Pattaya is a city in Thailand, a beach resort popular with tourists and expatriates. It is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 100 kilometres southeast of Bangkok.
We flew into Bangkok and then hired a driver to take us to Pattaya which only took about an hour and a half.
Pattaya is definitely a great place for water sports and sunshine activities.
Pattaya is probably not for everyone. We stayed in the heart of the city in Road #10 however I would prefer to have stayed out of the city. I have friends who stayed in an apartment out from the busy area and they loved it. We had dinner one night at the Sugar Hut resort which is a not in the heart of all the noise and crowds and definitely a place that I would rather stay at.
Not far from the centre of Pattaya, on a nearby hill is located the famous shrine of big Buddha. It is within walking distance, but we went by taxi.
To me this was one of the best attractions in Pattaya. The view was gorgeous and the Buddha was pretty amazing. The area of the temple spreads a feeling of peace and harmony, a long flight of steps accompanied on both side by two longs dragons. At the top of the stairs is the huge statue of Buddha surrounded by dozens of other smaller statues.
Walking Street – now this is an eye opener. Really, it is not much by day. Just a long road with bars, restaurants, shops, girlie shows, girl/boy shows, sex shops etc.. But by night,it is closed to traffic. This is where everyone comes. It is quite safe as there are police patrolling.
One evening, we started off at a wonderful seafood restaurant called The Lobster Pot. A great restaurant with stunning views and the meals were superb. After dinner, take a walk along this street. If you feel like dancing or entertainment it is all there. Just people watching from a comfortable bar is pretty awesome also. It’s fun, crazy and entertaining.
My favourite shopping mall here is Central Festival. It has a wonderful food court on the bottom level and then many levels of shopping. Great clothes, handbags, shoes, etc. If you are looking for brand label clothes then this is the place, if you are after inexpensive items then best go to the markets in the streets. There are plenty of coffee shops and international cuisine restaurants
Central Festival is a great place to escape to from the intense heat and you could easily spend many hours here. It is about 10 levels high with escalators and elevators.
One evening we took the 5 minute taxi ride to the Sugar Hut resort for dinner. I loved this place.
It’s only 5 minutes from the main drag but it feels like its own island of lush jungle and manicured gardens. Down the long tree lined driveway, past the main swimming pool and there it was, the restaurant. There are two traditional Thai-style teak houses with dining tables and chairs, and one pavilion where diners sit on cushions on the teak floor and dine off a low table. All the dishes were good. Whenever we needed anything, we were asked to ring a small bell placed on our dining table.
The traditional Thai atmosphere complemented the Thai cuisine very well. Cloistered in the resort’s expansive, landscaped grounds away from lively Pattaya, we had a memorable and very relaxing dining experience.