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Forum Posts

Weather at moment

by southsearock

Hi Everyone,

I'm due in Pattaya and Koh Samet in a few days. I've been reading about the torrential rain in most of Thailand leading to floods in Hua Hin and Bangkok. Just wondered if anyone is in the Pattaya area at the moment and is it as bad there. I'm hoping to see a little bit of sun at least.

Many thanks for your help
Sharon

Re: Weather at moment

by SirHalberd

http://www.tmd.go.th/en/province.php?id=54

http://www.guidetothailand.com/thailand-travel-information/weather.htm


Above is a couple links you can cut and paste for exact weather info.

Generally, in the past the rain usually doesn't last long and there is plenty of sun for most of the day. A lot of the rain may fall during the night anyway.

There is some localized flooding when the drains can't keep up with the torrential rainfall - usually even that doesn't last long.

Rain is a good reason to hit a bar, go to a movie, eat something in a restaurant or get some sack time.

Can't speak for Pattaya today since I am in the P.I. right now, but generally there is enought sunshine to give you a tan or sunburn.

Hal

Re: Weather at moment

by yipsufen

I'm just back from Pattaya. The weather is hot and sunny there with a little bit of drizzling in the morning. Good to head out to the beach for some water sports. However, there will be heavy downpour in Bangkok during the night time. Generally weather is still good, not so hot and wet.

Re: Weather at moment

by sarahreynold

The rain has been bad over almost the whole of Thailand last week but is clearing up now so around the Gulf areas you should be ok.

Travel Tips for Pattaya

Mike Shopping Mall

by STRATOS79 about Mike Shopping Mall

Mike shopping mall is opened from 11:00 am until 23:30 and it is located on beach road (also has an entry from second road) and it is separated in five floors and has almost everything from clothes and shoes to
computers

Roong Reung Coach

by Pomska

From Bangkok use the air-conditioned buses leaving from Bangkok's Ekamai Bus terminal and arriving Pattaya North Road.

The fare is Bt90 per passenger and buses leave every 30 minutes daily from 5.30am until 9pm.

Alcazar Cabaret Show

by GibJoe

This is a must see, if you visit Pattaya. The show is done by Lady-boys, and believe me, if you didn’t know that it was done by Lady-boys you would bet your life that the show was done by women. Only on very few Lady-boys you can notice that they are not women but most of them you would swear on your life that they are women. Yes I know what you are thinking, Adams Apple, large hands etc.. I thought that as well but really no. Apart from that it is a very colourful show and is quite entertaining even though cabaret shows are not exactly my cup of tea.

I believe there are three shows running, they last about 45 min, price for admission is 600 baht about £8.60 (Nov 2007). This show is fine for all ages.

Cabaret Show

by Kaynisa

The cabaret show in patayya is the best and the sell-out shows ever.. so if u wanna have aglimpse of what it is all about u need to book ur tickets early!

They are such a babe! but dont let them speak or else u'll start running away!

U can also have a photo taken with them. Dont be shy ask away with a small token given that is!

Pattaya - overview

by khunwilko

"To go or not to go?"

Here are a few thoughts on Pattaya for those who can’t make up their mind, or are worried about the sex industry and what it’s like for single women, couples, children etc,

Pattaya is a cheap and in general cheerful town On the Eastern seaboard of Thailand, the climate is great, the cost of living cheap..... The image most people have of a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah is really a result of careless and sensationalist reporting by various media around the world. It is true that there are many middle-aged men who have found they can afford to retire here often with a wife or girlfriend half their age...who are we to judge? - ...but it is also a fun holiday resort and great value for money.
The Sanctuary of Truth is a rather unexpected attraction given the nature and reputation of Pattaya as a holiday destination. Built by a wealthy business family to celebrate the religions of the world in is an enormous hand-carved wooden building built on a small promontory at Naklua the Northern end of Pattaya. Entry fee 500baht
Work on the building seems to be continually in progress, and provides employment for many artisans and craftsmen from all over the country.
A walk around the site you’ll see carvers at work, inside the building are signs explaining each section of the building.There are also some peripheral attractions that don’t seem so wonderful. A further “attraction is the dolphin show. Dolphins are put through there paces in a muddy pond, balancing balls and splashing the audience....it’s all rather embarrassing really.
However, despite the rather second rate other attractions the site is well worth a visit.
There is a lot to do if you are a family on holiday...Visually, the beaches in Pattaya are not up to much compared to elsewhere in Thailand; it’s a very urban environment...rows of umbrellas and deck-chairs. Although people swim, the sea is rather polluted…how much is unclear….they claim to have cleaned up the water a lot in the last few years and have marked of areas for swimmers. Jomtien beach about a 15 min “bus” ride away looks to be more swimmer-friendly but there is the occasional bout of untreated sewerage there from time to time. (This IS Thailand!). Cosy beach and Sugar beach between Pattaya and Jomtien offer less crowded or urban alternatives. At both Pattaya and Jomtien beaches you can hire all sorts of water sports stuff, and it’s all pretty cheap. All beaches have plenty of people selling drinks and snacks etc.... Off shore there are one or two islands with much nicer beaches, they are easily accessible for a day trip. If you go to Koh Laan, the main beach is really just a row of restaurants etc., but, it’s well worth hiring a moped and driving over to the other side of the island.....views from the top are great and there are some very quiet beaches there. Or simply walk along the coast for a bit to get away from the crowds.

