Walking Street is a strip of entertainment and nightlife in Pattaya, Thailand. Located along the coast of the Gulf of Siam, this 800 m (2,500 ft)-long street is a well-known red-light district in the area. You can’t miss Walking Street in Pattaya because of the eye-catching bright neon lights and signs which is what it’s known for. There are a lot of restaurants, bars, clubs, and hotels so the area is guaranteed to be highly filled with tourists and even locals. To fully experience the area said to be the best place for nightlife in Thailand, check out this guide to Walking Street Pattaya.
Things to do / Highlights
Go clubbing and drinking
You can’t just go to a red-light district without expecting to drink and dance, can you? Walking Street is one of the best places in Thailand to experience nightlife and you shouldn’t miss out on this. There are numerous night clubs and go-go bars to check out.
See a live band perform
Along the streets of Walking Street, there are several live bands performing to add to the entertaining atmosphere. You can catch any of these bands while hanging out at one of the bars with a good drink.
Witness a live Muay Thai match
Muay Thai is a popular sport in this country and they take it quite seriously. In Walking Street, like the live bands, you’ll get to see a few shows and witness the action live. Some say the most famous one is near Marine Plaza just midway of the street.
What to eat
For the freshest catch of seafood, head over to Marine Seafood which is located in the center of Walking Street and is beside the popular Marine Disco. Though there are many seafood restaurants in Walking Street, Marine Seafood is one of the more affordable alternatives. The staff speaks English well too so the language barrier won’t be a hurdle for the guests.
You won’t miss King Seafood with its huge bright neon signs and lights displayed outside its entrance. This is probably one of the more popular seafood restaurants in the area. You can also have a fresh catch for dinner straight from the aquarium displayed at the restaurant.
Turkish Ice Cream
This famous street food became viral on social media because of how it’s served. The ice cream man will hand you the ice cream on a traditional cone - if you can catch it! You’ll have to go through his fun tricks of the trade before you can have your cone.
Things to buy
Anywhere you go in Thailand, shopping is a must on your itinerary. Souvenir shirts are quite common in any touristy area like Walking Street. You will find statement shirts with witty and clever captions perfect for your taste. There are also shirts with colorful prints and flags of some countries so simply take your pick and make a good bargain.
Elephant pants are one of the top souvenirs in all of Thailand. Made from soft fabric, these pants are designed with a loose fit and various traditional prints, usually elephants. They’re becoming a great fashion trend but are also great for everyday comfort and are usually quite affordable.
Be careful with your personal belongings
As with any place filled with tourists, the first thing you have to watch out for is your belongings. Walking Street is a lively place full of people so it’s an ideal place for a pickpocketing incident. Thailand is relatively safe but it’s better to be safe than sorry! You wouldn’t want to remember your trip as an unfortunate one, right? Be sure to mind your personal belongings especially important ones like your phone, wallet and important tourist identifications like your passport.
Visit with an open mind
Remember that Walking Street is a red-light district so expect a lot of things to be explicit and wild to an extent. If you want a peaceful and relaxing ambiance, this is not the place for you. Take note that the best time to visit is after 10pm, and from 7pm to 3am, the street is closed to vehicles. You’ll also have to walk a lot since it’s a long stretch of entertainment so be prepared for that. However, don’t forget to have a good time!
How to get there
It takes around two-and-a-half hours by driving from Bangkok to Pattaya. Then from Central Pattaya, it’s another 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) to get to Walking Street itself. One of the best ways to get to Walking Street is taking a stroll on the beach. You can enjoy the views at the same time! Alternatively, you can hail a traditional Thai tuk tuk from Central Pattaya that will take you directly to Walking Street.
Walking Street Pattaya information
Walking Street Pattaya
Address: Southern end of Beach Road, South Pattaya, Thailand
Department of Tourism: Pattaya, Thailand
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