Pattaya lock-down: January 1st in Jomtien Beach

The effects of the second Pattaya lock-down are very mild in Jomtien Beach. Plenty of empty space, only a few tourists or long time residents visited Jomtien Beach on the first day of the new year. Hans Fritschi detected new wonders at Discovery Garden Pattaya in the morning and then moved to his favorite Pattaya beach. Contrary to the first Pattaya lock-down, the beaches this time stay open. And the restaurants of Pattaya have reopened for business after an unexpectedly short two day closure.

Sad impressions from the Pattaya lock-down

The second Pattaya lock-down arrived with a bang December 30th. Today, the day after, Pattaya is still under shock. Normally December 31st is a very busy day, but not in the now ending Covid 19 year: The streets are deserted, shopping centers closed, all public parties cancelled and the restaurants had to close at very short notice. Even the swimming pools at the many condominiums were shut down, but as of now the beaches remain open and the chair vendors and their popular services are still there. Hans Fritschi visits to the famous seafood market in Nakluea where lobsters are relatively cheap this year due to the dramatically fallen demand after the the second Pattaya lock-down.

Visit the Pattaya plants and flower market

The Pattaya plants market takes place every weekend from Friday to Sunday. Without Covid 19 many tourists flock to this interesting market which is now a bit deserted. An abundance of ornamental and fruiting plants are for show and for sale here. Hans Fritschi visits this market almost every weekend. He discovers a stunning passion plant (Passiflora coccinea), yellow lemons, different Baobab types, orchids, stunning Bougainvillea, flowering cactuses, a pricy Monstera deliciosa, besides rabbits and young hens.

Is there a life after Thai Covid quarantine?

Some people have called me a fool to pay 67000 Baht for the 16 day Thai Covid quarantine at Mövenpick Hotel Bangkok, a prison-like experience. Well this really was expensive, but I would do it again any time. In this Video Clip I will take you along to my first trip within Thailand after the quarantine, leading us from Pattaya to Nong Khai. Travelling within Thailand is still a bit odd these days, but sitting in lock-down somewhere in cold Europe is no viable or desirable alternative.

First Som Tam in Nong Khai after Thai quarantine

The famous Thai food bloggers Aroy N (…) Khun Yut and Mom join Hans Fritschi in Nong Khai for a first Som Tam or spicy papaya salad after the harsh Covid 19 quarantine. This is the first interlanguage production on this channel. If you cannot understand everything at first sight, po ben yangdo, never mind! The food was delicious in any case.

Pattaya is dying without foreign tourists

Empty bankrupt shops everywhere, the Thai resort town Pattaya is clinically dead already. More than 300000 people have left the place since they can no longer make a living here. Hans Fritschi shows you around a place where even many Seven-Eleven shops had to close down without foreign visitors and customers. The beaches are empty and the life guards idle, they have rescued nobody in months and their presence in Jomtien Beach is an absurdity. Walking street is without people walking, so it was opened for cars again.

Beautiful flowers and edible nuts, meet the money tree

Money tree is only one names for this beautiful and fast growing tree from South America that delivers delicious edible nuts in great numbers. First the Pachira aquatica produces stunning flowers of incredible beauty. Then the Malabar chestnut (another name) gives us edible seeds that taste a lot like hazel nuts. This is an ideal tree for any tropical garden, very productive and stunningly beautiful.

Visiting Villa Patumbah in Zurich – a trip to Sumatra, Ep. 65

Carl Fürchtegott Grob left his hometown Zurich in 1869 for Sumatra. Within 10 years he made a huge fortune there with a giant tobacco farm and returned to Zurich. Here he bought a large piece of land and commissioned famous architects Alfred Chiodera and Theophil Tschudy to build his dream “Villa Patumbah” with private park for him and his family. This large house in the Historism style is nowadays a museum. Hans Fritschi takes you on a visit there.