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Getting There Pattaya

Written by admin on January 7th, 2014. Posted in Pattaya

By Car    

Pattaya can be reached in a comfortable 2-hour drive along Sukhumvit Highway via Bang Na, Bang Pakong, Chon Buri and Si Racha. 

By Bus   

Airconditioned, and non-airconditioned, coaches regularly leave from the Eastern Bus Terminal near Soi 63 (Soi Ekamai) on Sukhumvit, and the Northern Bus Terminal on Phahon Yothin Road throughout the day. Departure times and fares may be obtained by telephoning the Eastern Bus Terminal (392-9227 for airconditioned coaches and 391-2504 for regular coaches) and the Northern Bus Terminal at 279-4484-7 for airconditioned coaches.  

By Train   

The State Railways of Thailand offers daily train services departing Bangkok’s Hualampong Station at 7.00 AM. Tel: 223- 7010 or 223-7020 for further details. 

Airport Limousine 

Thai International operates an airconditioned limousine service between Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport and Pattaya. Bookings in Pattaya may be made by telephoning (038)423140-1.
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Taxi to Pattaya 

Baht 1,500-2,250 contact Thai Limousine counter No.7 at Terminal 1
Baht 2,500 contact Airport Limousine counter No.2 at Terminal 1 and No.4 at Terminal 2.

Baht 1,200 contact Public Taxi counter in front of Terminal 1, 2.

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Pattaya: Nightlife

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Night LifeNightlife in Pattaya is liberated and exciting. Discotheques, transvestite cabarets, nightclubs, coffee shops, karaoke bars, open air bars and restaurants with live music and entertainment compete for attention.

Most nightlife entertainment are located in South Pattaya, Beach Road, Pattaya 2 Road and Soi Post Office in North Pattaya.

Pattayaland Soi 1 and 2, also known as “Boys Town”, is the center of Gay and Go Go Bar.

Major hotels in Pattaya also operate gourmet restaurants, cocktail lounges, discotheques, nightclubs and supper clubs which offer excellent food, drinks, music and international entertainment. Such establishments are ideally suited to family entertainment.
 

Cabarets

Undoubtedly, Pattaya is the capital of cabaret shows. Featuring song, dance and comedy routines, Pattaya’s cabaret shows are famous throughout the country and are known worldwide. Here, female dancers are so pretty, lovely and attractive, however, these beautiful weman were actually born “male”. Their performances are so magnificient and amusing and the settings so fascinating that the show is a must for all visitors to Pattaya. 
Cabarets 

Major cabarets in Pattaya are listed below:

Alcazar, Second Road North Pattaya, Call (02)410-0505.

Simon, Walking Street. Call (038)429-929 for details.

Tiffany Show, Second Road (North Pattaya). Call (038)421-700.

Dinning

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Dinning

Some of Thailand’s choicest seafood is found in hotel buffets and several specialty restaurants. Steakhouses, coffeeshops and fast food outlets provide attractive alternatives.

Gourmets and gourmands alike find satisfaction in numerous restaurants featuring regional Thai cuisine and French, Swiss, German, Italian, English, Scandinavian, Indian, Arabic, Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean food.

Shopping in Pattaya

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South Pattaya is the major shopping area for beachwear, souvenirs, films, tapes, pharmaceuticals and liquor. The resort’s major gems, jewellery, silk, cotton and handicraft shops, tailors and boutiques are located in the vicinity of, or adjacent to, major beachside hotels.

The Pattaya 2 Road is also a favourite haunt for shoppers, with several handicraft and Thai silk shops.

Department stores and allied bazaars in Central Pattaya offer other shopping experiences.

On North Pattaya Road, A multi-million Baht shopping complex offers a handicraft center, bazaar and shopping arcade with small bars, nightclubs and an outdoor seafood restaurant.

 
For those who looking for local products such as handicraft, basketware, dried seafoods, may like to visit the following principal markets which are popular among Thai tourists. They are located out of Pattaya city. 

