Hello Pattaya News Readers and Supporters!
The following is our weekly feature in which we highlight the top local stories in our area, Pattaya and Chonburi, from the past week. The number of stories differs from week to week.
These are chosen and curated by our editorial team and are designed for our readers to get a quick “catch-up” of important stories they may have missed. We publish many stories daily and it is easy to lose track of important events or changes in our area. We do national recaps in a separate article, this is only the top local stories in our area and province.
They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Sunday, November 14th, 2021, to Saturday, November 20th, 2021.
Let’s get started and see what the top local stories were!
1. Hundreds of Pattaya Business Owners file petition to be allowed to lift the alcohol sales ban, open their businesses like Phuket or Bangkok
After over a week of pressure from multiple sectors and groups the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is set to discuss possibly allowing the bar and entertainment sector to open earlier at the end of this week. Previously, they said the sector would remain closed until at least mid-January, causing owners already closed for about eight months to lose the traditionally busiest time of the year. Pattaya owners, even if the closure lasts to January, want an “exception” like Phuket and Bangkok currently have.
2. Pattaya students in public school finally return to in-person classes after almost eight months of Covid-19 closures
Speaking of closures, students finally got to go back to school last week, with officials monitoring things closely. So far, so good says the Chonburi Department of Public Health.
3. Koh Larn finishes a brand new tourist viewpoint
This is sure to be a hit with the “Instagram” selfie and photo crowd.
4. Chonburi Tourism Council says Pattaya is still very quiet, needs to open entertainment venues to bring back tourists
Matching similar complaints from business owners, the Tourism Council of Chonburi also added their voice last week to getting Pattaya back open “normally” with the entertainment and nightlife industry open.
5. Pattaya mayor orders crackdown on Bali Hai boat operators overcharging and breaking other rules
This drew quite a bit of comments on social media, mostly negative that even after all this time many operators were seemingly returning to overcharging tourists, domestic or not.
6. Pattaya celebrates Loy Krathong festival
Take a look back at last weekend’s Loy Krathong on Pattaya Beach!
That is it for this week! We thank all of you for your support and wish you the best of luck for the week ahead.