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Rangsit Expat Travel Guide

Rangsit (รังสิต) is an exurb 40 km north of Bangkok. Understand Memorial Hall, Wat Dhammakaya Effectively a suburb of Bangkok, Rangsit is directly north of Bangkok on Phahonyothin Road, 20 km from Don Mueang Airport. Get in By bus Local buses 29, 34, 39, 59, 95, 504, 510 and 522 will get you from Bangkok to Rangsit […]

Rangsit (รังสิต) is an exurb 40 km north of Bangkok.

Understand Rangsit

Effectively a suburb of Bangkok, Rangsit is directly north of Bangkok on Phahonyothin Road, 20 km from Don Mueang Airport.

How to travel to Rangsit

By bus

Local buses 29, 34, 39, 59, 95, 504, 510 and 522 will get you from Bangkok to Rangsit Future Park (8 Thai Baht in the basic non air-con buses, 18-22 Thai Baht for air-con). You can catch most of these from the bus stop next to BTS Mo Chit station. The journey takes 30–60 minutes depending on the traffic and bus (the orange 5xx services are faster).

Nearly all central, north and northeast-bound long-distance buses stop next to Major Bowl Shopping Centre, Which is right next to Future Park Shopping Mall as a hub from Rangsit in or out of the main city of Bangkok, and often almost half the bus gets off. And with reason: it’s still another hour from here to the city, so this is an excellent place to hop out, stretch your legs, and get a decent meal.

By taxi

A taxi to central Bangkok will cost at least 300 Thai Baht. Always insist on using the meter. In the midnight hours a “service charge” may be required, but one shouldn’t have to pay over 50 Thai Baht extra.

Taxis to and from Suvarnabhumi Airport approximately cost 380 Thai Baht, Although the touts outside will try and get you to pay 1,000-1,500 Thai Baht, wait in the taxi line outside the airport and you should be fine.

See

  • National Memorial (อนุสรณ์สถานแห่งชาติ), Viphavadi Rangsit Road (On Vibhavadi Rangsit Road slightly beyond Don Mueang Railway Station at the intersection of Viphavadi Rangsit Road and Phahonyothin Road). Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00. Covering an area of 38 rai, the National Memorial is under the responsibility of the Armed Force Education Department, Supreme Command Headquarters. There are wall paintings depicting historic events in Thai history from the Sukhothai period to the Rattanakosin period, replicas of royal decorations, bas-reliefs of the establishment of the city and models recounting historic battles in Thai history. A speaker is available for a group visit, but advance contact is required. Free admission.
  • National Science Museum.
  • Royal Thai Mint (on Phahonyothin Road, 3km north of Future Park).
  • Wat Phra Dhammakaya. Humongous hypermodern temple home to the controversial Dhammakaya (Thammakai) cult/sect, dubbed the Thai version of the Church of Scientology. The size of the complex can hardly be overstated: crowds on special events can number in the hundreds of thousands, and the unreal scale of everything makes it appear like a science fiction movie set built by Albert Speer. As you enter, you’ll first see the golden dome of the Memorial Hall of the sect’s founder, Phramonkolthepmuni. Behind it lies the aircraft-hangar-sized Meditation Hall, and once you’ve walked through it (which takes a solid 15 minutes of hiking!) you’ll spot the main event, the stupendous Maha Dhammakaya Cetiya. This is a golden UFO-shaped chedi covered with “one million” (in 300,000 outside and 700,000 inside) golden Buddhas, in the centre of a massive square and surrounded by the concrete platform of the Meditation Amphitheatre. There are free shuttle services from Victory Monument and Sanam Luang in Bangkok starting at 07:00 on Sundays only; otherwise, find the elusive shuttle bus 1008 from Rangsit market, or just take a taxi from Future Park (80-100 Thai Baht one way). The temple is free to all and open daily, but devotees gather the first Sunday of each month and there are English-language meditation retreats several times a year. Dress decently (women must cover shoulders and legs) and try to pick a cloudy or cool day because there’s a lot of walking to be done.

