A number of rumours have been heard recently in Pattaya
- short time rooms in soi 6 being closed, or being permanently closed off by sealing them
- lady drinks banned
- no sale of alcohol before 6pm
- no more bar licences being issued
- valid Thai certificate required for all massage workers
- no nudity in gogo bars
- checks on guest friendly hotels
- no bar fines paid to the bar
as usual with these rumours there is a mixture of truth and fiction going on. It is true that during afternoon hours soi 6 has reduced activity currently. This can be observed simply by walking down the street in broad daylight.
however, we have reliable reporting that most of these rumours have no grain of truth in them. Pattaya is open for business. One thing to bear in mind is that there are many competing interests in Pattaya. There is Chonburi police, Pattaya city police, Thai army, etc., as well as other groups such as immigration officers. Many rumours start when confusion about whether it is really police or some other group deciding to enforce liquor laws and so on.
We have checked the Walking Street clubs yesterday and everything is as usual with shows and performances that you would expect from the dancers. It appears that some fear-mongering has been going on because of 2 venues closing, Airport (which is a long established gogo) and G-spot, which is closing to reopen under new management. in fact there are many promotions such as cheap draft beer all night still occuring at the WS clubs. Annabelle’s is a new club that has opened on the old site of Fahrenheit. Work is also being undertaken in Soi Diamond for a new club to open.
so in fact, the number of venues in Pattaya would seem to be increasing, even as it is low season.