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Pattayatoday.net has the enthusiastic headline….

“Pattaya ranked fourth healthiest city in the entire world by UK website”

The study, carried out by UK travel site TravelSupermarket, saw Chiang Mai ranked in second place and Pattaya ranked fourth out of 100 other cities around the world. Paris was in first place, while Barcelona came in third.

The study ranked each city based on the number of parks, gyms, spas, yoga and pilates studios, health food shops and vegan-friendly restaurants and eating options are available. The average cost per night to stay in a city and the hours of sunlight were also used to create the rankings.

Chiang Mai scored 59.6 overall and was found to have 273 spas, that’s almost seven spas per square kilometre, 307 vegan option restaurants, 11 gyms, 5 parks or green spaces and 20 yoga and Pilates centres. The average cost of a one night stay was found to be approx. 1672 baht.

“Thailand is known for its incredible spas and skilled spa therapists, and Chiang Mai is home to some of the best spas in the country, the study said.

“This, along with a wealth of yoga and Pilates retreats, and approximately 2,512 hours of sunshine a year, makes Chiang Mai the perfect place to relax and unwind”.

Pattaya, which scored 47.66 overall, was found to have 56 spas, 9 gyms, 6 parks or green spaces, and 145 vegan option restaurants. The study found the average cost of a one night stay in Pattaya to be approx. 1264 baht.

Of course Pattaya is well recognised worldwide for its spas, gyms, vegan restaurants and green spaces (splutter, cough, giggle).

“Although it’s renowned for its cabaret bars and 24 hour clubs, the vast number of 5 star spa and fitness centres means that Pattaya really is the perfect place to maintain your health and well-being”, the study said of Eastern seaboard resort.

The top 10, in order, is Paris, Chiang Mai, Barcelona, Pattaya, Vancouver, San Francisco, Lisbon, Denpansar and Buenos Aires.

The dubious ranking put Bangkok in 30th place.

Cities like Melbourne, Vienna, Tokyo, Montreal, Zurich and Berlin, which commonly get reported in the recognised annual world rankings for the world’s best cities, don’t even figure in the TravelSupermarket list.

Emma Coulthurst, a travel commentator at TravelSupermarket, said: “We are part of a generation that prioritises health and wellness more than ever before – this means tourist destinations will have to consider tourists’ needs and cater for the healthy lifestyles of travellers.

“Providing facilities such as gyms, fitness classes in hotels, a range of healthy meal options in restaurants, that also cater for specific dietary requirements, and spas around their cities are all great ways to increase the chance of health-conscious travellers visiting.

“It may seem surprising to some that Paris is the healthiest city in the world with an indulgent food and wine culture being one of their key attractions.

“However, with 894 spas, almost 150 green spaces and a large number of gyms, yoga studios and health food shops, tourists really are able to emulate the healthy lifestyle they practice at home whilst they’re away.

“Visiting the city of love and lights can leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and re-energised.”

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Pattaya bar ladies use YouTube to make money during pandemic – VIDEO

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Can’t visit the ladies in Pattaya? Just go to YouTube and type “Pattaya bar live” in the search bar. A number of videos and live streams will come up from various bars in Pattaya. The area was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic with a ban on international tourists, battering the local economy that heavily relied on foreign visitors. But it looks like many of the bars, that cater to foreign, male customers, are making money by reaching out to customers who aren’t even in Thailand.

Many bars than now stream on YouTube list a link to a PayPal to allow customers to make a donation or buy a drink for one of the female bar staff. Some live stream at the bar, allowing the customers sitting at home in another country to connect with the bar staff, as if they were there.

Sweet Media, an account which started in March, posted a video of a pool party in Pattaya saying “nice to see the girls enjoying getting wet and letting their hair down at the pool party,” with a link to donate to the “Next Thai Girls Pool Party fund” and another link to buy a lady a drink for 150 baht.

A Pattaya bar under the YouTube account “S3xy bar soi buakhao” has been live streaming for months. They started with just a few hundred views and now break a thousand. They have chatroom rules: “Be nice to the girls, the bar and all customers past, present and future.”

Pattaya’s Oh Bar joined YouTube in August. They have live stream videos at the bar as well as pre-recorded videos like “Beer Bar Lady Beach Volleyball.” The women didn’t play much volleyball and lined up on the beach, each in a different coloured bikini to stretch. They took some shots of holding the ball before passing it around in a circle. Another video is of “Beer Bar Lady Amy” studying English, showing the woman at a desk in her pajamas, flipping through a textbook for 8 minutes.

