The answer, right now, is yes. Just not in Pattaya.
I started planning my next-month trip about 5 months ago. I booked flights, those were canceled. I booked other flights, those were canceled and rebooked but the routing wasn't the best so... I rebooked again. It's still not exactly how I would want to go so I'll probably change them once more for the return leg. I've got my hotel booked in Phuket and my visa in hand, for now, that's all I care about. The rules will change over the next few weeks so my follow on plans will just have to wait. I'm hoping to do a driving trip to the north after I clear Phuket but, if that doesn't work, no problem. Plans B through whatever don't seem too bad either.
And this is where personal responsibility meets statistics. The Sandboxers who tested positive represent 0.3% of all sandboxers. Of those, only seven tested positive on the third test. The others (a number which also rounds to 0.3%) were tested positive on arrival (36) or the first test (28). This would indicate that - statistically - they brought it with them. The big difference between the 2nd and 3rd test numbers indicates that very few people are catching it on the ground in Phuket.
I agree with everything you say. But, considering YT, there are no clicks from good news. Chinatown would be different because it's in Bangkok and less dependent on tourism. Maybe. I'm not 100% sure because I haven't been there since March. The whole thing is that some people might see the lack of tourists, the closed bars and nightclubs, and the challenge itself as viable reasons to go now. Others may not. But to just proclaim that it would be a horrid experience for anyone to because that's how you feel discounts how others might feel. I think it would be a great time to go to Phuket. If someone else thinks not, great for them, too. It all comes back to the motivations.
Thank you for the welcome. BKK and its surrounding area hold little interest for me. Kamphaeng Phet and its history, is where the story is. I just need to know that I can arrive do the lockdown or not and then leave the area for the peace of the countryside. Without a firm commitment from the politicians Thailand will slip further into the red. So we all wait.