IT COULD BE JUST ANOTHER MALL
The Mall is part of the JW MARRIOTT group that operates the JW MARRIOT chain of hotels.
This mall hosts 2 small theatres, a big game arcade (top floor) with entertainment arenas of 'ripley's believe it or not', laser shooting maze, etc....
The mall also contains a large food court with other international private restuarants:...and fast food rest. as well: sizzlers, mcdonald's, au bon pain.
Shopping is not bad at all here, one will find practically all that one would find in an international standard mall...adidas, nike, nautica, boots pharmacy, etc... all the things that you may not be able to get out on the streets.
international brands...sometimes they have nig sales and private merchants such as thai handicraft, silks, etc are displayed in the galley. for all international brands, expect to pay what one would pay in BKK...
look out for the 'on sales'...great bargains.
The best ways to go around pattaya and visits to the places of interest is to rent a motorbike.
Renting a motorbike for 24hrs will not costs more than 300baht or even cheaper.
you do not require any license to ride a bike there, so why not?
Mixed Seafood plate
The special atmosphere, outside on the old fisherman's Warf.
A big variety on fresh seafood, from the sea on your plate. The assorted seafood plate with all different fish, lobster crabs, tiger prawns, mussels, calamari rings,. . .
(About 500 Baht for the seafood plate)
Not all that impressive
We had a half-day to burn, so we decided to take the ferry out to Koh Larn. The roundtrip ticket cost about 200 baht and the journey lasted approx. 45 minutes each way. The island itself has some eroded coral, meager beaches and some gimmicky sea toys available for inflated prices. Some people tried snorkeling, but subsequently reported that they barely saw any fish. If you couldn't already tell, Koh Larn leaves a lot to be desired.
Bottom-line: Boat ride to the same below-average beaches that Pattaya has to offer.
Located just 145 km southeast of Bangkok, Pattaya can be visited on a day trip from the capital, although most visitors are so enchanted by the variety of things to do and see that even a week's stay doesn't seem long enough.
Colorful and alive with activity, Pattaya is unrivaled as a beach resort. It is in a class of its own, offering more attractions in greater profusion than any other single destination in Southeast Asia. Day and night, it presents an ever changing kaleidoscope of fun and thrills.
Facing a wide bay and a long majestic sweep of beach, Pattaya has been groomed over more than three decades for the international visitor, and today, it boasts the unique distinction of a beach resort with city status. Where most other resorts rely simply on their natural surroundings, Pattaya makes an all-out attempt to provide the best of everything in an exhaustive mix of facilities.
Pattaya can be whatever you want it to be. Such is its variety that it is ideal for all kinds of visitors. While there is plenty to keep the children happily occupied, there is also everything for the sports enthusiast, for couples of all ages seeking rest and relaxation, and for those who are simply looking for good times in the sun. After dark Pattaya really comes alive and the city takes on a party atmosphere which lasts until the early hours.
Pattaya's main attractions are its beaches. Pattaya Beach is situated along the central city in close proximity to shopping, hotels and bars. The over-abundance of jet-skis and speedboats has contributed to the pollution of the water along Pattaya Beach. The section of beach from Central Road (Pattaya Klang) south to the harbor is adjacent to the core of Pattaya's abundant nightlife area, hence it is less family-oriented than the North Pattaya, Na Klua and Jomtien beaches.
Most sections of the beach are covered by rented deckchairs run by local beverage vendors during daylight hours so finding an available spot of sand is rather difficult and also unadvisable due to the poor condition (dog faeces etc.) of the beach. Visitors are advised to avoid the beach after dark. Although the Beach Road itself is busy and brightly lit, some criminal elements find the unlit beach useful as a cover for their activities. The local police have started to target this area in various ongoing clampdowns.
Jomtien Beach - Pattaya
Jomtien Beach is divided from the main part of Pattaya by Pratumnak Hill, just south of the city. In contrast to Pattaya Beach, Jomtien is a popular spot for family vacationers and watersports enthusiasts. Jomtien is essentially a residential area with beachside hotels, bungalow complexes, condominiums and restaurants. A wide array of watersport activities can be found, including jet-skis, para-sailing and scuba diving. Dongtan beach, in Jomtien, is known as the gay beach, and is busy every day of the year.
Destinations visited in Thailand
Koh Chang - Nong Khai - Pattaya - Chumphon - Chiang Khan - Koh Samet - Ayuthaya
Bang Pa-in - Bangkok - Cha-am - Hua Hin - Kanchanaburi - Lopburi - Phimai
Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Chiang Sean - Phitsanulok - Si Satchanalai - Sukhothai
Koh Pha-ngan - Phi Phi Islands - Koh Samui - Krabi - Phang-nga Bay - Phuket