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Pattaya: Jomtien traders suffering in second wave of pandemic
 
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Picture: Siam Chon News
 
It is a familiar story all over Thailand but especially in once thriving tourist areas.
 
Traders who could earn a good living before are now barely able to keep their heads above water. 
 
Siam Chon News went to Jomtien on Sunday to talk to a lady selling som tam and a man selling cut up fruit.
 
Aunty Koi said she used to sell 2,000 - 3,000 baht of papaya salad a day - now she is lucky to see 1,000 baht. 
 
She has to throw away produce she can't sell and is living day to day with no prospect of savings. 
 
She said she was too old to do anything else and wants Pattaya to regain its past glories. 
 
Uncle Khwan - with sad eyes - told hold there was hardly any profit in selling fruit in these Covid-19 times. There were barely any tourists to speak of. 
 
He was unable to sell a couple of pineapples or a whole watermelon - just about 20%. 
 
The government measures were no use to him - he has rent to find, fuel bills and other overheads to meet. 
 
Source: Siam Chon News
 
 
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9 hours ago, webfact said:

She has to throw away produce she can't sell and is living day to day with no prospect of savings. 

Must be a terrible planner if she cannot budget and buy less ingredients for lower sales

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19 hours ago, webfact said:

She has to throw away produce she can't sell and is living day to day with no prospect of savings

60-90 thousand baht a month she never saved anything before either.

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I would like to invest in Thailand, but the legal procedures for foreign investors to start a company legally is very expensive, they only target mega entrepreneurs, if the government opens its eyes to small and medium foreign entrepreneurs, the economy of Thailand will return to grow again in level never seen before.

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46 minutes ago, Rodbayne94 said:

I would like to invest in Thailand, but the legal procedures for foreign investors to start a company legally is very expensive, they only target mega entrepreneurs, if the government opens its eyes to small and medium foreign entrepreneurs, the economy of Thailand will return to grow again in level never seen before.

2 Million Baht paid up capital is very expensive. Only Mega Entrepreneurs? 

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Those who chide her perhaps not familiar with how Thai families function. She may have pulled in that much money, but lots of relatives around to help spend it

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