Beaches and shopping malls were packed, with Thais mixing with Russian, South Korean and Japanese tour groups.
Holiday traffic in Pattaya continues to get worse by the year, as shown here during this year’s relatively minor Labor Day holiday May 1.
Beach vendor Piankhwan Sahawut, 46, said May Day would bring her 10,000 baht revenue with others earning up to 50 percent more. Most Thais were visiting from elsewhere, she said, enjoying a work-free day on the ocean.
May Day has been Thailand’s official Labor Day holiday since 1978.