As The Pattaya News has covered in depth over this weekend, the past three days have brought a lively vibe that was sorely missing from Pattaya over the past several months due to restrictions and measures taken to control the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
You can take a look at some of those measures and details by clicking below before continuing on this story:
However, all good things must come to an end and as of Sunday night, even though one day of the holiday weekend remains, many people began to return home. Many who had spent the weekend on Koh Larn arrived back at Bali Hai Pier this afternoon as can be seen in the photos, leading to the largest groups of people seen on the pier since before the Covid-19 lockdown.
Pattaya City authorities claimed 20,000 people visited Koh Larn on Friday and Saturday alone. You can read more about that below:
The weekend was successful and saw at least some local businesses, such as hotels and seafood restaurants along with certain nightclubs like Panda, Insomnia and Lucifer, bustling. However, despite the busy weekend, Pattaya is still in a crisis due to foreign tourists still being banned from entering the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic and border restrictions.
We covered this last week in an extensive article detailing the concerns of several prominent local business owners. Come Tuesday, the city is likely to face reality once more. In one bright spot, Pattaya City leaders have pledged to hold multiple weekend events over the next several months, including a music festival, food festival and an Indian festival to tempt Bangkok and other domestic tourists to return. As for when international tourists may return, that is up to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) and may be some time.