Pattaya nightlife

by Guest

The nightlife in Pattaya is world famous, second in Thailand only to that in Phuket and Bangkok. Other than the attractions, glorious water sandy beaches and the islands nearby, the legendary nightlife of the city is the main draw for tourists. Though most people think the nightlife is centred around the go go bars, there is plenty more on offer with literally hundreds of beach bars, clubs, restaurants, live music venues and cabaret shows, there is will surely be something for everyone. The nightlife is split up into different areas, with the most famous being Walking Street.

Walking Street nightlife

Arguably the centre of the nightlife in Pattaya is Walking Street, a stretch of pedestrian only (at night) neon light gaudiness which spans a mile strip from the beach in the north all the way down to Bali Hai Pier. It's been attracting visitors to the city for years, and teems with go go bars, drinking dens, restaurants serving up excellent cuisine, huge nightclubs, and live music. It may not be to everyone's tastes, but if you visit Pattaya, it's worth a visit, even just for the Las Vegas style neon.

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For some the main attraction is the go go bars that line much of the street. Inside these dens of sin, visitors will find staged areas with young Thai girls dressed in very little offering lap dancing. We warned, you will be harassed for drinks from the girls at highly inflated rates. If this is your type of thing, look out for bars which offer shows like dancing and performing including the Angel Witch which has several shows every evening. They are popular, so be sure to get there early to grab a seat before the venue packs out. Drinks can be competitively priced if you look out for deals, but it's going to cost you around US $3 for a cold beer. You don't have to pay each time you have a drink. They will keep a tally and let you know at the end.

For a great night out which is decidedly less seedy, there are lots of bars and live music venues along Walking Street. Most of these are covered, but open air offering a range of music from Thai rock bands doing covers of Eric Clapton, to traditional Thai music. Though the quality of the music varies, it's always good fun and they get busy early. The best thing to do is wander along till you find a music genre and setting that suits. Prices for drinks here are around the same as the go go bars, around US $3 for a beer, and more for cocktails. Soaeme of the bars have pool tables which are inexpensive, around a dollar a game.

Pattaya nightlife

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There are several excellent nightclubs along the street, each one different from the other. If you fancy partying the night away until the wee hours, this is the place to go. They are busy every night, particularly in the high seasons between November and February, and usually don't kick off until after midnight. Though you will get all kinds visiting, unsurprisingly you usually find a younger crowd at these joints. If you look for Pattaya nightclub listings you'll be able to see which DJs are playing, or alternatively just look out for flyers or posters. Like most nightclubs, you'll pay a heavy price for both the entry and the drinks. Be prepared to pay upwards of US $6 for a small bottle of beer. If it's your type of place, it's worth paying the extra though.

You'll never find a quiet night along Walking Street, and if that's what you are looking for, another part of the city is probably best. However, if you want something a little tamer, there are a ton of great restaurants along the street. Being so close to the sea, it is unsurprising that many of them have an emphasis on fresh seafood, though you'll find all sorts of international options as well. If you do visit the seafood restaurants, be sure to look out for ones where you can pick your dinner which they'll quickly dispatch of and cook up for you. It's the best way to get the freshest product. It's also worth looking out for restaurants which back onto the bay so you can enjoy the views of the sea, unless you want to look out over the neon lights, of course. Food here is not the best quality in the city, and it's a little overpriced, but it's not bad.

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Beach Road nightlife

As the name suggests, Beach Road runs along the edge of the wide beach. Along the large stretch of road, you'll find plenty of options for bars, nightlife and restaurants which, though busy, have a much slower pace than Walking Street. It's also nowhere near as seedy as Walking Street, though it does have its fair share of red light district type activities. Many of the bars along this road are privately owned, but you also have some of the larger chains like the Hard Rock Cafe, as restaurants attached to the chain hotels. Unless you like generic food and settings, we'd suggest staying clear of them. Once you've been into one Hard Rock Cafe, you've seen them all. One of the best things about Beach Road is the views over the sand and sea from many of the establishments. Running of the main road are plenty of little sois (streets) where you'll find all manner of live music and nightclub venues. One of the most famous places along the street if the Pattaya Beer Garden, a popular spot for both locals and tourists who descend upon the huge bar in droves. Particularly good is the outdoor space with sits over the water's edge and overlooks the bay and the large Pattaya sign on the hill across it. It's not quite the Hollywood sign, but it will do. It's a great place to meet locals who come here in groups for a good time.

Pattaya nightlife

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Soi Buakhao nightlife

Set a few roads back from Beach Road is Soi Buakhao, quickly becoming one of the best nightlife spots in the city. As Walking Street gets busier and busier, the overspill has been looking for somewhere new, a more often than not its Soi Buakhao. It may not have as many neon light signs as Walking Street, but it can get almost as busy with punters vying for tables at the bars and live music joints. Some people swear that the venues here have friendly staff and cheaper prices, but we suspect that just depends on bar to bar. A few places to look out for including Rabbi's Elephant Bar, Save the Golly Bar, Liquid Lounge, and The Butcher's Arms Pub. It's also a useful street in the day, with motorbike rental shops, massage parlours, internet cafes and more squeezed between the nightlife venues. The only disadvantage of Soi Buakhao is the busiest traffic, particularly around the early evening when rush hour creeps in. Just off Soi Buakhao is LK Metro, a gaudy neon light street teeming with go go bars like the ones found along Walking Street, albeit not quite a busy. As long as you don't might the noise, both Soi Buakhao and LK Metro have some fantastic hotels with competitive pricing. Only for those who want to be close to the action though.

Jomtien nightlife

If you're looking for a good night out without the craziness of Walking Street, then look no further than the Jomtien district which sits along the beach and streets that come off it. While you're never far away from the neon lights of Thailand, this area is much quieter and known for its laid back atmosphere. There is no shortage of excellent restaurants serving up everything from Thai seafood, Issan food, and international cuisine like pasta and burgers. We recommend always going for Thai cuisine, it's almost always good, whereas international food is almost always terrible. If you're looking for a peaceful bite to eat and a relaxed drink or two overlooking the ocean, head down to Jomtien. You'll also find a few live music bars with a great atmosphere and friendly locals looking for a fun night out. As it's less busy, there are some very good value places to drink in Jomtien, with some bars where you can score a drink for just over a dollar. Look out for signs outside.

Muay Thai fights

Lastly, another way to spend the evening is to head to a Muay Thai fight. One of the biggest venues is the Max Muay Thai stadium . It's the national sport of the country, so you don't just find tourists coming into watch the fights, locals do as well. Fights are almost every night, though you'll have some of the more famous fighters at weekends. Tickets cost around US $35, and you can grab drinks for US $4 when you're inside. Look out for posters advertising the nights, where they often pit international with fight fighters. On a night, they usually have several bouts which usually last around 10 to 15 minutes each, depending on how good they are. It's an interesting cultural experience that you really shouldn't miss, at least once on your vacation.

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