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Where to Go to Find the Right Pattaya Resort to Book
When deciding which Pattaya resort to book, it is very important to understand the differences between the two main beachfronts of the city, since they have their own distinct characters that would appeal to different types of tourists. Pattaya Beach is considered the more sedate of the two beachfronts, ideal for families or for those who just want to have a quiet getaway. But this does not mean that the area is dead, since tourists looking for something livelier can venture to the southern side of the Beach, which is one of the major hubs of Pattaya’s nightlife and has a wealth of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as the ubiquitous souvenir shops.
Many hotels and guesthouses are also located here, since the area is within walking distance from the beaches. If you want to have fun in Pattaya Beach, you have to love the water, since there is a wide variety of water sports that you can try out, including jet skiing, paragliding and wind surfing as well as taking a ride on a slippery banana boat. But if water sports are not your thing, you can simply rent a deck chair and umbrella and lean back and watch the world go buy or read that book you’ve been meaning to finish. And you can try out a variety of Thai street food from the vendors who are making their rounds up and down the beach all day. Many mid-range Pattaya resort hotels can be found at Pattaya Beach, where rates are comparatively cheaper than in the rowdier and more energetic Central and South Pattaya areas. And speaking of South Pattaya, Pattaya Beach visitors can stroll down there when night falls to enjoy its lively nightlife. Bar hoppers can go to Walking Street, a strip of road that is shut off to traffic at night and has many beer bars and clubs, some of which even have live entertainment, as well as Pattaya’s raunchy go-go bars, where you can see scantily-clad girls performing in everything from lingerie to body paint. But the area is also home to many family-friendly transvestite cabarets such as Tiffany’s and Alcazar, who stage glitzy and exotic shows.
Jomtien Beach, in contrast, is more well-known for the many cultural attractions that can be found there. These include the Pattaya Elephant Village, Floating Market, Noch Nooch Botanical Garden and Bottle Art Museum. And a short drive will take you to the Three Kingdoms Theme Park, whose exhibits are inspired by a traditional Chinese epic and the Buddhist shrine Wat Yansangwararam, where relics of the Lord Buddha as well as a replica of the Buddha’s footprints can be found. But Jomtien also has a bustling nightlife that is sure to appeal to partiers and carousers. The area is also home to many of Pattaya’s gay bars as well as a popular transvestite show called Star-Treff Travestie. But those looking for more glamorous entertainment can try out Alangkarn, an extravagant Las Vegas-type show that spotlights Thailand’s history and has a cast of over 150 performers as well as live elephants. Many affordable Pattaya resort hotels can also be found here.