Pattaya Beach Deckchair Ban Every Wednesday – Like or Dislike?

sexy farang ladyAs you may have heard or witnessed yourself, since mid-January this year, beach operators have been prohibited from setting up deckchairs and umbrellas, or provide any other services, on the beaches of Pattaya and Jomtien every Wednesday.
Other than on Phuket however, where the deckchair ban applies seven days a week and hasn’t only seriously p*ssed off tourists but also made international headlines, it’s only once a week that sun worshippers in Pattaya are required to bring their own mats or towels to an otherwise object-free beach and lounge under the burning sun.

Of course, this is part of a military government-initiated campaign to “return public beaches to the people“, so it was obvious that criticism of the campaign would be relatively muted domestically and largely restricted to foreign media outlets.
On January 15, a couple of days after the weekly one-day deckchair ban had been enforced for a first time, Pattaya One reported euphemistically that the campaign was generally “welcomed” by “beachgoers we spoke with”. Pattaya Daily News even quoted unidentified “foreigners” as saying that the project to make the beach a “nicer and cleaner place to stay” was “really good” and “could attract more tourists from foreign countries”.

PDN now did a follow-up and reported that last Wednesday, April 1, the atmosphere on Pattaya beach wasn’t only “relaxed” but the beach also “more attractive for the tourists”. Guess what, “the people on the beach seemed to be happy with the beach being clear”, and an anonymous tourist allegedly

revealed that Pattaya beach on Wednesday is really beautiful because it looks so peaceful and natural (…)

“Peaceful and natural”, wow! Not a single critical voice it seems – which is actually in stark contrast to what we’ve heard of many people, especially elder tourists and Europeans, in the last couple of months.

Let’s face it: While the deckchairs at the beaches of Pattaya and Jomtien are certainly not the pinnacle of convenience and are in dire need of some kind of upgrade, many tourists (certainly not including the majority of Russian budget travelers who often prefer to sit on their own mat for the simple reason that they can save the 30 or 40 Baht rental fee for a deckchair) simply don’t want to lie on a mat or a towel and now skip their usual visit to the beach every Wednesday.
Yep, some folks do actually avoid the beach on Wednesdays because there are no deckchairs to sit on and no umbrellas to protect them from the burning sun …

So what do YOU think about the weekly deckchair ban on Wednesdays? Would you agree that the beaches sans deckchairs and umbrellas now look much more “peaceful and natural”? Or do you find them just empty and less inviting?
Like or dislike? Feel free to tell us your opinion in the comments section below.

6 Responses to Pattaya Beach Deckchair Ban Every Wednesday – Like or Dislike?

  1. One day a week is a fair compromise. In Jomtien, not only tourists but many Thai family love to spend hours under the protection of the chairs. i enjoy seeing so many happy families eating, drinking and enjoying their Thai holidays. Forcing the vendors to take one day off per week may be healthy for them. The operators take clean their beach and sweep the walkway. The sections of the walkway with no vendors are full of sand and messy

    • Good point, the legions of Thai families that flood especially into Jomtien every weekend enjoy the deckchairs, tables and umbrellas, and the accompanying food and booze, at least as much as the Farangs. Guess if authorities did their “beach clean-up” every Saturday or Sunday we’d witness a sharp decline in the number of Thai visitors to Pattaya.

  2. Ik persoonlijk vind het een slechte zaak. Je kunt op woensdag niet meer op het strand zitten, zeker de strandstoelen zijn aan vernieuwing toe,maar dat terzijde. Je beneemt de thaise bevolking van hun inkomsten. Niet alleen de mensen die de strandstoelen verhuren maar ook de strand verkopers. Zij zijn aangewezen op die inkomsten. Ik persoonlijk vind dat de autoriteiten wat aan het a sociaal gedrag van de russen mogen doen. Door het gedrag van de russen komen er steeds minder westerlingen naar Thailand en juist die westerlingen laten het geld achter in Thailand.

  3. My husband and I along with mums dads and our siblings all been coming for 20yrs or more, we have seen many changes, deck chairs around the swim pontoon s is better, the best of both, open spaces to the the cheap Charlie’s and shelter for family’s that have the fair skin.I to refrain from coming to the beach on a wed and stay at my condo pool. In my observations the deckchair vendors keep the beach clean, and do the city a grate sevice, providing bins for your empty food trays and bottles.I know from watching the the rubbish blow down the beach, the people on the gaps offering to sit on the sand do not take rubbish to a bin.

  4. I’ve been coming to Jomtien for several years and have always enjoyed the beach. This is my first visit under the new plans and I can’t say it’s an improvement. There is more space to walk on the beach, but right now it’s empty. Most people are either in the sea cooling off, or protecting their light skin under a much needed umbrella. As the season gets busier I can imagine it becoming difficult to find a spot under the shade. Tomorrow is Wednesday and it will be interesting to see how few people turn up. I don’t mind bringing a towel to sit on but without shade I know I will burn so I will probably go elsewhere. I really do not understand why the changes have been brought in. The beach isn’t cleaner and the chairs are now so close together that it feels more crowded than it did before when there were more chairs. The atmosphere has changed and not for the better. Also, I feel sorry for the local people who are losing income.

  5. I have been to jomtien many times but now not allowed to take chairs from underneath the umbrellas many farangs not going back now

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