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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Pattaya, Seaside Excursion from Bangkok

Pattaya, or Phatthaya, is a city located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 165 km southeast of Bangkok. This city is one of the most popular city in Thailand for visitors, second to Bangkok. Pattaya was formerly known because of its beaches, islands, and also nightlife.

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The scenery of Pattaya

Many people would questioning whether Pattaya is suitable or not for family trip, as they are very famous with its nightlife, go-go bar, and red light districts. However, nowadays there are a lot of attractions and destinations besides those, like botanical garden (Nong Nooch), miniature of Thailand and world’s most famous destination (Mini Siam), Amusement Park (Pattaya Park), floating market, temples, laser Buddha, and also theater show (Alcazar, Tiffany). Pattaya is also the host of many distinguished festival in Thailand. So, in my opinion, it would be a very good experience and quality time to spend with your family there. Then, don’t forget to take a photo on the Pattaya city sign, like the one in Hollywood

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Pattaya city sign

This city is also very accessible from Bangkok, as there is only two-hours trip separating these two cities, which also become one reason why Pattaya is very favoured by tourists. Usually, the visitors combine their trip to Bangkok, with the excursion to Pattaya, as two hours distance would not waste too much time for transportation.

And also, for travelers in budget and time-bounded, Pattaya could be one of the best option for beach and island vacation, as there are also a scenic and beautiful beaches (Jomtien Beach and Pattaya Beach), and also many wonderful islands (Koh Larn, Koh Chang, etc), which could be accessed easily by boat from Pattaya shore.

In my opinion, Pattaya could be visited for just only a full day trip from Bangkok. However, if you would like to visit the real experience of Pattaya, I recommend you to spend at least three days, so that you can enjoy the various destinations and attractions of the city, and also spend your quality time in the wonderful beaches and islands nearby.

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Pattaya Beach

Then, now it’s my time to tell you how to get there, as it is very important for first time visitor. Actually, there are a lot of transportation media that you can use to reach Pattaya :
1.       You can go by car or minivan. You can drive the car via Highway No.7 (Bangkok-Chon Buri- Pattaya Motorway), which is linked with Bangkok’s outer Ring Road (Highway No.9), or you can drive via Bang Na-Trat Highway (Highway No. 34) from Bang Na, then continue to Chon Buri’s bypass that meets Sukhumvit Road (Highway no. 3).
2.      By Bus from Bangkok. There are three terminal options. First is Eastern Bus Terminal near Ekkamai BTS Station on Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Soi Ekkamai). From here, there are air conditioned bus leave every half an hour, from 5.20-23.20 daily, and cost around 117 baht. And the second is from Northern Bus Terminal, near Mo Chit BTS Station, which operate between 5.30 to 20.00 daily. And the last option is from Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai), which leave at 5.30, 8.30, 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00, and also 18.30 daily. You can get to Sai Tai Mai via bus number 511 from Ratchadamnoen Road near Khao San Road
3.      Hire Mini Van transport from travel agencies, for  approximately 400 baht
4.      By Taxi, costs around 1500 baht plus expressway fares
5.      By Train, from Hua Lamphong Train Station, you can stop at the train station via MRT and stop at Hua Lamphong station (the last stop). The train operates on weekdays at 06.50 AM, and costs 31 baht.
6.      By airplane, the most stylish and expensive way! You can take the plane from Suvarnabhumi International Airport Bangkok to U-Tapao Pattaya International Airport
7.      Transportation from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. There are a lot of airport transportation service to Pattaya, such as taxi (costs 1050 baht plus 60 baht express way fares), buses (leaves every 2 hours and costs 106 baht), and also rent a limousine


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