South Pattaya has the best nightlife options for tourists. Walking Street follows the beach between sois 13 and 16, and from early evening it becomes a pedestrian-only area. Accommodation in South Pattaya appeals to partygoers who have come to Pattaya particularly for the city’s world-famous late-night scene.
Walking Street is lined with beer bars and go-go clubs fronted by neon signs and bar girls vying for the attention of passers-by. A similar night scene is on Pattayaland, especially on sois 1, 2 and 3. There’s a thriving alternative scene in South Pattaya, based at Sunee Plaza Pattaya. Several bars and dance clubs are in the complex.
The entire district is quiet during daylight hours, but there are a few sites worth seeing for early risers. Wat Khao Phra Bat is on a hill between South Pattaya and Jomtien, where visitors enjoy gardens and walking paths. The temple also has a view of Bali Hai Pier, which receives ferries from other destinations in the gulf area. Other popular activities include go-karting at Pattaya Go-Kart or shopping at the Outlet Mall.
Hotels in South Pattaya won’t suit anyone planning to go to bed early. The district stays busy well into the early morning hours. Of course, tourists in the mood for late nights and raucous entertainment are in their element, as local hotel staff anticipate their guests keeping odd hours.