It wasn’t officially a five-day weekend, but that didn’t stop Thai tourists from making the most of the Buddhist holidays, even if it required using a vacation day.
Roads into Pattaya were packed and the beaches teeming July 13-17 as office and factory workers fled Bangkok and nearby provinces for the sand and sea.
Asalaha Bucha Day July 16 was a legal holiday for everyone and Khao Phansa July 17 for many. Toss in a vacation day on Monday and that’s five days away, Saturday through Wednesday.
Most tourists took families to relax at Jomtien Beach and do family activities and meals, plus splashing in the water and riding banana boats.
Umbrella renters, beach hawkers and seafood vendors all did well.
Pattaya did its best to maximize parking zones, but traffic was still a beast.