To walk, to swim, to eat, to drink, to enjoy ... This is Beach Road Pattaya ...
Day and Night, 24/7 full of colour and offers u all u wish, lots of shopping and great climate ...
Just take a tuk tuk or Baht Bus and have a short trip on the beach road till the point of Walking Street ... U can anytime get off the baht bus by ringing the bell ... Bargain a lot to get the most best price as u buy souvenirs, tshirts or whatever ... And never ask someone else what he/she did pay for the same item u did buy, couse there will be always someone quoting the lesser price in bargain in Pattaya ... :)
There are certainly way more beautiful and clean beaches in Thailand, but Pattaya beach is good enough for sunworshippers. Though I am not sure if I would take a dip. Since most come to Pattaya for the adult nightlife, think of the beach as an added bonus. The beach is located on the southern end of the soi's which make up Pattaya.
During daytime, Pattaya is boring and monotonous. Most tourists sleep in the morning and venture at night. Some others go to the shopping malls: Big C, Carrefour, Tesco and others. But the best thing is to hire a motor bike and visit the beaches especially Jomtien beach and Klang beach.
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.
Pattaya offers extreme adventure, sports, entertainment and nightlife to thousands of leisure-starved tourists annually. Often passed up for its boisterous charm, Pattaya is the one place where travelers of every budget, yet limitless imagination can enjoy the finest in culture, eco-tourism and revelry.
Located in the Chonburi Province of peninsular Thailand, Pattaya rose to fame during the Vietnam War as the troops' preferred furlough destination. Today, Pattaya boasts of being home to every Five Star Hotel Chain, Fast Food Franchise and entertainment option in the world.
Pattaya beach is very intereating place. We enjoied verymuch. Pattaya D beach hotel and its services are good. Staff of the hotel is very friendly and helpfull. Rooms are comfertable, Foods are tasty. We spent 3 days very happily.
You can rent a boat for a cruise around pattaya including North Pattaya, Na Klua and Jomtien beaches and have the option to go to Coral Island (Koh Larn) since the island is still unspoilt and lacks commercial facilities or just or go snorkelling or scuba diving as Pattaya has some scuba diving sights. If renting a boat, you can choose the size (remember were renting wooden motorized boats for cruising, not speedboats ok!) and you can rent for half day or whole day. rated vary but usually costs about 1500 baht half day and 2,500 baht for the whole day (if you are 10 or more, it will only cost 150 to 250 baht per person).
The sands of pattaya can be described as golden and rough (much like waikiki beach in hawaii), white sand can be found in Koh Larn Island (coral island) about 10 kilometers away or 1 hour boat ride but the island is lacking in facilities (but it has white albeit rough sand and not powdery sugar variety). Most sections of the beach in pattaya are covered by rented deckchairs run by local beverage vendors during daylight hours (they charge 400 baht!) so finding an available spot of sand is rather difficult and also unadvisable due to the poor condition (dog feces, trash, 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.
Thailand has some of the world's most beautiful beaches, Pattaya's is not amongst them. Despite recent efforts to improve the beach,it remains in a sorry state. At high tide the beach is, in places, less than a meter deep plus the sand is a rough and golden (not white like phuket). 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, as has the sewage outlet at the end of the pier. 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.
There are two major beaches.
Right downtown is the Pattaya Beach on Pattaya Bay. This is the busier beach with a lot of tourists sunbathing, getting a massage, jet ski, para sailing or going on an island boating trip.
Jontiem also has its share of high rise hotels and chalet accommodation. There are many places along the beach for families to enjoy eating and watching sunset.
Just make sure you have enough sunblock protection to avoid getting too much sun.
The great thing about Pattaya is that it has a very long beach, and most accomodations in the city would be farely close if not extremely close to the beach.
If you'd like to hire a deckchair, which I do recommend, it costs 30 baht. You may also get a massage on the beach!
Sometimes it can get annoying that every few minutes, sometimes come around to sell you something, but the Thais are not pushy. They will happily keep walking by, but sometimes, it's nice to buy some of their fresh fruit whilst you relax on the beach without having to get up! So, I do recommend that!
You may also do some water-skiing, paragliding, hire a jetski, etc, all from Pattaya Beach.
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 ...
Pattaya's climate is tropical and warm all year round. From March to June it can be very hot, from July to September the temperature ranges from 32 to 38 degrees and it's cool from November to February. Monsoon winds are sometimes accompanied by rain, and sometimes a typhon may hit Pattaya Beach.
At JomTien Beach we experienced a part of a Vietnam-typhon. And Pattaya Beach wasn't that better, hahaha. Nope, a heavy rain comes... and goes! Like here along Pattaya Beach which refreshed the air in a very pleasant way! Bravo for Lady Rain.
Southeastern Thailand is partly paradise, partly pandemonium and offers you hedonism and hush ... in equal measure. Its qualities of character are the same between Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, but ... donot worry, Pattaya lies along the Western coastal strip of Southeastern Thailand.
So sunsets are as stunning and astonishing as somewhere else in the Far East. Ofcourse Pattaya as a late riser is famous for its life after dark. Enjoy the sunset and, when turning around watch the night face of Pattaya. It will be party-time for more than one million visitors per year ...
In Thailand, where everyone is out for your dollar, euro, etc, they earnestly try to sell you things you don't need. I was constantly warned of the dangers and inconviniences of traveling from Bangkok to Pattaya by myself. Getting there was the easiest and most comfortable thing. From Bangkok, ask for a bus to Ekkamai (East Bus Terminal) and the first window was for direct, air-con buses to Pattaya for about 300Baht. Nothing hard or dangerous about it at all.
I was told by locals that Pattaya Beach tended to be a bit dirtier and had some non-family-friendly activies (prositution is very rampant unfortunately) and was advised to head to Jomtien Beach. Jomtien was better kept and offered more water sports (I went para-sailing and jumped on the banana-boat). Plenty of vendors, honestly way too many though. You can't sit down without someone trying to sell you something. You'll get charged for using the beach chairs, for using bathrooms, drinking water fountains, etc. Stand up for yourself when you know you're being taken advantage of and most of all, be polite!
Awesome tip: Head to Joe's Market at Pattaya. Wonderful air-con souvenir mini-mall. Many things to barter for and strangely enough, you weren't followed around or harrassed to buy something like the street vendors outside!