Walking Street is the main nightlife area in Pattaya. The area is populated with many gogo bars, open air bars, discos and other entertainment establishments. At night the road is blocked to traffic allowing easy and safe pedestrian access. On many nights the road is packed with people. Some people come to look, others come to frequent the bars in the area and some come as part of their trade. This video concentrates on the women that can be found on Walking Street, Pattaya.
While it must be remembered that not all the ladies are not out looking for a customer many are. In this video you can see the way the women conduct themselves and get a feeling for the atmosphere that exists in this area.
Be careful as all is not as it seems. Some of the ‘ladies’ in this video are not actually females. See if you can pick the ladyboys in the video. Be particularly careful late at night as many ladyboys hit walking Street in hope of finding a drunk male to offer a surprise.
These two videos, while not great, shows the nature of Soi 8. Soi 8 is a small road that runs between Beach Road and Second Road. It is the second soi to the south of Central Pattaya Road (Pattaya Klang.)
Soi 8 is dominated by open air beer bars. Some of the bars are in complexes while others are individual bars. There are also a few small gogo bars and coyote bars. A couple of years ago a few closed air-conditioned bars opened on the soi but the area wasn’t ready for them and most of them have subsequently closed.
One thing to note in the first video is the number of vendors walking past. This is a feature of sois such as Soi 8. You can be asked to buy a particular item by one person then another person will ask you to buy the same item one minute later even after you told the first one no and they are part of the same group. It does test your patience at times. From the vendor at 1:42 in the first video it appears that this video was taken at about Christmas time.
This soi and the Soi 7 must be visited on a trip to Pattaya. The atmosphere is very different from that of Walking Street and the action is more concentrated that the Soi 2 and 3 area. While the bars are open more or less open 24 hours a day the best part of the night starts at about 9pm. On a good night things can continue until 4am or perhaps even until dawn. There are many small bars to visit but don’t miss the gogo bars even if it is only to cool down on a warm night.
The two videos are taken by the same person. It is a bit unfortunate that he decided to spilt it into two parts. The two videos give an idea of the nature of Soi 8
This video called Pattaya Women – A Tribute focuses on the women in Pattaya. It shows the fun-loving nature of the Thai women. It was shot mainly in Walking Street will some scenes being shot in the nearby sois.
Walking Street is the main nightlife area in Pattaya. On the street there are numerous bars. These include open air bars, discos and gogo bars. There are also many restaurants and other types of shops. It is geared towards nightlife and is not a shopping district even though there are some shops that only open in the day-time. At night the road is closed to traffic hence the name. During the day the place has a completely different atmosphere and almost seems alien.
Many of the bars actively attract customers. Out the front of many businesses there will be people (mainly female) on Walking Street trying to entice people into their establishments. This is many true from the gogo bars but you will also find touts for open beer bars and restaurants. They tend to have their more attractive women as touts but this is not always true.
If you go to Pattaya try to experience as many types of bars as possible. Don’t expect someone to tell you which is the best bar to go to. You will find that you will have your own preferences. Also a bar that is great one night will not necessarily be the best the following night. It can vary greatly
Other the last few years there has been a gradual increase in the number of family tourists that walk Along Walking Street at night. On many nights there appear to be more tourists on Walking Street than those who go for the nightlife. This has increased pedestrian traffic. I guess the people who come for the entertainment spend more of their time in the bars than walking up and down the road.
I like this video because it capture the essence Thai women who frequent the Walking Street area quite well. They are fun-loving and very friendly and oh so sexy.
Update 3 August 2010: Unfortunately the Youtube account containing this video has been suspended. I hope to find it elesewhere once the author reposts it.