It is tropical storm season in Thailand and with the heavy rainfall and lack of adequate drainage in towns such as Pattaya there is widespread flooding. This is a common occurence in Thailand as infrastructure is unable to cope with extremely heavy monsoonal rains. In Pattaya the large number of small soi’s are prone to flooding, even major streets like Second Road are not immune to knee high flooding (30cm, 12 inches of water) on the road. Obviously this makes transport an issue and motorbikes are rendered practically useless. When Beach Road is flooded, it obviously makes it difficult for the usual pedestrians and others to use it as a coconut bar for freelance transactions to take place.
If you are caught out the best thing to do is stay put and wait until the flood subsides, possibly using our guide to apps in Pattaya to arrange some fun when the rain finally clears. The forecast currently shows showers and thunderstorms over the next 4-5 days. However like most tropical weather, the rain is rarely constant and can disappear almost as fast as it appeared. A number of soi 6 bars are enclosed or have large patio areas, check out our list for more details. It would be a good idea to sit inside, drink a beer with some bar girls for company.
Of course this weather also means that Pattaya is rather quiet, as always under the laws of supply and demand, fewer punters means that girls will be more desperate for company and you can use this to your advantage.
Stay dry and comfortable and with patience the weather will clear up soon!