Thai Street Names Pattaya Darkside

Planning a trip to the darkside of Pattaya? Where is the darkside? If you have already been to Pattaya then you have probably heard punters talking about the darkside where there are more than 60 bars and restaurants. Mind you these establishments are not in easy reach of each other and that is why it might be helpful to be able to pronounce some of the street names like a Thai national. Here are the names of some of the sois on the darkside.

English Thai Play Phonetic
Soi Khaotalo ซอยเขาตาโล
SOI COW TA LOW
Soi Noenphlapwhan ซอยเนินพลับหวาน
SOI NERN PLUB WAN
Soi Khaonoy ซอยเขาน้อย
SOI COW NOY
Street ถนน
TAN NON
Soi ซอย
SOY
Stop here หยุดที่นี่
YOOT TEA NEE
How much? เท่าไร
TOW RAI
Body fee* ค่าตัว
KAR DTOOA
Bar fee (bar fine) ค่าบา
KAR BAR

When you want to ask how much something is in Thai, say the word for the item first then place the Thai word TOW RAI after the item such as;

KAR BAR TOW RAI (KHRAP)
That last word KHRAP is added to the end of a Thai sentence when a man is speaking to show politeness. A woman will use the word KAA.
Both these eBooks Pattaya Bar Girls Report and After-The-Rush are loaded with tips about communicating with Thai women.

The Pattaya darkside is located on the eastern side of Sukhumvit Road. The area has developed over the past few years to become a preferred entertainment area for local ex pats who want to escape the tourist traps. Because of the layback attitude of the people on the darkside it might be a good place to learn to speak Thai or practice speaking Thai.

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There are three main streets on the Pattaya darkside, Soi Khaotalo, Soi Khaonoy and Soi Noenphlapwhan. They are shown in the table above.

The darkside covers a large area of Eastern Pattaya and you might need a car or motorbike to travel around from bar to bar. A map would also be handy. Here is a link to a map showing the location of more than fifty bars.

The names of the bars are mostly English words except for a few which include the nick names of Thai people.

The nick names of Thais are easy to pronounce since most of them consist of only one syllable such as Lek or Noy. These nick names are usually given to the Thais by their parents close to the time of birth or a few weeks later.
Now back to the streets!

When talking about a street or soi the word order is reverse to the English word order. Instead of "Sukhumvit Street", like we would say in English, Thais say "Street Sukhumvit" and instead of "Nemplabwan Soi", Thais say "Soi Nemplabwan".

The Thai word TAN NON is used for big streets, roads and avenues while the word "SOI" is used for smaller narrow streets or lanes. Some more useful names of streets around Pattaya will be listed below later. So bookmark this page. It is important to get the pronunciation correct otherwise the Thais might have difficulty understanding you.
* :Body fee" is the private fee paid to the lady.

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