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Outcry as Pattaya’s Walking Street opens to vehicles

Jack Burton

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Pattaya’s famous Walking Street nightlife district is now open to vehicular traffic around the clock, but not everyone is pleased. Business owners in the Walking Street area are reportedly asking the Pattaya City government to extend a current trial allowing vehicles onto the street at all hours of the day. The trial was proposed as international borders are still closed due to the Covid-19 crisis, leading to a lack of tourists. An estimated 60% of its businesses remain closed, although some nightclubs are still popular, even with reduced traffic.

The opening event Friday night was led the Pattaya City Deputy Mayor Ronnakit Eakkasing, who said:

“This opening event is to invite both Thai and foreign tourists to visit Walking Street. Now, vehicles are being allowed to enter walking street as a long-term trial. However it is one way traffic to prevent accidents.”

Comments on social media were mostly negative. While many saw the point of making the area seem more lively and allowing people to park or get dropped off in front of their venue of choice rather than walk down a darkened street with many closed businesses, in reality the traffic combined with pedestrians appeared somewhat chaotic on the first night. Parking is now also allowed on the street, which has led to reduced space for both vehicles and pedestrians.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Make it motorbike only.

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    Kevin Skinner

    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Make it walking again.

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    Terry Williams

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 6:43 am

    You can not call it walking street anymore!

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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