Pattaya Walking Street: Thailand’s Most Famous Walking Street
A walk down Pattaya Walking Street can be an incredible experience. The neon lights and colour, music and noise, performers and people, food and odours, and everything else about this kilometre long road will dazzle you.
Some find it bliss, others numbing. But even if you are not into partying and prefer quiet places, you should consider visiting Thailand’s wildest walking street – at least once.
Pattaya Walking Street: Timings & Getting There
The street is closed to vehicles from 7:00 pm – 3:00 am. By 8:00 pm most places are open, but there isn’t much action before 10:00 pm. Walking Street Pattaya comes alive around midnight.
The distance from Central Pattaya to Walking Street is about 1.2 miles (2 km). To get to there, you can either walk along the beach or take an open-air tuk-tuk that takes rounds of the city.
Things To Do In Walking Street Pattaya
Watch a Band Perform
The live bands performing in Walking Street Pattaya are amazing. On any night there should be 5-10 bands playing. You can walk along the street, find a band you like (you’ll be able to see and hear bands play from the road), and enjoy drinks while tapping your feet or dancing to popular songs.
Sipping on a 100 Baht ($3) beer in a bar while watching a live performance is our favourite thing to do in Thailand’s Walking Streets. Excessive competition has ensured that artists in the area are exceptionally talented – so which ever bar you select, you’ll get to enjoy a great performance.
Enjoy a Sumptuous Meal
The Walking Street in Pattaya has excellent food options. In addition to open air food stalls, the street also has well-established restaurants that specialise in sea food. Some of these have dining areas that look out across Pattaya Bay, making them a great place to enjoy a meal while taking a break from the hustle and bustle.
Walking Street Pattaya Recommended Restaurants:
- Marine Sea Food: Centre of Walking Street. Inexpensive and basic restaurant serving delicious Thai food and fresh sea food.
- King Sea Food: Opposite Soi 14, Walking Street. Great view of the bay, good food and ambiance.
- La Notte Pub & Restaurant: 220/2-4, Walking Street. Serves delicious French and European cuisine.
- Karma Indian Restaurant: 109/4 Moo 10, near Soi 15. One of the best Indian food restaurants in Pattaya.
- Rasputin Restaurant Pattaya: 280/1, near the Bali Hai end of the street. Stylish and lively Russian restaurant with a good selection of dishes.
- L’Italiano Italian Restaurant: 94/7 Moo 10, Walking Street. Extensive menu with an impressive wine selection.
You can also sample delicious street food and try exotic Thai fruits. The Turkish ice cream shop here is famous all over Pattaya.
Night clubs and Go-Go bars
Flashy neon signs advertising bars and scantily clad women will invite you to their night clubs. In all, there are over 100 night clubs and go-go bars in Walking Street Pattaya. Here is a list of top night clubs and go-go bars on the street.
- If you visit go-go bars, you’ll end up paying a lot more than the advertised rate.
Watch The World Go By
You’ll see hundreds of people from all over the world, trying to make sense of their surroundings. Some are seeing a walking street in Thailand for the first time and the culture shock on their faces show. (This can be quite interesting to watch). Some come to have a good time and enjoy drinks, others for the women. Sitting in a good spot and watching the world go by can be a fun thing to do here.
Watch a Muay Thai Show
You’ll also get to see several Muay Thai boxing shows on Pattaya Walking Street. The most popular one is about halfway down the street, opposite the entrance to Marine Plaza.
Though the matches are partly staged and not as vicious as the real thing, they are still fun to watch. You can even step in the ring to test your boxing skills and get photographed with the boxers (a tip will be expected).
Visit the Bal Hai Pier (Pattaya Pier)
On one end of the street is the Pattaya pier – a central feature of the city. Ferries to Koh Larn Island leave from here. If the noise and commotion of the road gets too much for you, Pattaya Pier is a good place to take a break. The pier is pretty and quiet at night. It’s a great place to enjoy a beer in silence before you head back.
What Not to do in Walking Street Pattaya
As long as you behave responsibly and act reasonably, you should have lots of fun exploring the street. However, keep the following points in mind:
Don’t go for Sex Shows
Whether you visit with your partner or alone, touts will approach you and ask if you would like to watch a sex show. They will be carrying a menu with women on it. Even if you are curious, going for a sex show is a bad idea. You will most likely be ripped off. People fall into this trap and regret it.
Don’t Display Your Money
In general, Thailand’s walking streets have a few pickpockets. Be careful whenever you pull out your wallet to make payments, and always count the change you get back. Avoid carrying valuables.
(In 2019, when we last visited Pattaya Walking Street a decently dressed man approached us and asked us to visit his night club. We told him that we were not interested. But he continued to be friendly – even though he didn’t really seem interested in us. We took this as a warning and asked him to stay away. And, sure enough – although we were extra alert, by then he had somehow managed to unbutton the pocket my wallet was in and pull it out halfway. It could have been a sad end to an amazing holiday. Pickpockets here are very skilled so be alert).
Don’t do Drugs
You might be approached by someone offering or selling drugs. Stay away. It could be a setup. Drugs in Thailand are illegal and the consequences of being in possession are very serious.
Don’t Forget to Stay in Your Senses
Don’t get carried away by the ambiance and festive mood of this wild nightlife area in Pattaya. We have seen people get so drunk that they do not even remember where their hotel is. This can be a disaster. Drink responsibly.
Also, the chances of getting mugged are far greater when you are drunk. So stay alert. (Our article on keeping safe in Thailand covers other points to keep in mind when visiting areas such as Thailand’s walking streets).
Don’t Disrespect Women
Please don’t disrespect the women that work in Thailand’s walking streets and other such areas. Most of them have a tough life and they have no other option than to do what they do to support their families.
Hotels near Walking Street Pattaya
If you can handle the music from bars and prefer not to find your way back to your hotel late at night, then booking accommodation in or near the walking street is a good option. (Don’t forget to buy ear plugs). Here are some popular hotels in the area:
The Future of Pattaya’s Walking Street
Pattaya’s infamous red-light area has come a long way since we first visited in 2009. And, the good news is that it will keep improving. In July 2018, the Thai government decided to beautify the street to give it a more ‘family-orientated feel’. By the end of 2019, Pattaya Walking Street will get a makeover to make it more appealing to families.
Pattaya Walking Street is to Pattaya as beaches are to Thailand. It’s difficult to imagine one without picturing the other. So when in Pattaya be sure to experience the city’s nightlife by visiting the famous Walking Street in Pattaya.