Villa Rental Location Guide
Near Walking Street or Not?
Everybody immediately associates Pattaya with the lady bars of Walking Street and beyond. This infamous street started life back in the 1960’s as a source of rest and relaxation for the US soldiers fighting in the Vietnam war. The US flew the war worn soldiers into the military airport of Utapao just outside Pattaya (which has now started operations as a commercial airport). Many groups visiting Pattaya, especially of men, insist that they want to be within a stone’s throw of the street and a visit to it is easy to understand why with maybe 300 bars and restaurants crammed into a half-mile street. However this is pretty dumb for the following reasons. Walking Street is absolutely jam-packed with people and activity along with all that brings. Whilst it is pretty safe, and I have never seen a single person drunk there, it obviously attracts the pick-pockets and other petty criminals. The locality around it is for the most part gridlocked with traffic, people and pollution. Any accommodation in the vicinity is going to be over-priced, small, smelly and noisy.
Walking Street doesn’t open until 8 pm so why base your whole holiday on being there? During the daytime it is empty and dead with nothing going on. Far better to be near the beach or out of the noisy, congested, polluted city-centre on the outskirts where you can easily reach Walking Street and all the major tourist attractions within 10-15 minutes drive. The major shopping malls, 20 international golf courses, water and theme parks are all close and easily accessible to the major highway running through Pattaya Sukumvit Road. Walking Street on the other hand is in the down town area with parking very hard to find and in the day-time congestion can take a while to get anywhere from. At night a taxi ride into Walking Street is short and cheap. Also don’t forget that there are 3-4 other smaller lady-bar areas that are much less busy and much cheaper (for beer, food and girls) in different parts of Pattaya.
Enjoy Better Quality
Staying on the outskirts means you are only 15-20 minute drive away from downtown Pattaya but have cheaper much better quality accommodation. If you pick the right area there are also plenty of really good restaurants where you don’t pay the inflated tourist prices. You can have a much less congested, less crowded, less polluted, far more relaxing and peaceful stay. For a perfect mix make your base there and then take excursions to the shops, attractions, beaches, Walking Street.
Pattaya offers a fantastic place for family vacations and those who have no desire or need to visit the likes of Walking Street whatsoever. There are plenty of activities and attractions to visit such as the crocodile farm, dolphin world, aquarium, water and theme parks. You can also take the boat to visit some of the local islands as day trips or go fishing or enjoy water sports such as water skiing, sailing or windsurfing. With eating-out very cheap you don’t need to cook anything other than snacks. If you have a private swimming pool where you stay the kids can spend hours playing while the parents relax and read.
To be continued….