What to do in Rangsit

  • Dream World (ดรีมเวิลด์). Monday to Friday 10:00-17:00; Saturday to Sunday, holidays: 10:00-19:00. At km7 of Rangsit-Ongkharak Road, this large amusement park houses a European-style plaza, miniature land of major world legends, and offers exciting rides, shows, and games. 450 Thai Baht.
  • Visit a Thai League 1 match of Bangkok United at Thammasat Stadium.

Universities around Rangsit

Rangsit hosts over a dozen higher education institutes, including:

  • Asian Institute of Technology, Phahonyothin Road. Thailand’s equivalent of MIT has its main campus in Rangsit, 6km north of Future Park. Get there on buses 29 and 39.
  • Muay Thai Institute (Down Pahonyothin Road from Future Park, next to Night Stadium nightclub). The MTI trains both Thai and foreign students (instruction in English) in Thailand’s national martial art of muay Thai. Basic, intermediate, advanced, and professional muay Thai skills courses are available, as well as general training for fighters. Rooms are available in the institute.
  • Rangsit University. In the centre of the small community of Muang-Ake, RU is one of Thailand’s largest universities and home to an international college with English language instruction.
  • University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). Places international students at Rangsit University.

Shopping at Rangsit

  • Future Park Rangsit (ฟิวเจอร์พาร์ค รังสิต), Phahonyothin Road. In Rangsit, the future seems to mean huge shopping malls. Here you can find Robinson and Central department stores, Big C and Tops hypermarkets, a Major Cineplex Future Park Rangsit cinema, Office Depot and HomePro outlets, all packed tightly together. Future Park contains five floor: Basement Floor (B), Ground Floor (G), 1st floor, 2nd floor, and 3rd floor. Future Park itself is divided into several Park such as Gourmet Park (Floor B,G) which has many restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops; Fashion Park (floor G,1) which has clothing stores; Banking Park (2nd floor, near Central Department Store) where several banks are located; Campus Park (3rd floor) where tutorial schools and education centres are located; Digital Park (3rd floor) which has shops selling computers, mobile devices, electronics, and movie and game CD, DVDs; Alive Park (Ground Floor) outside the store, have some coffee shops (Starbucks and Cake Walk) and a clothing store. Alive park also has indoor domes where several events and a concert (usually on Sunday) are held. Forest Park has no store but contains a lot of trees and playgrounds to take a break from shopping. A musical fountains show is performed in the evening.
  • IT Zeer Rangsit (ไอที เซียร์ รังสิต), 99 Phahonyothin Road. A centre for the sale of computers, mobile phones, and other electronics.
  • Major Bowl. Large shopping mall with a large selection of local merchants owning stores and large food court. The best place for Thai department stores.
  • Rangsit Markets. Open every day, closing about 21:00 each night. Basically a huge flea market with street vendor after street vendor selling his wares. If you like the local food and aren’t shy of the local cuisine and traditional Thai wares this is your place.

Where to Eat in Rangsit

  • Gyudon Express (Just before Viphavadi Rangsit Soi 16 (Soi Chokechai Ruammitr)). An authentic quick-service Japanese restaurant specializing in rice bowls topped with beef (Gyudon).
  • Rangsit Boat Noodle (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือรังสิต) (Along the Rangsit canal). On the west side of Future Park Rangsit is the Rangsit-Nakornnayok Road. There are several boat noodle shops in the stationary boats floating in Rangsit canal along the road. Some also serve steaks and other Western food too.
  • Talad Thai (ตลาดไท) (Across from Thammasat University on Phahonyothin Road). 24 hours. One of Asia’s largest fresh produce markets, Talad Thai is designed to be spacious and convenient, completely different from the traditional central market by dividing the market into sections of various products which can support large quantities of products of more than 15,000 tons from farmers from all over the country. It is divided into the areas of the Orange Building, a tangerine market, the Mixed Fruits Building, selling many kinds of fruits from farmers from all over the country such as mangoes, cantaloupes, santols, custard apples, guavas, papayas, sapodillas, jujubes, melons, pomelos, acid less oranges, bananas, rose apples, grapes, Manila tamarinds, etc. Moreover, there is the Seasonal Fruits Square. It is because during the fruit season, this square is open for farmers and buyers to come and directly conduct the sales of many categories of fruits in a large number. There is also the Flowers, Decorative Plants and Plant Cuttings Market which is a gathering location of sellers of the products from the important production areas, as well as, sellers of the planting tools and vegetable building. The Fresh Market is a place selling every kind of consuming products such as beef, pork, duck meat, chicken, fish, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and grocery stores. On the second floor, there are grocery products. The Flowers Market offers various kinds of flowers and decorative plants such as roses, orchids, gerberas, wreath making shops, as well as, shops selling offerings for monks. Moreover, in communities and villages, there are OTOP handcrafted products such as mini Sam Khok water jars as souvenirs, artificial lotus flowers, and leather bags.

