What do you think? Will Pattaya see a recovery faster than the rest of the country?
Keep in mind, this article isn’t predicting WHEN borders will creak open next year or how long it will take.
It is only saying that many feel that when it does, Pattaya will see a boom, at least for a “short time.”
It is worth noting, however, that some areas may not recover well, if at all.
Soi Arab (16), the centerpiece of the Arab area of Pattaya, has been hit particularly hard and most venues are permanently gone and for sale. Soi 7 and Soi 8 have also been hit very hard.
Soi 6 and Made in Thailand looked rocky for a while but both seem to have found a second life in online live streams and online chats catering to people in locked-down countries with everything closed and will be interesting to see what it looks like when it reopens.
Walking Street and LK Metro have been hit, but will likely recover quickly and many venues are not permanently sold and plan to re-open when things improve like Imagine, Skyfall, JP Bar, Pier and Marine.
Soi Buakhao and Soi Boomerang, due to the amount of expat facing bars, is doing well considering the situation and should only improve in the future.
Pattaya tourism is struggling to survive and more business operators could be forced to close to avoid further loss,
credit Adam Judd