Pattaya Story

Pattaya Beach Resort – Soho-On-Sea

I think it’s about time for a ‘Rave Review‘ of a popular seaside resort…

Thailand’s budget beach resort Pattaya (otherwise known as Sin City), has a vibrant nightlife scene, especially on and around the Walking Street area. Generally speaking, the go-go bars in Pattaya are cheaper than those in Bangkok. Furthermore, the majority of the go-go girls are fun-loving creatures of the night. And, if fun ‘n’ frolics is what you are looking for, then you are in the right place.

Pattaya might not exactly be your cup of coffee, but there are two sides to this popular seaside resort. I dare say that Jomtien is possibly classed as the ‘posh’ side, whereas most of Pattaya consists of an eccentric mix of girly bars, pubs, clubs, shops, restaurants, hotels and the inevitable assortment of hawkers and tourist traps. Pattaya is the place to party, but it can be very in your face, so you should be prepared for that.

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Over the years Pattaya has undergone an enormous expansion, but the stereotypical visitors are often not the kind of people who will spend much money in the numerous bars and shops. However, despite some of the undesirables, I enjoy visiting Pattaya. In fact, my first trip to Thailand was back in 1988, when I lived in Pattaya for 4 months. Since then, I have returned time and time again. When you compare Pattaya nowadays, it is literally the sleepy fishing village that grew into a city. It’s an incredible metamorphosis.



Alcatraz Go-Go Bar (Walking Street, Pattaya)

Situated right in the heart of the action is Alcatraz Go-Go Bar. This was a brave move to establish a prison theme bar, but despite some initial criticism from the die-hard sexpats, Alcatraz has quickly established itself. For the penny pinchers the owners introduced Tiger Beer in draught form, with a reasonable sized glass for just 60 baht all night. Alcatraz now has a ‘bird bath’ in the form of a Jacuzzi. There are a number of super sexy go-go dancers, so this is one prison that you really don’t care if you cannot escape!