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Hua Hin Travel Guide

Hua Hin is a district in the Prachuap Khiri Khan Province of Thailand, 295 kilometers from Bangkok and 90 km from the provincial capital. It is the oldest and most traditional of Thailand’s beach resorts combining the attractions of a modern holiday destination with the charm and fascination of a still active fishing port. Beaches are located in the east of the province, including a 5km stretch of white sand and clear water. Although it has developed to cater for tourists from all over the world, the resort which began its development over 70 years ago, remains popular with Thais too, a good sign for those looking for an authentic experience.

The resort was originally founded in 1830s, when farmers, moving south to escape the results of a severe drought in the agricultural area of Phetchaburi, found a small village beside white sands and rows of rock, and settled in. The tranquil fishing village was turned into a ‘Royal resort’ becoming popular among Siam’s nobility and smart-set.

Accessibility was greatly enhanced by the construction of the railway from Bangkok, which brought visitors from wider social groups, and kick-started the industry which would bring tourists from other countries. The first hotel – The Railway Hotel – was built in 1921 and it still stands today continuing to serve tourists as the Sofitel Central.

Hua Hin was made famous in the early 1920s by King Rama VII, who decided it was an ideal getaway from the steamy metropolis of Bangkok. He built a summer palace and this was echoed when King Rama VII ordered the construction of the Palace of Klaikangwon (“far from worries”). The latter is still much used by the Thai Royal Family today.

The resort continued to develop slowly, protected to some extent by its Royal reputation. Its fishing port grew alongside golf courses and all the big hotel chains are now represented. Many of Bangkok’s rich and famous and a growing number of expats have built their own summer homes along the bay, making the resort more cosmopolitan every year.

Development has taken over much of the prime government land, so the coast road suffers from obstructed views of the sea these days, but Hua Hin is trying hard to retain its beach-side atmosphere. Compared to Pattaya, the resort remains relatively serene and attracts families and older travelers. The beach has a gradual slope, into clear warm water which so far has escaped pollution of any kind.

Further afield, the Prachuap Khiri Khan Province is a charming region, where limestone cliffs and islands, bays and beaches, are home to a national park, and several temples, and travelling through this area will be a welcome experience for those hoping to avoid the tourist traps found further South. Driving from Bangkok through Prachuap Khiri Khan takes around three hours, a journey punctuated by summer palaces, huge temples, beautifully kept gardens and salt flats.

Visitors head to Hua Hin all year round. The area has one of the lowest rainfalls in the country, and there’s usually a gentle sea breeze to punctuate the heat, particularly welcome in the summer season between March and September.

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Things to see and do in Hua Hin

Dive In
As you would expect with a resort boasting a 5km clean white beach, sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling are popular pastimes. Swimming is safe, and with one of the driest climates across Thailand, there’s plenty of opportunity to dry off in the sun afterwards.

Tee Off
Possibly due to its noble history and elegant clientele, Hua Hin has the highest density of world class golf courses anywhere in Thailand, although it has yet to be discovered by the international golf tournament circuit. Green-fees and other costs are surprisingly low, given that course maintenance and services are superb. The Royal Hua Hin course is one of many, but considered to be the best.

Shop till you drop

Chatchai Market is colourful and inexpensive and is one of Hua Hin’s major attractions. Vendors gather nightly in the centre of town, where they cook fresh gulf seafood for hordes of hungry Thais and provide a spectacle for visitors. As well as plentiful food shops, it offers much that will appeal to souvenir hunters too.

