Pattaya tourism rebounds after lifting of curfew

Friday, 13 June 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 24 By  Jetsada Homklin

Crowds of tourists returned to Pattaya after Thailand’s military government lifted the night-time curfew imposed after last month’s coup.

The ghost town that was Walking Street returned to life while convenience stores, marine-sports operators and attractions aimed at foreign tourists reported a resurgence in business following the lifting of the midnight-4 a.m. curfew June 4.

The ghost town that was Walking Street returned to life after Thailand’s military government lifted the night-time curfew imposed after last month’s coup. Convenience stores, marine-sports operators and attractions aimed at foreign tourists also reported a resurgence in business following the lifting of the midnight-4 a.m. curfew June 4.  The ghost town that was Walking Street returned to life after Thailand’s military government lifted the night-time curfew imposed after last month’s coup. Convenience stores, marine-sports operators and attractions aimed at foreign tourists also reported a resurgence in business following the lifting of the midnight-4 a.m. curfew June 4.

A clerk at a Pattaya 7-Eleven store said tourists again were crowding in, looking for night-time snacks. With so many of the city’s residents working in after-dark entertainment joints, their trade is crucial for Pattaya’s hundreds of convenience stores.

Nitti Phutta, who owns speedboats, jet skis and banana boats, said Pattaya has been hit by the double whammy of low season and months of political unrest. When the Royal Thai Army staged its coup May 22, that sent the city’s tourist business plunging to rock-bottom depths. Even after the curfew was eased from the original 10 p.m.-5 a.m., business did not rebound until the curfew was lifted entirely, he said.

Not every spot has seen a rebound, however.

Ping, a pub popular with Thais, remains slow even after the end of the curfew. Frequent customer Veerapol Hattakit said he’s seen no difference in trade at the watering hole. He speculated Thais are still being careful with how they spend cash.

An employee at the SFX Cinema at Central Festival Pattaya Beach also said the lifting of the coup has had little overall impact. During the curfew, she said, people simply went to the movies during the day.

Pattaya was the first of Thailand’s tourist destinations to get curfew relief, but by June 8, the National Center for Peace and Order had ended the curfew in almost all the country’s main destinations for travelers, including Phuket, Koh Samui, Cha-am, Hua Hin, Krabi, Phang Nga, Koh Chang, Koh Phangan, and Huay Yai.

A clerk at a Pattaya 7-Eleven store said tourists again were crowding in, looking for night-time snacks, now that the curfew has been lifted.A clerk at a Pattaya 7-Eleven store said tourists again were crowding in, looking for night-time snacks, now that the curfew has been lifted.

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