Authorities Warn Pattaya Walking Street Nightlife Venues Again
Pattaya Walking Street bars were warned by authorities again this week that prostitution, guns and all night opening will no longer be tolerated. All venues are to be closed by 3am.
A new curfew is in place for all bars and entertainment venues located on Pattaya’s Walking Street. On Monday, local officials informed bar owners and managers that venues had to close by 3am. As well as reminding bar owners of Walking Street’s trading hours, officials left a leaflet at each venue informing that guns and prostitutes are prohibited.
The leaflet reads:
- No persons under 20 years of age allowed
- No drugs
- No prostitution
- No guns, knives and weapons
The news comes just days after officials issued a similar warning to bars on Soi 6. Last week, bars were informed they have to remain closed during the day and can now only open from 6pm.
The crackdown is part of a new sweeping changes to licensing regulations that are being rolled out by City Hall after discussions with officials from the police, tourism and entertainment sectors.
The move comes as authorities desperately try to reinvent the image of the popular resort town from one synonymous with sex and adult entertainment to that of a modern and family friendly resort with mass appeal.
Earlier this week, the police and military launched raids on three venues in the city. One raid was carried out a popular gentleman’s club named Rioja after police received reports that sexual services were for sale. A 52 year old woman was arrested. Another two raids in the early hours of Tuesday morning resulted in 14 people being arrested.