Jason Samuel
Took a Taxi to 2nd hotel Areca Lodge for about 200 baht.Hotel Review: Booked 2 rooms for 2 nights and we had a wonderful stay. A little trouble interacting with the staff in English, but they were helpful & also we didn't require much assistance. Room was really well-made, clean beds, clean bath (with bath tub), complementary bottle of Water (the ones kept on top of the mini-fridge). The safe was big enough to hold Laptop. Hotel is right near all the action, but is quiet enough for a good night's sleep. Used 1 out of the 2 pools & they also have a Gym. Breakfast was awesome with plenty on the menu. Mike shopping mall is hardly 5-10 mins walk away & if you go through the Mike mall, you'll get Pattaya beach & Walking street on the other side exit.Areca Lodge is located right where all the action is. During the day, Pattaya streets are like any other street, but it’s a whole different story during nights. We went for a stroll; the roads were filled with great eating joints. And obviously lots of massage parlors. Mike mall was a 5-10 min walk away and if you go right through the mall, out through the exit on the other side, you reach the Walking Street and can see the Pattaya Beach.Evening 7:00, had booked VIP tickets for the Alcazar show and it was quite good – great sets, wonderful costumes & nice performances. 1st day in Pattaya went well.Next day was for sightseeing, lots to do but very little time. Booked a tour with the Hotel itself and went to the Pattaya View Point (awesome view of entire Pattaya), a Buddha temple and then to the Gem Museum. Evening went to Central Festival mall (where we got a fish pedicure) and Mike mall for some shopping. Pattaya night market is near to the Central Festival.Pattaya has a lot of other things to do: Ripley’s believe or not, Mini Siam, Nong Nooch gardens, Temple of truth. Best way to get around Pattaya is use the special local taxis called songthaew (How to use: http://wikitravel.org/en/Pattaya#By_songthaew).*** Day 4: