Pattaya Trip Report – August 2016

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Pattaya Trip Report – August 2016

 

I enjoy photography a lot, but don’t take that many photos anymore due to not having the time. I took less than 200 shots on my last Pattaya trip and here are some of the better ones:

 

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Pattaya bay, as viewed from the hotel with the best infinity pools in Sin City.

 

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Bronx Pizza, Soi Diana. New York style pizza in Pattaya and only 115 baht for 2 slices. Highly recommended, I always stop by here at least once when I’m in Sin City.

Tip: You can eat your pizza at the beer bar complex nearby which I sometimes do as it’s nice to wash spicy pizza down with a cold, refreshing beer.

Close by on Soi Diana is the Beefeater which is arguably the best steakhouse in Pattaya. It’s not cheap, but you get what you pay for here. This restaurant is very popular so it’s best to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

 

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PP Soapy Massage. Just off Soi Buakhao and opposite one of the cheapest and best 4-Star hotels in Pattaya (video review coming soon).

 

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Skyfall Agogo Pokemon party night, Walking Street. Skyfall is one of the better Pattaya gogo bars for good looking girls. The barfine is 1000 baht and short time is 2500/3000 baht here. The promo girls out front are often very camera shy here so you have to keep your distance.

 

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The Reggae bar that replaced Utopia Rock House close to McDonald’s. I’m always amazed at the ability of some Thai people to sleep almost anywhere at the drop of a hat 🙂

 

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Insomnia nightclub around 5am. Everyone is sozzled at this point and the many freelancers around eye the easy pickings.

 

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The Hangover killer at Jolly’s on Soi Buakhao. The best Full English breakfast I’ve had in Pattaya. Very filling, and it will set you back a mere 155 baht. I gave up searching for new places on this trip as I was so hungover and staying close by.

 

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Pattaya beach, many umbrellas and deck chairs take up most of the space when the tide is in. The chairs cost 40 baht to hire and you are sure to be accosted by many hawkers selling seafood, fake tattoos, cigarettes, fake watches and all kinds of worthless junk. It can be tiresome waving the hawkers away if you want to relax in peace with a beer or a book, so sit towards the back of the umbrellas and you will be hassled less.

 

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Abstract shot of Beach Road. I think I was checking the camera focus and this was a test shot, I like it though 🙂

 

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The Hilton Hotel, Pattaya. If money is no object then you should stay here. This hotel was built on top of Central Festival Mall and every room is blessed with unobstructed ocean views. Rooms start from around $170 a night.

 

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Soi 8 beer bar complex, Beach Road. A great place to relax with a cheap 65 baht beer and watch the world go by around sunset. Even better if you can get a bar girl with soft hands to give you a shoulder massage 😉

 

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It was a poor sunset on this night, but hanging out on the 26 floor of the best infinity pool in Pattaya was a nice consolation.

 

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The Red Point Bar and neighbouring bars, Soi 6. So many ladies available, if you come in the low season then you have your pick pretty much everywhere you go.

 

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I like drinking on Soi 6 with all the fun girls. Most are up for a laugh, even if you are not paying for short time with them. On this night a girl bought all the girls lollipops, of a certain shape 😉

 

img_7888_2Beach road in the low season, so quiet. The Five Star bar has been here since the end of the Vietnam war. It’s full of military memorabilia inside and a good place to stop for a beer and soak in the nostalgia.

 

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Beach Road freelancers waiting for customers. A ‘freelancer’ is a working girl with no fixed place of work.

On this night I saw an attractive looking young Beach Road freelancer and decided (for research purposes only) to proposition her. I smiled and said ‘you look pretty, how much?’ She replied ‘800 baht, one shot’ in a heartbeat.

I made my excuses and left. It was funny to me that she used the ‘one shot’ terminology that mongers like to speak in 🙂 I think I could have knocked her price down further, and a good tip if you are in a freelancer negotiation is to be very direct as they get a lot of timewasters.

I find it’s good to say ‘right now’ a lot in any bartering negotiations as it lets them know you are serious. So if I’d have said ‘600 baht and we go RIGHT NOW she’d have probably agreed 😉

 

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Tahitian Queen gogo bar, Beach Road. The longest running gogo bar in Pattaya that opened it’s doors way back in 1978. They play rock music inside at a moderate decibel level, and the dancers all wear skimpy bikinis. Bottled beers were around 135 baht when I visited and I recommend this place if you are bored of the generic gogo bars of Walking Street.

 

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LK The Empress Hotel. A good choice for a 4-star hotel on Beach Road, rooms from around $66 a night. In the mornings they have a fantastic breakfast buffet for only 220 baht (August 2016 price). This breakfast buffet is popular with expats which is always a good sign you are getting value for money 🙂

 

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Blue Sky Station Live Music Bar, Walking Street. This large live music venue opened in late 2015 and has quickly become a favourite. Often packed, they have some good bands and the whole atmosphere is usually great. Located opposite Skyfall Agogo.

