Originally Posted by dannyr
i know you take it personally couse you live there but whatever. the beach was the worst ive been to in thailand, all the other activities you mention can be done alot of other places, except maybe your nightlife favorites. oh and the insane amount of russian tourists didnt help either.
each to his own i guess, ive been there didnt like it and moved on.
I don't take it personally and I don't live in pattaya.
It's just funny to see people ( not only you ) who just dismiss the place because they spent two nights on walking street and don't know the city at all.
Pattaya beach is awful, that's why I mentioned the 20bahts boat ride to the islands with thin white sand and blue transparent sea.
Lots of activities can be done elsewhere that's true, Clearly not all. Oh and one can say that about just every city in the world so that's pointless.
Also if you are racist against russian people I can't help you with that. You probably know them as well as you know pattaya.
Lots of bangkok expats ( men and women ) enjoy pattaya, tons of thais go to pattaya every week end. Judging the city because you spent two nights in the hooker zone can't be serious.
You remind of the guys who spend 2 nights in nana-plaza and conclude: "bangkok is ugly, polluted and full of hookers".
I did the same mistake about hua hin because I spent two nights in the tourist ghetto and didn't know the city. Talked to friends who love the place and I realized I missed a lot.
I think the main problem with pattaya is that there is no indication in guide such as lonely planet and a lot of tourist just get trapped in the hooker main zone without seeing any part of the city except walking street.
Of course to each his own, so my recommendation if you are a backpacking hippy is to simply avoid bangkok and pattaya and go straight to the south and chiang mai.
BTW the hooker selection is better in Bangkok imo.