Two years on, ‘no chair Wednesday’ debate rages on

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Hardly anybody can be found taking advantage of the empty beaches during the no chairs and umbrella days. Nearly two years after the rules went into effect, the debate rages on whether “no chair Wednesdays” is good for the economy.
Hardly anybody can be found taking advantage of the empty beaches during the no chairs and umbrella days. Nearly two years after the rules went into effect, the debate rages on whether “no chair Wednesdays” is good for the economy.

Nearly two years after beach chairs and umbrellas were banned from Pattaya beaches once a week, the debate rages on whether “no chair Wednesdays” is good for the economy.

Displaced vendors and beachgoers were discussing the state of affairs on central Pattaya Beach Sept. 20, a Wednesday on which sellers had little to do.

Hardly anybody can be seen on the beach during the no chairs and umbrella days.
Hardly anybody can be seen on the beach during the no chairs and umbrella days.

Vendors complained they’re already suffering from slow times and that they make no money on Wednesdays at all.

The government instituted its chair-free policy in late 2015 as part of its campaign to restore the country’s beaches to the public. The once-a-week prohibition on chairs and umbrellas was a concession by the junta, which had banned chairs permanently from Phuket and other beaches.

Pattaya’s officials, at the time, told beach vendors they should be relieved they could continue working on the beach at all. But two years later, the vendors seem to have forgotten their lucky escape.

Now they’re questioning why officials continue to prohibit umbrellas from beaches on Wednesdays when people aren’t using the open sand.

Perhaps they should ask the generals if they want an umbrella or not. That might finally end the debate.

8 COMMENTS

  1. I have been coming to Pattaya regularly for 25 years but this year will be my last. I can’t go to the beach on Wednesdays as there is no shade, only an idiot would sit in the sun all day and risk getting skin cancer, and from next month I can’t buy a beer on the beach. I’m looking forward to going to Sihanoukville next year.

    • I agree with you. on Wednesdays you don’t even feel like going to the beach. There may be some who cant afford to pay 100 Bhat but with chairs and umbrellas it was so comfortable to spend a day on this beach. Pattaya will no longer be the same what it was. Many people will not return here including myself

  2. The Thai government says tourism is key to economic recovery……. then they absurdly ban chairs and umbrellas, scare off the other vendors who have provided service to tourists for year…. and now we can’t even cool down with a beer. The lunatics are clearly running the asylum… what next ?? … the army could plant land mines along the beach — maybe that would get rid of all those pesky tourists. !!

  3. Very good. idea there are many Turists here so tgey can make money. Its a rip off to pay 100 for a chair seat next to some funny people or inhale their cigarettes
    And there is shade to be found besides why would you sit all day every day on that filthy beach next to a sewage

  4. Is it true that on days when the chairs & umbrellas are available they cost 100bt ? It was only 25bt before the Military took over. The no beer is really a kicker. Buy some cold beer at the 7-11 and ask the vendor to put it into his ice chest for a small fee. Or bring a small ice chest yourself with beer in it. Screw the government. They are killing the Vendors and Tourist.
    Good Morning Vietnam, here I come.

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