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Pattaya – a seaside resort in Thailand… Part 3

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

Places to See in Pattaya

– Theme parks
1. Mini Siam
• 07:00-22:00 daily.
• Mini Siam features miniature replicas of iconic structures from Thailand and all over the world.
• It is one of the most famous model villages in the world.
• 250 baht/adults, 120 baht/children.
• It celebrates the heritages of Thailand with miniature replicas of the most famous monuments and historical sites.
These include:
– The Temple of the Emerald Buddha
– Democracy Monument
– Bridge over the River Kwai
– Prasat Hin Phimai
– The Tower Bridge of London
– Eiffel Tower
– The Statue of Liberty
– Trevi Fountain

2. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
• Beautiful gardens with waterfalls.
• Elephant shows.
• “Cultural Extravaganza” performances 4 times a day.
• Restaurants to fill an entire day.
• Foreigners 500 baht, Thais 200 baht.

3. Others
• Siriphon Orchid Farm
• Three Kingdoms Theme Park
• The Million-Year Stone Park and Crocodile Farm
• Pattaya Elephant Village
• Underwater World

Things to do
Bowling Plus (previously Pattaya Bowl), Second Rd (at the junction with Soi Regent Marina), ? +66 38 429-908. 10:00-02:00 daily. 20 bowling lanes.
O.D. Bowl, Pratamnak Rd. 08:00-01:00 daily.
Paintball Park, 248/10 Mu 12, Thep Prasit Rd, ? +66 38 300-608, [21]. 09:00-18:00 daily. 50 bullets/400 baht.
Pattaya Kart Speedway (?????????? ????????), 248/2 Mu 12, Thep Prasit Rd (5 km from the centre of Pattaya to the south), ? +66 38 422-044. 09:00-18:00 daily.
P.S. Bowling (junction of Central Pattaya Road and Second Road, above TOPS supermarket), P.S. Plaza, ? +66 38 420-965, [22]. 11:00-02:00 daily. 70-90 baht/person.
Tiffany’s Shooting Range, GF, Tiffany’s Show Building, 464 Moo 9, Second Rd, ? +66 38 421-700(-5). 09:00-21:00 daily.
• Video games
• Cinemas
• Alcazar show in Pattaya
Alcazar Cabaret (?????????? ???????????), Pattaya 2 Rd (across from Soi 5), ? +66 38 410-225(-7), Showtime 18:30, 20:00, 21:30.
Tiffany’s Show (???????? ????), Pattaya 2 Rd, ? +66 38 421-700(-5), Showtime 18:00, 19:30, 21:00.

Open Eyes Show (?????? ??????????), 2F, Pattaya Bazaar, 266/52-53 North Pattaya Rd (opposite the Tiffany Show), ? +66 38 362-077(-79). 15:00-23:00 daily. 600 baht/adults, 300 baht/children.
Thai Alangkarn Theater, ? +66 38 256-007, Showtime Th-Tu 18:00.
Tuxedo Magic Castle (????????????? ???????), 78/16-17 Pattaya Sai 2 Rd, ? +66 38 488-880, [27]. Showtime 19:00, 20:30, 22:00 daily. 450 baht.

The Golf Club, 33/133 Soi L.K. Metro (near Soi Diana and Soi Buakhao, about 100 yards from the Areca Lodge), ? +66 85 434-3377
The Mini Golf Pub, Thappraya Rd (on the left just past the flyover when headed to Jomtien). 10:00-23:00 daily and 18 holes
Pattaya City Golf, (at the Nova Lodge Hotel on Beach Road, next to the junction with Pattaya Central Road), [29]. 09:00-01:00 daily and 18 holes

Speedboat-towed parachute rides are available along the main beaches, and in Pattaya Bay from several large floating platforms with speedboats ferrying customers out from the shore
• Typically, about 500 baht per flight.

Aquanauts Dive Center (Aquanauts CDC), 437/17 Moo 9, Soi 6/Beach Road, ? +66 (0)38-361-724 (aquanauts@aquanautsdive.com), daily from 09:00 – 18:00.

Flight of the Gibbon
• For those who want adventure combined with the experience of seeing a rain forest canopy, this adventure tour is ideal.
• It involves ziplining over the forest canopy and getting a thrill that is in a league of its own.
• The tour operates twice daily – one starting at around 07:00 am and the other at around noon.
• Total time including travel is about 5 hours of which about 2-3 hours will be spent in the forest.
• Can be booked through one of the many tour operator shops that dot Pattaya’s road or online.
• Cost can vary from THB 2,100 – 2,500 depending on where you book.

Day-trips to Islands
Ko Khrok (or Krok): 2 km east of Ko Laan, is an isolated rocky islet with a single 100 meter stretch of sandy beach to the east, where visitors can see coral reefs.
Ko Phai : Ko Phai, and other islands in the Ko Phai group, Ko Klung Badan (or Krung Badan), Ko Luam (or Leom), Ko Man Wichai and Ko Rin (or Lin) – are preferred destinations for scuba divers, and are also popular for general relaxation, fishing, swimming and snorkeling day trips.

Festivals of Thailand

New Year’s Day
• The International New Year Day has been adopted.
• On the first of January, people offer food to monks at the temple.

Songkran Festival – April
• This simple and fun filled festival celebrates the Thai New Year.
• It usually occurs around the 13th-15th April.

Songkran Festival Nationwide
• The traditional Thai New Year usually falls around the 13-17th.
• Local people to pay homage to Buddha images, clean their homes, and sprinkle water on their elders as a mark of respect.
• This has developed in recent years into open water warfare.
• This is particularly popular in the tourist areas of Khao San Road, Bangkok, and Chiang Mai.
• The latter also holds colorful parades and religious ceremonies.

Pattaya Festival
• This is a riotous celebration with parades, floats, beauty contests, food festivals, and a spectacular fireworks display.
• It takes place usually a week after the Songkran festivities in Bangkok.

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.

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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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