Royal Palace

Klai Kangwon (which means ‘Far From Worries’ ) is the Royal Palace built by King Rama VII in 1928. It was designed by Prince Iddhidehsarn Kridakara, an architect and the Director of the Fine Arts Department at the time, and officially opened in 1929. Further structures have been added over time, including a mansion ordered by King Bhumibol (Rama IX) for Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and accommodation for the royal entourage, built in the style of the original buildings so as to preserve the harmony of the palace. Although Klai Kangwon is still in regular use by the Royal family, it is also open to the public.

Hop on a train
Or more importantly, visit the railway station. Built in the reign of Rama IV, the brightly painted wooden buildings somehow combine traditional Thai ideas with a Victorian feel, and in 2009 Hua Hin made it onto NewsWeek’s Best Stations list, in great company such as New York’s Grand Central, and London’s St Pancras.

Take off
Although one of the joys of Hua Hin is its serenity and calm, if you’re keen to take in more, its fairly easy to find trips which will take you to many of the other southern beach destinations such as Koh Nangyaun, Koh Toa, Koh Samui, Phuket, Krabi  and Koa Sok. You may find however that some of these legendary destinations have suffered more at the hands of the global tourist industry than Hua Hin has.

Monkey about
Khao Takiab is referred as Monkey Mountain, but as well as the mischievous residents, it also boasts a hilltop temple with sensational views of Hua Hin, a pagoda-style shrine and a giant golden Buddha which faces the sunrise.

Walk in the Park
The region boasts several parks, and natural attractions, such as the Kangajan National Park, and the Koa Sam Roi Yod Marine Park. You’ll find miles of good walking, amongst lakes, caves and waterfalls, and you’ll be in the company of as elephants, tigers, wild dogs and leopards.

Eat, drink and sleep in Hua Hin

As more affluent ex-pats from all over the world gather to weather the winter, or snap up beachfront properties in Hua Hin, the restaurant scene becomes more cosmopolitan. French, Italian, German and Scandinavian restaurants are all here, in case anyone feels homesick. However, there are also rustic seafood restaurants, especially on the pier, and at several of these you can choose your own fish from the fish market right outside and waiters will bring you the finished result.
There are plenty of simpler local restaurants both inside and out on the streets where you can sample authentic Thai food too.

If you want to try to cook your own Thai food in Hua Hin, the very best place to buy your ingredients, not because it’s the cheapest, but because it is a fabulous experience, is the night market. Right in the centre of town, it opens at 18:00. It’s also a terrific place to buy handicrafts, souvenirs and clothing.

The Chatchai market is a great day market and the place to go for the best street food, as vendors grill, fry, boil and dress the fabulous local fish and shellfish, but don’t forget to leave room for a real local speciality. Roti Hua Hin is a delicious dough-based snack filled with strawberries, custard or raisins.

In a side street just off the market is the Hua Hin Thai Show, a pagoda-style restaurant which combines great food with a nightly musical performance, where you can sample folk with your fish or classical over your clams.

Unlike many Thai resorts, here you will also find more elegant dining, including Thai and Vietnamese food with a more upmarket touch for a real treat. Monsoon is the most romantic and expensive, but it’s worth it for the wine list and the elegant atmosphere. If your budget doesn’t run to dinner, you can enjoy afternoon tea on its teak-decked terrace.

Hua Hin isn’t as lively as many of its neighbours, but that doesn’t mean it’s no go for night life. There are quite a few live music venues, including El Murphy’s the Irish bar, which has its own local band rocking the town with rock and blues classics. There are a couple of country music pubs, and several nightclubs, but for a really classy experience, head to Satchmo’s where a vibrant Filipino band will serenade you as you drink the best Mojito outside Mexico.

Hua Hin has more than its share of upmarket and luxury accommodation. All the main hotel chains are here, and most have lovely grounds, top facilities and restaurants. There are elegant luxury boutique-style hotels too, many with villas and private pools. Sadly, there aren’t as many budget options as there used to be, but if you’re prepared to do some research you can find clean an friendly guesthouses and bed-and-breakfasts at reasonable rates. If you’re planning to stay a while, a rental apartment can be a good option; many of the holiday homes owned by people who live abroad can be rented for at least part of the year. Wherever you stay, Hua Hin is an oasis of calm in a country of exciting contrasts.

