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Pattaya spending millions on “facelift”

Jack Burton




The world famous resort town of Pattaya is spending 160 million baht to improve the city’s beaches in a bid to attract domestic tourists. Pattaya’s mayor says the landscape redevelopment, on a 4 kilometre stretch of Pattaya Beach, will begin in October and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

“The City of Pattaya needs to change its tourism strategy to draw local tourists to the city.”

In addition to landscape beautification, such as replacing pavements and sidewalks, the project will involve building parking spaces for tourist coaches and for local visitors, and will incorporate underground public toilets.

The project, starting from North Pattaya and running to Walking Street, will rebuild walkways, redevelop gardens and plant more trees.

Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome says the Pattaya Council approved the 160 million baht budget in the hope the landscape redevelopment will “add a new magnet” to the area’s sluggish tourism industry.

In economic terms, Pattaya has been one of the hardest-hit tourism areas by the Covid-19 pandemic. Before the outbreak, the city saw 10 million visitors a year, about 80% from abroad. The largest groups came from China, Russia and India. As the foreign tourists disappeared, the city worked to improve infrastructure and landscape to get ready for its recovery.

In another, environmental project, the city will restore project 3.5 kilometres of Jomtien Beach, which has been severely affected by coastal erosion. The sand filling, expected to cost 600 million baht, will replenish the coastline from Lung Sawai restaurant to Jomtien Soi 11. The work is expected to start early next year. About 680,000 cubic metres of sand will be required for the project.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    so they pay 1000 bath per cubic meter of sand for buying and transportation, while when i build my home in thailand, i was paying less than 500 bath, normally the more you buy, the less you pay, it’s so easy to see the corruption in public announcement of investment, but no one ever talk about it !

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Another makeover! and more money to be made from brown envelopes from the contractors for the work.
    This replenishing the beaches never stops in Pattaya, and the officials continue to collect brown envelopes, and the contractors continue to make money.
    See Murika I talk about it.

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    Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Forget the sand what about the shit in the sea
    It’s been neglected for years

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    Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Pattaya spending millions on “facelift” >> that it does not have to spend.

    >> which if it did have should be spent on helping support the thousands of people the govt forced out of a job with the crazy emergency decree.

    >> in the hopes of attracting tourists who have been banned from entering the country.

    >> which sounds like it will tear up Beach road and the beach walkway (again)… a well known way to attract any tourist /sarc

    >> and probably involves some connected ‘businesses’ and lots of kickbacks.

    I just shake my head in sadness.

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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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