Pattaya Beach vendors are giving the city’s extreme tree-trimming exercise generally good reviews, although they say now tourists complain about the beach being hotter and less shady.
The general consensus among vendors is that the beach looks cleaner and, with trees no longer blocking lights at night, more people are out. They also applauded a higher profile by police and volunteers.
The beachfront promenade might be brighter now, but it is also much hotter.
Most of those questioned noted, however, the beachfront was now louder, hotter and less shady after quick and aggressive chopping removed most of the foliage.
One foreign shop operator on Soi 6 praised city workers, saying he likes to jog on the beach in the morning.