Real Estate Specialists Thailand (Blog Jan 2021)
Pattaya and the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Covid-19 personal Blog written by Barry Hayles, Real Estate Specialists Thailand Co Ltd www.rest-property.com along with Rest Station bar and restaurant Pattaya the latest venture we are undertaking, over 20 years’ experience living in this wonder full country Thailand with pleasure of living in Phuket Koh Samui, Bangkok and now settled in Pattaya for the last 16 years,
Let’s stand tall together Not only Thailand and Pattaya we are in urgent need for all countries worldwide to work with each other to beat Covid-19, Thailand is a model that should be followed by the rest of the word two of the safest countries in my opinion are New Zealand and Thailand in my opinion.
This blog is total based on my personal opinions and not those posted in media or news outlets.
Pattaya beach Photograph taken Tuesday Jan 26th 2021 3Pm
The first thing to say is a very big Thankyou to the Thai government and Thailand local authorities for the actions in stopping the spread of The Covid-19 virus outbreak,
We were totally covid-19 free for over 200 days until some selfish people decided to sneak over the border from neighboring countries, again the Thai authorities acted swiftly to curb the spread with immediate action, some provinces going on lockdown, Fines handed down to people who refused to wear masks or accept social distancing, opening tracing applications for your smart phone,
Some people are against these Apps me I use all the time I like to know that if I am entering a shop, supermarket shopping mall basically anywhere the general public will be likely to go, I can use the QR scan on my phone which will immediately tell me if I am in a safe Zone medium zone, danger zone or high-risk zone, also a notification direct to me if any of the locations I have visited has any future infected cases of Covid-19,
Stay Safe where your face mask clean and disinfect hands
PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING
As we all know the Covid-19 epidemic has affected the entire planet Thailand and Pattaya are no exception to this, not just the Pattaya Thailand real estate market but all business are suffering from the high rollers to the many Thai street food sellers that Thailand is known for who live day to day with little or no savings,
But out of any negatives there are also some positives, as Real estate Specialists Thailand office is located in Pattaya and I live in Pattaya I will only comment on Pattaya and surrounding districts in this blog as it is all on personal experience.
I have driven around Pattaya over the last few days, absolutely amazing how quite the roads are, Traffic congestion had become a major problem in Pattaya and Jomtien, with the roads blocked at all times with traffic and in particular the hundreds of Tour coaches packed with Chinese tourists that would block the traffic up,
Yesterday I drove along Pattaya second Road Pattaya third road and even Pattaya beach road and the famous Pattaya walking street the only time my drive was disrupted was with the normal Traffic lights apart from that a completely free and easy drive and I have to say very pleasant drive, Driving along Pattaya beach road was a sight for sore eyes, on the beach side very quit with Pattaya beach being tranquil and as clean as I think I have ever seen it same for the ocean clean and inviting for a swim to cool off.
The negative side of the drive was the number of shops and businesses that are boarded up with for sale or for rent signs on the doors even Pattaya beach road in all my years living in Pattaya Thailand I don’t recall seeing for sale or rent sign on the properties on the beach road such high demand, owners did not have to advertise to sell the properties or rent the properties, Pattaya walking street once the hub of the Pattaya entertainment world with a mixture of modern music clubs and smaller beer bars, Pattaya live entertainment some of the best, even the street entertainers, One of the businesses that over the years are known to survive everything that comes up once the store open very rarely will it close its doors yes 7-11 Pattaya convenience stores 24 hours a day seven days a week ever popular and employing Thousands of staff,
All the seven elevens were closed as I drove down walking street lets pray and hope for their reopping and reemploying the Thousands of Thai staff who are currently unemployed in Pattaya,
Pattaya Beach road Tuesday Jan 26th 2021 3Pm
What Covid-19 has done is also to put many Thai people homeless I noticed many more than usual who have set up the temporary beds in different locations so so sad to see this any place in the world but when it is your adopted home town it hits home a lot harder.
Let’s hope the restrictions on the Pattaya night life, Pattaya entertainment industry as well as all Pattaya businesses will come to a end soon to give some well needed relief to the Thai citizens and Pattaya business owners, I hope they can bounce back and recovery from the Covid -19 outbreak.
