Pattaya’s ‘nightlife’ a facade

Several bars along Soi 6 have opened as restaurants, some with only bowls of nuts on the menu.

Pattaya’s bars may be reopening as “restaurants,” but that doesn’t mean things are back to normal.

About half the brothels in Soi 6, for example, have begun servicing tourists again, with maybe some bowls of nuts offered as food, but half the venues remain closed.

Likewise, several Walking Street go-go bars have reinvented themselves as lounges or snack shops with sexy servers, but still no dancing.

The city’s nightlife has the facade of being open, but it’s just an empty shell.

Technically, bars and restaurants require customers to have passed a recent Covid-19 test before entering, although this isn’t always enforced.