Pattaya welcomes 150,000 tourists over New Year’s – TAT

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand said more than 150,000 people visited Pattaya over the New Year’s holiday, generating 500 million baht for the city.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand said more than 150,000 people visited Pattaya over the New Year’s holiday, generating 500 million baht for the city.

PATTAYA – The Tourism Authority of Thailand said more than 150,000 people visited Pattaya over the New Year’s holiday, generating 500 million baht for the city.

TAT Pattaya office Director Suladda Sarutilavan said Jan. 4 that hotel occupancy in the week from Christmas to New Year’s Day was between 70 and 80 percent. Visitors were split between Thais and Europeans.

The figures cover not only Pattaya, but all of Chonburi, including Bangsaen Beach, which hosted its own countdown event.

While Thai tourists have returned home to work, Pattaya is still bustling with foreign visitors, Suladda said.

  • cdnski12

    I wouldn’t waste my time going to sit on a Pattaya Beach. The seawater is full of human feces, untreated sewer & agricultural fertilizer and fish farm effluent runoff. It’s absolutely filthy & disgusting. So you like to swim in sewer by all means go to Pattaya.
    If you want decent beaches you must take a ferry from Bali Hai Pier to Koh Lam & a moto taxi to Nual beach. The rest of the beaches are full of Chinese & noisy Thai tourists.
    Alternately; the nearest decent beaches are on Koh Samet. Take a Taxi to the Koh Samet Ferry Pier or a Bus to Rayong and then a Songteow to the Koh Samet Ferry Dock. Nice beaches there; but no or little coral reefs.
    I go to Pattaya for the nearby Golf Courses. I didn’t enjoy my last 4 week stay in Pattaya other than the golf. The street food is now disgusting. Yes you can get a good meal for $30 in Jomtien; but I can get a better meal in Canada for that price. In 2009-11, Jomtien had great food; but it’s drivel now. The Heat & Humidity are crushing for a Northerner.
    The constant 8pm to 6am partying on the new Jomtien Beach Sidewalk was unbelievable. Tourist police doing nothing. Mini Marts open 24 hrs per day, disturbing all the surrounding guest house.
    Jomtien once was great; but has turned into noisy Bangkok. Not my cuppa coffee.

  • Robert

    How inconsiderate of Thai nationals to be on a beach enjoying themselves in their own country inconveniencing you.