Soi 7 and Soi 8 Pattaya, taken together, form a personal favourite of mine. As a nightspot, it is a very popular choice with tourists. There are nearly a hundred Pattaya bars to choose from and there is always a vibrant, cheerful atmosphere here. It is a very good choice if you enjoy people-watching as you get to see all sorts of crazy stuff going on and it is always good fun. There are lots of things to do and, personally, I tend to find myself drawn more and more to these sois than any of the other options around the city.
In recent years there has been something of a decline in the popularity of Soi 8; I think it is probably due to the loss of a number of bars to make way for a new hotel. Whether or not the footfall in the bars on Soi 8 Pattaya will increase again, now that this hotel is open and taking customers, is anyone's guess, but the signs are not good. More bars have relocated inland since the opening!
Whilst some of the bar trade on Soi 8 has declined, Soi 7 Pattaya seems to have attracted most of that business and so, overall, the two sois are just as good today as they ever were. Soi 7 is now the busier of the two, and there is a really good Pattaya nightlife atmosphere there.
Sois 7 and 8 run parallel to each other from Second Road down to Beach Road. There is a connecting road about halfway down the Sois such that, viewed from above, they would form a 'H' shape. In length Soi 7 and Soi 8 Pattaya each extend something like 300 metres from start to end. Geographically, they are located in a fairly central part of Pattaya
Bay. Everything is within walking distance of these two sois and that
makes it an excellent spot to choose a nearby hotel as your base point.
As with the other main tourist areas, the visitors here are becoming more and more international. That change has been slower to take hold here though, and there is still a strong contingent of white middle-aged single men. Naturally, there are lots of good-looking girls working in the large number of bars in this area, and that is another main pull for the area.
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You have got quite a lot of options if you are looking for a hotel to stay at on either Soi 7 or Soi 8. There is a range of quality to choose from starting with the really good bargain hotels offered by the Eastiny Group, or you could go for somewhere a little more expensive and classy. I have three recommendations for you to consider:Sunbeam Hotel - medium priced (now called Eastin Hotel)
There are other options worth checking out, but these three are my favourites. Generally speaking, these hotels are geared towards the party lovers because they are located right in the middle of some of the best action. It does mean that there will be some late night noise to deal with, and some of the other guests might well be bringing back ladies to their rooms! The Eastiny hotels I mentioned are guest friendly and do not, as far as I know, charge any extra money for taking ladies back for the night.
Part 2 continues with a look at the nightlife antics that go on at this popular nightspot. With lots of beer bars, a few gogo bars, lots of restaurants and plenty of options whether you want the company of a lady, to listen to live music, play pool, or just to watch the football, you have plenty to keep you busy. Click Soi 7 and Soi 8 (part 2 of 2) to read on.
Soi 8 Pattaya Gallery
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