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Pattaya wants to cash in on the new Special Tourist Visa scheme and local officials plan to introduce the “Pattaya Model” to help boost the local economy after it took at beating from the lack of international tourists due to the pandemic. They’ll focus on drawing in Chinese and Russian tourists on the new long stay visa, according to Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem.

“Last year, there were 3 million Chinese tourists visiting Pattaya, followed by Russian tourists with 1.1 million. The CCSA is targeting these two groups to visit the country under the Covid-19 health measures to boost the local economy.”

These travellers would be from cities in Russia and China that are considered to be at a low risk for spreading the coronavirus, the mayor says. He mentioned St. Petersburg in Russia and Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen in China.

Along with accommodating tourists under the Special Tourist Visa, the mayor says they are planning for other travellers that are approved by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

The city is in the process of forming a committee to plan the Pattaya Model. The committee would include local officials as well as representatives from the tourism sector like Eastern Thai Hotels Association and the Chon Buri Tourist Attraction Association.

“Meanwhile, we are following up with the government on when U-Tapao airport will be open to accommodate STV tourists since it is fully prepared to support direct flights and to strictly abide by public health measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.”

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    Paco

    October 29, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Russia?? To many covid there they asking for a second wave.. and China i do not believe they lie from the start. Now pattaya is just a test town??? Time to move away from it I am not a test subject … money more important then people’s life amazing thailand

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      Luca

      October 29, 2020 at 11:11 pm

      They should allowed people from everywhere, I mean yes the world still have a second way but if the peoples before depart do all the step I think there will be no problem … but I don’t know maybe I’m wrong . I just want to back in Thailand ☺️.
      From UK

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    Stuart

    October 29, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Thai tourism and government officials are really going to be getting a nasty shock when they open up under the current proposals and see that at most they will get a few thousand tourists total on the STV. Normal people in China or Russia take between 5 days and two weeks vacation. Not only will they not be interested in quarantine, most “regular” tourists also can’t afford the prohibitive costs of all the extra requirements which run to a couple thousand dollars before they actually start there holiday. Add to that that many people will not actually want to travel so far whilst Covid is still an issue worldwide. They might not like to admit it, but the high volume mass tourism of Thailand really caters for the cheap and cheerful end of the market.

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      murika

      October 29, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      it’s all RP, they know they will have a couple hundred tourist with that stv, but at least they can say the country is reopen

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    gosport

    October 29, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Russia? You are making your mind depending on the tourists numbers while all the time talking low risk countries?

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      Issan John

      October 29, 2020 at 4:09 pm

      Exactly.

      Russia’s just going through the biggest rise in cases and deaths since June, is high risk, and St Petersburg’s just announced (26 Oct) a curfew on bars and restaurants!

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    Marco

    October 29, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Russia? Low risk country, really ?!

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    Tom

    October 29, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    The Thai junta governmwnt wil have to put up new sign in the airports “Welcome comrades to communist Thailand”

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    EdwardV

    October 29, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Just when you think officials in Thailand can’t come up with a worse idea, they go and out do themselves. Russians? They have to be kidding. Besides the point John makes about Russia going through a massive outbreak right now. The fact is Russians come to Pattaya for the simple reason it’s a cheap and easy vacation. The polar opposite of the STV program. Good luck trying to get them to show up on a STV. As for the Chinese, that’s almost as absurd. They like the Russians come to Thailand because it’s a short, easy and cheap vacation. The Pattaya officials want to target the Chinese, a group who historically is a day tripper to Pattaya. Where is the logic to that? Who among us haven’t seen the dozens upon dozens of Chinese filled buses headed back to Bangkok late at night on second road? The reality of the situation is the Chinese come to pattaya to see walking street in action. You know the walking street filled with go-go clubs that are mostly shut down. Those clubs are not waiting on Chinese tourists to return before opening back up. That’s because those same tourists rarely venture inside, and if they do it’s usually just to look and maybe get a single drink. I get that pattaya officials are desperate and desperate people do stupid things. There is little other reason to target a group that would have little to no interest in visiting under the current conditions.

