Pattaya is split in three main areas that bring diverse activities and venues from one to the other. There is a lot to enjoy about each area, and you will need a comprehensive list of restaurants, bars and clubbing venues. We have summarized below South Pattaya:
After dark, the southern extension of the beach road turns into a walking promenade from dusk till dawn and transforms itself into one of the hottest nightspot: A hunting ground beaming with neon lights and music, where fellow holiday-makers youths & aged alike, find an endless array of dining, shopping or entertainment establishments.
The Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) Information Office is just outside the centre, exactly 1 km south of the junction of Second Road and South Pattaya Road - proceed along Pratamnak Road, continue straight up the hill, and where the road bears sharp right part way up, turn sharp left into the small side-soi. This is worth a visit if you're in Pattaya for an extended period and want to browse for fresh ideas for new things to do and see. Open daily 08:30-16:30, tel. +66-38428750 / 8990 / 7667 or use the TAT freephone number: dial 1672.
It is worth noting again that South Pattaya, or Pattaya Tai, is not the southern-most part of Pattaya, as the Buddha Hill headland, and then Jomtien, lie further south. South Pattaya refers to the section of Pattaya adjacent to the southern end of Pattaya Beach and extending inland to both the north and south of South Pattaya Road, including Pattayaland and Walking Street. It does not include Buddha Hill or Jomtien.
South Pattaya is a great area for health and fitness. Pattaya itself is the centre of sport in Thailand, with outdoor volleyball, tennis, football and golf tournaments seemingly going on all year round. If you catch the health bug, Tony's Gym & Muay Thai Academy on third road is a modern air-con gym oriented more towards the body-building brigade, also offering a spa, sauna, steam room & "Japanese style" shiatsu massage as well as Muay Thai training facilities.
Tony's Tennis Club & Fitness Center on third road is an air-con gym and general keep-fit facility, also offering aerobics, yoga, tennis, swimming pool, a spa, sauna, steam room & Japanese massage from Thais, as well as tennis facilities. Personal trainers are also available, from 500 baht/hour. Tony's "Fat Mamma's Restaurant" down the road puts all the hard work to waste.
You're in Thailand, so you know that shopping is never far away. For Pattaya's best selection of electronics under one roof, see the Tuk.Com and Com City on South Pattaya Road, a predominantly IT mall. In the basement are a Tops supermarket, a food court, and various other clothes shops as well as a spare parts department that sells a variety of electronic and other parts, and the ground floor hosts an assortment of regular shops. The upper floors are almost exclusively mobile phones, computer software and MP3/video CDs, and computers.
Beware of buying fake branded and designer goods, since these are likely to be confiscated by customs officers at the airport. Five tons of counterfeit designer perfume was crushed by a bulldozer in front of press cameras at the airport in 2007.
South Pattaya villas and apartments are modern, luxurious, and private, all that you could want from a stay in South Pattaya.