Rebuilt Pattaya Beach draws crowds
Tourists are loving rebuilt Pattaya Beach.
The beach, from the Dusit Thani Hotel through the Pattaya Police Station, is now impressively wide, even during high tide. Tourists spread out across the sandy expanse, relaxing on mats, sunbathing in chairs and enjoying family activities.
From Soi 9 to Soi 12, heavy machinery and sweaty workers are expanding the beach from its paltry five meters to 35 meters, work that has steadily progressed southward. The hope is the entire beach will be finished by year-end.
Meanwhile, at the old beach, the small amount of sand left looks shocking after seeing the rebuilt sections, which mimic what Pattaya Beach was like 50 years ago. Beach vendors toil just inches from the water and must move their chairs and tables during high tide to avoid having them swept away.
While they still can operate six days a week, business is slow and the vendors anxiously are waiting to get a rebuilt beach to work on too.