Pattaya packed with flood evacuees
Pattaya beach resort is crowded with flood-affected citizens fleeing to the East.
Floods in several areas in Thailand, particularly in Bangkok where water level is constantly increasing, have forced a huge number of people to relocate their belongings and take their family members to seek safety elsewhere.
Among the safe destination is Pattaya which a large number of flood-affected people have chosen as their shelter away from problems, making every roads starting from inbound Sukhumvit Road as well as roads and places in northern, central, and southern Pattaya packed with vehicles and people. Traffic jam can be experienced along the way.
Looking from tourism aspect, the beaches in Pattaya, Wongse Amatya and Chom Thian zones are overcrowded with both Thai and foreign toursists swimming joyfully in the sea, claiming that they need to relax from the stressful situation but they have to keep up with the news at the same time.
Mr Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn, Vice President of Pattaya Business and Tourism Association (PBTA), said Pattaya was presently entering the high season so, apart from the regular tourists from Russia and Europe, this year the city was very busy welcoming local tourists who escaped from the floods According to the survey, 70-80% of appromimately 70,000 rooms offered by the hoteliers in the area have already been booked. Nevertheless, the business sector has opened www.trip2pattaya.com for flood victims to check and reserve accommodations online with 60-70% discounts on offer to assist them as well.
BANGKOK, 31 October 2011 (NNT) - Reporter : Boonyanut Chompan
News Date : 30 October 2011