Wow! Some very definite opinions here!
I have visited once before (at Songkran this year) and liked the place. Even BC (new one for you - Before Crackdown) I thought the GoGos in Patong were pretty lame compared to BKK or Pataya, but I did enjoy the beer bars. Even in April many of the bars were closing around 2am, but I/we were usually gone by that time (if I'm still in a bar at 2am then she needs to be strong, she will probably have to carry me!).
Yeah, I know all the bikes and tuk-tuk drivers are trying to rip me off but as pasathai says *just mention the destenation, and say 20ok*. If he says no then I walk, Its not that far to my hotel.
10 more days of hell then three weeks of sanuk.... maybe I'll get a chance to meet some of you guys while I'm there.