In recent times my lust to wander has taken me to one of the most happening and talked about destinations of the world “THAILAND”. For those who are new to Thailand, it stands for the “Kingdom/Land of People” which was earlier known as SIAM. Pattaya City is 150km from Bangkok Swarnbhumi International Airport and its 2 hours ride by car. Pattaya is mostly famous for its beaches, night life, Ko Laan/Coral Island and the famous Walking Street. It’s difficult to completely express the joy I had during traveling to Thailand, the country of “Beaches”.
Planning For Pattaya:
I planned a good long one week trip to Thailand to explore Pattaya and Bangkok. I planned this trip in just one week’s time, and let me tell you, even this planning was pretty concrete. Though you can save a lot by planning in advance of 2 months as hotels and flights would be cheaper. It took around 4 hrs and 15 mins from New Delhi IGI Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok by a brand new Boing 787 Dreamliner, operated by Air India. The tickets I booked in a hush rush just a week before I finalised the final dates of my travel and I spent around INR 24,000 in airfare (roundtrip). After reaching Bangkok airport I bought local sim (300 Baht for 7days unlimited local calling and Data) which is easily available at airport exit gates and I made a quick move directly to Pattaya via cab which charged around 1500 baht (Toyota Innova) and took approximately 1 hrs 30 mins to reach hotel Zing, Chonburi situated at the centre of the city.
The Pattaya City
Pattaya is full of colours and a city which lives to the fullest. People had been cooperative and very humble. As I reached hotel late night so I directly rushed to eat at an Indian food joint at walking street through Tuk-Tuk which charged me around 10 Baht one-way. Couple Indian restaurants are available which are functional till 1-2am at night, and some operates for 24 hours.
- Nong Nooch Village
Day 1 was well spent at Nong Nooch Botanical garden also known as Nong Nooch village. I hired a taxi from walking street which was easily available and bargained to get it for 800 Baht (round trip for whole day). Remember, you have to bargain every time in Thailand to get a good deal. The place was beautiful and should be visited once during the trip. It has melange of animals and birds. I especially liked the variety of birds they have in their repository. Apart from fauna, it is highly rich in its flora content and you may witness variety of plants and flowers if happen to visit the place in right season. I was also one of the spectators of their famous show in the village that presented the culture of Thailand in a very unique way.
- Ko-Lan Island
Day 2 was dedicated to Ko-Lan or coral island, which is a very beautiful island which is an association of six assorted beaches. I was thrilled with water sports and the calmness of the island. Ko-Lan has breath-taking beauty that it motivated me to write a separate article on it. It has lot to offer to you. Though the USP of Ko-Lan is in its clean and vivacious water along with the water sport activities like, under water walk, scuba diving, snorkelling, etc.
- Mini Siam
The next day I went to Mini Siam where I found miniatures of wonders of the world and other historical monuments including Statue of Liberty and sculptures of Egypt. No doubt this place is unique but it seemed to be over hyped and not worth spending so much money. This thought of mine might be because of the fact that I visited places which were far better than this one. But nevertheless you can give it a try if you have some spare time.
- Pattaya View Point
The same day I also explored Pattaya view point which is relaxing and beautiful. It has a Buddhist temple and there are lots of cats relaxing in its womb. Cats were so relaxed that the presence of human’s did not bother them at all. You can see whole Pattaya from this point. This Site was captivating and you can get lost in the beauty of the view.
- Alcazar/ Tiffany’s Show
I also enjoyed one of the most famous cabarets in the world, the Alcazar Show and Tiffany’s show, which are a must watch and value for money. Alcazar show is actually a Cabaret which was established on November 8th, 1981. It’s globally famous with the reputation of one of the best transvestite cabaret show in the world. Whereas Tiffany show has been ranked no. 4 in the world of cabaret performances which is 40 years old and has over 400 entertainers. Both of the shows are performed by lady-boys/transvestite who are extremely talented and astonishingly beautiful.
- Walking Street Pattaya
A night before Bangkok, I visited the walking street second time, which is the most happening and drooling place for party beasts and its one of the biggest attractions of Thailand. It’s a complete kilometre street with hep gateways at the beach end to Bali high plaza, it has beer bars, night clubs, strip clubs, restaurants, rock clubs and what not on both sides of the street. The place was full of “Girls”, crowd, booze, music, life and loudness in each sense.
- Siracha Zoo
Last day I took a cab for Bangkok which charged around 1300 baht. On the way back to Bangkok, I stayed for couple of hours at Siracha Zoo which is on the way. Siracha Zoo is primarily a tiger park which has approximately 200 plus tigers and 10000 crocodiles in the city Sri Racha on the outskirts of Pattaya. The Zoo is amazing and worth taking a halt. It has several shows of animals including, crocodiles, tigers, elephants, pigs, etc. You may also enjoy some of the crocodile delicacies in the zoo restaurants, if you are fond off it or would like to try something new.
- New Delhi to Bangkok- 18,000- 25,000 INR flight fare.
- Bangkok to Pattaya- 1600- 1800 Baht (approximately 3200-3600 INR).
- Hotel stay- 2600 Baht for 4 nights (2 Superior double room).
- Local travel by Tuk-Tuk and cab which can also be hired through local taxi app.
- Alcazar show- 500 Baht.
- Tiffany show- 900 Baht
- Mini Siam- 300 Baht.
- Nong Nooch Village: 200 Baht