We’ve been getting lots of e-mails and Facebook questions about how Thailand’s devastating flooding crisis is affecting Pattaya. The answer is simple: It’s not.
As was the case after the 2004 Asian Tsunami and 2010’s bloody Red Shirt riots, the international media plays on people’s unawareness of geography. People thought the tidal wave that devastated Phuket, Khao Lak and Phi Phi destroyed all of Thailand and that the Red Shirts had taken over the entire nation, instead of a two-kilometer square in Bangkok.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear people assume all of Thailand is under water.
As the Oct. 26 map here shows, the flooding that began in north-central Thailand has now hit Bangkok hard, it’s nowhere near Pattaya, at the far bottom edge of the map. Nor is it expected to. Life in Pattaya is just as great as usual and we at Aquanauts are still diving every day.
In fact, Pattaya has become a refuge for Bangkokians and other Thais fleeing flooded areas. The city’s 700-plus hotels are seeing strong occupancy rates and Aquanauts is high-season busy already.
So, if you’re planning a Pattaya holiday, don’t worry. Everything is fine. C’mon over. And if you’re considering a long-term internship, things are expected to stay fine.