Jomtien beach just a short drive from Pattaya is in the same predicament with Covid-19 even though Jomtien is more family friendly with not as much of the vibrant Nightlife, don’t get me wrong there is still plenty of bars some fine 5 star restaurant’s and ample Thai street food, Shops and Jomtien night markets located in Jomtien, The Jomtien coast line stretches for 6 kilometers more if you include the ever popular Dongtan beach which is probably one of the cleanest beaches in Pattaya and surrounding districts, As of today 25th January 2021 all bars closed to customers restaurants can still open strictly no alcohol to be sold in the restaurant’s, Restaurants breaking the rules are risking heavy fines of up to 100,000 Thb also jail sentence is a possibility as well as the fine and the customers also receiving heavy fines
alcohol may be purchased at the local shop for take away only to drink at home, all the beaches in Pattaya and Jomtien well all the local beaches in the many Pattaya subdistricts all have a total ban on drinking alcohol on the beaches with strict social distancing in place.
I am sure if we follow the guide lines the Thai authorities set out for us to follow in the fight against Covid-19 then we will be back sooner rather than latter, unlike I am sorry to say when you look at the western world where the general public are acutely refusing to where mask or social distance putting the rest of the population at risk,
When I look on the news from my home country of England and is see the reaction the general public it makes me so pleased that I decided to move to Thailand over 20 year ago, and also it makes me sad that England is in such a terrible situation everyone blaming each other and nobody being there to stand up.
If Europe were to look at Thailand as a role model, they too could beat the Covid-19 outbreak sadly they won’t as they are too stubborn. To all in Europe during Covid-19 where a mask and social distance it does work in the battle against Covid-19.
My company Real Estate Specialists Thailand Co,. Ltd
is no different being a long-established Real Estate company we have seen many ups and down over the years, but in experience Pattaya and Thailand are very resilient Pattaya in particular tends to bounce back quicker than most as we have a great mix of expats, Tourists and the many workers in the numerous industrial estates within easy reach of Pattaya city, and obviously the Pattaya night life and entertainment sector attracts so many people none just none Thais but Thai nationals travel from all over Thailand to Pattaya, people living in Bangkok are tend to be travelling to Pattaya for weekends as the traveling time from Bangkok to Pattaya has come down a lot over the years with al the new infrastructure and motorways.
Many of the Pattaya doubters and negative minded people are saying that the Thailand Real Estate Market and the Pattaya Real Estate markets are dead and flat and will take many years to bounce back to the glory day of years gone by,
I personally do not listen to all this trash talk, Real estate specialists Thailand are not doing as much business as previous years and I think if anyone says different they are trying to paint over the truth, we have to acknowledge and respect the fact that with the Covid-19 virus in Thailand and Pattaya we are living in strange and unfamiliar times which will take time to get to a normal life but if we stay strong have good work ethics putting that little bit more effort in we will all survive until the good times come along again which I am sure they will and again Pattaya will be a City on the ocean that will attract many tourists and expats.
Some good news being reported in The Thai Media on this day (27th Jan 2021) this morning is the reopening of schools on the 1st of February and the easing of restrictions in many Thai provinces including Chonburi and Pattaya, rumor also has it that the Covid-19 vaccination program could possibly start mid-February, this would-be great news for Pattaya city as the Thai tourism sector will start to grow with confidence in travel between provinces this will only be good for Pattaya city.
We have to be realistic this is not the end of Covid-19 in Pattaya or Thailand but is a step in the right direction and a road to normality even though I do not personally believe the old normality in Pattaya Thailand or any where else in the world will ever return, we will have a new normal though and we have to embrace it with open arms,
Pattaya Second road Tuesday Jan 26th 2021 3Pm
Real Estate Specialists Thailand have recently relocated to larger premises located on Soi Cheyapruek 2, we decided to relocate because of a number of reasons our old office located in Jomtien complex had become to small as we have out grown the premises, we did consider keeping the Jomtien complex office as a satellite office but with this office being amidst Hotels, guest houses restaurants bars and all being closed for the foreseeable future, we decided to go with the larger office and also open a chill out bar which will also have good food on offer once the bars reopen Rest station bar will open once the government allow the sale of alcohol in Pattaya bars and restaurants.
I believe in the saying: Standing still is as good as going backwards
Pattaya Shopping Mall so sad looks like the mall is not open.
Good luck to all stay safe and let’s start looking to a new brighter Pattaya City.
For any questions or queries regarding Pattaya Jomtien properties condominiums for sale, Condominiums for rent, Houses for sale , Houses for rent basically anything real estate related or nay information required if we do not know the answer we will know someone who does know, feel free to contact me any time.
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