One of the hottest beach-resort destinations in Thailand, Pattaya may not be idyllic but it certainly makes up for it with a wide variety of activities, accommodation, and nightlife venues.
Golfers, both novice and expert are well catered to as well, with a wide selection of golf courses around Pattaya including the Phoenix, Pattaya Country Club, and the Navy course near Sattahip, which offers 18 holes of golf for around 1,000 baht (around 30 US dollars)!
Another major draw for visitors to Pattaya is the wide selection of restaurants serving some of Thailand's freshest seafood. Due to the high number of expatriate foreigners in Pattaya there is also an excellent selection of authentic foreign eateries serving French, Italian, Swiss, German, Hungarian, Scandinavian, English, Indian, Moslem, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine.
Drawing such a large number of diverse visitors from across the world, it’s no surprise that Pattaya also boasts an incredible choice of accommodation. Those on a tight budget and those with money to burn are equally able to find rooms to suit their needs. Even those who are turned off by the widespread development along Pattaya’s main beach can find some peaceful beach time at nearby Jomtien beach, just 3 kilometers south, which is a far quieter alternative.
Only fish during the appropriate fishing season.
Dress politely and take off your shoes before entering Buddhist temples.
Examine rental motorbikes and cars thoroughly before renting.
Drive motorbikes and rental cars with extreme caution.
Beware of con-artists who prey on new tourists to Thailand. While most Thai people are just being friendly, be careful of those offering to do you too many favors or promising you incredible bargains.
Beware of pick pockets, especially on Walking Street when it's crowded.
Beware of entertainment venues that have poor signage or are poorly lit inside; some venues offer free admission and then refuse to allow visitors to leave until they have paid exorbitant bar bills.
Do not purchase or consume illegal drugs or participate in illegal gambling.
Show respect to the local Thai people and the Thai police. Guilty or not, your display of anger will only make things worse.
Haggle in a good natured way with small shop vendors. A polite “no thank you” will be more effective than a loud display of emotion.
Ask for the price first when ordering food and before getting a massage or manicure on the beach. Do likewise before renting a jet ski or getting in a tuk tuk or taxi.
The sun in Pattaya is very strong; apply sunscreen liberally and frequently.
Tap water in Thailand is not safe to drink; however, bottled water is cheap and readily available.
While illegal, the sex industry is a reality in Pattaya. It is strongly advised to protect yourself accordingly, both from sexually transmitted diseases and from theft.
|For Much more information on Thailand and Pattaya..... Click here..|
Where is the Tourist Center:
Pattaya Health & Safety:
Pattaya is a perfect place for tourists to relax happily and safely and enjoy the easy going mind-set of the local people. The Thai people are helpful but you can also expect scam artist targeting tourists.
Health in Pattaya is usually good. The care system offered by the hospitals is known for its quality and quantity. The numbers of private clinics are high due to the presence of large number of visitors. The treatment cost is cheaper compared to other tourist destinations of Thailand.
The presence of the Thai police, the Tourist Police and their volunteers in large numbers in Pattaya and their remarkable efficiency and swiftness guard the safety of tourists. You are advised to be careful of pick-pocket incidents and the occasional ‘snatch and run’ motor cyclists.