Cheers for the reply Spanky. Just a few more questions before you head off to bang some nubile bit of totty
Have you got chatting to any other ex-pat/punters whilst there?
Did you buy all your own condoms before leaving the UK, or do the pro$$ies prefer to use their own?
Did you get a visa on arrival, or before travelling?
What's the music like over there - It's not all techno techno shit is it?
What bit of advice would you now give yourself as a newbie last week?
Tried to make chat with punters/expats but their a bit 'cold' the younger ones are in pairs or groups, it's mainly the older chubbier balder ones on own so I stick out a bit! The place also seems popular with Germans, Indians and Japs. The only decent convo I've had was at Heathrow with a guy who was in pattaya for xmas, said I'd love it, think he was staying in Bangkok this time tho.
Bought all my own condoms off eBay which I then forgot to pack! So went to a chemist and bought some, pack of 3 durex was 75baht roughly £1.50 cheaper available but went for known brand, the massage girls and Devils den girl supplied own but beer bar girl I used mine.
Visas: think the rules are that you can stay for upto 4 weeks without a visa and can then not return for 3 months although on the plane you have to fill in an immigration slip with basic details such as where your staying, on arrival you get picture taken at airport, if your lucky like me you can get out of airport in 10 minutes.
Music, some of the beer bars had Thai music, some English, another place had a band playing, the nightclub was loud techno.
Advice I'd give myself: if it's a punting holiday and you plan on doing little else choose a good hotel with a pool central to location that way you can save money by chilling in the day and be close to action by night.
Travel light, get out of airport quicker. (Plenty of cheap clothes here!)
Have a taxi booked ready for your arrival.
Get a direct flight.. Worth spending the extra!
O.K... I already did the above after researching for myself but for future I'd add..
Only change small amount of currency in uk, much better rates at airport and pattaya.
Get a punting phone and stick a tourist sim in (handy for maps and playing on if want to ignore ladyboys at bars!)
Only other thing I can think of is fact it took me a couple of days to get over jet lag and over doing booze on those days buggered me up!
..oh ye, already had my fill today at massage parlour so chilling now! (It's 4am and I can't sleep!)