The following is our weekly feature, published at the start of each week, highlighting the top five local stories in Pattaya for local readers and residents. We also publish a National feature weekly. As we publish many stories every day this allows our readers to be aware of what the Pattaya News editorial team feels are the most important stories over the past week. They are in no particular order of importance.
This is for the week of October 11th to October 17th, 2020
1. Pro-Democracy protests come to Pattaya
On Saturday, October 17th, 2020, pro-democracy protests came to the Pattaya area. A group had organized through social media and originally planned to meet at the Bali Hai Pier. However, law enforcement informed the protesters that they had not filed for official permission to use the area and upset protesters moved directly to Pattaya Beach across from the police station. The protest was peaceful. The Pattaya News does not estimate crowd sizes but you can take a look at the pictures and recap below.
2. Pattaya Vegetarian Festival has begun, runs for the next week
The popular Pattaya Vegetarian festival located in Naklua has begun! The festival features musical artists, a carnival, religious events and, of course, delicious vegetarian food. Details on the event can be found below. (Lets hope the rain lets up some over the next few days)
3. Stray dog concerns from area residents draw big interest
Following two reported attacks by dogs in Chonburi the prior week, The Pattaya News has had many residents make comments and send in their opinions on the situation. One reader mail we published drew lots and lots of attention with some heated debates on this sensitive issue. You can check it out below.
4. Area beaches see noticeably clearer water
Social media was abuzz last week as both Jomtien and Bangsaen Beaches saw very clear water following cooler weather and days of rain. Once the rain clears up the beach should once again be a popular destination for many, although the past weekend suffered from poor weather.
5. Many Pattaya area bars have turned to live streaming to make up lost revenue but not everyone is pleased
Along with the previously mentioned article on stray dogs, many readers commented on this topic last week which was also our most read article of the week regarding local news. With no foreign tourists in a city that previously saw tens of thousands of tourists weekly and depends on tourism for the majority of its income, bars have had to be creative to stay in business. For many, that has meant turning to online live streaming, shows and girls interacting with customers from around the world online. Read more below.
That is all for this week, as always thanks for reading The Pattaya News!