What happened to Pattaya’s girls, bars and nightlife during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic?
The photos on this page are of Pattaya bars and nightlife venues at various areas in Pattaya, before, during, and between periods of Pattaya nightlife lockdowns due to the Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic.
Pattaya bars and nightlife lockdown periods:
- 1st lockdown: March 18 to July 1, 2020
- 2nd lockdown: December 30, 2020, to February 5, 2021
- 3rd lockdown: April 9, 2021, to, not known at this time
Pattaya girls and nightlife coronavirus FAQ
- When will Pattaya nightlife and bars open again?
- Will Pattaya’s nightlife ever be the same again?
- Where did the girls go when Pattaya bars and nightlife venues were closed due to Covid-19?
According to local news reports, the plan was for Pattaya to open up to vaccinated tourists, with restrictions in place, in October 2021. Unfortunately, due to a large spike in Covid-19 cases in Thailand in July 2021, leading to stricter controls on July 20, including more widespread lockdowns and curfew, any hopes of Pattaya bars and nightlife venues re-opening in October are extremely doubtful.
Due to bars and nightlife venues being the first businesses closed and last to re-open during lockdowns, bar owners, Pattaya bar girls and other staff employed at bars and nightlife venues are among the worst affected by Covid-19 restrictions in Pattaya.
Many bars in Pattaya have turned to online “Pattaya girls live streams” to generate income for the girls that remain. Girls who lost their jobs have sought alternative employment, returned to their family homes to live more cheaply until things get better.
For the latest Pattaya nightlife updates, periodically check the local news for Pattaya bar and nightlife reports.
When nightlife venues open and Pattaya returns to some form of normality—the girls, the girlie bars, gogo bars, nightclubs, and discos will be as before, but expect it to be on a smaller scale.
For advice about getting back to Thailand, travel restrictions, and the current Covid-19 situation in Thailand, check the official sources listed on this Thailand travel advice page.
Pattaya Nightlife Covid 19 Photos
The photo below is Walking Street, Pattaya, Thailand, on a Saturday night in January 2021. Pattaya’s most famous nightlife zone, silent, in darkness, in a state of shutdown.
Pattaya, March 7, 2020
Shortly before the first Pattaya nightlife lockdown.
By now, business was already slow for most bars in Pattaya. On March 18, bars and nightlife venues in Pattaya were ordered closed. Initially for two weeks, but the lockdown remained in place until July 1st.
Pattaya, 14 to 16 January 2021
During the second Pattaya nightlife lockdown.
On December 30, after a spike in Covid-19 cases in Thailand, bars and nightlife venues in Pattaya were once again ordered to close.
January 18, 2021
Pattaya Nightlife Re-opened After Second Lockdown Due to Covid-19, 5 February 2021
Pattaya bars and nightlife venues were allowed to once again on February 1, 2021. Most places remained shut until Friday February 5, which was the first weekend after re-opening.
Most of Walking Street remained in darkness, but a few gogo bars, beer bars, and nightclubs including Lucifer, 808, Insomnia, Windmill, Dollhouse, Tantra, and Le Pub were open.
On Soi 6, about 50 percent of the bars were open, and most had at least a customer two.
On Soi 7, once one of the most popular nightlife streets in Pattaya, there was about 3 bars open, sharing, at the time, a single customer.
On Soi 8, just the Sailor bar and one more bar were open.
Elsewhere around Pattaya—Tree Town on Soi Buakhao was reasonably busy in the afternoon, under the circumstances. Several bars on Soi Made in Thailand were open, and the popular bars on the corners of Sois 6, 7, and 8 and Pattaya Beach Road were among the busiest.Update: Pattaya nightlife venues were once again closed on April 9, 2021.