Connect with us


Chon Buri could be removed from “red zone” list, tourists expected to flock to Pattaya

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: sattahip-news

After several consecutive days without a local Covid-19 case, Chon Buri might soon be removed from the government’s list of “red zones” for high risk of Covid-19. Once lockdown restrictions are eased, the coastal province expects to have an influx of tourists to Pattaya.

The province has been under strict disease control measures and is classified as one of the 5 coastal province with the highest risk under maximum control to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Many have been calling on the government to loosen restrictions and allow nonessential businesses to reopen. Massage and spa workers gathered yesterday, calling on the governor to allow their businesses to reopen. President of the Thai Hotels Association Eastern Chapter, Phisut Saekhu, is also calling for restrictions to be lifted, saying many hotels have shut down due to the pandemic and other businesses face serious liquidity problems.

Chon Buri has gone 6 consecutive days without a local Covid-19 transmission. The provincial governor Pakarathorn Thianchai says he’s informed the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and expects the province will be able to ease restrictions soon.

Other high risk “red zone” provinces, including Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat, may also be removed from the list. Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutacha says the CCSA will meet on Thursday and will look into changing the classification for those provinces from red to orange.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post| Nation Thailand

Catch up with the latest daily “Thailand News Today” here on The Thaiger.


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.



  1. Avatar

    P D N

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Cases seem to be virtually zero in Chon Buri, I can’t see any logical reason not to let businesses open up again

    • Avatar

      Hugh Mungus

      Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 4:13 pm

      Tourists Flocking to Pattaya? Yeah Right.

      • Avatar


        Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:53 pm

        Was thinking the same lol what a nonsense weekend even more quiet then a Monday hahahaha

  2. Avatar

    What tourists?

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    it must be those “10 million wealthy Chinese….”

  3. Avatar

    Issan John

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    Are the restrictions not imposed by the provincial governor, at his discretion, not “the government”?

    I may be wrong, but AFAIK while the CCSA classifies the provinces by risk all the restrictions are actually imposed directly by the provincial governor, nobody else.

    • Avatar

      Toby Andrews

      Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:03 pm

      Please can you stop posting in abbreviation letters. I do not know what the hell you are posting.
      It is just lazy writing.

      • Avatar


        Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:05 pm

        CCSA = Covid-19 Situation Administration
        It’s only mentioned in just about every Thailand Covid-related article.

        • Avatar

          Toby Andrews

          Friday, January 29, 2021 at 2:51 pm

          Well anyone posting under S2K, will approve of abbreviations.

    • Avatar

      James Pate

      Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 4:19 am

      I believe that you are correct. I sure do miss Jomtien and wish everyone there well! There won’t be any “flocking” until bars reopen!

    • Avatar


      Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 12:42 pm

      Its not because you have nothing to say that you shut up. Give us a brake !

  4. Avatar

    Robert Clarke

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Influx of Tourist ? More like a big Influx of Covid Spreaders.

  5. Avatar


    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    I’m sorry but why does the Thai government think that tourist will all of a sudden ” Flock ” to Pattaya? Is Covid gone? Are the 14 day quarantines gone? Do you mean Domestic tourism? There has but talk, talk and talk about ” Vaccine Passports ” but as of yet, those do NOT exist and even if it did for Thailand it certainly does not in the United States. I wish it was so. I wish that all of a sudden, a huge influx of tourist will be there after reopening, but the reality is, that until we get 75% percent of the WORLD POPULATION vaccinated, you’re looking at tourism in Thailand restarting in 2022 the earliest!!

  6. Avatar

    J West

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:17 am

    A concern of mine is a fly-over examination of all other jurisdictions internationally, developed and underdeveloped, that miraculously “ Beat Covid” and threw their doors open to tourists, only to have a death wave scythe through the community shortly after.. Can we be sure that ‘ No Cases for a Week’ doesn’t just mean fewer tests? Like many here, I’ve been rich and poor, but being alive beats both.

  7. Avatar


    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Anyone would think it was New Year…

  8. Avatar


    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    So pattaya is closed now? I just talked with a bus driver in Ekkamai and he said its okay to travel to pattaya and that they have buses go there. he also said i can come back the next day to bangkok. So whats the truth here? can i go to pattaya or not?

    • Avatar

      Toby Andrews

      Friday, January 29, 2021 at 2:55 pm

      Only if you flock Troj.

  9. Avatar


    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Definitely not going to be flocking to Pattaya, with Chronburi today deciding to close all hotels and attractions. If the stupidity didn’t happen so often, it would be comical. Now, it’s just frustrating. I’m just finishing up my Alternative State Quarantine, and was planning to spend time at some Pattaya resorts. Not anymore!

  10. Avatar


    Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2:50 am

    Absolutely, Giovanni, all these people in the Thai government are just talk, talk & talk, without taking any actions instead taking care of its citizens & restoring the economy. They kept worrying on quarantine all the time & always picking on farangs. They should be starting testing their locals about 10 months ago & wait till the 2nd wave arrived. Too late now & it happened.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

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.

Follow Thaiger by email:

News19 mins ago

Grenade attack kills ranger in Pattani

Pattaya23 mins ago

Reopening Pattaya: Will it happen next week or not?

Thailand1 hour ago

5 police kiosks set on fire in Bangkok, no injuries reported

Sponsored21 hours ago

HOMA is now offering fully-serviced, affordable lifestyle apartments in Phuket Town.

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Pattaya1 hour ago

Pattaya restaurant busted selling alcohol, 15 arrested

Thailand1 hour ago

Decision on Hua Hin Hospital “dual pricing” case set for next week

Thailand2 hours ago

Morning Top Stories | CCSA says Nov 1 Re-opening possible, Joe Ferrari update | September 23

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand2 hours ago

Good Morning Thailand | Is E-sports a real sport? Covid Visas, Joe Ferrari | Ep. 95

Guides2 hours ago

Best VPN services to use in Thailand

Thailand2 hours ago

Lawyer and shaman duo demand police investigate Kanchanaburi temple rehab that allegedly tortured patients

360 Reviews2 hours ago

Top 8 bottled water in Thailand

Phuket2 hours ago

Phuket Covid-19: 1 new death, hospital occupancy rates fell

Guides3 hours ago

The best caves in Thailand to explore

Best of3 hours ago

5 must-try drinks when you visit Thailand

Thailand3 hours ago

Police seize assets believed to be acquired through drug trade, assets valued at nearly 59 million baht

Coronavirus Vaccines3 hours ago

Thailand to receive 120,000 doses of AstraZeneca from Singapore on Saturday

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14 | Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11