Hotels/Resorts in Hua Hin

Hotels Hua Hin: Popularity

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Hua Hin Marriott Resort and Spa

★★★★★

-21%

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Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa - SHA Certified

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Amari Hua Hin - SHA Certified

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InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

★★★★★

-7%

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The town, Chai Nat (ชัยนาท) is the provincial capital of Chai Nat Province, in the central region of Thailand. Understand Chai Nat means a roaring victory. Originally this ancient town was on the right bank of the Chao Phraya River at the mouth of Khlong Phraek Si Racha south of the old waterway. Established after […]

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The town, Chai Nat (ชัยนาท) is the provincial capital of Chai Nat Province, in the central region of Thailand.

Understand

Chai Nat means a roaring victory. Originally this ancient town was on the right bank of the Chao Phraya River at the mouth of Khlong Phraek Si Racha south of the old waterway. Established after the town of Phanthumwadi (Suphanburi Province), Chai Nat was Sukhothai’s most important southern outpost built during the reign of King Phaya Loethai of Sukhothai during 1317–1336.

This ancient community was called Mueang Phraek or Mueang San. When the Sukhothai Kingdom declined, Phraek became Ayutthaya’s northern outpost. Later, a new community was established not far from Phraek. Its ruler was Chao Sam Phraya, who later ruled Ayutthaya and became King Borom Rachathirat II. This new community was a large town called Chai Nat. In the reign of King Rama V, the main settlement of the province in Laem Yang was moved to the left bank of the Chao Phraya River. Mueang San slowly declined because most of the people migrated to Chai Nat. The old town later became a district of Chai Nat. Chai Nat was an important military base to confront with the Burmese armies. As all these confrontations were successful, the city gained the name Chai Nat.

Apart from its long history, Chai Nat is known for handicrafts of basketry, sculpture, weaving and Benjarong porcelain.

Chai Nat occupies an area of 2,470 square km.

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By car

Chai Nat is 194 km from Bangkok. To get there, take Hwy 1 and at km50, change to Hwy 32 passing through Ang Thong and Singburi. Then, at km183, take a left turn onto Hwy 1. Proceed another 10 km.
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Take a bus to Chai Nat

Take the hourly air conditioned bus (05:30-17:30) from the Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) on Kamphaengphet Road to Chai Nat. It takes about 2.5 hr to get there. For further information, contact the Chai Nat Tour Company Limited (Bangkok office Tel.+66 2 9363608, and Chai Nat’s office Tel.+66 56 412264), or the Transport Company Limited, Tel.+66 2 5765599, +66 2 9362852-66, or visit .

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Pattaya Covid-19 Safe Travel Thailand

The City of Pattaya on the East coast of the Gulf of Thailand is a self-governing region about 165km Southeast of Bangkok. For centuries, it was a small fishing village, but when American servicemen ventured down the coast from their base in Nakhon Ratchasima in 1959, in search of rest and relaxation during the Vietnam War, the package holiday industry took off with a bang, and Pattaya began to develop into the popular beach resort of today.

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Now, the fishermens’ huts have long gone, as the region lures sun-worshippers and hedonists in their millions every year. A seemingly unlimited flow of dollars fuelled the local economy which for decades wasn’t as careful as it might have been about the rapid development and free-for-all glitz and glamour which drove the city’s progress, but more recently, it is striving to position itself as a more family-friendly destination.

Nowadays, the nearby temples of the Pratamnak Hill look down on a bustling metropolis, packed with hotels, stores, high-rise apartment blocks, bars and restaurants. Pleasure-seekers revel in the nightlife, with its pulsing beat, and head for the beaches of Naklua, Pattaya and Jomtien by day.

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Broadly speaking, the city is divided into several regions. Central Pattaya offers countless shops and restaurants, and plentiful nightlife, but is definitely not for those in search of a quiet night’s sleep. Likewise, South Pattaya, which encompasses the word-famous Walking Street, a tourist attraction in itself, which draws foreigners and Thai nationals alike, primarily for the after-dark entertainment. This is also the City’s red-light district, and go-go bars and brothels line the street which runs from the south end of Beach Road to the Bali Hai Pier. However, Walking Street also includes seafood restaurants, live music venues, beer bars, discos and sports bars and has an impressive collection of neon signs for those who want to be where the action is.