Ang Sila

A fishing village about 5 kilometers away from Chonburi. Ang Sila was formerly one of the oldest seaside resorts. The village is famous for its cottage industry, producing stone mortars and animal sculptures, like elephants, horses and tigers. Ang Sila also boasts a number of seafood restaurants. On the beach, one can find villagers shelling fresh oysters. A wide array of local handicraft are also available for sale to tourists.

Ang Sila is located in the same district as Bang Saen Beach

Bang Saen Beach
 

Nong Mon Market

A market famous for Chonburi’s local handicrafts and souvenirs about 1 kilometer from the junction leading to Bang Saen. Among its well-known buys are different types of dried seafoods, kao lam or gluttonous rice baked in bamboo. hormok (spicy steamed fish cakes) hoi-jor (deep fried shrimp cakes), sweetened-banana and taro chips. sweetened-fruit preserves as well as tattan and bamboo basketware from Panatnikom, a district known for its unique and intricate weaving techniques.

Nong Mon Market is located in the same district as Bang Saen Beach

Bang Saen Beach 
 

Basketware Village

Basketware VillageSituated at Mu 1-11, Tambon Railakthong but mostly a Mu 10 in the vicinity of Wat Kohkaew Klong Luang, about 4 kilometers from the district along the Panamnikom-Chacheongsao Road and continuing right for a distance of another 4 kilometers.

Bamboo is woven into such objects as ladies’s handbags. baskets, betelnut sets, etc. in various colors and designs. They can be purchased at stalls situated behind the Municipal Daily Market (Talad Kao). 

Pattaya Local Festivals

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Pattaya Festival  

April , Pattaya city, Chon Buri

Well-known as a seaside resort, this eastern city enjoys the summer by holding an annual festival. Food and floral floats. beauty pageants, stalls selling delicious cuisine, and a spectacular display of fireworks on the beach are some of the activities that attract those who want to participate in the fun. 

Chon Buri Buffalo Races

September 1 , City Hall, Chon Buri

Chon Buri Buffalo RacesThe water buffalo has always played a significant role in agriculture in Thailand, but in this yearly event, they can be seen in more unusual and entertaining ways than ploughing fields; namely, buffalo races and contests pitting buffalo against man. Elegant beauty pageants and various other fun activities are included, which attract visitors from all over. 

 

Pattaya Travel Guide

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Pattaya, a small city in Chonburi Province, is an international play ground of renown, located on the east coast of the gulf of Thailand and facing a wide bay. Pattaya has the rare distinction of being both a beach destination and a full fledged city. This near paradoxical status ensures the creature comforts and entertainment facilities of a major metropolis plus all the delights of sun, sea and sand. Such is the variety, Pattaya offers that it is ideal for all kinds of visitors.

Accommodation in Pattaya ranges from luxuriously appointed beach side hotels with superb convention facilities to simple guesthouses. Sporting opportunities abound both on land and water including some of the finest golfing, fishing game and scuba diving anywhere in Asia. After dark, Pattaya offers all the magic of truly vibrant night life with spectacular varieties of restaurants, nightclubs, bars, discotheques, cock-tail lounges and cabarets.

Pattaya is literally a place where East meets West, both in colour and character and is probably the most cosmopolitan place in Thailand next to Bangkok.

 

Attractions in Pattaya

Beaches & Islands

Beaches
Pattaya Beach, Jomtien Beach, Wong Prachan Beach

Koh Larn & Koh Phai
If the beaches are not enough, then you can enjoy idyllic cruises to various offshore islands. Nearest to Pattayais Coral Island (Koh Larn), just a 45 minute boat ride away, where there are full facilities. 
 Sporting Opportunities

Sporting Opportunities

There are ample provisions for all kinds of watersports and land sports. Not only is all the necessary equipment available, there is also expert instruction.

