Although Thailand has flirted with a complete lockdown much like other countries globally, it has so far been limited to restricted travel and the closing of bars although most restaurants have remained open. Naturally, this has once again put off those who were planning and able to return, forcing them to rethink their plans. It has inevitably left Pattaya looking something more akin to a ghost town rather than the busy and thriving resort that most of us have been used to. If this has left you feeling short of things to do, here are just a few things that you may want to consider.


Are you one of those people (like most of us) who keeps promising to do more exercise but never quite gets round to it? Well now is the ideal time to start as, to be honest, many of the things you used to enjoy are closed! There are some great places to walk or cycle in and around Pattaya, along with the open-air fitness areas. Here you can burn off some frustration and some calories and help get your health and fitness on track for the rest of 2021.

2.Help local restaurants

Most of us have been guilty of eating in larger food establishments and ignoring some excellent local restaurants. Now is the time that they need your help more than ever so instead of driving or walking past, why not order a pad kapow or some barbeque chicken? Not only does it taste great, but it is also relatively cheap, and it is reasonably healthy, it is helping to support a local business at a time when they desperately need it.

3.Help community projects

If you have some spare time on your hands, the time you may have otherwise spent propping up a bar, why not help at some community projects. It may be handing out food to the needy, helping at the orphanage, or clearing the beaches of any garbage. There are lots of ways to help which cost nothing, and you will find it very rewarding.

4.Home improvements

It is a common complaint that there a jobs that need doing around the home but we never have the time to do them. During lockdown is the perfect time to paint the bedroom, repairs those kitchen cabinets or install a better shower. Not only will your property look better and feel more homely, but it will also add value if ever you consider selling. A win-win scenario we are sure you will agree to.

5.Take up a new hobby

Have you considered taking up a new hobby but always put it off due to lack of time? If this describes you to a tee, why not start that home cooking course available online or improve your Thai. Not only will it stop you from getting bored, but it will also help to keep your mind active, and you may learn an invaluable new skill!

6.Grow your own fruit and vegetables

While this may not be for everyone and may depend on how much space you have, many people find growing their own food very rewarding. Many of the items that we eat daily are easy to grow in Thailand. You can take pride in eating your own products while also knowing that it is organic and no pesticides have been used.