General Information about Pattaya
Pattaya's reputation as the number one hub of sex tourism in Thailand remains even if there was attempts to make that tourism coexist with family tourism. It didn't sucvceed. Gogo bars and other establishments to facilitate meetings or provide other sexy services are everywhere and not only in the famous Walking Street. Beaches of Pattaya are not that exceptional and consists in a forest of umbrellas and lounge chairs. In short, if you are not fans of sassy nightlife, Pattaya is not for you ! Or prefer Jomtien, na Jomtien or Naklua to South Pattaya. The more you get closer to Na Jomntien , the more umbrellas density decreases. Koh Larn, the beautiful island near Pattay can also be a good option especially during week days when Bangkok residents who come to spend the weekend are gone.
PAttaya doesn't have a lot of traditional tourists attractions. The most famous ones are probably the Big Buddha on the hill between South Pattaya and Jomtien Beach, Sanctuary of Truth fully carved and the floating market and its huts of bamboo and wood.
Russian tourists are very numerous in Pattaya for several years and many free brochures, even shops and massage parlors magazines sign are only written in russian. If you are with your children, avoid Thanon Hat Pattaya in the evening as well as the Walking Street you will avoid embarrassing questions from your kids...