Beach chairs cut by half at Yim Yom Beach

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Banglamung District officials cut by half the number of beach chair vendors on Yim Yom Beach to bring more order to the largely unregulated Pratamnak Hill shoreline.

Pol. Lt. Jeerawat Sukontasap (center), head of Pattaya’s Municipal Police, leads an inspection team to Pratamnak and Wong Amat beaches.
Pol. Lt. Jeerawat Sukontasap (center), head of Pattaya’s Municipal Police, leads an inspection team to Pratamnak and Wong Amat beaches.

Pattaya city enforcement officers and soldiers from the 14th Military Circle inspected the small beachfront June 14, finding about 20 vendors offering mostly empty chairs. District Chief Chakorn Kanchawattana said there were too many chairs for both the space and number of tourists and ordered the 20 deckchairs reduced to 10.

A similar inspection was done along 1.5 kilometers of Wong Amat Beach, but vendors there were complying with earlier orders regarding the number of chairs and no action was taken.

Prapai Ponthong, a Yim Yom vendor, said business has not been good and only seven or eight people rent her chairs a day. She claimed the increase in rules and regulations has chased off customers and she said local people are suffering because of it.

Photo contributed by Pol. Lt. Jeerawat Sukontasap, head of Pattaya’s Municipal Police.