Thailand’s famous beach town of Pattaya has developed a reputation over the years. Located about 2 hours south of Bangkok, a convenient place to enjoy the sun, sand and sea.
Pattaya was the last leg of our journey discover Thailand’s rich history, food culture and meeting great people along the way. Ashley (aka @miss_gunner) and I enjoyed the restful pit stop at Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya.
With Tourism Thailand generous hospitality, we made sure we picked out a broad range of activities to experience. Never the less, it is beach town known for its’ adult entertainment but looking outside the circle. You will be amazed by the quality of the food, views, architecture Pattaya has to offer – even a spot of golf for the pros.
At Rachvate Cape, there is a structure soo big, I don’t know if you would called it a castle or mansion. Here its known as The Santuary of Truth, built intricately of wooden carvings to pay homage to the Rattanakosin period. Built in 1981 and yet to be completed – with its Thai craftsmanship the structure/sculpture is a symbol concept of the value of life.
Glass House Restaurant
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If you haven’t already heard about The Glass House Restaurant, then you really need to visit this extraordinary place. Situated on the quiet stretch of Na Jomtien Beach, this charming establishment cannot get anymore romantic. Oh wait, it can – cue Pattaya sunset and dine on comfortable couches and tables on the beach. Whether it be a wedding reception, dinner for two or celebrating a special occasion with friends and family. The food is exquisite. With a variety of choices on offer, specialising in seafood dishes.
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It’s not everyday I get to meet pageant queens. At Tiffany’s I was lucky enough to meet the fabulous Miss International Queen 2015 @trixiemaristela and Miss Tiffany Universe @mojiratchaya_official after the show. Sure, I’ve seen cabaret shows in Paris, Moulin Rouge, at that was a structured show with partial nudity and the can-can. Here in Pattaya, the stage comes alive with stunning ladyboys in the extravagant costumes, bedazzled sequences dresses and comical lip syncing. With 12 acts to be seen, it ranges from Chines opera, Bollywood musical, burlesque and even a Korean fan dance number. The show is about 90mins long, three shows a night and you can expect a range of people attending. After the performance, head to the main entrance to pose for a photo with the showgirls – note it will cost you about 30-100 baht. We arrived just a little bit late, but if you get the chance. See if you can grab a ticket to go backstage and see how the glamour is being made, the makeup, scene changes and costume changes.
Siam Country Clulb
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For those who enjoy a drive on the green, this might be the place for you. I unfortunately haven’t got the swing for it, but seeing is believing. From the exotic to the familiar, the historic to the brand new, golf tourism is alive. Siam Country Club was the first privately owned golf club in Thailand. There are currently three stunning championship courses to enjoy; the Old Course, which holds the Honda LPGA annually, 18 holes Par 72; the Plantation, an amazing 27-hole layout Par 108; and The Waterside 18 hole course Par 72, is the newest addition since May 2014. Each of the course have their own clubhouse, each tailored to the different markets, both international and local golfers can enjoy superior services and restaurants overlooking the course.
Seafari Dive Centre
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Due to the unfortunate change in the weather, I missed out on a dive with Seafari. Was planning on taking the Discover Scuba Diving package; where I get to learn the basics of scuba diving, enjoy two dives, explore some coral reefs and lunch. Next time for sure.
Don’t forget, Pattaya is a beautiful beach city where you will be seduced by smooth white sands at Jomtien and KoLan beaches. If I had more time I would have loved to visit the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens, manicured gardens and Thai culture show; sightseeing the Elephant Village to witness the daily life of these magical creatures. A small disclaimer, I don’t encourage the use of wild animals for entertainment but I do appreciate those ‘sanctuaries’ that help and nurture animals to live a better life. Kohlarn Coral Island for its exotic seafood, water sports and garden of orchids.
To sum it up my time at Pattaya was a relaxful and Thailand is a paradise not to be missed and I look forward to returning soon.