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A cosmopolitan city with a glamourous party scene complemented by natural spectacles!
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Weather in Pattaya
Humid throughout the day and breezy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
min - max 27 - 29°C
Pattaya is a seaside tourist resort in Thailand that fails to disappoint. Hosting an array of shopping malls, beaches, amusement parks and nature therapy zones, this thriving tourist destination is a 2-hour drive from Bangkok. To those who can't appreciate the organised chaos of the capital city, Pattaya offers a more tranquil experience that can be jazzed up with many recreational activities.
Pattaya was once a small fishing village. The history of Pattaya has a significant link with the formation of Thailand as a nation state. After the Burmese had ravaged the old capital of Ayutthaya in 1767, the great uniter Phraya Tak, is said to have passed through this area with his troops. There are two tales as to what happened next. According to one account, Phraya Tak was stopped by the local leader, Nai Klom. When he met Phraya Tak face to face, he felt a sense of admiration at the disciplined and dignified army and surrendered without a fight. The place was then called "Thap Phraya" meaning "Army of Phraya" as a commemoration of the event. The other narrative is that the location where the King's army was to rest was known for its pre-monsoon winds known as the "Pattaya". The location was then named Pattaya village. Over time it began to just be called Pattaya.
Though the source is not verified, many accounts of how Pattaya became a tourist destination have a similar narrative. It is said that during the Vietnam War, many of the American soldiers that were stationed in Thailand were taken to this seaside destination as a part of their recuperation from the horrors of war. Though they stayed there only for a week, they raved about it to anyone they could find and the word spread like wildfire. Soon, American soldiers and contractors began to visit this city. With the steady trickle of foreign tourists coming in every year, the innovate Thai people were able to grab the opportunity and went out of their way to make Pattaya tourist friendly. By 1977, Europeans began visiting as well. The steady trickle had now transformed itself into a river rapid. The economy began to grow at an exponential rate, bringing in more investments for tourist related activities. Today Pattaya boasts of more than 10 million visitors who come to the city annually to visit shopping malls and amusement parks.
After the deadly tsunami that ravaged parts of the Indian Ocean in December 2004, many people have been hesitant to making a trip to Thailand, especially seaside resorts. Pattaya would then surprise you because it was not affected by the tsunami at all! In fact, the chances of a tsunami hitting the coastline of Pattaya are close to nil. This is because Pattaya does not have direct access to the ocean and is relatively shallow.
Type of Holiday Experience
â— Enjoy your time at the beach, with its clean blue waters, green hills and a view of the skyline of Pattaya. The beaches are well equipped with chairs, umbrellas and safety zones. There are also many water sports activities that one could do on the beach.
â— Pattaya has an unusually large number of amusement parks and other attractions. Guaranteed to be a hit among the kids and young at heart, Pattaya offers water parks, botanical gardens, and other artistic attractions.
â— Become one with nature as Pattaya teaches you the finer points of wildlife. Crocodiles, elephants, and tigers all live cordially with the Thai people in special reserves to protect the environment. One can see these creatures up close and if one can pay a little extra, then interact with them as well. Definitely, a must go to place for all nature buffs.
â— Pattaya can be used as a chance to try out some mouth watering Thai cuisine. The night markets of Pattaya turn into mini buffets, churning out a rich assortment of Thai-style seafood.
â— The whole family can have fun at the Teddy Bear Museum. This Museum has teddy bears that range from pillow size to bear size carefully placed in interesting themes. One can find these cuddly creatures in zones such as zone underwater where all the teddies are in gear with snorkels and tights.
â— The Pattaya Park Tower is one of the symbolic architectural icons of Pattaya. Apart from the observation deck on the 55th floor, there are three revolving restaurants that provide a bird's eye view of Pattaya. There is also an option of zip lining down from the observation deck of the Pattaya Park Tower.
â— Jomtien is a clean and family-centric beach. The palm tree boulevards and the sound of the currents make you forget that there is a bustling city just a few meters away from you. At night, the neon lights turn on and the Jomtien night market springs to life.
â— Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark is exclusively designed for kids to have a fun time in Pattaya. Characters from the Powerpuff Girls, The Amazing World of Gumball and many other familiar faces roam the park. From waterslides to wave pools, the kids will thank you for the rest of the year for letting them spend time with their favourite cartoons.
â— Art in Paradise is a fun photo opportunity destination. Filled with creatively painted rooms, it’s a play on angles and lighting to create optical illusions. Anyone who goes here can have a great collection of pictures to upload onto their Facebook and Instagram.
â— Pattaya walking street is one of the biggest attractions of Pattaya. The vortex of nightlife is concentrated around this stretch of road. From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. this road is off limits for vehicles. As the sun sets, this relatively quiet street springs to life. The neon lights turn on and everything on the street has a neon hue of pink. The street is packed with go-go bars on both sides of the road. This place is also famous for the Kathoey girl. These girls are beautifully dressed in the latest fashion but come with a small surprise. Many of the bars have live music performances which are amazing to hear late at night.
