Thailand is known for many things including delectable cuisines, bustling Bangkok, pristine mountains, and of course its countless beaches. Most people who vacation there will mix in a bit of it all, but one thing not to miss is soaking up the sun on one of the myriad islands or famed coastal destinations, including none other than, Pattaya.
Pattaya is one of the biggest beaches close to Bangkok, at just a 2 hour drive south. It is a bit notorious for its large concentration of beer bars and sex tourism, but the city government has been doing a lot to spruce up the beaches and make everything a bit more family friendly. If you want to check out some hotel packages, see Best At Thailand – Pattaya for some pretty good deals.
The beach is a sandy 3-mile stretch, with many quieter parts to do give it your best shot at appeasing the sun gods, but there are also plenty of other activities like Mini Siam, a theme park displaying miniature replicas of sights in Thailand as well as international ones. You can also check out the Pattaya Elephant Village to see shows/go for rides on one.
If adrenaline is more you fix, then sign up for a round of paintball, go for a ride in some high-speed go-karts or go shooting at the 19 lane indoor gun range. Another popular thing that foreigners (referred to as Farangs in Thai) do while in Thailand, and especially by the seaside, is to rent a motorbike or scooter and enjoy the scenic drives. Just make sure you where a helmet and never drink and drive! If you happen to have a bit of rain one night, take in a movie at one of the modern cinemas or even play some bowling at one of the two bowling alleys.
If you are of age, and make it to Pattaya, you must certainly spend at least one night out to experience the wild nightlife which brought this small seaside city to recognition. There are countless bars, dance clubs and go-go bars, and if you just take everything for what it is, you’re sure to have a memorable night out!