Long weekend brings crowds back to Pattaya beach
The crowds were back in Pattaya City as domestic tourists in large numbers visited the beach in Chonburi province during the long holiday period.
Wichit Manmee, a local lifeguard, said that people had begun flocking to the beach since Sunday (July 26) and the authorities had to tighten security in the area to prevent crime, as it was the first time that such a big crowd had gathered there after the lockdown.
Some tourists said they drove from Bangkok despite the traffic jam but after spending time on the beach, they found it was worth the effort.
Pattaya City is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country but crowds are well below the pre-Covid-19 outbreak levels as the country is yet to open its doors to international tourists.