On the mainland, Pattaya offers a range of amusement parks, gardens, and theme parks. Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens although recently scandalised by the Beeb for their treatment of Elephants is worth a visit, just don’t support the Elephant rides. Elephant village is similarly not to be supported. Pattaya Park is a Water World amusement park that offers all the usual water rides plus a revolving restaurant and some hair-rising ways of getting up there and back down. Mini Siam is a miniature tour of Thailand - full of bus-loads of tourists with a MacDonald’s’ at the entrance. Million year old stone park has beautiful gardens - feed the 5ft long catfish! And cringe at the abysmal treatment of tigers and crocodiles. Further a field is Sri Racha tiger Zoo...to be avoided at all costs, and Kao Keow Open Zoo, a refreshing change from the usual callous way animals are treated in Thailand. There is also the “Water World” Aquarium on Sukumvit Rd. Any hotel or travel shop will arrange to take you there.

"More to see...and shops...and food"

Pattaya offers some of the best shopping outside Bangkok, and it is actually more accessible being sited in a much smaller area. Along the beach stalls shops and arcades offer all the usual souvenir stuff and some things that might cause a few raised eyebrows.... (A Samurai Sword or replica gun?!?!). Lots of ersatz stuff and big brand copies, CDs and DVDs for 150 baht, computer programs.....
The malls (Check out “MIKE’S” & “ROYAL GARDEN PLAZA” - accessible from Beach Rd or Second Rd) offer more quality goods still at great prices. Royal garden has a good eatery on the top floor and Mikes has a public swimming pool on the roof!
Other Malls around town include “Big C” on 2nd road, Tesco’s on Pattaya North (Nua), and Carrefour on Pattaya Central (Klang). All these have a range of other shops and restaurants all under one air-conditioned roof. Tesco and Big C also have stores on Sukumvit Rd - the main road from Bangkok.
Eating out in Pattaya & Jomtien is a treat! There’s everything form every country and it’s all cheap! Even the upmarket stuff is half what you’d pay in Europe. You can eat US, French, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Full English Breakfast, Italian, Belgian, Dutch, German.......what am I doing? The list is endless.
BUT - There’s one I’ve missed out....THAI food! Thai food is wonderful.....everything from mild Chinese based noodles to hot and spicy Issan food....seafood, barbeque, Tom Yam soups...try it...you’ll love it.....if you want to spend a bit of Money try Ruen Thai on 2nd road or Sugar Hut on Thap Phraya Rd, the hill between Jomtien and Pattaya. Ruen Thai has great food from the all regions of Thailand and puts on an ethnic floor show music, dance or even demonstration Thai boxing! Sugar Hut is in fact a very beautiful resort, the restaurant is in a traditional Thai style wooden house. The atmosphere is amazing.... you remove your shoes on entering the dining area and the seating is either traditional low or for those of us who are less flexible there are “normal” height chairs and tables. Everything is teak and silk....just a pity the menu is so badly written and the food is a little on the bland side, but for a one off evening out it’s a must.
At the other end of the price range there are the small Thai restaurants and street stalls dotted all over town....many won’t have a menu in English so just walk in, sit down and look hungry.....let them bring you something and try and guess what it is you’re eating....for (a lot) less than $5 for 2 you can’t go wrong. A bowl of street noodles can be as little as 15 baht.
Just one phrase you might find useful....”Mai Pet” (one for the Geordies!) - this means “not hot”...it won’t mean no chillies but it might bring it down to a level where you can just about eat it! - “Mai Prik” is NO chillies at all.
And for the mindless, bootless and unhorsed, the culturally stagnant, the grossly obese, there is the usual plethora of fast food outlets....McD’s, KFC, and Burger King....how can people eat that stuff? And WHY when you are in a land of gastronomic delights, would you? (My comfort food of choice is a big plate of liver and onions - mmm!)

"Eating Thai"

The night life in Pattaya is legendary....although now the bars officially close at 1.00pm; this does not stop some places from turning music down and carrying on till the early hours of daylight.
There are discos, clubs bars of sorts including the girlie places....

The sex trade ripples through the town like veins through a stilton, and in a similar way gives the place its distinctive character. Unlike the red-light areas of Europe and America, they aren’t really sleazy; mainly it consists of small open bars where (middle-aged) men sit drinking beer and talking to the “bar-girls”. If a tryst is arranged it will take place I one of the hundreds of hotels. There is very little open display of lewdness as this is not approved of in Thailand. The “Go-go Bars” are behind closed doors and have naked or semi naked girls pole dancing or rather holding a pole and swaying to music. You and your family would not be admitted to a Go-go bar. If you went to an open beer bar you would be treated as a perfectly ordinary customer and the girls would dote on your children. (They are mostly mothers themselves). ..............and as for the “seediness” how many men do you know go to Hamburg or Amsterdam and find a wife?

For something a little more “wholesome” - on 2nd road spend an hour or so at the Malibu Bar....it’s a girl and lady-man show....a low budget affair, they make their own elaborate costumes and mime to well-known western songs. Every night they tread the boards from 8 till about 12.00 midnight...sometimes poor and amateurish but always entertaining...DO NOT miss Tina Turner! This guy is actually quite professional and very good indeed. He does a couple of performances every night and the place fills just to what his act. Unfortunately sometimes he has to take time off (twice a night, 7 days a week, year in year out - who wouldn’t?!?) and the act is performed by a less talented stand-in. All -in- all a great friendly atmosphere, lots of couples and even kids - and no smut!!!!....no admission charge, and they do food.

If you are finding the heat a bit too much there are plenty of enclosed air-conditioned bars with a western theme, be they Irish, English, Belgian or whatever. Here you can eat “comfort food” and watch replays of your favourite old TV shows and live football.

If you’re tired out by all this...get a massage. Make sure it’s actually a massage establishment and not a “gentleman’s relaxation” facility! There are plenty of small boutiques you can go in and get a 1or 2 hour leg rub for about 200 to 400 baht and some beautiful Spas that will pamper you for the best part of a day for a few grand.

Pattaya remains one of the few seaside towns where anyone can do what they’ve always dreamed of.... But at half the price!

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