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. However, they are in no particular order of importance, roughly in order of publication.
This week, we cover the second week of October 2021, from Sunday, October 10th, 2021 to Saturday, October 16th, 2021.
1. Twenty-seven people arrested at illegal Pattaya karaoke allegedly violating Covid -19 rules
Pattaya continued unpopular raids on entertainment venues, which were banned at this time last year due to Covid rules and restrictions that would last until December.
2. Thai Prime Minister announces country reopening for vaccinated tourists from low-risk countries, consideration of opening bars and entertainment venues
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha announced in a nationally televised speech the country reopening for fully vaccinated foreign tourists from low-risk countries without quarantine by November 1st.
This highly anticipated announcement was the beginning of the end for hated, business crushing restrictions. It would be a long road back, however, taking months.
3. Phuket and Samui begin to ease Covid restrictions
The long road to recovery continued.
4. Meanwhile, raids continue…
Even as Thailand began to plan to ease Covid rules, raids continued in Pattaya.
5. Pattaya ready for ‘re-opening’ with five major scheduled main events for November and December, says they will happen
They did indeed take place although bans on alcohol sales at restaurants and mandated closures of bars until late December spoiled the fun a bit.
6. Russell Crowe visits Thailand
This was a HUGE deal on Thai social media last year.
Pattaya officials aim to significantly reduce the number of homeless in the city before ‘re-opening’ to wider tourism
It has improved, to be fair.
That is all for this week, see you soon.