Tourists say Pattaya is safe from Bangkok protests

Friday, 07 March 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 10 By  Nutsara Duangsri

While Thailand’s tourism industry has been battered by months of anti-government protests in Bangkok, some Pattaya tourists remain undaunted, saying the effects of the protests on the capital’s streets haven’t reached them here.

Norwegian Ketil Tellefsen, 24, said he hoped the Bangkok conflict will be resolved soon, but “it’s not really affecting me at all.” On his first visit to Pattaya, he said the city and weather is fantastic, traveling here is inexpensive and he loves the beaches.

Hungarian Dascse Andars says he’s not worried for his safety here in Pattaya, despite the protests in Bangkok.Hungarian Dascse Andars says he’s not worried for his safety here in Pattaya, despite the protests in Bangkok.

The protests, begun in October, entered a new phase March 2 as the People’s Democratic Reform Committee effectively ended its seven-week “Bangkok Shutdown” by closing three stages blocking three major intersections in favor of a more-secure central stage. The group now has only three protest stages remaining in the city, but has vowed to continue pressing caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign and businesses supporting her family to abandon the ruling party.

German tourist Klaus Gottschlich has been here many times and says the protests stay in Bangkok and don’t impede on the tourist fun here.German tourist Klaus Gottschlich has been here many times and says the protests stay in Bangkok and don’t impede on the tourist fun here.

The unrest is a long way from the beach for Hungarian Dascse Andars, 62, who also said he’s unaffected by the protests in Bangkok. On his sixth visit to Pattaya, he said he comes for the wonderful weather, people and food.

German Klaus Gottschlich, 58, also said he has visited Pattaya many times and will continue to do so because it is inexpensive, safe, and has many attractions. What is happening in Bangkok, he said, doesn’t affect him.

Norwegian tourist Ketil Tellefsen (2nd right) along with his family and friends hope the Bangkok conflict will be resolved soon.Norwegian tourist Ketil Tellefsen (2nd right) along with his family and friends hope the Bangkok conflict will be resolved soon.

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