As any Thailand aficionado will tell you, Pattaya is best known for two things; two interrelated things…. Girls and Nightlife! I’ve already written about the joys and dangers of the girls you will meet there in a previous post, so this one looks at the Pattaya Nightlife scene. You can find full details of the nightlife offerings on my website at: Pattaya Nightlife, but here’s a taster to whet your appetite:
Pattaya Nightlife; three distinct areas to choose from
Let’s be clear from the start, the nightlife in Pattaya is on a level that is unrivaled by anything I’ve seen before…. including anything I’ve seen in other countries. The whole city comes alive after dark; it is simply fantastic.
Even during the depths of the low season (August through October) you’ll have a fantastic time after dark if nightlife (especially naughty nightlife) is something you enjoy. The best months, or busiest months, start from November and last through until the end of March.
I think it helps to think of the Pattaya Nightlife scene in terms of three distinct offerings:
Firstly, if you prefer a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere, North Pattaya is the place to go. You get a good range of bars/restaurants there, and it is certainly a good place to go if you want to see a ladyboy show. Both Tiffany’s and Alcazar are located there. Soi 6 is another popular choice and is guaranteed to liven up your night if you want to make the acquaintance of local lady!
Second, and my personal favourite, is Central Pattaya. You have got all sorts to choose from here. Along the seafront you’ve got Sois 7 and 8; these are full of beer bars and there is always a lively night to be had there. It’s a really good choice if you like to play pool, smoke sheesha, listen to live music, watch the football on TV or just have a fun time. Set back from the seafront area is Soi Buakhao, Soi LK Metro and Soi Diana. You’ll find the best value Pattaya nightlife options there. Restaurants, drinks, massage and so on are all available at really low prices. Soi LK Metro also has an excellent selection of gogo bars to choose from.
Finally, to the south is the world famous Pattaya Walking Street. This offers the biggest concentration of bars, and especially gogo bars, that you will find anywhere in Thailand. The scale of the nightlife scene there is immense; you’ve got literally hundreds of venues packed into a relatively small area. There is huge variety too; street entertainers, bars, international restaurants and so on are all over the place. Prices are higher here but the setting is worth the extra expense.
All in all, Pattaya Nightlife stands tall against anything I’ve found anywhere else in the world. It might not be the right choice for theatre/opera lovers, but for those of us that prefer ‘fun and laughter’ to ‘pomp and refinery’, it is quite simply heaven on Earth!