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Enthusiastic Pattaya media claim “Happy tourists visited in droves over the long weekend.”

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But where were they?

Manager Online appears to have been ‘encouraged’ to write a nice puff piece about the return of the tourists to the sands of Pattaya.

“Happy tourists visited in droves over the long weekend.”

But evidence was thin on the ground. The Manager photographer seemed to have arrived a day late. There appeared to be one foreigner sunbathing and just a few other visitors walking about on the largely deserted sands.

Enthusiastic Pattaya media claim "Happy tourists visited in droves over the long weekend." | News by Thaiger

In their story Manager Online heralded the 400 million baht spend on sand to widen the beach by 35 meters claiming that “Pattaya now had a beach to be proud of” that was a “major attraction for Thailand”.

They said that during the four day long weekend droves of tourists were spreading out their mats, playing volleyball and football games on the massive expanse of pristine sand. But there was no evidence of any of that.

They also said that the onging work has received a huge thumps up from tourists and was a far greater success than anyone had envisaged (are these the same people that posted about the number of people at President Trump’s inauguration?).

But their assertion and enthusiastic opinions didn’t match the empty photos.

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Monks gather for a special ceremony in Pattaya to pray Covid-19 away

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Hands placed together in the “wai” position and seated in chairs placed a safe “social distance” apart, monks in Pattaya gathered together at a local temple for a special ceremony to pray Covid-19 away.

The Wat Chai by the Pattaya Walking Street was given special permission to hold the event where dozens of monks from other temples in the area came together to pray. To prevent the spread of Covid-19 at the ritual, monks wore face masks, practised social distancing, used hand sanitiser and had their body temperature checked.

The monks chanted several mantras and performed rituals that they believe will help slow the spread of Covid-19 in Chon Buri and help the local economy recover.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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Pattaya sandwich maker gives out food and face masks to needy in Banglamung

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A Pattaya sandwich maker is giving back to the community by donating more than 500 sets of food and face masks to the needy in Banglamung district. The business operator prioritised giving the packages to medical staffers first, then to migrant communities and others in need. 29 year old Kanjana Wongsin and her friends handed out juice, food, and face masks yesterday. She told The Pattaya News that they are encouraging medical staffers who are working hard during the pandemic. Kanjana says they are fighting together to win and save the area.

She says they also gave free food to children at the Baan Kruja Anti Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Centre in the Pattaya area and to migrant worker camps in Banglamung. Meanwhile, Chon Buri province is seeing the lowest amount of daily Covid infections today, at 57, since the latest wave began in early April. Now, the total amount of cases in the province is 3,491 since April 9th. 1,430 are still listed as in medical care, with 10 deaths. 2,051 people have been released from care and have fully recovered. 112 people were released yesterday alone.

Chon Buri also released a Covid-19 timeline of a recent market cluster that is seeing 19 cases of the virus so far. The Chonburi Public Health Office is asking those who visited the places listed below, to notify health authorities and monitor their health for Covid symptoms.

The following is an English version of the timeline, translated by The Pattaya News:

  1. Phra Phrom Market in Nong Kham, Si Racha on May 1 from 9:30am to 11am
  2. Thong Lang Market in Khlong Tamru, Mueang Chonburi on May 1 from 3pm to 8pm
  3. Thong Kung Klong Tom Market in Na Pa, Mueang Chonburi on May 7 from 3pm to 8 pm

Yesterday, the province reported 73 infections and 1 death. No details have been released on that case yet. This week will also see wider scale testing at factories and high-risk occupations in the province.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Nong Pong, a new lagoon park nearing completion in Pattaya

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PHOTO: Nong Pong Park is set to open on schedule in Pattaya. (via Pattaya News/Pattaya Mail)

Project developers have announced that they are nearly finished building Nong Pong, a large new public park on Jomtien Second Road in the Pattaya area. The park began construction last May with an original completion date of August which the construction crew says should be met without a problem.

The Pattaya park features a large lagoon creating beautiful scenery and a tranquil environment and may even allow some limited water sports. Installation is underway now for good lighting and exercise equipment to finish up the nature park. One feature that may prove popular is that the park will be gated to keep out stray animals and keep it peaceful inside.

Pattaya’s goal is to create more public parks and open space to make Pattaya a city with a large number of green zones and to be more eco-friendly. The hope is that beautiful and comfortable spaces will invite Pattaya locals to come out and exercise and enjoy the park space, while also attracting tourists from Thailand and from abroad to relax in the natural setting within the city. The project is part of an effort to lure tourists to the Jomtien area, a goal which also includes a billion baht makeover for the beach area.

City officials, including Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume, spoke excitedly about the park project hoping it would become a major landmark for the city and looking forward to announcing its official opening date. Nong Pong has a total budget of about 32 million baht for its construction and is located across from the Riviera condo.

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