Pattaya Daily News

26 May 2007 :: 15:05:59 pm 21564

Pattaya is the place to be! know where to roam!

Located 140km south-east of Bangkok, on the Eastern Seaboard of the Gulf of Thailand, Pattaya is popular with both residents of Bangkok and international tourists. Over one million people visit this beach resort every year to sample the sun, sand, sports facilities and many fine attractions. After dark Pattaya really comes alive and the city takes on a party atmosphere which lasts until the early hours.
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Pattaya City Attractions
·  easy to get to from Bangkok (110 Baht by bus, 800-1000 Baht by limos and private taxis) 
·   great beaches: Pattaya, Jomtien, Bang Saray and beyond
·   fantastic night life: bars, discos, two cinemas, recreational facilities 
·   cheaper accommodation than Bangkok
·   low condo rentals 
·   many inexpensive hotels equipped with A/C, often pools, cable TV, private toilets/showers, etc. from 500 to 1000 baht
·   cheap restaurants, some offering “all you can eat buffets” 
·   fine dining for gourmets
·   comprehensive shopping facilities from small stalls to modem shopping malls
·   many tours on offer
·   large expat. community, offering friendship and advice
·   local venues include:

Mini Siam

This miniature city is on the left-hand side at km143 on Sukhumvit Highway before reaching down town Pattaya. The models, made to scale of 1 to 25, coves places of worship, ancient remains and famous sights in Thailand and abroad. Open daily from 7:00 am – 10:00 pm. For more information you may contact telephone numbers: (66) 038421628 and 038424232.

Pattaya Amusement Park

This amusement centre at Jomtien features a large water park with giant slides, a sky-high basket/hopper and lots more other fun activities. There is also a tower topped with a revolving restaurant that lets you enjoy your meal while having a panoramic view of the area. For information call tel: (66) 0382512018

Motion Master Moving Theatre

Located at the Royal Garden Plaza, this theatre offers a high-tech screenings of motion and movement as it is experienced in the movies. Open daily from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm. Telephone number: 038710294

Sanctuary of Truth

The construction of this gigantic architectural structure is located on the shore at Laen Ratchawet on Na Klua Road, North Pattaya. Begun in 1981 by Mr. Lek Wiriyaphan, founder of the Ancient City in Samut Prakan, and today has assumed colossal proportions. Made entirely with wood and with exquisite architectural curvings, the building was conceived out of the vision that human civilization has been achieved and nurtured by religious and philosophical truth. Open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Horseshoe Point Club

Some 10 kilometres off the Sukhumvit Road, Horeshoe Point Club offers horse riding at all levels of proficiency as well as dressage, cross-country jumping and polo. Additional facilities like their own Hotel, offers you a very relaxing rooms, after enjoying the exhausting yet exciting activities. Tel: 038735050

Romance of the Three Kingdoms Park

Situated close by Horseshoe Point Club, the park contains several Chinese-style buildings and art objects, with the Chinese family memories together with their ancestors. Open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information call tel: 038421428

Pattaya Submarine

Next time you take your kids out to Pattaya, check out its first submarine. Operated by Vimantaitalay, the submersible offers a closer look at underwater world off Ko Sak. The service is available four times a day and each trip lasts 40 minutes. For more details, call 038415234 or 038415181.


More Attractions of Pattaya

Sports: tennis, golf, horse-back riding, go-kart racing, shooting, archery, bowling, snooker,motor racing, jet skiing, scuba diving, hang-gliding, bungee jumping, microlite and light aircraft flying and gyms.

Pattaya Park – Jomtien Beach, a water amusement park with water slides, whirlpools and alarge pool for children.

Mini Siam & Mini Europe, near Pattaya Klang, displays Thai and European heritage on a miniature scale.

Million Year Stone Park & Crocodile Farm, 9 kilometres from Pattaya: breeding pens with more than 1,000 crocodiles, a zoo, and a bonsai garden decorated with rock formations.

Nong Nooch Village – a host of exotic plants and ornamental gardens.

Wat Yansangwararam A temple complex under the king’s patronage,unique modern Thai architecture. Buddha image on the hill. Chinese museum and temple. 12 kilometers south of Pattaya and 3 kilometers from Nong Nooch.

Siam Country Club and golf club: Km. 145 on Sukhumvit Highway, turn left about 11 kilometers from Pattaya. With 6,448 yards, par 72, it’s one of country’s most challenging courses with lots of wooded hills.

Pattaya Elephant Village on the road to Siam Country Club Golf Course – shows elephant displaying forestry skills, playing football and re-enacting the war elephant parade.

Panarak Park – 5 kms. from Pattaya on the road to Siam Country Club Golf Course, offers a tropical garden setting. The park has fishing gear, a well-stocked fishing pond, bungalow accommodations, restaurant, jogging and cycling paths, boating and water-cycling.

The Bira International Circuit: Km. 14 on Route 36 to Rayong, offers international motor and occasional motorcycle racing

Bang Saray fishing village just off the Sukhumvit at km. 164, offers deep-sea fishing opportunities.

Ko Lan – 45 minutes offshore by tourist boat or 15 minutes by speed boat. Major attractions include viewing coral reefs from glass-bottomed boats, snorkelling, scuba diving, windsurfing, skiing and parasailing. There are many seafood restaurants on the island’s main beaches. Deep sea fishing can be arranged to Ko Lan’s neighbouring islands such as Ko Khrok and Ko Sak.

Ko Phai – currently under the care of the Royal Navy – beautiful deserted beaches. But no overnight stays. Boat charters cost 700-1,500 baht per day depending on high or low season and the size of the boat.

Pattaya Festival -annual event, held in April at the height of the summer season. Food and floral floats, beauty contests, stalls selling local delicacies, and a spectacular display of fireworks on the beach.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Travel

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