Pattaya, Thailand



Pattaya's downtown area is fairly easy to get around with the main roads (a few hundred metes apart) running in a north-south direction. The roads include Beach Road (Thanon Hat Pattaya and sometimes referred as First Road) bordering the main beach (Hat Pattaya), Pattaya Second Road and Pattaya Third Road (with the smaller Soi Buakhao in between) and the Sukhumvit Road coastal highway. Beach Road is a one-way southbound road and likewise Second Road is a northbound road.

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The roads are connected by the three major roads running east-west:

  • North Pattaya Road, also known as Thanon Pattaya Nua in Thai,
  • Central Pattaya Road, known as Thanon Pattaya Klang, and
  • South Pattaya Road, known as Thanon Pattaya Tai.
North Pattaya Road is a dual carriageway and carries the highest volume of traffic to and from Sukhumvit Road.

Also connecting Beach Road and Second Road are a large number of smaller roads known as "sois". The main sois are numbered from 1 to 16 (north to south).

  • Sois 1-6 - Between North Pattaya Road and Central Pattaya Road.
  • Sois 7-13 - Between Central Pattaya Road and South Pattaya Road.
  • Sois 14-16 - Located south of South Pattaya Road.
Most of these east-west sois are (in theory at least) one-way roads.

Beach Road in Pattaya by TrapperFrank

Beach Road south of South Pattaya Road is closed to vehicles in the evenings (currently 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.) and called Walking Street - it is the main tourist area, both for nightlife and shopping. Other major tourist areas include the section of Second Road between sois 1-4 and the sois immediately north of South Pattaya Road. At the southern end of Walking Street is the New Pier, usually called Bali Hai Pier (sometimes "Pattaya Pier" or "South Pier").

Walking Street at night by Simplydipu

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