Pattaya Beach was empty, its stores closed and the formerly “Extreme City” extremely quiet on the second night of the mandatory curfew.
Shops, street carts and convenience stores cooperated with the 8 p.m. shutdown July 21. A half-hour before the 9 p.m. curfew, only a couple gas stations remained open.
Residents largely stayed home, with the only ones out on the street headed home or going to their workplaces for the night shift.
On Sukhumvit Road in front of Banglamung Police Station, district officials and police manned a checkpoint where cars were stopped and drivers asked to present documents allowing their travel into and out of Pattaya.
Banglamung Clerk Paradorn Chainapaport said police and district security officers and volunteers were patrolling the streets, looking for curfew breakers. Those violating the 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. lockdown face fines of up to 40,000 baht and up to two years in jail.
Shops, restaurants, hawker stalls, convenient stores, almost everything is closed at night, and streets are empty.