Land Of Smile?
"Welcome To The Land of Smile" is read when you enter Thailand, even you haven't passed yet immigration desk. But that will be a thing of the past little by little. Most of the new tourists often assume the Thai are so nice, friendly and always smiling. Yep, even when they bump into you on a terrace and upset your glas of wine, they smile at you!
Remember the smile is a totally innocent reaction during any situation that is possible. Especially in Thailand, the Land of Smiles. Remember the smile (in Thai yim) can be polite (yim tak thai), of a winner (yim cheuat cheuan), the sorry-smile (yim tak tan), the happy-smile (yim tang nam dtah), the mask-smile not to show unhappiness of sadness (yim sao), a dry smile of a nervous one (yim hairng) and some more ...
So not anyone is smiling for happiness or being-your-friend. Even the slogan will not be so touched anymore you will get a smile of any Thai in any circumstance. After all there will be always one that smiles at you for sure ... the laughing Buddha!
Go experience the nightlife
Go experience the nightlife at Pattaya
The seaside resort city of Pattaya is well known for it's exciting night life, pubs, adult shows etc especially among foreigners, so you should experience it when you are in Thailand. It's party time every night ! Casual will be OK
Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood!
Speciality of this restaurant is seafood, however, the Grilled steaks are delightful.
Service is good/fast
Must try the Irish Coffee T Bone steak, good sized portion and cooked to your requirements
Crowded, narrow strip of sand
Pattaya Beach is 3km long and bordered by Beach Road. Due to its central location and extreme proximity to several hundred hotels, and because it's a relatively narrow strip of sand, it's crowded at the best of times (and even more so at high tide). For the thrill-seekers, activities include banana-boat rides, jet-skiing, water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, and the like; and anyone who just wants to enjoy a simple swim or a good splash around with a Frisbee or rented inner tube will always find themselves with plenty of company.
For those more interested in inactivities there are acres of sand jam-packed with recliners and umbrellas (usually with an "in-house" supply of drinks), serviced by an army of laid-back but tenacious hawkers offering anything and everything from food (especially seafood, fruit, ice cream) to massage, manicure/pedicure, tattoos, lottery tickets, newspapers, herbs, flowers, gems, perfumes, sunglasses, CDs, watches, lighters, clothes, toys, souvenirs, and handicrafts (it's a bit like TV shopping - as soon as you've declined one offer, it's time to consider another) and so on.
Thai Market Place
Ofcourse you'll go on holiday in Pattaya for the sun and beach (... will you ???). Best time to visit Thailand is between November and February. Alas! when you choosed to go in August. We did this time, because of spending time with my brother in Macau, Hongkong and China, too.
So on a rainy day you may visit the Thai Market Place. It is really great to watch the Thais doing their shoppings. And ofcourse to shop for yourself, wow, that really is something different from the malls! But the special thing is to watch the food area. These stalls sell all kind of delicious food, and the price is a joke. But watch it! You could be wrong in choosing a meal. I got a little annoyed by watching all these huge pans with food in that Pattaya heat!
So happy my brother really knew what to eat and what not! The dishes are similar to the Indonesian ones, so my hunger grew every minute ... I enjoyed the dishes I had! You can go by mini-bus (5 TBT) or take a 10 minutes walk via South Pattaya Road ...