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Pattaya – a seaside resort in Thailand… Part 2




Pattaya is a seaside resort on the Eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand which is about 150 km southeast of Bangkok.

Activities in Pattaya

• Entertainment
• Nightlife
• Shopping
• Golf
• Horseback riding
• Bungee jumping
• Karting
• Shooting
• Watersports
• Scuba diving
• Jet-skiing
• Sailing
• Water skiing
• Windsurfing
• Kitesurfing

Places to See in Pattaya

– Beaches
1. Pattaya Beach
• The three kilometers long Pattaya Beach runs along the city center.
• The beach is full of life with hotels, restaurants, shopping malls all along the road facing the beach.
• The street south of Beach Road known as Walking Street, comes alive with rock music when night falls
• There are hundreds of beer bars, go-go bars, discotheques around the area.
• Muay Thai, the Thai Boxing, an open arena in some of the beer bars are exciting to the hilt.

2. Jomtien Beach
• Another beach in Pattaya is Jomtien Beach which is more popular among family vacationers.
• This is located on the southern part of the city.
• It is separated from the main Pattaya Bay by Buddha hill.
• Jomtien is more calm and serene compared to the crowded Pattaya Beach.
• It is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts.
• Jomtien is also popular for its amusement park and tower, to keep children entertained.

3. Wong Phrachan Beach
• The one km long, Wong Phrachan Beach is situated on the Northern part of the Pattaya Beach is a favourite among swimmers.
• There are acres of sand jam-packed with recliners and umbrellas.
• This beach is serviced by an army of laid-back but tenacious hawkers offering anything and everything from food to massage, manicure/pedicure, tattoos, lottery tickets, newspapers, herbs, flowers, gems, perfumes, sunglasses, CDs, watches, lighters, clothes, toys, souvenirs, handicrafts etc.

4. Wong Amat Beach
• The northern end of Pattaya Bay is occupied by Wong Amat Beach.
• This beach is accessed from Naklua.
• Beyond the southern end, around the Buddha Hill headland separates Pattaya Bay from Jomtien.
• There are several smaller beaches.

5. Naklua Bay
• This bay is immediately north of Pattaya Bay.
• It has Rachvate Cape separating the two.
• Naklua Beach, to the far north, is the main strip, with the smaller Crescent Moon Beach and then Palm Beach further south.
• Beyond them is Wong Amat Beach.

6. Wong Phra Chan Beach
• This small tranquil one kilometer beach is on the northern side of Pattaya Bay.
• The serene atmosphere here is attractive to those longing for a complete rest and privacy.

– Sacred places
1. Ban Sukhawadee
• 219 Moo 2, Sukhumvit Rd
• ? +66 38 223-536(-9)
• M-F 08:30–18:00, Sa-Su, hols 08:00-18:00
• This is the residence of Dr. Panya Chotithewan.
• Visitors can enter the house to pay respect to the Bodhisattva Kwan Yin, to see the spacious conference room and the roof.
• 300 baht/adults, 50 baht/children.

2. Buddha Hill
• Khao Phra Tam Nak: between Thap Praya Road and Phratamnak Road.
• 5-10 mins by songthaew.
• Buddha Hill is one of the highest points in Pattaya.
• At the summit is the biggest Buddha statue in Pattaya.
• Nearby is a beautiful Chinese-style sacred area that is dedicated to Confucius and Lao-zi.
• The next hill is just across the Phra Tam Nak Road.
• It has the best Pattaya Bay coastline viewpoint and is also worth a visit, especially for sunset.
• The locals come here to pay homage to Wat Khao Phra Bat atop the hill.
• The monument of Kromluang Chomphonkhetudomsak is regarded as the founding father of the modern Thai navy.

3. Chaloemphrakiat Park
• A park at the foot of Khao Pattaya.
• It is spread on an area of 6 acres.
• The park was dedicated to commemorate His Majesty the King’s sixtieth birthday on December 5, 1988.
• The gardens of the park boast a wide variety of flowering plants and offer a scenic view of Pattaya.
• There are also multipurpose grounds and winding trails for walking or jogging and standard exercise facilities.

4. Sanctuary of Truth
• 206/2 Moo 5, Soi 12, Naklua Rd
• ? +66 38 367-229(-30)
• 09:00-18:00 daily
• This huge ancient-style wooden temple is situated by the sea at Laem Ratchawet, North Pattaya.
• The entrance is at Soi 12, Na Kluea Road.
• The Sanctuary of Truth was first begun in 1981 by Mr. Lek Wiriyaphan who was the founder of the Ancient City in Samut Prakan Province.
• It has unique architectural features.
• The building was conceived out of the vision that human civilisation has been achieved and nurtured by religious and philosophical truth.
• It is an unfinished project, but worth a visit even now.
• 500 baht.

5. Wat Yanasangwararam Woramahawihan
• Turn left from Sukhumvit Road, at Km. 160 for 5km.
• It was constructed in 1976 for Somdet Phra Yanasangwon, the present Supreme Patriarch.
• It was later supported by His Majesty the King.
• At the entrance are situated international pavilions presenting each country’s national architectural style around the pond.
• Within the compound of the temple are the Mondop where a replica of the Buddha’s footprint is enshrined.
• There is a large Chedi containing the relics of the Lord Buddha, as well as, his enlightened followers, and Wihan Phra Yanaret.
• It is open from 8.00AM-4.00PM.
• There is a place where the Royal Project for Agricultural Training Centre and Wildlife Preservation Area are located.

