Walking Street Pattaya is the liveliest street in the city. It is a world famous venue and it is the heart and soul of the Pattaya nightlife scene as far as tourists are concerned... but it is less appreciated by longer term visitors.
Expats avoid it due to the higher prices, but tourists don't seem to care!
Its fame is well deserved and its reputation unsurpassed. It is home to literally hundreds of bars, dozens of agogo's, dozens of restaurants, thousands of girls and most of the nightclubs in Pattaya.
If you can't find somewhere here that you like, I'm afraid that the whole nightlife party scene is probably not for you.
The general level of nightlife venues in this area of Pattaya is of the highest standard available; the drawback is that they often command the highest prices around, but you still get excellent value for your money.
Geographically, Walking Street is located in south Pattaya. It stretches for about 1km down to Bali Hai Pier. The best nightlife is concentrated within about half of that distance.
Added to the main street there are lots of others that join onto Walking Street, bringing the total real-estate to well over 2km of almost non-stop bars, restaurants, gogo's and so on! It's not just the size and density of the place though, it is packed full of character... and characters!
For younger guys in particular, Walking Street Pattaya has a lot of appeal and it is here, in the discos, that most of them meet their Thai holiday girlfriends... or at least their casual partners for the night.
The best looking westerners who are well-presented and youthful are quite capable of finding girls without engaging in the pay-for-play industry. However, most of these guys don't realise that the girls they hook with are indeed working-girls, and whilst they will not provide their charms to the older guys for free, they are almost certainly available for a price!
I appreciate that a significant number of modern travelers to Pattaya are not interested in working-girls, but you should appreciate that these ladies are everywhere. Regular Thai girls just don't hang out in the tourist areas of Pattaya.
If you are especially concerned by this, you might prefer to look for your girls online, there is genuine interest in westerners to be found there. Obviously, there are still a lot of working-girls on the dating sites, but there are also genuine regular girls. If you go after girls of a similar age to yourself, things can easily happen online.
If you want to date a sexy, younger Thai lady that you can put your trust in, don't go looking for her at a bar... Bar girls can be lovely, but they're not great at loyalty!
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There are three quick points that any new visitor should be aware of with regard to Walking Street Pattaya:
There have been various types of street entertainers here down the years and, by way of example, I'll describe three of them. If you have been on holiday here over the last few years you may have noticed them.
The first is a man who usually dresses himself up in a cowboy outfit (see the video below) and performs card and cigarette tricks for anyone who cares to watch.
On occasion, he can draw quite a crowd when performing - his tricks are impressive and I have absolutely no idea how he manages to control the cards in the way he does. I’ve heard that the cards are on wires, but if that’s true then they are extremely fine wires, and his skill in controlling them is outstanding.
The second act is, in my view, even more impressive than the first. Two youngsters, one a boy the other a girl, perform football tricks. The first time I saw them I'd guess that the older of the two youngsters (the boy) was about 9 or 10 years old. His ball control skills were outstanding; I can only imagine that his parents have got him practising for several hours every day. Again, this act draws a good crowd and I suspect that it provides a good enough income (donations from people watching) for the youngsters' parents to enjoy a decent standard of living.
The other act was an acrobatic act where a young Thai girl contorted her body to fit on a small tray that rested on a stack of glasses. It was a delicate balancing act and you had to wonder how long it could go on before the girl would be too old. I guess that day has already come and gone, and I haven't seen this act in a while.
As with the other acts, it drew a sizable crowd and seemed to provide a decent income for the girl’s parents; that was always a bit of a worry as it might have been difficult for the parents to call an end to the act when the time came. That said, the Thai’s are a resourceful lot and it wouldn’t surprise me if her parents have got some ideas for her future... hopefully not involving bar-work on Walking Street Pattaya!
These are just representative of the sort of thing you see here, and different acts come and go all the time. There are also people walking on stilts, as well people in costumes. There's a virtual reality machine that the tourists use whilst trying to remain upright (not easy), even the Turkish ice-cream salesman puts on a show!
