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Tourists sent back to Pattaya as Koh Lan goes into lockdown

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Thai PBS World

Tourists vacationing on Koh Lan were sent back to the mainland today as the island, just off Pattaya, goes into lockdown. The local community, including business owners and residents, decided to impose lockdown measures starting tomorrow until January 20, according to the secretary of the island’s community Sorasak Thongbongpetch.

Around 100 tourists were ordered to leave the island and asked to inform the island’s Covid-19 committee if they develop flu-like symptoms. All resorts and other accommodations were ordered to clear out guests and are not allowed to accept any guests until the situation has resolved.

Recently, a person at a ticket vending booth at Pattaya’s Bali Hai pier tested positive for Covid-19. The Chon Buri public health office then announced that people who travelled to and from the island via the Bali Hai pier from December 18 to 31 should monitor their health.

Under Koh Lan’s lockdown measures, boat services between the island and the mainland have been suspended, with the exception of boats making essential deliveries like food and drinking water.

Residents are not allowed to leave the island unless the trip is urgent. Those travelling to and from the island must get permission from the pier’s Covid-19 centre.

Restaurants can only offer takeaway service. There is also a curfew from 10pm to 5am.

SOURCES: Thai PBS World | Bangkok Post


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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    What would they do if, while on the ferry back to Pattaya, Pattaya went into lockdown?

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      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 8:10 pm

      This is a really good question Toby. I wonder what the “experts” have to say..

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        Jake Pattaya

        Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:44 pm

        Experts don’t bother to talk about idiotic questions so don’t feel ignored by them, it’s nothing personal.

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      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 5:31 pm

      Pattaya is already in lockdown, or don’t you read the news

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    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Wow I’m so laughing they would be refugees and nobody would want them omg this is getting so crazy by the day

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    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    They were already on the island so why are they kicking them off? If they want to stop further people coming fair enough, but treating tourists who came to spend money like dirt on your shoe, they’ll remember.

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    Mr cynic

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    They would become marooned on the boat same as has happened to many of the crews of merchant vessels world wide.
    Suppose they could set sail for cambodia and seek refuge/asylum there as i suspect most of their passports are at their hotels or more practically perhaps sail off down the coast and find a quiet beach to disembark then all disapear in to the night.

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    J West

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Anecdotally, in the past few weeks has anyone else in Bangkok neighborhoods noticed an increase in the numbers of crusty old farts being steered around by dizzy high heeled tarts? Is there an abandonment of Pattaya? Should these “red zone refugees” be allowed to escape quarantine and bring more virus cases along with them into the city? I agree with the ban on Brits because of the deadlier mutated virus they transport. IMHO all of EU origin should be kept out and local checkpoints into Bangkok should be turning back fleeing expats from Farang Zones….like Pattaya etc.

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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:47 am

    The ban on the poms should be extended for ALL countries!
    Crazy just excluding them went the mutation has already to many other countries?

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    Alison Harrow

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Is this situation still the case? Nearly one month later, and I see Chonburi has had nearly zero cases of covid in last week, and is easing restrictions.
    is Koh Lan still out of bounds, because I was hoping to go next week?

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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