Pattaya hums to Songkran beat

Ferries to Koh Larn were packed with holiday makers during the Songkran holidays.

About 20,000 tourists visited Koh Larn at the start of Songkran week, with all the island’s hotels reporting being fully booked.

All of Pattaya, not just Koh Larn, were busy on April 12 and 13, even though water splashing was prohibited this year. Beaches were packed, traffic was bumper-to-bumper and restaurants and bars bustling.

Beachchair vendors said they took in most than 6,000 baht on the first day of the holiday, a big jump from recent times.

Beachchair vendors did a thriving business as Pattaya was packed with domestic holiday makers during the Songkran Thai New Year.

Pattaya and Jomtien beaches came to life again after a long period of shutdowns due to the pandemic.

Pattaya’s Bali Hai Pier was extremely busy as holiday makers made their way to Koh Larn Island for a day trip or to spend the night at the tropical island paradise.