Sun worshippers are complaining that increasing numbers of beach chair vendors are charging 20 baht more than the city-mandated rental rate of 30 baht.
Both Thai and foreign tourists have complained about vendors, many near Central Festival Pattaya Beach, using the busy Songkran period to jack up rates for beach chairs and umbrellas.
One vendor openly admitted to charging more than legally allowed, saying many did the same during busy times to make more money off tourists. The vendor reasoned the price hike was justified because tourists were bringing their own food, not buying it from the vendors.
Complaints have yet to reach the ears of Pattaya’s mayor or regulators. The brazen vendors said they’ll continue to charge what they want until forced not to.
Beach chair rental vendors have been found to charge 66% more during holidays and festivals in Pattaya.