Save your shopping for Bangkok!
There are tons of small shops along Pattaya Beach Road and along Pattaya 2 Road.
But nothing of interest really. The same stuff that you'd probably find anywhere else in Thailand.
So if Pattaya's a stop-over, you might want to save on the weight and space in your luggage for shopping later back in Bangkok -- where I think the best bargains are to be found at their weekend markets or night bazaars. They do have a night bazaar but it's only open on the weekends.
Boating In Pattaya 2
Now you can also rent bigger boats with roof cover but is will cost you twice the rate at 3,000 baht for half day and 5,000 baht for whole day. this kind of boats are for larger groups of people (about 20 or more as to divide the payments and make it cheaper). Again like what I've said, you can rent equipment and tour in and around pattaya, koh larn and rayong with this bigger boats. But be warned, facilities are not outstanding (remember, you get what you pay for!)
Great Steak - Great Salad bar
No need to present Sizzler, as it is well known, as a great chain of restaurants.
I still remember that I did eat several times in a Sizzler restaurant during my trip through the West of the United States.
At Sizzler you always have a great Salad bar with a big variety on fresh vegetables.
They also have delicious steaks and seafood. A mixed grill plate, with steak, lamb, porc and chicken. (450 Baht)
The Banana Boat is powered by being pulled with a rope behind a jet ski. You are at the mercy of the guy driving the jet ski and these guy are mean. They get you going behind the jet ski then they will make a sharp turn and the banana boat turns over with every one on it going in all directions. Me and my frens went on one. It was really fun and bouncy. Our boat turned over 4-5 times.
It cost 350 Baht per person. Each boat can accomodate up to 6 person. But if it's too heavy, they might reduce it into 4 person per boat.
Pattaya City of Fun
"Pattaya - A second class beach"...that what I was told before my departure to this Siam kingdom, but surprisingly the first class nite life city!
2 hours drive from Bangkok will bring you to a superb entertainment city by the beach, a transmission of a small fishing village thru out the years.
Most of pattaya tourist attraction located along Pattaya Beach Road. Along the road you can shop till you drop and bargain as lowest as you can and rock you bottom till early morning at any of thousand clubs and discos at every corner of the streets especially the walking Street.
"A beach holiday?"
Looking at the beach make me so sad. The beach is so poor and dirty. Why? because I love beach holiday. But that what I expected earlier on and always prepare for it and it had turned me up to had a a shopping holiday instead :-)
About 20 minutes speed boat ride is a Coral Island (Koh Lan). This island is great! white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. i had to admit that...
Many locals set up their beach chairs with umbrella for rental THB20 for the whole day. Many shops queing along the beach side selling clothes, handycrafts, handbags, T-shirt and many more! and there also have few restaurants mostly serve local Thai food and fresh & delicious juicy crab, prawn, lobster and yummy..yummmy..yummy...
But, again I am afraid the Coral Island sooner or later will also turn into Pattaya Beach. Too many water activities and pretty noisy with boats going and coming, jet ski and etc and crowded with people starting from early morning untill lunch time :-(
"Getting to know Pattaya"
Another things about Pattaya..Most of Thai people coudn't speak English..this is really like chicken and duck talking. Hard to do the shopping actually but it does not the point. The worst is asking the directions and places of interest, using the public transportation even the 4 stars hotel reception...oh god! it was terrible.
Thai loves to eat. they eat everywhere they can, and ladies love to make up and make themselves beautiful. U can see these when u enter any of shopping malls or road shops in the morning. Most of the malls open at 11am.