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Pattaya Walking Street

This one-kilometer stretch at the southern end of Beach Road closes to vehicular traffic at night and morphs into one of Thailand's most notorious red-light districts. After dark, Walking Street roars to life in a sea of neon lights and thumping music as pubs, nightclubs, sports bars, and go-go bars open their doors.

While undoubtedly the party-center of Pattaya, a night out on Walking Street can be as wild or tame as you choose to make it. Several R-rated venues are available as well as lower key pubs, live bands, street performers, and food stands.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

1-5hours

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

6pm-late7 days

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Walking Street at night

Who Will Like Pattaya Walking Street

Nightlife Star

Prepare for an all-night pub crawl as almost every building along Walking Street is home to a pub, club or go-go bar. Take your pick of venues offering bargain cocktails, live music, and exotic dancers.

Bucketlist Bandit

Take a walk down this must-see street and take selfies with street performers and at a neon-lit entrance sign. Choose a bar or nightclub to enjoy a drink or two at this world-renowned nightlife district.

Relaxation Guru

Settle in at a bar like Hot Tuna Bar, order a few rounds of your go-to drink and request your favorite song be played by the live band.

Insider Tips For Pattaya Walking Street

  • Walking street closes to vehicular traffic at 6pm, but most visitors arrive after 10pm.
  • Leave a generous tip if you request a song from a live band.
  • Walking street is not child-friendly, even if you don't plan to visit inside any venues. Some barely-dressed exotic dancers spill onto the street in an attempt to attract more customers to their venue.
Walking Street entrance by day

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Where Is It

Walking St, Muang Pattaya, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150

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How To Get There

Rideshare

Drivers can pick up and drop off at either end of Walking Street. Rideshare restrictions are not as strictly enforced as in other areas of Pattaya.

Taxi

Taxi drivers can pick up and drop off at either end of Walking Street.

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Songthaew (Circular route)

Take the circular route along beach road until you reach Walking Street.

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What To Bring

Do:
  • Cash for drinks and tips.
Don't:
  • Value belongings like passports, jewelry, or large sums of cash.

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yesflash is ok

Tripod allowed: Not encouraged

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Night

Tips: Avoid taking photos that include the faces of bar girls on the street, or at least ask permission before shooting. As the street is only really active at night, try to fix your ISO quite high for a hand-held shot with minimal motion blur. The ideal number would depend on your camera body and lens.

Drones

Drones allowed: Not encouraged

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

A large number of dining options ranging from local street food stands to fine dining seafood restaurants are located along Walking Street. Options include Italian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Thai. There's even a Turkish ice-cream vendor providing dessert with a show.

Backstory

Walking Street was initially one of the main roads constructed for Pattaya's fishing industry. During the 1960s and 70s, a series of beer bars, guest houses, music lounges, restaurants, and go-go bars emerged to cater to American sailors and soldiers who often stopped in Pattaya port. Word of Pattaya's nightlife district, then called "The Strip" spread to other western seafarers, increasing demand for development of the city and its main streets. Walking Street changed with the times, adding discotheques and cabaret shows during the 1980s.

The name 'Walking Street' was first used in the 1990s, when a series of car accidents caused the city council to close the street to vehicles from 6pm onwards leaving it a pedestrian-only pathway after dark.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Tip waitstaff and live bands.
  • Be polite when turning down an invitation to enter a venue.
Don't:
  • Use, sell, or possess drugs. This is illegal in Thailand and carries strict penalties.
  • Drink too much and act drunk and disorderly. Drinking is expected on Walking Street but drunken behavior is considered disrespectful in Thailand.
  • Display money as it may entice pickpockets.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Variety of nightlife options to suit both hard-core partiers and those more subdued.
  • Live rock band at Hot Tuna Bar.
  • Pedestrian-only atmosphere closed to vehicular traffic.
Could Be Better:
  • Propositions by dancers wanting men to enter their venue. Some can be very persistent and follow you down the street.
  • Drunk tourists and disorderly behavior.
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