Helping to push a stone slab with a carving of a Hindu deity into the earth, Kampon Tansacha said he faced a stark choice in deciding what to do with the army of staff that looked after his botanical garden outside the Thai resort city of Pattaya: close the garden and let them go unpaid, or keep it open and soak up the losses with no visitors.Before the coronavirus pandemic took hold, Noongnooch Tropical Garden used to welcome up to 9,000 visitors a day – mostly Chinese tour groups – to drift…


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