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A vendor sells brooms and dusters from his motorbike in Pattaya on June 01, 2020. Authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions for all the beaches in Thailand's Pattaya for the first time in more than two months. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
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People enjoy the beach in Pattaya on June 01, 2020. People flocked back to some of Thailand's famed sandy beaches June 1, keeping well apart but enjoying the outdoors, as authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions for the first time in more than two months. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
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People walk on the beach in Pattaya on June 01, 2020. People flocked back to some of Thailand's famed sandy beaches June 1, keeping well apart but enjoying the outdoors, as authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions for the first time in more than two months. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
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A woman stands on the beach in Pattaya on June 01, 2020. People flocked back to some of Thailand's famed sandy beaches June 1, keeping well apart but enjoying the outdoors, as authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions for the first time in more than two months. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
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A machine cleans the main beach in Pattaya on June 01, 2020. Authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions for all the beaches in Thailand's Pattaya for the first time in more than two months. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
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An aerial photo shows the main beach in Pattaya on June 01, 2020. Authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions for all the beaches in Thailand's Pattaya for the first time in more than two months. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
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Restrictive signs are displayed on the main beach in Pattaya on June 01, 2020. Authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions for all the beaches in Thailand's Pattaya for the first time in more than two months. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
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People take a dip in the water at the main beach in Pattaya on June 01, 2020. People flocked back to some of Thailand's famed sandy beaches June 1, keeping well apart but enjoying the outdoors, as authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions for the first time in more than two months. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
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An aerial photo shows the main beach in Pattaya on June 01, 2020. Authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions for all the beaches in Thailand's Pattaya for the first time in more than two months. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
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Lifeguards stand watch on the beach in Pattaya on June 01, 2020. People flocked back to some of Thailand's famed sandy beaches June 1, keeping well apart but enjoying the outdoors, as authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions for the first time in more than two months. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
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The main beach in Pattaya is seen on June 01, 2020. Authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions for all the beaches in Thailand's Pattaya for the first time in more than two months. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
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An aerial photo shows the main beach in Pattaya on June 01, 2020. Authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions for all the beaches in Thailand's Pattaya for the first time in more than two months. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
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An aerial photo shows the main beach in Pattaya on June 01, 2020. Authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions for all the beaches in Thailand's Pattaya for the first time in more than two months. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
Updated 01 June 2020

Thais seek sun and surf as officials re-open some beaches

People returned to some of Thailand's famed sandy beaches Monday, keeping well apart but enjoying the outdoors, as authorities eased some coronavirus restrictions for the first time in more than two months.
In Pattaya, visitors marvelled at the clarity of the turquoise-blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand, as pensioners eager for exercise promenaded along the beach.
Social distancing rules still applied, with local authorities ordering beachgoers to stay at least a metre (three feet) apart.