Koh Larn businesses are finding that if you open it, people still may not come.
With Thailand ensconced in a persistent third coronavirus wave, Pattaya is not drawing the same number of Thai and expat tourists as it did in February and March. Part of that is due to the city’s bars remaining closed and alcohol being banned in restaurants.
Koh Larn reopened on June 14, but other than Saturdays, the island remains quiet. Boats to the island are running half-full.
One island resort operator said June 18 that Saturday was fully booked, but other days were 30 percent or less. With rainy season gaining strength and schools reopening, even virtually, business is expected to slow even further.
The operator said the hope is October will see a boom as high season kicks in and Covid-19 vaccination levels rise in Thailand.