Pattaya City Mayor addresses viral photos of massive food donation charity lines in the city on social media


The Pattaya City Mayor addressed the current situation in the city after photos of hundreds of needy people sitting down on Pattaya beach in queues waiting for food went viral on Thai and English social media last week.

The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem told The Pattaya News, “Photos of needy people and those needing charity have gone viral on social media. Many people replied with negative comments and claim the city is not trying to help or resolve the vaccination situation or reopen force closed businesses (due to Covid19 restrictions) and that is not true.”

“However these photos do show that many people have been affected from the Covid-19 crisis in Pattaya, having lost jobs and income due to measures that have had to be taken to protect the health of the overall community while we resolve the Covid-19 crisis. If we see the positive side, many people have also opened their hearts and pockets and are still donating food to the needy. They are helping each other and showing a true sense of community to those in need in Pattaya.” The Mayor noted.

“In the most recent viral photos people who donated food specifically contacted my office to see how they could help and the event was put together with social distancing and city municipal staff to assist . The donaters, who wanted to stay anonymous, have already asked for permission.” The Mayor explained.

“We still see kindness in this crisis in which we can help other people. Both foreigners and Thais have assisted those in need in Pattaya and we are all thankful for this. However we must still follow social distancing rules in which police and law enforcement officers have assisted with during the recent donations.” The Mayor added.

The Mayor noted that the city was doing everything in their power to secure more vaccines and improve the situation in Pattaya which will, according to him, allow businesses to be allowed to reopen and drive tourists, both foreign and domestic, back to Pattaya over the next several months.

Many negative comments also claim that the Thai government was only caring about Phuket and leaving Pattaya to struggle under restrictions and closures. The Mayor said this was not true and that Phuket’s test program would pave the way for Pattaya to open their own program for foreign tourists in the near future.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.