Thailand Guide

Pattaya

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Located 147km from Bangkok city, the beach resort town continues to be a popular getaway for locals and tourists. Although it used to get a bad reputation, in part due to the Walking Street (known as the red-light district of Pattaya), taking a day-trip to the nearby Koh Larn is still common among young adults and families. Only 7 km away off the coast of Pattaya and accessible via speedboat and ferries, the beaches on the island are much less crowded and waters still crystal clear.

 

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If you’re a fan of watersports though, there’s much to be found on Jomtien Beach, be it jetskiing, parasailing or even windsurfing. For some family fun, spend half a day at Cartoon Network waterpark (888 Moo 8 Na Jomtien Rd., 033-004-999 Mon-Sun 19am-6pm) or Ramayana water park (9 Moo 7, Na Jomtien Rd., 033-005-929, Mon-Sun 10am-6pm), the latter equipped with 21 waterslides that make it one of the biggest water parks in Asia.

 

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But there are plenty more reasons to visit Pattaya due to its recent city revival. With new trendy cafes, bars and restaurants, teenagers and adults can enjoy a fun day of cafe-hopping and indulging in delicious seafood cuisine from dawn till dusk.

 

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From the brunch goodness at Loaf to the beach side establishments with an amazing view at The Sky Gallery (12 Rajchawaroon Rd., 038-418-588, Mon-Sun 7am-12am), Silver Lining (Na Kluea 18, Wongamat Beach, 098-930-9800), and the Pattaya branch of The Chocolate Factory (12 Soi Rajchawaroon, Pratamnuk Rd., 092-467-8884), visitors will be spoiled for choice.

 

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Those seeking a sanctuary from a long hot day can head to A La Campagne (Sukhumvit Rd., 061-441-5181, Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm), a new European-style community space inspired by a countryside town which features an award-winning Thai restaurant (Somtum villa), a chic tea cafe (Tea Factory) and a weekend farmers’ market.

 

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