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      Issan John

      October 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      I can only assume it’s part of the politicians’ ongoing need to be seen to be “doing something” even if there’s nothing productive that can be done.

      … and the more complicated you make it, the easier it is to find someone else to blame later.

      I think Thailand’s done a superb job with the Covid crisis – not 100% perfect, but way better than expected and way, way better than the West, but the whole STV saga has just been one fiasco after another … and, after all the hype, it centres round a private company given a monopoly to charge 10,000 baht a head for doing nothing more than acting as a mandatory mail box. Sad.

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      preesy chepuce

      October 29, 2020 at 11:44 pm

      It’ll be visa free Brazilians and Indians next.

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    Peter

    October 29, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    They have got to e joking! Infection rates have gone up in Russia during September from 4800 cases a day to 17,500 a day and that is assuming the figures are correct and not a fiction of the immagion of some communist party official.

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    Remo

    October 29, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    High risk countries are the developed Western democracies, because they do a lot of testing and they are transparent and dont hide the results.

    Low risk countries are the less developed dictatorships, as they hardly do any testing and control the media, hide the real situation.

    It is not really smart to base any decision on such data.

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      gosport

      October 29, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      How to judge what you called high risks countries do more testings while low ones do fewer?

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    Issan John

    October 29, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    In your dreams.

    The “developed Western democracies” are high risk because they stuffed up from the start, resisting border closures until it was too late and wearing masks as they only saw the limited benefits for themselves, not for all those around them, and they saw off-licences as more important than dentists. That covers most of Europe, the UK, and the US.

    No “dictatorships” that “control the media, hide the real situation” are “low risk”. Those that do, primarily in South America, are all high risk, with few exceptions.

    Those countries that are low risk are those that closed their borders early, imposed effective quarantine and testing, and an effective but brief lockdown, such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan and New Zealand.

    You’re right, though, as far as tests go “it is not really smart to base any decision on such data” since the West has made mass testing a priority, albeit an unsuccessful one, while doing minimal targeted testing, while ASEAN has foregone any mass testing and gone for targeted testing instead.

    The results are clear, unfortunately for the West.

    “Decisions” are far better based on known deaths and hospital cases, at least as long as they’re generally verifiable as they are in Thailand as well as Europe.

    The West’s hospitals and ICUs are now nearing maximum capacity treating Covid cases in some countries, while in Thailand there are still only a hundred or so hospital cases.

    Being realistic, it’s as unlikely that thousands of doctors in the West would be treating Covid cases that don’t need to be hospitalized, while turning away other patients, as it is that Thais wouldn’t be queueing outside hospitals if they had Covid symptoms – but they’re not.

    The “developed Western democracies” stuffed up while the ASEAN countries got it right. The longer it takes for the West to accept that, the longer it’ll take the West to get back to normality.

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      preesy chepuce

      October 29, 2020 at 11:39 pm

      That’s such a fatuous rant… the stats coming out of repressive dictatorships in the developing world are hardly credible. Nobody in their right mind is going to trust a vaccine that comes out of these places. You have absolutely no credible evidence about the performance of ASEAN countries.

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    Al

    October 29, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    All these “cases” and now the word – “infections!” How many of either actually die from them? These are methods of NLP to programme people……. wake up. 😉

    Take an example of Thailand – how many cases/infections (sounds a lot worse eh?!) How many of them blasted on a daily basis on the “media,” live afterwards?
    That’s right, get them into a hospital or the likes (or home and rest) and they are just fine! The rates of surviving this latest “sickness” are 99.9%. Anyone ever heard before about AIDS, swine flu, etc. How about those daily numbers of people suffering from and dying from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases, lower respiratory diseases, dementia and digestive diseases, neonatal disorders, diarrhea diseases etc. etc….
    I see now that it is being reported that CV has killed off the flu! 55!