â— The Pattaya floating market is a mix of innovation and ingenuity. The market is divided into 4 sections, each symbolic of the different parts of Thailand. One can find shops and boat vendors selling items from all over the kingdom. The traditional architecture of the market and the straw hats worn by many of the boat vendors gives you the experience of being transported back into time before globalisation. The market also features some entertaining attractions. Fighters balance on a poll that is perched above the river and the winner is the one who knocks the opponent into the water below. The market is also a site for various cultural performances.
â— The elephant village in Pattaya is a nonprofit NGO that is run to look after old domesticated elephants. The elephant village offers great interaction with the elephant population including Trekking through the river, tug of war and even play basketball. These elephants are unchained and are not worked for more than 2-3 hours a day. But the elephants aren't the only attraction. One can try bullock cart riding, ATV's and ferries as well. The park is a one stop shop for experiencing the flora and fauna of Pattaya.
Favourite Local Foods
â— Som Tum is a spicy green papaya salad that has a sweet-sour flavour that is not easily forgotten. The ingredients include shredded papaya, salted crabs, shrimps, peanuts, garlic, tomatoes, beans, and chilli. The strong dish is not for the faint-hearted and can clean up the gut.
â— Tom Kha Gai is a chicken soup that is mixed with coconut milk. The ingredients include chilli’s, chicken, lemon grass, Galangal root (Kha), salt and sugar. This rich and creamy soup is a lot milder than most Thai dishes and exudes a sweet smelling aroma.
Favourite Local Things to Buy
â— Thai crafts are unique and are great souvenirs. The handicrafts are made from a host of products such as nielloware, bronzeware, weaving, ceramics, silverware and much more. Basketware is also very popular in the region. These can be purchased from the Pattaya Gallery at Pattaya Bazaar in Central Pattaya
â— Gemstones are widely available in this part of the country. Rubies, Sapphires, amethyst, aquamarine, garnet, spinel, and zircon are all available in Pattaya. One should be careful not to purchase fake gems. Always insist on JFC seal which is a government approval stating that the gem is the genuine product. One can get a good shopping selection at Gems Reach at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.
â— Like other parts of Thailand, Thai silk is available in Pattaya. One has to always be wary as there are a lot of fake products that are similar to Thai silk. Jim Thompson at Royal Garden Plaza sells only genuine Thai silk.
Things to do in Pattaya
â— Parasailing in Pattaya is very popular. With prices starting at 600 baht, enjoying the view from the air never got so cheap. As the weather is good for most parts of the year, one can see numerous brightly coloured gliders crisscrossing the horizon almost every day. Jomtien beach, Koh Larn and Pattaya beach are some of the locations where parasailing is rampant. In Pattaya beach, things are done a bit differently. You start from a shaded pontoon and are launched about a 100 m into the air. Unlike other places, there is no instructor with you. To those who enjoy flying solo, this is an experience that can't be missed.
â— One can enjoy Go-karting at a number of tracks in Pattaya. Whether it’s a friendly family stroll or a competitive race between friends, Go-Karting is always a fun activity. One can Kart at Pattaya Kart Speedway or Easy Kart.
â— Siracha tiger zoo is a great place to experience nature up close. The tiger zoo is home to baby as well as adult tigers. One can cuddle with the young ones who look just slightly bigger than house cats to gently petting the adult tiger which is slightly bigger than a full grown man.
Indian Food Joints
â— The Indian Garden is a great option for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Rajma, Jeera rice, Paneer, dal and all other Indian dishes are available here. Many Indian tourists come here so be prepared to make a few new friends while you eat!
â— The Ali Baba Indian Restaurant is a classy looking joint where one can have a taste of India. The food includes vegetarian, Jain food and non-vegetarian dishes. They also have chicken rogan gosh, chicken tikka masala and butter chicken.
â— Indulge your taste buds with some chicken dopiaza, Dal tadka and much more at Royal Indian Hut. The restaurant offers great service and the quality of the food is excellent.
â— Indian by Nature has been rated by many as the best Indian restaurant in Pattaya. It has great ambiance and good service. The food choices are mostly non-vegetarian such as chicken tikka masala, kebabs, and chicken zalfrezi.
Best time to Visit Pattaya
June to October is the rainy season. Thailand experiences the monsoons during this time of the year and the rain usually, lasts for 30 minutes a day. The prices for accommodation is lowest during this time of the year. Those tourists who wish to avoid crowds and prefer sparsely populated roads will have a great time during this time of the year in Pattaya.
November to February is the coolest season of the year. Most of the tourists come during this time. People come to witness the Chinese New Year which is celebrated with great fanfare. In addition, Christmas and New Years also see a remarkable number of tourists. Those wishing to meet new people and make friends should come during this time of the year.
March to May are the hottest months of the year. The Wan Li festival and The Miss Tiffany Universe pageant are held during this time. If one wishes to experience the various festivals of Pattaya this would be a good time to visit.
Getting to Pattaya
Transit time: 6 hrs from major cities
Cost ₹ 7,748 per person
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