– Museums and galleries
• Anek Kuson Sala (Wihan Sian) (???????????? (??????????)), (entrance is a bit prior to Wat Yanasangwararam, 800 metres from the intersection at the reservoir), ? +66 38 238-367. 08:30-17:00 daily.
• Liam’s Gallery, Soi 4 Pratamnak Rd, Moo 12, ? +66 38 251-808. Liam’s Gallery exhibits and sells original art works from Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia.
• Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Second Rd or Beach Rd (on the third floor of Royal Garden Plaza), ? +66 38 710-294(-8), [14]. 11:00-23:00 daily.combination tickets available to enter all four. Foreigners 380 baht/adult and 280 baht/child, Thais 280 baht/adult, 230 baht/child.

Best time to visit/climate

• Thailand is largely tropical.
• It’s hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F).
• From November to the end of February, it doesn’t rain much and temperatures are at their lowest.
• From March to June, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F).
• From July to October, although it only really gets underway in September, tropical monsoons hit most of the country.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get to Pattaya?

1. By Car
Pattaya is located 147km from Bangkok and can be reached in a comfortable 2-hour drive. There are two convenient ways to get there.
– By the Bangkok-Chon Buri-Pattaya Motorway (Highway No.7)
• The motorway is linked with Bangkok’s Outer Ring Road., (Highway No. 9).
• There is also another entrance at Si Nakharin and Rama IX Junction.
– By Bang Na-Trat Highway (Highway No. 34)
• From Bang Na, Bang Phli, cross the Bang Pakong River to Chon Buri
• Take Chon Buri’s bypass to meet Sukhumvit Road., (Highway No. 3, passing Bang Saen Beach, Bang Phra to Pattaya.
• Most visitors arrive by road from or via Bangkok.
• Much smaller numbers arrive direct by road from the north and east, by rail from Bangkok.
• Some arrive by air via U-Tapao from Ko Samui or Phuket in Southern Thailand or Siem Reap in Cambodia.

2. By Boat
• Outside the low season (May to October), the ferry operates at regular schedules of three crossings per week, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing from Pattaya at 08:30 and from Hua Hin at 12:30.
• During the low season the ferry is available for charter only.

3. By Plane
• U-Tapao Airport is often known somewhat inaccurately as “Pattaya Airport”, is at Sattahip, just off the main Sattahip – Chanthaburi (Sukhumvit) highway, 30km south of Pattaya.
• It’s the closest airport fielding commercial passenger flights, but only to a handful of destinations.
• There are no commercial passenger flights connecting U-Tapao directly with Bangkok.

4. Suvarnabhumi
• Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) is Bangkok’s shiny new successor to Don Muang.
• It is only 110km from Pattaya.
• Transfers are by road are inexpensive and quick.
• Taxis are a fairly inexpensive way to travel, especially at night.
• Fares from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya should be negotiated with the driver in advance.
• The “standard rate” is 1500 baht.

5. Don Muang
• Don Muang Airport (new code: DMK) was superseded by Suvarnabhumi on September 28th 2006, subsequently re-opened on March 24 2007.
• It currently handles Nok Air, One-Two-GO, PB Air and most Thai Airways domestic flights.
• The easiest way to transfer is by taxi.

6. By Bus
• First class buses from Bangkok to the North Pattaya Road bus station are air-conditioned, have an on-board toilet, are essentially direct (i.e. no stops), and provide a no fuss, no frills, hassle-free service.
• Departures from the Eastern (Ekamai) Terminal and Northern (Moh Chit) Terminal are frequent.
• Departure times & fares (as at June 2006):
– Ekamai (East) to Pattaya – first 04:30, last 23:00 – 113 baht
– Pattaya to Ekamai (East) – first 04:30, last 23:00 – 113 baht
– Moh Chit (North) to Pattaya – first 05:00, last 20:00 – 117 baht (tollway route: 121 baht)
– Pattaya to Moh Chit (North) – first 05:20, last 20:00 – 113 baht (tollway route: 121 baht)
– Sai Tai Mai (South) to Pattaya – 05:30, 08:30, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:30 – 117 baht
– Pattaya to Sai Tai Mai (South) – 06:00, 08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 15:00, 18:00 – 113 baht

7. By Train
• The most economical way to travel between Pattaya and Bangkok by public transport is by rail.
• The one-way fare is just 31 baht.
• From Monday to Friday, a daily 3rd class (non-aircon) train departs Bangkok’s Hualamphong Train Station at 6:50AM and arrives at the main Pattaya station at 10:18AM, before continuing on to Sattahip.
• It then returns via Pattaya at 2:21PM and terminates back in Bangkok at 5:40PM.

Some Travel Books about Thailand

Lonely Planet Discover Thailand Thailand PhotoMazing Thailand

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at agoda.com
Hotels at hotels2thailand.com

Blogs / Sites about Thailand – Pattaya

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at travbuddy.com
Blogs at travelblog.org
Blogs and reviews at lonelyplanet.com

Images and photos of Thailand – Pattaya

Images at google.com
Images at travelblog.org
Images at tripadvisor.in
Images at trekearth.com

Videos of Thailand – Pattaya




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