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Pattaya
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 Thailand’s 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 hotel’s 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 Thailand’s 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 22.00
- Northern Bus Terminal (Mor Chit): From 05.00 and every 30 minutes until 19.00

LOCAL TRANSPORTION

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 Pattaya’s 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.

ATTRACTIONS

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 Thailand’s 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.

Ripley’s 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 hrs.

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 country’s most challenging courses with lots of wooded hills. The course offers accommodation is a hilly photogenic landscape.

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 is available.

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 Village.

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.

MAJOR EVENTS

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.

 

 
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