Thailand’s ‘Sin City’ hotels deserted amid Covid-19 downturn


Hotels in Thailand’s ‘Sin City’ have closed temporarily while the area is under lockdown due to the spread of Covid-19.

Tourism in the once-popular coastal destination has been decimated by the pandemic travel restrictions put in place since March last year.

A resurgence in cases in December which started among Burmese migrants at a seafood market have spread around the country.

Ministers ordered Chonburi province, including Pattaya, to be a ‘highly controlled’ Covid-19 zone, limited the people moving in and out of the province.

Footage shows how the once-bustling streets now resemble a ghost-town with just a handful of people walking around.

Some of the hotels in Pattaya that are closed temporarily are Hardrock Hotel, D Varee Jomtien Beach, and Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.

Thailand has recorded 12,795 Covid-19 infections and 71 deaths. A second wave started in mid-December when hundreds of Burmese migrant workers at a seafood market tested positive. Cases have since spread to more than 45 provinces and lead to lockdowns and mass closures of businesses in some regions.