Pattaya : The first thing you want to do is check your budget. Hotels, resorts and guesthouses are available in every price range, but you need to know how much you want to spend on your accommodation. Depending on the season, you can find a room in prices ranging from USD 10 to a few hundred dollars a day.
Next, find out where in Pattaya or Jomtien you would like to stay. There are three basic areas in Pattaya, which are north, south and central. The northern end of Pattaya is a less crowded area, but further away from the nightlife. Central is in the middle of the bible action. And in the south the infamous Walking Street is closest. Rooms in all price ranges are available in all areas. Transport is not a problem anywhere in Pattaya.
If you want to spend time on the beach, none of the above mentioned areas are recommended. Jomtien is a bit nicer or go to an outer island like Koh Larn to get your toes wet. I wouldn’t go into the water at Pattaya Beach. Jomtien may also be a better place to stay if you bring the family. It’s close enough to Pattaya, but far enough from the sassy nightlife.
Once you have decided which area you want to stay in, you need to find out which hotel you want to make your reservation at. There are numerous online reservation websites that offer a lot of information, prices and reviews. You can also visit a number of Pattaya’s online forums for up-to-date information.