The city of Pattaya in Thailand is best known for its go-go clubs, massage parlours and girlie bars.


The resort is a popular sex tourism destination due to its huge neon-lit red light district. However, in the wake of July's military coup, the city is trying to clean up its image.


Colonel Suppatee Boonkrong, acting head of Pattaya City Police, told the Bangkok Post he was aiming to totally eradicate street prostitution.


"I want to completely change the image of Pattaya from being sin city to a friendly town that everyone can enjoy," he said.


The authorities have begun carrying out nightly raids in the red light district, arresting prostitutes, pickpockets and confidence tricksters.