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Sophon reported a host of problems associated with the delivery of the new beach chairs and umbrellas on Pattaya beach.
The “earth tone” umbrellas, white loungers and green cushions were supposed to bring order out of chaos by standardizing and beautifying the operations of more than 100 vendors on the resorts’ beaches.
Instead tourists have been toppling out of the recliners that don’t seem to have been tested on sand.
In addition tourists paying 100 baht a time have been baked in the heat from two angles – there are not enough umbrellas to keep out the scorching midday sun and the cushions actually retain heat making a beach lie down something akin to a wartime torture.
Operator Wanchai Lertnirandorn, 57, was appreciative of the authorities doling out the equipment and a sponsor (Chang) getting involved but he was not happy with the new measures.
He said that the chairs were more suitable to a hard surface and when foreigners leaned they became unstable.
Many had fallen out of them and it was only the softness of the stand that prevented injury.
What with there not being enough umbrellas for each pitch and the green cushions being inappropriate for being in the sun he was not convinced it was a move forward.
Phartrakit Chiawkit, 48, another operator said that some foreigners like the new look but more than a few wish they could just go back to the old equipment that was more comfortable and more suitable for the conditions.