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Pattaya Thailand

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 08:15 administrator
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Thailand’s original tourist resort is a heady mix of naughty nightlife, great restaurants, sunny beaches, curious attractions, family-friendly leisure parks and good value shopping. Just one hour from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, this lively town is a multi-cultural destination with everything from German stuβe to menus in Russian. It’s a popular fun weekend from Bangkok.


Pattaya is an energetic city, evident from the pace that stikes you when you arrive. For sure it’s a party city more than a quiet coastal destination, with plenty of activities both night and day. However you can escape to idyllic offshore islands, alternatively take the family to one of the amusement or themed parks, get in a round of golf, have fun with watersports, go shopping, do the spa ‘thing’, or enjoy the fun and slightly naughty night scene. We’ve got it all covered here.


Tourist information is freely available in Pattaya, and can be obtained from one of the several Tourist Information Centres scattered about the central area or, for a much greater variety, from any of the myriad of travel agents, tour operators or from your hotel foyer. With around four million tourists every year, Pattaya provides activities to suit all age groups and tastes, with many day-trips available by boat or car to surrounding attractions.

The English newspapers and magazines are full of interesting and creative ideas for the tourist; information includes local news, events and festivals, places to visit and where to eat. The Pattaya Mail, which comes out every Friday, even has a 24-hour television station (channel 6) and regular news bulletins on other channels full of advertisements for interesting days or evenings. As well as the beach life here, which includes swimming, diving, parasailing, jetskiing and fishing, the choice of over twenty golf courses and diverse other activities are enough to ensure that most people visit more than once.

Shopping is a great attraction in Pattaya for the tourist, with shopping malls and a profusion of smaller shops and cheap market stalls.



The numerous bars and restaurants in Pattaya ensure that the nightlife is always lively, and the fun-loving Thais are very good company at any time of day or night, and the restaurants cater for all tastes.

Pattaya Nightlife

Pattaya is internationally famous for its nightlife, and has a reputation as Thailand’s naughtiest city. Many flock to Pattaya for the party atmosphere where the nightlife characterises the city and self gratification is on the menu wherever you go.

Whatever you are looking for, Pattaya nightlife has it all, from pub restaurants with sedate music to go-go bars and from trendy packed discos to world famous transsexual cabaret shows. Pattaya is also a great place for a pub crawl with very little distance between them, and many different bar types located closely.

pattaya_by_night Probably the most famous nightlife area of Pattaya is Walking Street in South Pattaya. From the evening until the next morning this road is closed to vehicles. The street itself and its adjoining lanes, known as sois, are all packed with go-go bars, massage parlours, beer bars and restaurants. It is crowded daily and the noisy bustle attracts those from all over.


A walk down the street gives a visitor an eye opening experience of what Pattaya nightlife is all about. Apart from ubiquitous girly bars, Walking Street also has an Irish style pub and several discos which are usually packed and loud. Most of the action continues until two in the morning in this area.

Central Pattaya around sois 7 and 8 down to the beach is not as raucous as South Pattaya, but there are still a mass of beer bars, restaurants and other bars to contribute to the nightlife in Pattaya. This is an area frequented by many of the foreign residents of the city, and is more suited to a combination of drinking and chatting. As with all bars in the town, girls will happily sit with men if provided with a drink



Day Trips From Pattaya

There are a large number of possibilities open to you if you wish to have a morning, afternoon or whole day out of Pattaya. For golfers and divers this is easy. The proliferation of golf courses and diving sites in the area ensure that you can literally just walk out of your hotel, be picked up and taken to whichever course or site you have booked, and be returned at the end of the day.

By contrast you could go to see tigers, crocodiles, elephants, orchids or handicrafts, visit one of the larger Wats (Buddhist temples) in the countryside or take a ferry or speedboat to Koh Larn, the large island off Pattaya. Various attractions near the city can also make a good day out. Bangkok is only two and a half hours away by bus (from the Northern bus station) or taxi (1000 to 1500 baht each way) and many visitors who are staying a week or two on package-type holidays go there for the day or overnight. Buses leave every half an hour and will cost you 100 baht each way, but they are often slow and you may have to wait up to an hour for a seat, so arranging a private mini-bus from your hotel is a better option.


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Sri Racha Tiger zoo is about half an hour outside Pattaya and, in addition to tigers and a tiger show, has many other animals. A taxi can take you there for a reasonable fee or you can arrange a tour through a local agent. In a southerly direction,

Nong Nooch Garden
, Pattaya office is a spectacular display of tropical plants and flowers covering a vast area. With an artificial waterfall and canoeing lake, Thai traditional dance shows and elephant rides, this attraction is a favourite day out for many people. Tour buses sometimes make this lovely garden quite busy, and the coolest time to see it is in the morning.

Also to the south, either side of the gardens, are two impressive Buddhist sites.

Wat Yanasangwararam is a large complex of ornate temples and gardens which is one of the more important Wats in the area, covering many beautiful acres; while 2kms south of this is a large Buddha image carved out of a massive vertical rock-face over 150 metres high.

This image is painted and can be seen for many miles around, but the closer you get the more vivid it becomes.

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