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Busy central Pattaya features a range of accommodations, from downright seedy hotels to international upmarket resorts. Among the maze of bars, tailor shops, and eateries are some semi-isolated getaways. During the high season, reservations are recommended at least 2 weeks in advance, especially December through January.

Inexpensive -- Budget lodgings in Pattaya attract a rough clientele and can be pretty unpleasant, but you're sure to find cheap deals starting as low as 500B. Many have counters for the mandatory registration of "new friends," meaning night visitors. Some of the more reputable establishments include the Areca Lodge (tel. 03841-0123; www.arecalodge.com), on Soi Diana, not far from the beach and shops, with rooms starting at 1,500B. Dynasty Inn Pattaya, 596/16 Soi 13, Pattaya Beach Rd. (tel. 03841-5941; www.dynastyinn.com), is centrally located and rooms start at 1,480B. Flipper Lodge Hotel (tel. 03842-6401; www.flippergroup.com), at 520/1 Soi 8, Pattaya Beach Road, is in the thick of it, so it can get a bit noisy. Nevertheless, it's a good value for the money. Rooms start at 1,300B.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.