February 2022 edition of what is happening in Pattaya

The state of Pattaya in 2022… what to say. Those who are used to the bustling city, population swelled with workers from out of town but especially the north east … there is less of that now. And of course international tourism is totally down. Well on the plus side the alcohol restrictions are lifted which means that small venues, beer bars , soi 6, 7, 8  Buakhao  and Beach road can open, serving customers with the usual loud music played over the top of each other. There are few foreign tourists as to be expected and certain bars are just expat crowd; retirees and others who have made their way from their home country wherever that might be, to the Pattaya Bay on the Gulf of Thailand. Of course, there are girls working in these bars. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there are endless debates about whether quality is going up or down ; as usual reports are mixed, you can find what you want.,, all types of women working in the usual bars, massage places and more.

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In fact, around half or more of the soi 6 bars are open and welcome customers. In fact you might be pulled in and be the only customer… which could mean wallet trouble unless you want to buy lady drinks for all the bar and ring the bell. the problem is that by 9pm, when in the old pre pandemic days things might just be getting started, the bars close, enforced by the Thai police. SO if you were going to be doing drinking activities it would be best to start early ; and become a day-drinker to maximise the bar time available before the party is cut short. THere are still all the usual games and activities, pool, connect 4, jenga.  There are still plentiful restaurants of every kind of cuisine you could ask for, from Russian to Indian to German as well as of course excellent local street food. And years of development has paid off with brand new shopping malls like the themed Terminal 21.

But if you come to Pattaya for the gogo bars of Walking Street then you might be disappointed. The “gogos that reopened have no dancers so are basically beer bars. Walking Street is not totally dead but it is a sad state to see all the closed and boarded up gogo bars. The future here is uncertain with some rumours that the conservatives in the Pattaya and Chon buri authorities have  finally their battle to de-licence the walking street gogos; however even if this were so, in a country like Thailand there would still be a way for owners to find a loophole or even in plain sight work out a deal with the police to continue operations in some form. This has already occurred in Soi LK for example where former agogos have reopened in a limited capacity.

So in summary, can you go to Pattaya – yes; will it be exactly the same as old Pattaya – no; but will it still be Pattaya- yes. If you expect change then you won’t be surprised

 

 

richard coxley

Richard Coxley is a business consultant with over 12 years experience in Asia. He enjoys playing golf. He has travelled extensively in Thailand and currently resides in Pratumnak, Pattaya.

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