Night Life In Pattaya
Pattaya is notorious for its steamy and raunchy nightlife. "Disneyland for adults", "Sin City" and more are how quite a few expats describe Pattaya.
Pattaya has it all, bars, disco's, clubs and, of course, go-go bars a go-go! If you've got the cash you'll feel like the playboy prince who is on a roll.
The 'bleeding heart brigade' led by lonely planet may complain about this place (and indeed along with any other area that has bars with BG's in them), but just keep a cool head out there and don't upset the locals and you'll be alright (most of the time!).
If it's your first time to Patong Beach hit those bars and enjoy the blast! You won't forget it.
Pattaya City Center
Walking Street in Pattaya is where all the action is at, it's a thronging, seething mass of beer-bars, discos and women. Traffic is closed during the evening-time. We all know what beer-bars are like so here's a rough breakdown of the other stuff to do here.
The night-time venues in Pattaya are dominated by these places:
Candy-Shop: An open-fronted complex in Walking Street that is popular with tourists, backpackers. Live music is played here.
Differ: Nice disco that's popular with wealthy and well-heeled Thais.
Hollywood Disco: This disco is alright, but watch yourself or you might end up with a 'lady-boy' as a few gays hang out here.
Lucifer: For a place that is named after the devil it tries its best to keep up the dark goings on. Double-pricing for farang but free for the girls along with insane pumping tunes pulls in the crowds.
Marine Disco: Old school disco that draws in the expat more than the tourist.
X-Zyte: This place is more of an Expat and Bkk style discotheque with massive areas for dancing and moving. Entrance fees are high (300 baht+) but the coyote dancers more than make up, you are less likely to see freelancers in here.
An overspill of beer-bars, soi one and two are for straight people soi three is for gays (Boyz town).
South of Pattaya is Jomtien Beach, over a mile away from Walking Street this is slightly less sleazy and racy than Central Pattaya but no less fruity. The resorts are newer and the beaches less crowded, some say a bit more peaceful.
Thap Praya Road
Country Road 3 complex is here. The girls and style is less pushy and more hands-off.
Naklua & Wong Amat
North of Pattaya is where the bars and women start to get a bit thin. This area, however is like the last outpost for them. A Thai disco - Star Dice is here.
Entertainment Venues - Pattaya
Pattaya has plenty of clubs, not quite as many as Bangkok but enough to saturate the small surface areas they are concentrated in.
Pattaya and Beyond...
When the lustre and glamour of Pattaya wears a bit thin (which it will), expats often look to the nearby island of Bang Chan. This is like a mini-version of Pattaya complete with beer bars and the like.
If you're like us and need to get the hell out of the place entirely, then either head north back to Bangkok or head east and explore the coastal trail further!
Thailand's a big place, explore the map below to see what Thailand's nightlife has to offer!