The discos in Pattaya are all free entry, so I advise you to check them all out. The general level of consensus on discos, nightclubs if you prefer, is that the best ones are:
As you wander along the main drag, you will notice that not only is the nightlife busier here than at any of the other nightspots, it has people from all corners of the globe strolling up and down it.
In recent years the demographic make-up of Pattaya's tourist industry has changed significantly. At one time, it was dominated by middle-aged single white men but this is no longer the case. The tourist board here have, for some time, been working to clean up Pattaya's image and promote it to the new emerging markets around the world.
Walking Street Pattaya, and the other main tourist areas in the city, now appeals to a growing number of middle-class Indian, Russian and Chinese people. Additionally, it is not only males from these countries that are choosing to holiday here, entire families are now a common sight.
I don't think anyone would argue that Walking Street has entirely succeeded in cleaning up its act, but it is definitely a different place to what it once was. That said, different doesn't necessarily mean worse or better - Walking Street Pattaya remains a really fun place to go for a night out. The prices may be higher, but the quality is such that it is still a high value option, and it's an option that has to be explored!
The vast number of Pattaya nightlife venues will give you plenty of opportunities to meet girls. But, if you prefer a more intimate way of meeting ladies, you might be interested in online dating.
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There’s no doubt that much of Pattaya’s nightlife remains focused on the male visitor and, generally speaking, that is also true of Walking Street. It is NOT exclusively the case though, there are many attractions here for ladies, and I’m not talking about shopping facilities (although there are lots of these too).
It turns out that there are some female visitors to Thailand that are also looking for casual romantic encounters in Thailand!
The picture below demonstrates the point. Yes this is a bar that is focused on attracting gay men, but you shouldn’t go thinking that all the Thai men working there are gay! Nope, there is a large contingent of Thai guys working in these venues that are only too happy to entertain female customers! I’m not sure if these guys are straight or bisexual, but I imagine that they just go wherever the money is regardless of their own preferences.
There are lots of establishments dotted around Pattaya like the one in the picture below. The main areas to go to are the two main gay areas, Boyz Town and Sunee Plaza. It seems that, whilst there are plenty of Thai working-men, there are not sufficient numbers of lady visitors to Pattaya to support any venues that are solely catering for straight women, which means that any lady readers interested in meeting Thai men should head towards the gay areas.
I’m also told that the gay areas are the right places for couples to go to if they are involved in a.... erm.... ‘open relationship’. The possibilities go further.... live sex shows are prohibited in Thailand, but there is no reason why you can’t meet a Thai lady in a bar, agree to spend some time together and then head off to Boyz Town to find a Thai guy that can entertain. I think I’ll leave it at that, this is all getting a bit too deviant!
The restaurants on Walking Street Pattaya are, generally speaking, of an excellent standard. I've not eaten at all of them, but I have eaten at a good number of them. If you like seafood, you'll be very happy with what's on offer. The seafood restaurants are not cheap by Pattaya standards, but they are still very reasonable compared to what you would pay back home in the West.
The produce is as fresh as it gets, as you would expect from a coastal city. On entry to the best seafood restaurants (these are located on the beach-side of the Soi) you can walk straight through the restaurant to the back where you will find tables and chairs set up to enjoy the sea-view. With the beach being west facing, you can sit and watch the sunset whilst you dine - it's a good option for a romantic meal!
Assuming that you are not a party of two (or more) and that you are one of the more traditional visitors to Walking Street Pattaya, you will not be disappointed by the options open to you. The adjoining sois are home to some of the best a go go bars in the city, and it remains a top choice for making new acquaintances with ladies. Some of the best a-go-go bars are:
For more information on the a-go-go entertainment, click a-go-go bars. These bars are often (not always) full of beautiful girls, and the acts that they perform on stage are much better than the acts that you will see in the smaller agogos located around Pattaya.
My other top recommendation for a night out with very good a-go-go bars is Soi LK Metro. This is a lesser known soi, but it is rapidly growing in popularity.
As a closing note, a word of caution. Walking Street Pattaya is (as the name suggests) a pedestrian zone at night, but the sois that join onto it are not. Soi Diamond and others are narrow and have motorcycles bombing up and down them all night. If you have had a few drinks too many, it can be a bit of a hazard so take care.
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