Feature Spotlight: The top five most important local stories in Pattaya for last week


The following is a weekly feature, published every Sunday/Monday that highlight the top five LOCAL stories in Pattaya as chosen by our editorial team for the prior week. The stories are in no particular order and are chosen based on what we feel are the five most important stories for local readers. We publish on an average day over fifteen articles so once a week we go through dozens of weekly content pieces to find what YOU should know each week. We also publish a top five National list every Monday night/Tuesday morning.

The following is for the week of August 30 to September 5, 2020, in no particular order of importance.

  1.  CP proposes moving the main monorail station for Pattaya from Pattaya City to Huay Yai

The proposal by CP, which is not set in stone and only a suggestion, is based on what they believe would be easier connections between the area and the upcoming light rail project that CP is a partner in set to connect U-Tapeo, Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports.  Pattaya City leadership says this would not affect the city monorail project greatly and they would study any potential effects. The main initial project of the so-called Green Line, set to begin in 2024, which would connect all of central Pattaya, would be unaffected.

CP’s request for Pattaya monorail station relocation will not affect the project as a whole, says Pattaya Mayor

  2.  Multiple business owners in the Pattaya Walking Street area warn that if foreign tourists are kept out for another three to six months the entire tourism infrastructure of Pattaya may collapse

Our most read article of the week, with hundreds of shares and thousands of views, based on what several prominent business owners (not just bars, also restaurants, shops, hotels, etc) feel.  They believe that if Thailand continues to keep out tourists due to concerns of the Covid-19 pandemic the entire tourism industry will collapse.

Leading Walking Street business owners warn of “total collapse” of tourism industry in Pattaya if Thailand has no foreign tourists for another 3-6 months

  3.   Pattaya Police hold large meeting with over a hundred entertainment venue owners to reinforce following the rules

Pattaya Police held a major meeting this week following the news that the first locally spread case of Covid-19 in Thailand in over a hundred days was found in Bangkok, at a prison.  The meeting reiterated rules that had, according to law enforcement, become somewhat lax including wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, limits on number of people in groups, using the Thai Chana platform to check in and midnight closing.

Pattaya Police called 130 entertainment operators to meeting today to make sure everyone is still on guard against COVID–19

  4.  Pattaya City building a major public park in the Jomtien area

Pattaya is working on a major public park across from the Riviera condo complex in Jomtien.  This will include a lagoon, exercise paths, playground and other attractions for local residents and tourists.

Pattaya City building major public park in Jomtien near the Riviera, thirty percent complete

  5.  Pattaya Music Festival returns in December 

The Pattaya Music Festival will be back in December but under a “new normal” structure.

Pattaya Music Festival 2020 tentatively set for December

Bonus Story:

Last week saw the largest fire Pattaya has seen in a long, long time. Read more about that here:

Huge overnight fire destroys warehouse, six story luxury home and alarms locals in Pattaya

That is all for this week, thank you as always for reading!


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Adam Judd
Mr. Adam Judd is the Co-owner of TPN Media since December 2017. He is originally from Washington D.C., America, but has also lived in Dallas, Sarasota, and Portsmouth. His background is in retail sales, HR, and operations management, and has written about news and Thailand for many years. He has lived in Pattaya for over nine years as a full-time resident, is well known locally and been visiting the country as a regular visitor for over a decade. His full contact information, including office contact information, can be found on our Contact Us page below. Stories please e-mail Editor@ThePattayanews.com About Us: https://thepattayanews.com/about-us/ Contact Us: https://thepattayanews.com/contact-us/