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      Issan John

      November 1, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      “You have absolutely no credible evidence about the performance of ASEAN countries.”

      If you’re in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia or Taiwan, all you need to do is look around you.

      There are no known or symptomatic cases other than those publicised.

      If there were, the 20% who are symptomatic would be queueing at the hospitals in droves, as they are byb the thousand in the West needing treatment, they’d be picked up in the mass temperature testing in the cities and towns every day, and they’d be screaming about it on social media.

      BUT THEY’RE NOT.

      You just don’t want to believe it because that would be to have to admit just how badly the West stuffed up and how well the ‘backward’ countries “in the developing world” did.

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      Issan John

      November 1, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      “That’s right, get them into a hospital or the likes (or home and rest) and they are just fine!”

      So …if “home and rest” has the same effect as “a hospital”, then why do you imagine they need to go to a hospital?

      … because the staff have nothing else to do and they’re bored?

      … because they don’t want to treat all those who can’t get treatment for cancer or transplants, or countless other diseases and issues so thousands of doctors around the world have all decided to fill up their wards with patients who could get just as well with “home and rest” instead?

      … OR BECAUSE IF THEY DON’T GO INTO HOSPITAL THEY’LL DIE?????

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      Issan John

      November 1, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      “Take an example of Thailand …”

      Yes, do, and compare it to France, Germany, Spain, Italy or the UK with their lockdowns, overflowing hospitals, and tens of billions spent propping up the economy … now, which one’s probably got it right?

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      Issan John

      November 1, 2020 at 6:31 pm

      “The rates of surviving this latest “sickness” are 99.9%.”

      Ummm ….. yes ….. but, once you let it in and let it start, only if you have your hospitals full to overflowing and your country in lockdown!

      Do nothing, and your survival and fatality rates change.

      What’s so hard to understand about this?

      It’s like saying nobody’s died on Anthrax Island so it must be safe to go there!

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    Jayce

    October 29, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Start talking to Australia instead of Russia and China Thailand!!! You might have better luck.
    Our prime minister is already investigating bubbles with Japan, S.Korea, Singapore and the likes, but as far as I know not Thailand unfortunately.

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    preesy chepuce

    October 29, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    All the best places; all the best people, eh? Ridiculous banana republic stuff.

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    Thomas

    October 30, 2020 at 12:32 am

    They killed this high season already. Keep going with your meeting, committees, subcommittees and the lot. As long as they grow some balls nothing will happen. Everybody tries to move forward, except Thailand. They still think its April. Even if they open up, by now nobody will trust them. Flip flopping every week is not building any form of confidence in their willingness to open up and especially stay open. Thai tourism got destroyed by politics and indecisiveness, not the virus.

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      Issan John

      November 1, 2020 at 6:37 pm

      “Everybody tries to move forward, except Thailand.”

      Really? “Everybody”‘s moved forward and opened their borders?

      Cambodia, Vietnam, and Bali? Hawaii and the Cayman Islands? Taiwan and Japan?

      Have they really?

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    Maag

    October 30, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Keep Thailand closed for safety , it’so quiet without mass tourism , I can fully appreciate my retirement !

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    Samson

    October 30, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Perfect, keep the Russian tourists in Pattaya. I like that idea…

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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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After much anticipation, the Pattaya Fireworks Festival lit up the sky this past weekend, delighting spectators with beautiful night beachside spectacle. More importantly, it was the first time Pattaya was packed with tourists since March this year, albeit mostly Thai tourists.

The event program was packed with long fireworks shows with hotels offering promotions for advanced bookings in an attempt to provide a much-needed boost to the local economy over the weekend.

To watch some of last night’s events from Mike Bridge, click HEREand HERE.

