Guys, a cheap and very good 3-Star Hotel I use once 'drowning' in Pattaya: http://www.thaigarden.com/
From Sukhumvit Road you turn into the Pattaya North Road and pass the traffic light with 3rd Road, a little further down and the Thai Garden Resort is on the right hand side. It has also a very recommendable Pub called: "Moonriver Pub".
For double the price and next to the roadcross North-Pattaya//3rd Road is the Mantra Pura on the left hand side which I use on occasion: http://www.lkpattaya.com/
Rooms are very luxurious as is the whole styling of the Hotel.
Thanks for your tips related to eastern destinations.
Pizza in Trad is a new tip. Usually eat in the night market or at the restaurant on the left just a bit before your Pizza tip.
Aran: not to miss the Gay Vietnamese food (namely Kanom Bueng) just a bit down the road from your THIP kitchen, but they close around 6 p.m.
Nice place to stay just out of Pattaya .... Villa Wanida ..... between Sukhumvit road and the "new" rail-road-bypass-stupid-road. Big rooms, swimming pool, a lot of secure parking. But out of the city.