QUOTE(ivonka @ Jul 21 2010, 04:30 AM)
Pattaya is different from other beach resorts in Thailand, The city is awake after sunset, Nightlife in Pattaya unlike other cities, It is absolutely fun and unique especially in Walking Street in the center of entertainment, here you will see many pubs, discos, go go bars, dancers,ladyboy, and street entertainers located in South Pattaya,this is the most popular area amongst tourists and expats.
Everyone mentions the nightlife in Pattaya but Pattaya is also being marketed as a family destination. The same cheap hotels that make Pattaya a good deal for single tourists and backpackers also attract family groups, single women and women traveling in groups. As a cheaper alternative to the overpriced Phuket, Pattaya has been successful in attracting more and more family groups year after year. Evidence of this is the many modern malls that are available, two just opening up in the past couple years. These malls are better than many you find in the US. There are three modern, multi-screen, movie theaters too!
Transportation from Bangkok airport is easy to get; during the day a bus is cheapest at 124 baht. From Ekamai bus terminal, in Bangkok, a 2 hour bus ride is usually under 118 baht. Taxis and private transportation by group vans are also available. Late at night from Bangkok a taxi may be the next cheapest method to get to Pattaya.
Visit any one of the many modern malls in the evening and you will find lots of women tourists, some with kids. Many retirees from foreign countries also choose the Pattaya area because of the easy living, cheap accommodation, modern supermarkets - plus the cheap 10 baht transportation doesn't hurt either!
Walking Street is interesting for new tourists but it is also the most expensive nightlife in Pattaya. Pattaya has a long beach front, Pattaya Beach, and a long main road parallel to that beach, Pattaya Sai Song (Pattaya 2n Road) which has lots of nightlife all along both roads. Not to mention lots of good restaurants, malls, street vendors and hotels in all price ranges. http://www.thaiwaysmagazine.com/pattaya_ma...ap_pattaya.html
Best thing about Pattaya is if you don't care for it you can easily get back to Bangkok, and fly to Phuket or some other more expensive beach area.