Watersports
Water Skiing, Windsurfing, Sailing, Game Fishing, Scuba Diving, Parasailing

Land Sports
Golf, Go-Karts, Paintball, Motor Racing, Shooting, Horse Riding 
 

Out off Pattaya City Attractions

Pattaya is just a part of Chonburi province. Let’s see what’s cool in other parts of this province.

Sattahip District
Nongnooch Tropical Garden, Yan Sangwararam Temple

Bang Saen Beach
A famous beach that has enjoyed lasting popularity.

Sri Racha District
Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, Koh Loy, Khao Kiew Open Zoo

Koh Si-Chang
A large island about 12 kilometers from Sri Racha shore attracts visitors with its beautiful nature, tranquil atmosphere, and fresh air.
 

Parks, Museums, Zoos and Others

Pattaya Elephant Village, Mini Siam, Million Years Stone Park, Crocodile Farm, Water Park, Bottle Art Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Details 
Elephant.

Hotels

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Phuket: Nearby Islands

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Raya (or Racha ) Islands


Two islands running roughly northeast to southwest off Phuket’s southern coast.

Raya Yai Island
On the west coast is a fine beach closed in by the hill that stretch away from it like to arms of a horseshoe called alternately Ao Tawan Tok or Ao Bungalow. 

Raya Yai IslandClean sandy beach and crystal clear waters of Raya Yai attract daytrippers from Phuket. From the top of the hill to the south of the bay is the viewpoint from which the whole island can be seen. On the east, at Ao Kon Kae Bay, is an excellent site for diving. 

 

Raya Noi Island
This island, 10 kms. from Raya Yai, is the result of coral reef build up, and there are more rocks than beaches. In a small bay on the west is a boat anchorage. The waters at Raya Noi are emerald green, and fishing is famous, but swimming is not recommendable.

To get there contact a charter boat at Ao Chalong or Rawai, or go to travel agent for details on package tours to the islands. By long-tailed boat the travel time is about two hours. Larger boats operated by tour companies will make the trip in about one hour. Travel to Raya Islands is restricted to dry season and periods when the monsoon is not blowing.

 

Rang Yai Island


Lying off Phuket’s east coat, this small island has been developed for out-of-doors minded tourist. Among the many activities are snorkeling on the coral reefs. sea kayaking, mountain-biking, playing miniature golf, and visiting the island’s pearl farm. To travel to Rang Yai Island, boats may be hired from Laem Hin Pier from Phuket Boat Lagoon. Package tours are providede by Richy Island Tour, Tel. 238163, and other tour agencies.

 

Keaw Island


A fine beach, natural surroundings, and coral are on this little island 3 kms. from Rawai, south of Phrom Thep. There is also a giant Buddha Statue. The island is 15 minutes by chartered boat from Rawai.

Lon Island


This large, mountainous island is only 20 minutes by regular passenger boat from Chalong Bay, in the south of Phuket. The mainly Muslim inhabitants engage in fishing, rubber and coconut planting. There is a long stretch of beach on the northeast coast. Boats to Ko Lon leave daily in the early morning from Chalong Pier.

 

Coral Island or Hey Island


Coral Island or Hey Island This island off Phuket’s south coast is so well known for its coral reef that it is often referred to simply as Coral Island. In addition to the splendid reefs there are two fine beaches on the north and west. Koh Hey is part of a marine preserve, but accommodations, restaurants, various watersports and diving are all available. Boats leave from Rawai and Chalong. Package tours are also available.

 

Mai Ton Island


This tiny island off Phuket’s southeast coast is highly prized for its still perfect natural environment, including fine white beaches and crystal waters; ideal for swimming, diving, or fishing. The only business of any kind is the plush Maiton Island Resort. Those not wishing to stay overnight may take a daytime excursion leaving from Ao Makham Deep Sea Port. For details contact (076) 214954-7.

