A VISIT to the Walking Street is always a highlight of one’s tour of Pattaya. Its unique ambiance is an experience in itself that is amazing and captivating. Upon entering it, you get a sense of a free-spirited lifestyle. You can’t help but be overwhelmed by the cacophony of sounds all around, prompting you to let go and let your hair down as well. Part of the Walking Street’s charm is its spontaneity. You do as you please, as long, of course, as it is within the bounds of the law and decency.
The wide span of its street serves as the center stage where various activities take place. There is a continuous flow of people coming from all directions, many of them seeking new adventures. These adventures can include the gastronomic kind. You can either have fine dining or go for street food from street-smart entrepreneurs who post their menus, right on lampposts along the street. Many of the menus are written in Thai, which is baffling considering that most visitors are foreign tourists.
Those with fetish for the macabre can go and watch a native snake charmer as he cheats death every time he dodges the deadly strike of a seething cobra that sends some in the audience to jump from their seats when the snake becomes too close for comfort. One may opt for extreme adventure of adult shows, available at a wave of the hand to peddlers disguised as, well, software or music CD vendors. For the lonely at heart, there is the adventure of a lifetime. And that is to pursue the girl of your dream by going for the stools where a bevy of lovely and heavily made up girls (beware: some are katoeys). Walking Street is not for the moralist or the plain bigot. It is for those who truly seek adventure wherever they may be found.