 

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Sapphire Club, arguably the best gogo bar in Pattaya. Located on Soi 15 Alley (the holy grail for gogo bars), Sapphire club had a refit in late July 2016 extending the bar into nearby premises which is always a sign of a bar doing well.

 

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Owned by a couple of Irish guys, I’ve never had any problems with any bills at Sapphire Club (I can’t say the same for many Walking Street gogo bars).

They have a strict no hassle policy for the girls so they are not allowed to pester you for lady drinks. 475ml Tiger draft is served all night at 95 baht a glass (and you don’t get dirty looks for ordering it). Lady drinks are a reasonable 150 baht.

The barfine here is a standard 1000 baht with short time costing 2500 baht for most of the girls. If you like pretty girls then the lineup at Sapphire Club is definitely in the top 5 at Sin City.

 

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The Siam @ Siam Design Hotel pool (video coming soon). This hotel really has the wow factor and if you want to impress someone at a more reasonable rate than the Hilton then staying here is a good choice. Room rates are from around $72 per night (2502 baht I was quoted for a room in October 2016) where the standard walkin rate was 3500 baht.

 

Thank you for reading this photo article. I don’t put many of these together as my spare time is normally much better spent editing videos for the Bangkok 112 YouTube channel.

If you like this sort of blog post please leave a comment below saying so. I’m thinking of starting a weekly, fortnightly or monthly posting schedule along with relaunching the website.

 

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(Prices in $ Dollars were taken in August 2016. If you book a hotel close to the date you stay then the prices might be higher)

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NB. All the hotels are ‘guest friendly’ meaning there are no girl joiner fees. Make sure you check 2 in the people staying in the room when booking.

Comments 13

  1. steve

    Always good to read the blogs as it’s easier, particularly on the go go bar reviews, for you to give an opinion on the inside which you can’t with the videos. I’m staying in Walking Street Guest House Nov/Dec so i’d be interested in a blog on Sweethearts. Never really comes up on anyones review being so small. Cheers. Omshusband from youtube.

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      Bangkok 112

      I have to admit I don’t enjoy making the website blogs as much as doing the videos. I’m never happy with any of the photos usually, I should probably get a DSLR camera but hate the thought of lugging one around. For the future content will be more blog focussed as doing videos in the style I do has a limited shelf life due to many factors. The YouTube channel will change in the new year to adapt to new opportunities and to keep things fresh. Thanks for your comment as always Mr Stephen.

  2. bamboodia

    I’m coming to Pattaya on the 2nd of October, staying at Siam@Siam. It’ll be my third trip in just over a year, having never been before. Reading your blogs and watching your videos gets me right in the mood for it, plus I learn a few tips along the way. However, watching your videos just makes me sad once I get home. Keep it coming 112

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      Bangkok 112

      Siam@Siam is a great choice for a Pattaya hotel. Hopefully I’ll be staying there too on an upcoming trip. I’ve been to the skybar and infinity pools before and they are amazing. Thanks for your comment bamboodia and have a good trip! 🙂

  3. John

    Hello
    I’m thinking of visiting Pattaya next year through this website http://www.thai-sexy-holiday.com – they seem genuine enough and I have been in contact with them.

    Do you know anything about them and is Pattaya disabled friendly – I use a walking stick to get about but would need a companion to be with me 24/7.

    I’m disabled, have visited Thailand before (in February 2016) and have fallen in love with the country and it’s people.

    Any help/advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks

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      Bangkok 112

      Hey John,

      http://www.thai-sexy-holiday.com is not a very well known company and they are pretty new from what I can gather. I browsed their website and you can only pay by cash on the spot which says a lot. They might be ok but I would want a personal recommendation (not a fake review) from someone who has used their service before I booked.

      Pattaya and the whole of Thailand is generally not disabled friendly, pavements are generally uneven and even blocked in places. It’s not good. I would recommend to book a hotel close to bars that you like to frequent to make your stay more pleasurable. For example, book in a the areca lodge and drink around Soi Diana, Soi Buakhao and LK Metro where you don’t have to walk far.

      Thanks for your comment and have a great trip 🙂

      1. John

        Thanks for your help and advice with this – I’ve visited Thailand earlier this year booked my holiday with http://sex-holidays.com and had a great time I’ll continue to travel with them, not cheap but looked after me and had the most fantastic holiday ever – my angel/companion’s name was Porn and she was………………. out of this world!!!!!!!!!!!

        Keep up all your great work

        1. Brian

          John,

          Did you get anywhere with your enquiry on Thai-Sexy-Holiday? They are a whole lot cheaper than sex-holidays, but I must admit I am very suspicious of them. You got me thinking I need to spend more for a better guarantee of delivery, and a better quality of accommodation.

  4. Glock

    Bangkok112, thank you so much for your blog! It is like a personal guide for amazing holidays in Thailand. I have still one question left:

    What’s the best (cheapest/fastest) way to get to Pattaya from Bangkok and reverse?

    Thanx a lot!

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