The annual festival saw Thais and foreigners taking part in the festivities as local bars, pubs, restaurants, and food vendors enjoying a bit more padding in their pockets. Organisers didn’t disappoint as they carried out their assurances to provide a world-class show with 4 fireworks shows per night. Such titles as “Shining in Sky,” “Paradise Pattaya, Everyday for Everyone,” “Pattaya Twilight, Decorated Stars,” and “Light is Life,” summed up the shows’ themes.

During one of the shows’ breaks, a 45 minute concert by popular Thai artist “Mean” graced the ears of onlookers, while an elephant show, by the Pattaya Elephant Camp, proved to be a sight for sore eyes. Marching bands featuring local Thai students started from the North Pattaya area and parading down Beach Road to the main stage area, located near Central Festival Mall filled the air with music, along with tiger shows and an art show by Nong Nooch Botanical Garden rounding up the schedule.

The popular Thai rock band “Big Ass” wrapped up the last fireworks show at 9:30 pm, with another popular Thai band “Boom Boom Cash” rocking out the night.

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After years of talks, threats, and complaints, the abandoned Waterfront condo development at Pattaya’s Bali Hai pier looks set to be demolished. The Waterfront Suites and Residence is a half-finished condo project that was stalled in 2014 after safety inspectors discovered that the building’s fire escapes and elevator systems designs varied from the already approved construction designs. Read an earlier story about the eyesore HERE.

Pattaya’s mayor, Sonthaya Khunplume, says officials plan to tear down what many have condemned as an eyesore, “as soon as possible” – and charge the owners for it. According to a Pattaya News report, the date of the demolition, along with the name of the company being hired to carry out the work, have not yet been confirmed.

The controversy surrounding the development dates back to 2014, when construction was halted following multiple legal threats and complaints from local residents. The Israeli-owned development company, Bali Hai, are accused of violating building regulations, by building a structure that exceeds the legal height limit, as well as restrictions on proximity to the beach. Local residents have also complained that the development obstructs the panoramic vista of the bay from Pattaya Hill, and the view of the memorial to the renowned Admiral Abhakara Kiartivongse, Prince of Chumphon.

For their part, the developers insist they have complied with all regulations and had the necessary paperwork and permits for the project. It seems however, that Pattaya officials have had enough, and, ignoring the developer’s claims of bankruptcy, they say the whole Waterfront saga must end. They say the demolition will not affect lawsuits being brought by those who paid for condo units that never materialised, insisting that court hearings can still go ahead, regardless of the condition of the building.

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While the Covid pandemic has hit Thailand’s businesses hard, it has also washed away its not-so-legal soapy massage parlours after tourism has dried up its clientele. Such places, known as glorified brothels, have left many masseuses out of work as boards have barricaded the once booming establishments.

Soapy Massage (àap-òp-nûat, อาบอบนวด, literally bath, steam, massage)…
These are the bigger massage parlours where girls are presented in the fishbowl and you get the full program (including sex) for a fixed price, depending on the girl starting from 1,500 and up to 5,000 Baht.

Only a few of the soapy services have survived the pandemic in Pattaya, with Honey Massage Parlour being one of them, according to The Pattaya Mail. After adjusting to the new requirements for social distancing, the business has re-opened on November 19. However, its largest shop has closed, once known as Honey 1 on Soi Honey, or Soi 11, the windows are dark and barricaded. Honey Inn is also up for sale.

25 year old masseuse Maywadee, says she used to work in such parlours where she would get a cut of the 1,500 to 2,500 baht fee. She says she used to see up to 7 clients a day, but now that number has been cut in half as Chinese and Japanese tourists, who were her largest group of customers have dwindled. Now, she is thinking about heading back to her home city of Chiang Mai, to sell handicrafts, as her Pattaya income has dried up.

Such parlours feature masseuses that are usually not native to the area, as many come from lower socio-economic areas such as Thailands northeastern provinces, otherwise known as Isaan. Many make the trip to tourist-driven cities like Pattaya, Koh Samui, Bangkok and others, in an attempt to make a higher salary than they would if they were back in Isaan.

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