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Pattaya’s homeless population seeks refuge in abandoned bars




Despite the easing of nearly all restrictions imposed to suppress the Covid-19 virus, Thailand’s people are still very much feeling the lingering effect of the shutdown. An ongoing ban on nearly all international arrivals has crippled the tourism industry, meaning many nightlife venues in places like Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket remain shut. A report in The Pattaya News shows the full extent of the economic toll in Pattaya, where unemployed and homeless people are being forced to take refuge in abandoned beer bar complexes, mostly in the Soi Buakhao area of ​​the city.

While some people were struggling financially prior to the Covid crisis, many others find themselves newly unemployed and with nowhere to live. One man says he worked in construction until being let go when the lock-down happened. He has now been living in an abandoned bar complex for 2 months, doing odd jobs here and there, and surviving on food handouts.

Another woman says she used to work as a “mamasan”, but the forced closure of the city’s bars left her broke and homeless. She too is living in an abandoned bar while she tries to find another job. Another man says he was already struggling with drug and money problems prior to the arrival of Covid-19, and was sleeping on the beach until it was closed off.

According to the Pattaya News report, all those spoken to hope the government can somehow balance controlling the virus with re-starting the economy, adding that while they hope tourists are allowed to return, everyone should have to be tested before being admitted to the country. Thailand has now gone more than 50 days with no locally transmitted case of Covid-19.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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  1. billy

    Monday, July 20, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    at least the bars are good for something.

  2. Toby Andrews

    Monday, July 20, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Can anyone believe the Thai government has handled this emergency well.
    Thousands homeless. Thousands out of work. Thousands living on food handouts.
    And even though there has been no transmitted case of the virus for 50 days, the stupid government still will not stop banning everything they can.
    No body allowed into the country unless they pay plenty and jump through hoops.
    Nobody allowed to leave though country. Why not???
    Nobody can even transit through the airport unless they have a certificate!
    It is dictatorship pure and simple based on lies and corruption.

    • billy

      Monday, July 20, 2020 at 3:27 pm

      wow, I didnt know that. Thanks for your expert knowledge of Thailand.

    • billy

      Monday, July 20, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      I guess they not want tourist. I thought it was bad before when they started that hotel reporting crap. I arrived on a friday then the next day had to goto police station to report where I was staying. They told me to come back on Monday as the Guy handling that was off for the weekend. now it seems to be a heck of a lot worse.

      • james

        Monday, July 20, 2020 at 10:16 pm


        If you are staying in a hotel the staff do the reporting for you, if you are in a private house you can report online.

  3. billy

    Monday, July 20, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    i believe my brother! dont worry i believe

  4. james

    Monday, July 20, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    It is the reverse for me.

    Before the shut down of bars due to the virus, I thought I lived in a bar!

    It took me three days to realize the hotel had other rooms for people to sleep in. ?

    Now they are desolate places and most of them are closed (Phuket).

  5. Mitt Romney

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Yes the number of beggers for food here has exploded over the last 8 weeks. Its like walking a gauntlet down the streets. 20-30 people begginging you for money. It’s sad and not very likeable. Sometimes it feels dangerous when they get aggressive

  6. Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    No need to thank me Billy. I can see you do not know much.
    First time in Thailand?
    I am glad to enlighten you with my export knowledge of Thailand.

    • billy

      Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      actually it was my third time in Thailand, however, it was my first time going there with a 60 day visa, with the hopes of having it renewed so as to get 90 days out of it. I wanted to do everything according to thai laws so that I wouldnt have a problem with immitgration. regardless, I never made the full 60 days. Got tired of the B/S in pattaya and booked a flight back to the Philippines after 30 days. Basically being a newbie and no friends caught up with me. every f/n thing was BUSINESS only. everytime i had a few beers and sorta let my guard down the leeches would taint my drink and try to clean me out. couldnt trust nothing that moved. girly wise.. anyways thats my story ..

  7. Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Well good luck to you Billy.
    Girls will fleece you all over the far east, but sometimes it seems worth it to be fleeced.

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