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A lone sun worshipper lays out on the beach as scores of cleaners wander around behind him. About 500 people picked up scrap and flipped over sand as Pattaya continued its summertime beach cleanup July 5, banning beach chair vendors on Wednesdays and Thursdays for at least the rest of the month. The two-day beach closures have garnered scores of complaints from tourists.
A lone sun worshipper lays out on the beach as scores of cleaners wander around behind him. About 500 people picked up scrap and flipped over sand as Pattaya continued its summertime beach cleanup July 5, banning beach chair vendors on Wednesdays and Thursdays for at least the rest of the month. The two-day beach closures have garnered scores of complaints from tourists.

500 clean Jomtien Beach

PATTAYA –  About 500 people picked up scrap and flipped over sand as Pattaya continued its summertime beach cleanup.

Mayor Anan Charoenchasri led the battalion of staffers from city hall, umbrella vendors, Jomtien Thai Massage Club and Windsurfing Association of Thailand in the cleanup effort July 5.

Whether it was their intent or not, officials have been successful at keeping tourists away from local beaches twice a week.
Whether it was their intent or not, officials have been successful at keeping tourists away from local beaches twice a week.

The blue-clad volunteers walked between Soi 7 and the Dongtan curve, removing rubbish, scrap, rocks and items to recycle, sometimes stepping over sun worshippers who couldn’t be bothered to move.

They were supported by trucks, equipment, tools and a back loader to fill in holes and a tractor to flip over the sand before the cleaners raked it smooth and clean again.

The operation is being carried out each Wednesday and Thursday throughout July with a different section of the beach cleaned each day.

  • Patrick

    Mark my words, this two day no umbrella day will be permanent. Looks like the Thai military rulers are taking leaf from western governments by saying its temporary and then make it permanent

  • Gert Ned

    Say goodbye to western tourists! Not very smart to take out beachchairs for two days! Next stop Vietnam! Bye bye Jomtien!

    • Marcin

      bye, dont come back

      • Paul Mason

        Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali, Myanmar, India, Malaysia and many other islands with clean sea.

  • Marcin

    clean the beach only in July lol it should be more frequently than that
    2 days without chairs well, they can’t earn the money so will be doing more doggy stuff but 2 days without them is good as long as the beach is clean and there is some shade

    • Paul Mason

      Shade under a coconut tree. Killing more tourists with falling coconuts.

  • Beau

    Sad when there are more workers on the beach than tourist.

  • do maar

    Better Can clean the water

  • Ken Anderson

    It will take much more than litter picking to clean Pattaya’s beaches.
    In any other country this would be considered contaminated land and become an environmental issue. Have you seen all that smelly black water the last few days?
    Those chairs should be removed permanently, that sand must be toxic.