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Pattaya beach vendors pay parking fees to attract visitors

In a bid to attract beachgoers and day trippers, Pattaya’s beach bed, umbrella vendors and boat operators are paying visitors’ parking fees. They say fewer tourists visit Pattaya beach as there are no free parking spaces and traffic enforcement officers are strict compared with nearby Jomtien Beach.

63 year old Nikom Apidet, a boat operator seen placing a sign that read “Parking available for beach bed umbrellas” told The Pattaya News most of the tourists that do come are Thais. But, he said, Pattaya beach is not as popular as before.

“One of the reasons is there are not enough parking areas. If they park in the wrong area, law enforcement officers will take legal action. There are more tourists at Jomtien beach, Bang Saen beach and other beaches in Sattahip with less restrictions and rules.”

“Boat operators and beach bed umbrella operators are working in the same area. We had an idea to pay parking fees to hotels in Soi 4 which haven’t opened yet. For a car with 4 people, we’ll pay for them at the price of 100 baht. If there are 1-3 people in a car, they have to pay the hotels themselves.”

“Vendors cannot pay for them as they charge 50 baht per beach bed umbrella. What’s more, on weekends, we want officers to avoid taking legal action in parking areas.”

A video of the Scene at Pattaya beach can be found here.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

This post was last modified on August 27, 2020 5:08 pm

Jack Burton

Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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  • I fail to see the attraction of paying top price for beer and paying to sit down, then being pestered by vendors, ending at 6 p.m. when the beach chair vendors give you a bill and tell you to go.
    Deck chairs were B30, which went up to B50. The Thais then took the deck chairs away, and substituted sun beds which cost B80.
    In addition even though the chairs were mostly empty, they blocked the beach so far that beach walkers had to walk in the sea!
    I used to tell them, I can sit over the road at a bar, buy cheaper beer, under a fan, and do not have to pay to sit down.
    At 6 p.m. I do not have to go.
    Last time I was in Pattaya in March the beach chairs were mostly empty anyway.
    Their greed killed the business.

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