On Thursday night, a fire broke out at the Pattaya Floating Market in Pattaya, Thailand, damaging a section of the tourist attraction that displayed numerous cultural and traditional products from all four provinces of the country.
Twenty-seven fire trucks from Pattaya city and surrounding local administrations, together with more than 200 firefighters, were dispatched to fight the fire, which began about 8 p.m.
Because most establishments had wood and thatched roofs, the fire spread swiftly. One by one, gas cylinders exploded.
The fire was put out at 10 a.m., after it had damaged multiple shops and structures on one of the 19-rai (14,400-square-metre) land parcels. One of the firefighters received minor burns and was taken to the hospital.
The cause of the fire is being investigated, as is the amount of the damage. A relief centre has been established to assist individuals affected by the incident.
The Pattaya Floating Market, also known as the Four Regions Water Market, is a well-known tourist attraction that depicts the arts, cultures, and ways of life of people living along rivers around Thailand. It opened on November 1, 2008.
Prior to the fire, the market had over 200 stores selling a variety of merchandise, souvenirs, and food. According to Bang Lamung district chief Pisit Sirisawatnukul, the fire at the market caused an estimated 50 million to 60 million baht in damage.
Pattaya’s Floating Market
Pattaya Floating Market, located in the middle of Pattaya, is a new tourism destination for Thai cultural conservation. It was founded in 2008 as a result of the owner’s ambition to make the location a tourism centre for cultural conservation that simulates the basic way of life of Thai people.
It also aspires to be a learning centre for Thai self-sufficient living practises that have been linked with water till now, as well as the intriguing local wisdom of four areas of Thailand: the North, Central, North East, and South.
Both Thai and foreign tourists can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the place by taking a sightseeing boat to see Thai people’s way of life at two riverfronts and to be amazed by the shops entirely made of teak wood unique to each region and their cultural performances at the activity zone at Pattaya Floating Market.
Because individuals in each region live in different ways, the products in each region differ. The North’s items include handmade wood, silverwork, gorgeous local cloth, silk and paper umbrellas, and the Central’s products include rattan furniture, accessories, and woven bags.
Mudmee and Preawa silk items, fragrant candles, and triangular backrest pillows are also popular in the North East. Products manufactured from coconut, batik fabric, and wooden boat models are well-known in the South.
Pattaya Floating Market is determined to be the tourist destination that tangibly educates about self-sufficient living as well as the centre of Thai cultures in all aspects namely lifestyle, food, performances, and merchandises such as handicrafts that all depict the story of Thai culture’s background, prosperity, and inherited wisdom that are in need of well-managed scheme and sustainable conservation.
Pattaya Floating Market is the largest freshwater pond in the East of Thailand and the only tourist destination that supports King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand’s self-sufficient living model, which helps generate a positive image for Pattaya city and a good impression to all tourists.