Pattaya Beach Vendors Banned From Selling Alcohol
From the beginning of October, you will no longer be able to buy alcohol on Pattaya’s beaches as beach vendors are told that they can‘t sell it anymore.
The new regulations have been set out by the army and in a meeting held earlier this month Mr. Wasinpat Chimtin, Sanitation Chief, outlined the new rules to a handful of current beach vendors that had attended the meeting.
The new rules look likely to be just another setback in what many people believe is sending Pattaya in the opposite direction to which it should be going.
The new rules were backed up by officials, however, saying that there has been an increase in injuries and drowning at the beaches caused by alcohol-related issues and that the new rules are there for the safety of both locals and tourists.
Also outlined in the rules was the need for all vendors working on the beach to be wearing specific uniform aprons, as well as other laws regarding the issue of leasing and subleasing plots of land on the beach.
Although officials are standing behind the excuse of safety, many believe that the new regulations are simply another step in the current administration's strategy to make Pattaya a family friendly destination by attracting “more quality tourists” to the resort city and ridding it of its so-called ‘Sin City’ image.