The following is a weekly feature article looking at this same time period LAST year in Pattaya and Thailand news.
This weekly feature takes a look back at news from the same period last year (and sometimes different time windows, such as six months or three months) to see how things have changed, follow up on the progression of stories, as well as look at potentially broken promises or things that didn’t take place as promised in Pattaya and Thailand.
As we publish dozens of stories a week this is a quick way for people to take a look at what the biggest stories were a year ago, as chosen by our editorial team, and how they impact us today and relate to current news. They are in no particular order of importance, however, are roughly in order of publication.
This week, we cover the first full week of June 2021, from Sunday, June 6th, 2021, to Saturday, June 12th, 2021.
Let’s take a look!
1. Thai-Indian billionaire couple found dead in Koh Tao hotel swimming pool
Bodies of a Thai-Indian billionaire couple were taken for autopsy on June 5th, after being believed to have drowned in a swimming pool of a hotel in Koh Tao, Surat Thani province on Friday evening, June 4th.
2. Pattaya Marathon has been canceled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19
It is hoped the marathon will take place later this year for the first time in over three years.
3. Schools continue to be closed due to Covid-19
Every school and educational place, both formal and non-formal in terms of education in Chonburi, will not be allowed to proceed with in-person school learning (On-Site) from June 14th, 2021, out of concern for Covid-19. This year, the kids are finally back in school after two years of disruptions.
4. Two months of Covid-19 restrictions in Pattaya with many business owners and residents getting frustrated
June 10th, 2021, marked a full two months since Covid-19 restrictions were enacted in the Chonburi (and Thailand) area, causing hundreds of businesses to be forced to close and essentially stopping domestic tourism that had been assisting Pattaya “survive” with a lack of foreign tourists due to border closures.
5. Phuket officials confirm that entertainment venues like bars and clubs will not open at the start of the Phuket Sandbox
The “Phuket Sandbox” a test program to welcome back foreign tourists to Thailand that have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, will not be opening the island’s bars, pubs, gogos, and nightclubs at the start of July along with the rest of the island. In fact, they stayed closed until roughly December, and legally opened THIS month, a year later, 2022.
6. Chonburi eases some restrictions effective Monday, June 14th: Pools, foot massage, gyms, and more
It was a very tough summer last year.
That is all for this week! Stay safe!