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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Where to stay

You have decided to visit Pattaya for your next vacation ! Your flight is booked but you are still looking for a hotel. But, how do you decide which hotel to stay at?

Your decision should be based on what you plan to do while you are Pattaya. Will you be spending most of your time sightseeing, shopping or enjoying the nightlife? Most likely you will be enjoying the nightlife and will want to be located in the heart of it.

There are three main areas in – North, South, and Central and all three have their plusses and minuses. Getting a hotel in any of the three will boil down to a personal preference.

North is in the Soi 2 area or even a little further North called Naklua. Most of the tourists here are from Europe and the nightlife is adequate but not spectacular. I rarely go to the Naklua area but I do enjoy the Soi 2 nightlife area.

South is very good and includes the area around the infamous Walking Street. There are many hotels available from Soi 13 to Walking Street and also along the side streets between 2nd Road and Walking Street. Many are small pubs with a handful of rooms above the bar.

If you want sunshine and just to relax - find out good hotels which are walking distance from beach.

If you are there to enjoy nightlife then you should stay in a hotel located in South Pattya. the entertainment place "Walking Street" is just walkeable distance.

To me, Central is where to stay. The location is perfect as I can walk or catch a baht bus to anywhere in a matter of minutes. Beach Road, 2nd Road or even down to Soi Buakhao are perfect locations as long as the hotel is between Central Road and Soi 13.

Most of the hotels in are in the 2 – 4 star range with the occasional 5 star (Marriott) but a 2 – 4 star in is definitely a cut above similar hotels in the states. I prefer the smaller, pub places that have a handful of rooms upstairs. Most are owned by a couple and really do their best to make your stay a great one.

Do your research, and look for a discount hotel, and enjoy your stay in the Land of Smiles. It won’t be hard to find your Asian hotel in at all.

I have seen number of people book rooms in advance, If you are going to stay in Five Star hotel then u can book in adavnce. If you are budget traveler who like to spend less than 50$ a day on hotel accommodation just go there and book one after seeing your self.

I have seen number of hotels - where people book thru internet. But actually they are available for very much less than the internet rates. there are neat and clean hotels in Pattaya and are available for just 600 baht to 1200 baht-breakfast included.

When i visited last November i just went there and seen at least half a dozen hotels before i finalise one for 1200 Baht. That was brand new hotel in south pattaya and i really liked it. It is "Boutique hotel" in south Pattaya. There is a VC PATTYA HOTEL In south pattaya and there is a by lane goes next to it. it is just 1 minute walk in the by lane. Unfortunately i cannot find the hotel address. I am not promoting this hotel, there are plenty of them and you even get them for 600 Baht in half season.

One advantage of this hotel is that-it is new and you will get things that are not used that much.