course not. It looks like Corona days. Pretty empty. And since the whole Made in Thailand area is closed (shops and bars) it looks even more empty. I could not see the hordes of tourists. At least not after 9 in the evening. 

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   Those posting that they haven't heard of the hotels mentioned in the OP likely haven't because most are in the Wongamat/Naklua area.  And, Mera Mare is in the northern part of Pattaya Beach.  I'm not in town for this long weekend but at the last one a few weeks ago all the nice, big hotels in north Pattaya, and some of the smaller ones, were full.  Probably the same for the Wongamat/Naklua hotels and likely they will be full this long weekend, too.

     Construction continues on a new, highrise hotel on Naklua Road, not too far from the fairly new Brighton Hotel.  Construction also continues on Grande Centre Point 2 in Wongamat. They will join the other new hotels built recently in north Pattaya and Wong Amat, including Ozo Hotel, Mytt, the new Amari addition, LK Emerald Beach, Cosi Hotel, Golden Tulip, Courtyard by Marriott, and a number of others.

     All this new construction, and a lot of the construction Pattaya has seen for the past 10 years, is to primarily accommodate the new tourist/long-stay demographic, which is more Asian, more Russian, more young group travel, more young couples, and more families.  And, most of the new construction is far from the areas attracting western sexpats.

     Now, is Soi Buakao busy this long weekend?  I have no idea as I almost never go there--no reason to.  Likewise for most of the new tourists and Bangkok weekend visitors Pattaya has been attracting these past years.  They are in other parts of Pattaya, many hidden away a bit.  The argument that Golden Egg Layers spend far more than other tourists and weekend visitors I find particularly ludicrous.  If that was the case, likely none of the above would have been built, or Terminal 21, or the hundreds of other new projects that have been built.  

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14 hours ago, BigStar said:

Though you may consider only Soi Buakhao and Walking Street as Pattaya, in fact both Naklua and Jomtien are also in Pattaya.

The three places all have their own identities and I think most people will go along with what I said.  I know that Pattaya City Municipality covers much more but if I was going to Naklua (or Jomtien) I would say that.  There is a reason they use Pattaya rather than their actual location as it attracts the tourist money.

 

Combine that with the fact that Pattaya stretches down to Bang Saray 15 miles away, and even gets its name on an airport in another province, I think my interpretation is much more reasonable than the hoteliers and anyone else who claims otherwise.

 

ETA:  My definition is not restricted to Buakhao and Walking Street as you surmised, but at least you got your bitchiness out there in the open.

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1 hour ago, sungod said:

What do you mean, I was there for an hour or so.

Didn't spot you behind the large Chang perhaps.

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