Oh Bar also did a video asking the bar staff “What type of customer do you like?” Here’s what so of the Oh Bar ladies said …

“I like a man who takes care of me. I come to Pattaya to find man who support and marry me.”

“I like old man. I think old man makes me good and takes care of me and my family.”

“I like warm man. Good style. Takes care of me. Love me and friendly, comfortable… Marry me.”

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Pattaya bars making money from live streaming for customers overseas – VIDEO

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Since foreign tourists can’t visit the bars in Pattaya, some of the bars are live streaming and posting videos online to allow people to chat and connect with the female bar staff, partially making up for revenue lost during the pandemic. The Pattaya News says the chats aren’t explicit, just a friendly chat between the bar staff with men who are stuck in other countries and unable to travel to Thailand. Facilities have also been set up so they can send money to the ladies.

Pattaya’s Cherry Bar started live streaming on YouTube, asking the viewers to buy drinks for the staff. It’s understood the staff get commission when a customer buys a drink for them, much the same as the situation when gentlemen attend the bars in person. There’s music, noise, banter, innuendo, short pants, over-priced drinks and too much eye make-up, just like the real thing.

“To buy a drink for the staff, please click this link! 125 baht each, or ring the bell for 900 baht.”

Apparently, the live streaming is working. Pattaya News says some bars have made “tens of thousands of US dollars.” Some have dedicated audiences. The Cherry Bar’s YouTube page started posting videos 3 months ago and has livestreams as well as videos of parties and women pole dancing at other Pattaya bars.

On a video of 2 women pole dancing at Destiny GoGo, a commenter wrote “Can’t wait get back Pattaya going to barfine both ladys” (we didn’t correct his mistakes) and Cherry Bar responded by saying “The sooner they reopen the airport, the better.”

On Pattaya’s Walking Street, bars now only have a few customers, mostly retired expats who were living in Thailand long-term, according to Pattaya News. Some foreign expats who frequent the Pattaya bars say they disagree with live streaming and are concerned about being filmed without their permission. Others say the staff are ignoring the customers at the bar and paying more attention to the customers online.

Other businesses in Pattaya have changed since the pandemic. Some are now marketing to a Thai customer base since there has been a ban on international tourists. Hotels that once catered to foreign travellers have been turned into alternative state quarantine facilities for Thais returning home from overseas. The Pattaya News even says some bars used to ban transgender people are now welcoming them.

To watch live streamed videos from Cherry Bar, click on the link here…

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-v3sT9I9V8NWkT3bYTntgw/videos

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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The Pattaya to Hua Hin bridge. Government discusses 900 billion baht investment.

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The government is looking into a so-called “Thai Bridge” that would connect Pattaya to Hua Hin, an estimated 900 billion baht investment. The project would be part of the Eastern Economic Corridor development plan aimed at improving the transportation and infrastructure in Thailand.

The 900 billion baht investment is expected to take 10 years to financially implement, according to chairperson of the government’s committee for the Mobilisation of Economic Management Measures, Pailin Chuchottaworn. The Centre for Economic Situation Administration has approved the investment project to move forward with a pre-feasibility study by the EEC’s policy committee.

“We have to admit that 900 billion baht is a huge amount of money, but it is reasonable when considering its final results. It is also cheaper than some other mega projects that are currently being accelerated. We also planned to hire local Thai people and buy local materials for the construction to reduce the cost as well.”

The bridge would join other mega-projects by the EEC like a high speed rail that will link the major airports in Bangkok… Don Mueang Airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport and U-Tapao Airport (south of Pattaya). The train is expected to travel at 250 kilometres per hour. Another project is the renovation and extension of the U-Tapao International Airport. The EEC says the project will bring in 60 million passengers a year and is expected to be in operation by 2024.

The Pattaya to Hua Hin bridge. Government discusses 900 billion baht investment. | News by The Thaiger

The 80 to 100 kilometre bridge will most likely connect Pattaya to Hua Hin (likely to be just south of Pattaya in Sattahip), but also connect many provinces in the South. The bridge would likely increase tourism in Hua Hin. Pattaya draws in a larger crowd than Hua Hin with 10 times more tourists than the southern district, Pailin says.

The bridge will also need to allow shipping to traverse the Gulf of Thailand to Laem Chabang in Chon Buri.

“In truth, the tourists want to travel to both cities but they choose Pattaya first partly because Chon Buri has more attractions and more convenient transportation options. Many projects are also being built in Chonburi and the EEC in the coming future, such as a three-airport monorail and a city monorail which will potentially attract more travelers to the area, while none of the projects in the other tourist cities in the Gulf of Thailand were discussed.”

SOURCES: Pattaya News | EEC

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