 

Taphao Yai Island


10 minutes from Phuket by ferry from Ao Makam on Phuket’s southeast coast. The island is home to the Bucerotes hornbill. To get there from Phuket Town take Chao Fa Rd., to the Sakdidet Rd., intersection, turn left on Sakdidet and follow it 8 kms. to Ao Makham. The road splits in the vicinity of oil storage facilities; take the left fork about 200 meters to the Ko Taphao ferry pier. Dining and accommodations are available on the island. For details call Phuket Paradise, (076) 214917.

Nakha Island


this small, quiet island with fine sandy beaches lies just off Phuket’s northeast shore. Waters are suiable for swimming. One item of interest at Ko Nakha Noi not found in many other places is its pearl farm. Boats can be hired from Ao Po Pier, off Pa Khlok Rd., for travel to Ko Nakha Noi, and package trips are available at tour agencies, generally including lunch and a visit to the pearl farm.

Phuket: Viewpoints

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Phrom Thep Cape  

Phrom Thep Cape“Phrom” is Thai for Hindu “Brahma” signifying purity, and “Thep” means ‘God’. Phromthep is a headland stretching into the sea and forming the extreme south-end of Phuket. It has been prominent feature for mariners since of early seafarers from the sub-continent, remains of whose journey’s have been found all along the Malay-peninsula’s west coast. 

 

 

From Rawai Beach turn right and go for 2 kms. The cape has tall cliffs on the south, and was formerly called by local villagers “Leam Jao” (The Gods’ Cape). From the cliffs running down to the boulders at the sea is a line of palm trees. Emerald green currents swirl in the deep water and breakers hurl themselves in vain against the rocky point : it is one of Phuket ‘s most inspiring vistas. From Promthep Cape, which is the most beautiful place to catch Phuket’s famous sunset, a road leads northwest to Nai Han Beach. 

 

 

 

 

Rang Hill

This provides a pleasant view of town while dining, and has a Fitness Park, a series of hillside sculptural tableaux which enhance calisthenics.

 

3-Bay Viewpoint

3-Bay ViewpointFrom this point can be seen the bays of Kata Noi, Kata and Karon, and also Poo Island. It is one of the island’s best views. A large public sala, or shelter is there for visitors, and several vendors sell food, drinks, and souvenirs in the area when the weather is nice. The viewpoint is between Kata and Nai Han Beach.

 

Si-Re Island

Si-Re IslandSeparated from the mainland of Phuket by the Khlong Tha Chin, a shallow mangrove swamp, this twenty square kilometer island is connected by a causeway to the city. Wat Koh Si-Re, on the hill, has a large Reclining Buddha and provides fine views of the surroundings. Phuket’s largest settlement of Sea Gipsies, or Chao Ley, are on Koh Si-Re at Leam Tuk-kae. Swimming is not present because of the muddy bottom. Thre are some popular seafood restaurants on the eastern shore.

 

Chalong Bay

Phuket’s principal boat anchorage and the island’s largest bay. Ao Chalong has a long flat, shallow, muddy bottom; at ebbtide, waters recede as much as one kilometer. It is very picturesque but not for swimming. Most visitors to the islands south of Phuket depart from Chalong pier, and the bay’s restaurants are well known for their seafood. Charters to various places can be arranged from there, and it is the center of the island’s yachting businesses. To get there take Jao Fah Tawan Tok Rd., or Jao Fah Tawan Okk Rd., to Chalong Circle. The pier and a number of restaurants are located on the short road leading to the beach from the circle. 

Beaches

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There are many beaches in Phuket but the most popular ones are those on the west side of the island where the sand is white and the sea is always clear. 

Patong Beach

This is Phuket’s central tourist and night time entertainment district. Over the years, Patong has turned from a fishing village into one of the island’s two cities.  
 
PatongThe famous bay and 4 km. beach is know as a centre of entertainment with restaurants catering to every nationality. Live music can be found in most pubs and bars.

