Pattaya Tourism Concerns over Political Unrest in Thailand

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Business owners around Pattaya City are voicing their concerns over the current political unrest which is gripping Thailand and the potential negative impact it will have on tourist numbers over the High Season.

As the festive season is only days away in Pattaya, which is traditionally the busiest time in the city, the streets have been noticeably quiet with many bars and shopping centers reporting reduced trade, especially from foreign tourists.

Many political commentators are suggesting that the dissolving of Parliament in Thailand and reports of a snap election, will not solve any of the current issues, as many predict a comfortable win for the Pheu Thai Political Party which will be spearheaded by Yingluck Shinawatra who is likely to be re-installed as Prime Minister should her party win.

Pattaya business owners are concerned that continuing unrest will lead to holiday cancellations by foreign tourists, despite favorable foreign exchange rates and an economic recovery from years of recession which is taking place in many countries at the moment.

Pattaya itself has been largely unaffected by the political unrest despite its proximity to the Thai Capital and many hotels are still reporting high occupancy rates over the coming months so many of the concerns voiced by those conducting business in Pattaya may well come to nothing.



  • usa 1

    just cancelled my plans for a Pattaya holiday. Was there last time airport was shut down, not ever getting in that position again, take my $ elsewhere!

  • Robert

    The hotel prices on Agoda for Pattaya and Bangkok are incredibly low for this time of the year, I booked a 5 star Bangkok hotel (Swissotel) over New Years eve and weekend for $68 a night. Seems there have been more cancellations than the government admits. Looking at hotel prices on the big booking services is a more accurate measurement of the tourist situation than any lies from the Government.
    (ED: Please delete Swssotel if you don’t want to print that part, I included it for veracity).

  • Sibley1

    Thailand should be a black spot. Never understood why the tourist industry wasn’t effected. Glad to see Pattaya is getting it’s comeuppance. The girls and bar owners need a reality check. They are going to get one as well.

  • Larry Finklestein

    I imagine the numbers have dropped but there are still no shortage of male sex tourist that wanna get some of that young and firm sexy Thai lady.

  • Technical Advisor

    If robberies, stabbings, drownings, mysterious suicides, traffic accidents, boat accidents, jet ski scams, thieving lady boys, filthy beaches, general corruption, dengue fever, drugging, don’t bother the tourists then I doubt many will be concerned with the political turmoil as long as the airport does not get screwed up.

  • redogi13

    Pattaya’s reputation is well known , it is a festering hell hole , but its my kind off hell hole & i love it see you all soon

  • kim

    Can Only be a Good Thing for the Sex Mongers!…;

  • soidog

    Even at Xmas i see dozens of bars and restaurants with forlorn bored staff. I wonder
    how many people would need to come to bang every business out? Even with its attendant chronic problems its still Pattaya for me, lots of fun to be had,lovely and hot.
    and no granny state tut tutting at you.

  • The dead can not speak

    But the beach and sea are so beautiful !! ^^
    And a perfect family destination as proved by the transistor story

  • aussie jeff, the real one

    pattaya is fine redog, just keep your wits about you.

  • aussie jeff, the real one

    well said soidog

  • aussie jeff, the real one

    and your point is sherlock

  • Don1

    My new traps, Angeles, Subic & Boracay but still like to get grotty in Pattaya nonetheless!

  • weasel

    yes but who wants THEM were.even the girls hate them.othey are only loved by TAT.

  • Ronny

    The point is Pattaya is a sex tourist paradise is what Larry means you know that aussie jeff the real one why would you come here ortherwise its a dump.

  • stuart

    Thats right need to be a bit street smart when you back for another good time aussie jeff.

  • Sooley

    Yes CNN travel do consider Pattaya the 5th most dangerous tourist destination and you can understand why now its only going to get worst before it gets better have been here 14 years in a row and about to pull the pin on this place the magic,s saddly gone.

  • Observer

    Shortage of male sex tourists? According to published statistics there are 8-9 M. tourists/year to Pattaya/ against 20-40 thousand . sex workers who live and work here.That translates roughly to a ratio of 20:1 in favour to men.Where is the “shortage
    of male sex tourists”?.
    And if you walk along Beach Rd. you might find out that your “young and firm sexy Thai lady” are already a rare species,close to extinct.

  • Madhog

    Pattaya is a dangerous dump…nothing in it but worn out you know whats in dire need of a rebore!

  • aussie jeff, the real one

    try bali, now that’s a dump

  • aussie jeff, the real one

    oooo yeah but its fun, l.b.f.m. now that’s gunna get a bite

  • Robert

    How about striking the word Pattaya and replacing it with Thailand.

  • DonnyB

    Pity this topic is overrun again with immature and uneducated comments by the same people. It can be readily seen that tourist numbers are already well below the Christmas time norm, and this can only be due to “politics”, although local crime does play it’s part. Another (stupid) intervention, is the announced indictment of the 2 main opposition leaders for murder…the timing is self-destructing!! Tourists should really avoid the end of Feb.

  • Sammy

    Only Kuta is a tourist ghetto go up to Ubud ,and you cannot compare Bali with this cesspit Pattaya.

  • kokonat

    Tell it to Indians and Russians tourists, a new “hope” for Thailand. :-)

  • jomtien

    Yellows are by and large the business community so they brought it on themselves.

  • macca

    its becoming boring, cant fukin move on a bike without police jumpin all over me empting my pockets of baht…….stupid budda lovin cuntz.

  • gk

    I was in Thailand and In and out of Pattaya between September and December. I have been to Thailand many times. I was there during the Tsunami (on Ko Samet luckily and not our original changed itinerary to Phuket), during the Airport takeover, during the Bangkok Riots. The current situation piled on top of the high season prices made me decide to leave Dec 7. I am too worried about my safety, but the travel disruptions that past events have caused were my main issue