Kingdom of Thailand
Most appreciated for its abundant and fascinating
night life, Pattaya is, perhaps, not for those seeking a quiet hide-away
for their peaceful seaside vacations. But for unending excitement,
comfortably modern hotel and restaurant facilities and the convenience
of transportation from Bangkok.
Located 147 kilometers southeast of Bangkok or
only about two-hour drive, Pattaya is Thailands premier beach
resort and annually attracts hundreds of thousands of pleasure-seeking
tourist from all over the world.
Visitors can windsurf, water ski, swim, sunbathe,
snorkel, sail, or take trips to offshore coral island. They can
rent water scooters to explore Pattaya bay, and motorcycles and
jeeps to explore neighboring-beaches such as the increasingly Hat
Chom Thian just south of Pattaya, where accommodation is also available.
Tennis enthusiasts can enjoy themselves at leading
hotels courts, and golfers can visit beautifully landscaped
and challenging golf courses around Pattaya.
Bowling alleys, snooker halls, shooting galleries
and archery offer further entertainment while Tiffany and Alcazar
Cabarets offer fascinating night shows with broad popular appeal.
Pattaya boasts an incredible choice of accommodation
to suit every pocket. Facilities range from air-conditioned opulence
to basic simplicity. Essentially, the visitor has the choice of
luxury hotels with private-beaches; bay side hotels and bungalows;
and "inland" economy-class hotels and guesthouses.
Pattaya offers some of Thailands choicest
seafood in several specialty restaurants. Steak house and fast-food
outlets provide attractive alternatives and gourmets and gourmands
alike find satisfaction in restaurants featuring French, Italian,
Swiss, German, Hungarian, Scandinavian, English, Indian, Moslem,
Japanese, Chinese and Thai Cuisines. From families to individual
visitors, Pattaya offers something for everyone and all the ingredients
for a truly memorable holiday.
HOW TO GET THERE
By air-conditioned bus (Duration 2 ½ hrs.)
- Bangkok Interational Airport (Terminal 1): 09.00,
12.00 and 19.00
- Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai): From 05.00 every 30 minutes until
- Northern Bus Terminal (Mor Chit): From 05.00 and every 30 minutes
Travel within the resort is most convenient by
minibuses that continually ply the Beach Road and Pattaya 2 Road
in counterclockwise circuits.
Those who wish to be independent, and explore Pattayas
surrounding countryside and beaches at leisure, can hire motorcycles,
jeeps or cars. The visitor is advised to shop around, and consult
local tourism publications, for different companies offer different
prices and conditions.
Pattaya Beach about 4 kilometers long, has a beach
road running parallel to the beach from the north to the south.
The northern part is a more quiet area of the resort while the southern
part is hustling and bustling and lively section, where on both
sides of the street line up with shops of all kind, department stores,
restaurants, discotheques, bars and nightclubs. Shopping can be
as just fun as in Bangkok.
Mini Siam & Mini Europe Located near Pattaya
Klang, is Thailands first wonder displaying Thai and European
heritage on a miniature scale. This is the third miniature town
in the world after the Netherlands and Taiwan that brings together
models of important objects and historical sites of different culture
and civilizations of various periods from the ancient time till
present. More than 100 models, each on a scale of 1:25, are displays
in an area of 29 rai, surrounded by natural scenaries blended with
different types of well-selected trees. Open from 7.00-22.00 hrs.
Ripleys Museum Believe It or Not is located
on the 3rd floor of Royal Plaza Building, Beach Road. Odd stories
and objects are collected from around the world and exhibited here.
The museum is open daily during 11.00-24.00 hrs.
Bottle Museum is situated on Sukhumvit Road. Here,
famous architecture of the world as well as boats finely crafted
in miniature in glass bottles by a Dutch craftsman, Mr. Pieter,
are put on display. The museum is open daily during 10.00-21.00
Million Years Stone Park & Crocodile Farm located
some 9 kilometers from Pattaya township, comprises breeding pens
with more than 1,000 crocodiles, a zoo, and a bonsai garden decorated
with rock formations. Open daily from 8.30-18.00 hrs. There are
crocodile shows at 10.00, 11.00, 14.00, 15.30, 17.00 hrs.
Siam Country Club Located at km. 145 on Sukhumvit
Highway, with the left turn about 11 kilometers. With 6,448 yards,
par 72, it is one of countrys most challenging courses with
lots of wooded hills. The course offers accommodation is a hilly
Pattaya Elephant Village is on the road to Siam
Country Club Golf Courses. The village shows elephant displaying
forestry skill, playing football and re-enact of war elephant parade.
The village also demonstrates how wild elephants were captured in
the northeastern part of Thailand. Daily show time is at 14.30
Panarak Park 5 kms. off Pattaya City on the road
to Siam Country Club Golf Course, offers a tropical garden setting.
The park is equipped with fishing gears for a well-stocked fishing
pond. The place also facilitates with bungalow accommodations, restaurant,
jogging and cycling paths, boating and water cycling. It gives up-country
experience for staying overnight there.
The Bira International Circuit Located at km. 14
on Route 36 to Rayong, offers international motor and motorcycle
racing occasionally. The 2.4 kilometers circuit is ideal for formula
3 races. For the one who loves speed and would like to experience
real thing on the racing track, the circuit opens every day.
Hat Chom Thian located 2 kilometers from south
Pattaya is good for swimming. The beach has become more and more
popular for water sports and activities because it has a long straight
coastline and there are less boats anchored in the area. Reasonable
accommodation is also available.
Pattaya Park Between south Pattaya and Hat Chom
Thian, is a water amusement park with water sliders, whirlpools
and large pool for children. Open from 9.00-18.00 hrs. Accommodation
Suan Nong Nooch about 15 kilometers from South
Pattaya, is a Thai-village-style recreation-cum-vacation park. The
entire area of some 500 acres is beautifully landscaped with orchid
nursery and other botanical gardens. There are also cultural and
traditional performances and an elephant show.
Wat Yansangwararam A temple under the king's patronage
is unique for it's modern Thai architecture. Here meditation course
is offering for commonmen at 6.00 and 18.00 hrs. The temple is 12
kilometers south of Pattaya and only 3 kilometers from Nong Nooch
Nearby is a Chinese-style building called "Wihan
Sian" housing antiques and art objects from China.
Bang Saray a fishing village located 2 kilometers
off the main highway at kilometer 164, offers deep-sea fishing opportunities.
Ko Lan 45 minutes offshore by tourist boat or 15
minutes by speed boat, is the largest of Pattayas archipelago. Major
attractions include viewing coral reefs from glassbottomed boats,
snorkelling, scuba diving, wind surfing, skiing and parasailing.
There are a lot of seafood restaurants on the island's main beaches.
Deep sea fishing can be arranged to Ko Lan's neighbouring islands
such as Ko Khork and Ko Sak.
Beyond Ko Lan another 40 minutes sail is Ko Phai
an island currently under the care of the Royal Navy. Visitors are
not allowed to stay overnight here, but it has fine deserted beaches
that are open during the day.
All nearby islands are easy to get to and charters
can be arranged through the hotel tour desk or by negotiating a
price direct wit the boat owners.
Pattaya Festival Thailand's world famous seaside
resort puts on its most festival face for this annual event, held
in April at the height of the summer season. Food and floral floats,
beauty contests, stalls selling local delicacies, and a spectacular
display of fireworks on the beach are only a few of the highlights
that attract merry-makers.