Accommodations range from budget to five-star. Shopping opportunities appear to be endless. In addition, there are many tour companies waiting to help visitors plan their vacations.
Sports & Activities at Patong Beach 

 

 

Kamala Beach

Kamala BeachKamala is a Muslim fishing village north of Patong. Tourist development on the beach much of which is covered by a Muslim graveyard and a police outpost has been slow in coming. Buffalo herds still come down to the beach to cool off in the afternoon. The beach is beautiful and about 2 kms. in length. There are

accommodations ranging from guesthouse to international class, and a number of small Thai restaurants specializing in seafood for the tourist. Kamala is the perfect place to get away from it all and has little to offer in the way of entertainment for that go across the mountains to Patong.

Regular bus service to and from Phuket Town during daytime; tuk-tuk service available to Patong, 5 kms. away on the new road.

Rawai Beach

Rawai Beach Site of the Chao Ley or Sea Gipsy village, many restaurants and bungalows, shell handicraft shops, and both fishing and charter boats to the nearby islands. The beach itself is suitable for swimming. Rawai is 7 kms. west of Chalong Circle.

 

 

Kata Beach

Kata BeachThe smallest of Phuket’s three main tourist beaches, Kata is different in appearance and style from Karon or Patong. The beach itself is broad and curving, and structures bordering it are low-rise. The waters are perfect for swimming, and at the north end is a coral reef with many varied corals and fishes which stretches out toward Poo Island., about 1/2 km off shore.

Facilities for every price range include hotels, bungalows, tour companies, restaurants, bars and clubs. There is regular bus service to and from Phuket town during daytime.

 

Karon Beach

Karon BeachThe second largest of Phuket’s principal tourist beaches. Large resort complexes line the road back of the beach, but the strand itself, long and broad, has no development. The sand is very white, and squeaks audibly when walked on. The southern point has a fine coral reef stretching toward Kata and Poo Island.

Restaurants, bars, tour companies and other non-hotel businesses are at the north end, near the traffic circle, and at the south, on the little road connecting the back road with the beach road.The narrow road between Kata and Karon has a number of small businesses as well as the Dino Park Mini Golf facility.

Karon is the most up-scale of Phuket’s beaches. Regular daytime bus service to and from Phuket Town.

Nai Han Beach

Nai Han BeachA popular swimming beach and yacht anchorage during the dry season. The beach is fine, but big waves strike it during the wet season, making swimming dangerous. Regular bus service to and from Phuket town during daytime. Nai Han is just north of Phrom Thep Cape.

 

Bangthao Beach

Bangthao BeachBangthao is a large open bay with one of Phuket’s longest beaches. It was once used for tin mining, but has since been developed into a luxury resort. Most of it is occupied by the Laguna complex, a massive five-hotel development with golf course. There are, however, accommodations available outside Laguna at the bay’s south end. Dry season swimming is excellent, and at the bay’s north end is a smaller bay, almost completely enclosed, at the mouth of which is some fine coral. Plenty of places to eat, tour companies, and other tourist facilities available either at Laguna or in the nearby town of Choeng Thale.

The beach is located off Sri Sunthon Rd., in Choeng Thale. As for access to Laguna; the south end of the bay may be approached by taking the road north from Surin Beach. To get to the far north end from Sri Sunthon Rd., take the road leading to Laguna, but do not enter, continue on to the town of Bandon where there is an intersection of asphalted roads, and take the one leading west toward the sea. This road leads also to Nai Thon Bay and makes a very pleasant drive. Along the way are some small bays with good swimming and no development.

Nai Yang Beach

Nai Yang BeachThis is where the National Park office is located. The beach itself is on a long curving bay lined with evergreens that provide shade to picnicker. The large coral reef is home to many different species of fish, and Nai Yang is well known as a site where sea turtles come to lay their eggs during the period from November to February; the population of these has however, dropped off greatly.

First class accommodations are available and small food vendors cater to the many day trippers. To get there take the Nai Yang Rd., and look for signs indicating the park entrance.