I went to Pattaya for the first, and I hope only time this weekend for a conference. If you crave seeing depressing old sexpats in carnival rut, Pattaya is the Gold Standard of Decadence. The Thais call it the "City of Jealousy" for good reason. The Hong Residence is on a side street near the beach, new and immaculately clean. I went after being led to clearly smoking "non-smoking" rooms at the Sabai Lodge and two other dumps. The non-smoking rooms at the Hong even have signs forbidding smoking, and saying the alarm will go off. The manager is terrific. The hotel is light and pleasant, not my taste, but not offensive at all. The food was mediocre. The guests seemed like mostly Asian families and real couples - a few wandering sex tourists, but not overwhelmingly. The manager gave me free internet, which was fine. Good place, for 1200 Baht a night, in a sad ruin of a town. Highly recommended for those who find themselves in Pattaya, and don't want the scene.
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