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Pattaya Daily News

01 May 2010 :: 17:05:50 pm 19513

Out-&-About in Pattaya for ‘International Labour Day’

International Labour Day, commonly known as ‘May Day,’ brought tourists near and far to the seaside resort city of Pattaya. Pattaya Daily News visited the popular Jomtien Beach to gather some opinions and perspective in relation to the popular public 'day of rest'.
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Pattaya, the 1st of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Despite the currently unstable political and economic climate afflicting the country, tourists both Thai and foreign did not seem to care, as Pattaya’s Jomtien Beach Road was positively inundated with buses, coaches and eager holiday makers from far and wide.

Labour Day, as opposed to the recent Songkran festival, was a very relaxed affair, where tourists and locals alike frolicked in the sea, joining in on a multitude of water activities and enjoying the brilliant sunshine that the weather afforded. Although the majority enjoyed the recent Songkran ‘water festival,’ its week long nature and the inability of going anywhere without getting drenched ensures ‘May Day’ has a much more relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. There are still plenty of opportunities to get wet, but only for those that are willing.

Interviewing various street vendors, we discovered that the current political situation in Bangkok has helped the Pattaya tourism industry on this popular holiday, as many tourists chose to avoid the capitals chaos, choosing instead to take a break in Pattaya. This is a very promising sign for the “Thai help Thai” campaign which has been instilled in the cities people to aid them through the technical ‘low season,’ as this time of year is frequently labelled.

One Somtam (spicy Thai snack) vendor stated in relation to the ‘May Day’ holiday and ‘Thai help Thai’ campaign, “ I prefer Thai visitors, because I understand exactly what they want, we never have problem talking to them even they come from north or south, we understand each other, I don’t know why we have to be separated by coloured shirts.” Although some tourists decided to bring their own food and beverages for the day, local businesses such as beach chair vendors, rubber ring renters and water sports organisers still benefited from the increase in beach-goers, many reportedly registering a marked increase in takings for the day.

With prices for accommodation, entertainment and activities remaining at a traditional low point this time of year, Thai families considerably benefit from the reduced costs, affording them more time in the ‘sun & fun’ which this time of year also brings. Mr. Nid, an office worker from Bangkok, who brought his family to enjoy labour day in Pattaya stated, “Jomtien is the best and the closest beach for us, still clean and plenty of hotels to choose and not expensive, especially this time, everything is cheap, good for the Thai, we can afford to come to Jomtien 2-3 times a month easily.”

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Tourism News

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