Pattaya. Traders in Pattaya and Jomtien, who used to make a living from their jobs, can barely survive.

This applies to all of Thailand, but above all to the once flourishing tourist stronghold of Pattaya.

Goi, a Som Tam saleswoman in Jomtien, said she used to sell papaya salad for 2,000 or 3,000 baht every day. Now she's lucky if she makes 1000 Baht.

She has to throw away food that she cannot sell, she lives day by day with no prospect of being able to save anything.

She said she was too old to do anything else. She wants Pattaya to be the way it was before.

Kwan, a trader who sells cut fruit, said there was little profit to be made from selling fruit in times of Covid-19. There are hardly any tourists.

The state aid measures are useless for him. He has to pay the rent, gasoline and other costs. Leonard Brix