About Pattaya

Pattaya is a city in Thailand, located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 165 km southeast of Bangkok located within but not part of Amphoe Bang Lamung (Banglamung) in the province of Chonburi.

The city of Pattaya is a self governing municipal area which covers the whole tambon Nong Prue (Nongprue) and Na Kluea (Naklua) and parts of Huai Yai and Nong Pla Lai. It is located in the heavily industrial Eastern Seaboard zone, along with Si Racha (Sri Racha), Laem Chabang, and Chon Buri (Chonburi).

The city of Pattaya has a population exceeding 100,000 (2007). Pattaya is also the center of the Pattaya-Chonburi Metropolitan Area, the conurbation in Chonburi Province, with a total population exceeding 1,000,000 (2010).

Walking Street is part of the city of Pattaya, Thailand. It is a tourist attraction that draws foreigners and Thai nationals, primarily for the night life. It has been identified by some as a red-light district[1 and The street runs from the south end of Beach Road to the Bali Hai Pier. A large sign at the Beach Road entrance was erected in March 2010, and a small arch adorns the Bali Hai entrance.

Walking Street is closed to vehicles from 6:00 pm to 2 am, and car parking is provided at the Bali Hai end. The area includes seafood restaurants, live music venues, beer bars, discothèques, sports bars, go-go bars, and nightclubs, and is illuminated at night by many colored neon signs. The closing time of 2:00 am has been extended for many business establishments.

As in other crowded public venues, visitors should be careful about their purses, wallets, or handbags while visiting Walking Street. Tourist police patrol the street nightly, and there are police-staffed tables at the south entrance to the street. If visitors are facing any unpleasant situation in Pattaya, including Pattaya Walking Street, they need to contact the tourist police by calling to +66(0)-3842-9371.

Source by Wikipedia (7 April 2011)