I thought if I stayed in the south pattaya, Jomtein area I woud'nt be subjected to the obvious.
perhaps if someone had some recommendations (around $A50.00 per night) in this area that would be helpful.[/quote]
What does that mean? You mean if a beer bar is a thousand feet away from your hotel you have no will power to stop yourself from going in? In Bangkok and Pattaya when you walk by some beer bars you even see couples sitting down with their children on the benches having their sodas. Sure, there are go-go bars but you actually have to go in to see anything! No one is going to lasso you and haul you on in!
Why do couples and family groups visit Pattaya? Because it is much, much cheaper than overpriced Phuket and it is easy to get to! The malls at nighttime are full of couples and their kids wandering around. Even single female tourists traveling alone or in groups visit Pattaya too - because it is good value for the money. Sure the beach sucks for actual swimming but that is what pools are for!
Jomtien is okay - even better if you are gay! Very gay friendly especially on the beach! A little remote from Pattaya City area where there is more to do.
Thousands and thousands of tourists, family groups and couples pass by bars in Bangkok, Patong, Chiang Mai, Jomtien and even Pattaya on a daily basis and are never forced into a bar! You will see less nudity on a street in Pattaya than a beach in Europe.
Why choose a hotel in the Jomtien area where you have less to do in the evening that you can walk to just because you might actually pass by a beer bar? Most of the better restaurants are in the Pattaya City area, there are many modern malls you can walk to or be able to use the cheap 10 baht transportation. There are movie theaters you can walk to (3 of them on Pattaya 2nd Road.) Supermarkets, street vendors, travel agencies for tours, etc.
If you have a minimum of self control you can avoid any nightlife. There will not be anyone in a hotel trying to sell you a date - you have to go out and find them yourself! Pattaya : Map of Pattaya City by Thaiways
No problem finding a hotel in the $50 range. A basic hotel with air, hot water, private toilet and TV starts around 500 baht. More cheaper hotels in the Pattaya City area.
On Pattaya 2nd Road/Beach Road not far from Big C. ibis Pattaya hotel: Map and directions for the ibis Pattaya hotel Charming Inn Pattaya Thailand - Best discount hotel rates
Bike riding - motor or bicycle? Some hotels have bicycles you can use. Bike riding is easy in Pattaya, I am an old fart now and I have no problem pedaling in Pattaya.
Up to you.