The seaside city of Pattaya has long been known for its sleazy nightlife. However, a new show on Walking Street is lending a family feel to the area.
The Jo Louis puppet show has recently opened its new 50 million baht theater. Located next to the Royal Garden Plaza, shows are held nightly from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The theatre is well known in Thailand and has moved from its previous location at Bangkok’s Suan Lum Night Bazaar.
In a recent interview with the Pattaya Mail Pattaya City Walk executive Keerati Tanasriwanitchai said that the puppet show might be just what the city needs to help clean up its image.
“People ask why Pattaya doesn’t have much art and the answer has always been that Pattaya survives on entertainment, but I don’t agree,” Keerati commented. “I think it’s simply because no artistic attractions have been built. Suppose foreigners stay three days in Pattaya. I don’t believe they will want to visit only entertainment establishments. I just believe they have no choice. They will most likely have no choice. This is being done to bring culture into this area and it will be art that the next generation can enjoy.”