Following the announcement of the death of the King of Thailand the bars were closed on Soi 6 on Thursday night at about 8.00pm local time.
About a half hour later most of the girls had changed into their civvies and were plying their trade on the Soi as normal in front of the darkened bars. Presumably there were no bar fines to pay although I already had company at his time so did
not venture out to find out.
Later in the evening we had the mother and father of thunder storms with torrential rain so I suppose it was bad luck all round for the girls who need to work to pay the rent and buy essentials. It remains to be seen how long the bars will be closed.
Walking street and more or less all major bars and clubs similarly closed on Thursday night.
Speculation on the likely impact on Pattaya night life is rife with just a few related official proclamations coming through. Phuket bars have been asked t close for three days (one of which is already marked as a day for bar closures due to the 16th
being a Buddhist special day). Various sources suggest that bars will be generally able to open thereafter but there remains a question mark about those that offer entertainment. The government has called for a 30 day period without entertainment. Maybe
the practicality of people and companies needing to make a living will lead to some lesser period, particularly in a tourist resort.
Update: Still dark but open
14th October 2016.
Most of the bars in Pattaya have re-opened with the restriction that they keep the neon signs dark and generally keep music and other external activity down to a minimum.
Update: Still quiet
18th October 2016. Thanks to Dave
It was very quiet in walking street last night.
There were some topless girls in Supergirl but they were just standing on the stage chatting.
In Happy all the girls were wearing large coyote clothes, it was very quiet in there (hardly surprising).
Sweethearts was the best ,it was full and as normal apart from having the curtain at the entrance closed.
All the bars in Thappraya road were quiet, no music and no punters. There were a couple of people in the Pig and Whistle,there weren't even any street food vendors.
There were no parties of tourists in walking street either.