The picture of Pattaya in my head is also a Patong but much bigger one with dirty beaches.
Most people's picture of Phuket is probably similar, 90% of people who go there never leave Patong, so they don't know about spots like Kata.
But as with Pattaya, there is more to it than just the central nightlife area.
Don't get me wrong I'm not saying the Beach at Pattaya is better than Phuket or Samui's (it's not). But as a package, Pattaya is good because it offers everything you need at a reasonable price, and the internet there is reliable because Pattaya has much more modern infrastructure than places like Phuket and Samui.
When I say reasonable, here's an example:
These guys are offering apartments 5 minutes walk from the beach with Internet and Electricity included for 15k baht a month. In Pattaya there are plenty of places available in the 6000 baht per month range too, and for guys on a bigger budget, 30k a month there will get you a pretty nice 2 bedroom serviced apartment with Ocean frontage.
Last edited by PokerSpiv; 08-11-2009 at 03:13 AM.