Thai media published a glowing report on the renovation of Pattaya beach saying that happy tourists visited in droves on the long weekend.
But evidence was non-existent. The Manager photographer seemed to have arrived a day late.
There appeared to be one foreigner sunbathing and just a few other visitors walking about on the largely deserted sands.
In their story Manager trumpeted that the 400 million baht spent on sand to widen the beach by 35 meters meant that Pattaya now had a beach to be proud of that was a major attraction for Thailand.
They said that during the four day long weekend droves of tourists were spreading out their mats, playing volleyball and football games on the massive expanse of pristine sand.
But there was no evidence of any of that.
They also said that the work which is ongoing had received a huge thumps up from tourists and was a far greater success than anyone had envisaged.
Again they gave no evidence for this assertion in quotes or opinions – except all the pictures of the empty beach.
And, once again, no mention was made of any attempt to improve the quality of the sea water with its floating debris – one reason why many people prefer to stay away. – Manager Online