When I first started writing my latest blog, I wanted to talk about what I have missed during this lock down in Thailand. It was all very nice and soft but lacked a bit of substance. I felt I was writing for writings sake, and so I scrapped the blog half way through. What I am more concerned about is the lasting damage that this lock down will have had on the Western market in Pattaya. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make for such a nice read.
I want to focus on Pattaya as I have lived and worked in the city for over 15 years. I know what makes it tick and have a deep understanding for the dynamics at play. Having worked in media throughout it means I have sat with business owners across all channels, from restaurants, legal, property to even fitness. I know their challenges and how they operate.
The Western Market in Pattaya has had it hard recently
Changing behaviours become habits
Did you know, on average, it takes around 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. Some people formed a new habit after only 18 days! You can read the full article on the subject just click here.
As we enter the second month of restrictions in Thailand – and of course Pattaya – it means expats, like me, have been going about life very differently.
Instead of going for a beer, we watch a film on Netflix. Instead of going out for dinner, we have been eating indoors
Instead of going for a beer, they watch a film on Netflix. Instead of going out for dinner, they have been eating indoors. Much like our stay at home counterparts in the UK and the likes actually!
How will have Expats habits changed during this lock down?
So the question, at what point does this become a habit and mean how we once acted pre-Covid-19 will not be how we act post-Covid-19? I am serious, we do not know how we all emerge from this pandemic. These are new territories none of us have ever experienced before.
This is problem number one for the Western market in Pattaya to be cautious of.