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.
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.
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.
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.
5. Pattaya Music Festival returns in December
The Pattaya Music Festival will be back in December but under a “new normal” structure.
Last week saw the largest fire Pattaya has seen in a long, long time. Read more about that here:
That is all for this week, thank you as always for reading!