Pattaya-area residents crowded temples to mark the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha on the most important of Buddhist holidays, Visakha Bucha Day.
Pattaya residents began the day early, taking children and relatives to make merit at local temples. Food and desserts were given as offerings to monks, who returned the favor by teaching the Dharma. Many elderly worshippers followed tradition in wearing white and eating only vegetarian meals on the holiest of Buddhist holidays.
Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai has told Pattaya officials to investigate reports of raw sewage being released into the sea.
Signs of polluted effluent have been seen in the Kratinglai area, but also at the far southern end of Pattaya Beach near Walking Street. A survey of the beachhead there May 15 found bottles, plastic and other garbage scattered along a beach stained dark from outflows from the storm-drainage pipes there.
These traditional Thai dancers from Pattaya School #9 manage to stay beautiful during their performance, even in the sweltering heat and the water splashing fun of Wan Lai in Pattaya. Gridlocked traffic and relentless heat didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Pattaya-area residents and tourists as they splashed their way to the end of another well-attended Songkran festival last week.
From the songs to the stalls, the Pattaya Music Festival hit the right note for hundreds of thousands of fans that swarmed the city, except for maybe those stuck in traffic.
Expect heavy traffic
At least 35 Thai bands and musical artists will take to two beachside stages as the Pattaya Music Festival returns for the 14th time March 20-22.
Expect heavy traffic over the weekend throughout Pattaya as hundreds of thousands of music lovers are expected. Beach Road and all side streets from Dolphin Roundabout to Walking Street will be closed from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. during the festival.
Security will also be tight on both water and land, as hundreds of police and traffic control volunteers, as well as fire trucks, will be stationed throughout the area.
Concert goers will be frisked for potential weapons before being allowed to enter both main stage areas. At the past events, selfie-sticks and cigarette lighters also have been confiscated.
Mobile toilets will be available near the main stages, and toilet facilities at shopping malls along Beach Road also will be open.
Parking is available at shopping malls and at Pattaya School #8 in South Pattaya, but police advise people to use public transportation whenever possible to reduce traffic.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh said during the March 17 concert announcement at city hall that, due to traffic congestion caused by the new tunnel project, this year’s music festival will only feature two stages, situated at Hard Rock Hotel (the main stage) and Walking Street’s old pier (the mini stage), reduced from 6 stages in 2014. He added, “Although we have reduced the number stages and bands/music artists this year due to traffic issues, we still assure fun filled entertainment with a variety of music like the previous years.”
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Young Thai dancers perform in front of the Khao Chi Chan Engraved Buddha Image during the annual Makha Bucha Day carving ceremony to preserve the image. People throughout the Kingdom flocked to local temples to commemorate the occasion when 1,250 disciples traveled to meet with Lord Buddha with no prearranged agreement at Weluwan Mahawiharn Temple in the area of Rachakhryha, India.
Despite predictions of doom by local officials and bar-napkin estimates by expats, tourism in Pattaya during the first three quarters of 2014 actually declined less than 5 percent, according to new figures from the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Pattaya officials and top regional police officers were on hand as the Crown of India and Balle Balle restaurants celebrated their grand opening.
This fierce dragon means to ward off bad spirits and bring you good luck from Lan Pho Park in Naklua. Whether you wish to call this the year of the goat, sheep, or ram, Pattaya residents jubilantly celebrated Chinese New Year with both worship ceremonies and bright and noisy parades.
Weddings, dance moves and elephants highlighted a day of romance as the Pattaya area celebrated Valentine’s Day.
Despite being a Western import, Feb. 14 is always a big day in Pattaya and the city prepped for it early, turning Sukhumvit Road into a Valentine’s card, setting up a photo booth on Pattaya Beach for couples to take romantic snapshots, and placing decorative hearts and flowers around the city. Department stores and bars also got into the spirit, preparing promotions and decorations.