Pattaya beach vendors returned to the sand Nov. 21, hoping to cash in on tourists still around after the International Fleet Review after being banished for four days.
The military ordered all beach chairs and umbrellas removed from Pattaya Beach Nov. 17-20 to provide tourists a better view of the goings on at sea. That annoyed the chair vendors, who already must shut down once a week, as they missed chances to earn business from the many fleet show tourists in town.
Vendors said although the high point of the Nov. 13-20 show was over, many sailors were still in town and business was strong. Unstable weather helped as well, with many wanting to be under umbrellas in case of rain showers.
Vendor Sainamthip Fisher said her customers near Soi 6 got a good view of the remaining ships at sea. Many of his guests were Asian, reflecting the majority of the nations participating in the fleet show.