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Thais have agreed with assessments made earlier in the week that Pattaya is dying a death.
And they appear to have rejected a rosy outlook presented by a deputy mayor.
One of Thailand’s premier seaside resorts is so quiet that most people are in bed by 11 pm.
Few are buying anything, red light areas are quiet as the grave, hotels won’t lower their prices and one poster even spoke of being afraid of ghosts, it was that quiet.
The Prime Minister has even been singled out for getting what he wanted.
The comments were all the initial posts from Thais to pictures taken at 1 am this morning and posted on the site of the Pattaya Watchdog.
A “Top Fan” posted a picture of a deserted Soi Bua Khao, part of the city’s once famed red light district.
“Pim” said she had been trying to sell stuff at Central but it was “soooooo quiet”.
“Ivy” asked: “Where has everyone gone?”
“Pond” partially blamed the hotels for refusing to lower expensive prices.
“Nut” said that the first things that came to her mind on a visit were ghosts.
“Narupong” said how stupid it was for the authorities to be digging up the road when the International Fireworks festival was happening. (It’s due to take place this weekend, notes Thaivisa).
But “Kantinan” summed up the situation in Pattaya best saying:
“In the old days they said Pattaya never sleeps. You would see people all day and all night on the streets. But now everyone appears to be in bed by 10/11pm. All the streets are deserted and you just don’t see anyone out and about any more”.
Earlier in the week Thai media reported that even though it was high season hotel bookings and tourists were 20% down. Then up spoke a deputy mayor bigging up the resort for Thais and international tourists. His rosy comments spoke of millions visiting and hundreds of billions being spent.
Finally, on today’s Pattaya Watchdog” post “Pee Pa Love” pointed a facetious finger at premier Prayut saying:
“The PM said he’d bring peace and quiet to Thailand”.