There’s no escaping the hurly burly in Pattaya, but if you’re looking for a slightly more peaceful experience, you’ll head to one of the beaches. Pattaya’s beaches are everything expected of Thailand’s famed beaches. Gorgeous, clean and well facilitated. Jomtien is popular with package tour operators and families, whilst if you head up to Naklua and North Pattaya you’ll find that although there are still plenty of bars and restaurants, the entertainment isn’t quite as relentless. If you seek out the more remote corners of Naklua you may even get a hint of the region’s traditional history as a fishing town. Few tourists bother, but for traditionalists, it’s worth a visit.

The tropical climate divides the year into three, from November to February the air is warm and dry, getting hotter and more humid through to May, and the rainy season runs from June to October.

Overall, Pattaya is not for the faint-hearted, or those in search of solitude or a cultural experience, but it will reward the laid-back traveller with just a hint of a spirit of adventure.

Things to see and do

Shop till you drop
Over the fifty or so years since the first GIs showed up in search of the sun, Pattaya has developed into a hive of activity, not least for those in search of retail therapy. The city is full of shops, including Asia’s largest beachfront shopping mall, the Central Festival Pattaya Beach Mall, attached to the Hilton Hotel.

Take to the water
If you’ve any energy left after the thrills of the night, all the beaches offer a wide range of watersports, which attract as many Thai visitors, heading to Pattaya for the weekend from Bankok. Jet-ski-ing and parasailing are the norm, and small boats are available for hire, or skippered trips.

Island hopping
One of the joys of a Thai beach holiday is the wealth of offshore islands, many of which can be reached by small boat or ferry in a matter of minutes. From Pattaya, head off to Ko Larn, Ko Sak or Ko Krok, known as the ‘near islands’ about 7k from Pattaya, or journey further towards the ‘far islands’ Ko Phai, Ko Man Wichai, Ko Hu Chang or Ko Klung Badan. Many of the islands have public beaches, less crowded than those on the mainland, and lots offer scuba diving and other water-based fun.

See the sights
If you’re in search of something a little more cultural, look out for the Wat Khao Phra Bat Temple, which overlooks Pattaya Bay and features a 18metre-high Buddha.

The Sanctuary of Truth is set on a rocky point of the coast just north of Pattaya, in the small town of Naklua. It’s a work in progress, started by an eccentric billionaire who began the ambitious construction 20 years ago. The Sanctuary is rather more adventure park than spiritual haven, but you can still take in this fascinating construction project, made entirely from wood, by a team of 250 woodcarvers.

Billed as a world-leading adventure park, the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden features impressive elephant and Thai cultural shows, in one of the biggest botanical gardens in Southeast Asia. Despite the cultural differences between east and west, it is still possible to appreciate the conservation projects at work here, while palms and orchids, education facilities and plenty of food and drink choices contribute to a rewarding family day out.

Back to the hustle and bustle of an activity-fuelled holiday and you might want to check out the private Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, Mini Siam model village, the Pattaya Crocodile Farm, the Silverlake Winery, Aquarium, or any of the many amusement and waterparks dotted around the region.

Time your trip carefully, and you may find yourself caught up in one of the many festivals which take place throughout the year. Bikers will enjoy Burapa Pattaya Bike Week in February which brings together motorcyles and international music, whiles those who prefer their entertainment without engine noise will enjoy March’s Pattaya International Music festival, or the Songkran festival, which lasts for several days in April. Regattas, dance parties, beauty pageants, gay celebrations and traditional light festivals are here in abundance, there’s something going on here every day of the year, and if you hit Chinese New Year, there’ll be dragons, lion dances and fireworks too.

Eat, drink and sleep

The Thais are very casual when it comes to eating and drinking. This is a busy place with lots going on, nobody is going to notice if you eat with your hands, spit out your seeds, or put your elbows on the table. Eateries pop up in the most unlikely doorways so watch out for those special little places – particularly on Second Road and in Naklau. These are the most likely places for real Thai food and if you’re sensible you will follow the locals to the best places. Anywhere with a queue is bound to be good. Street food is one of the joys of South East Asian dining, don’t miss the opportunity to experiment.

However, as this is such a multinational tourist destination, you may find it difficult to find a truly authentic Thai culinary experience along the main drags. You’re as likely to find an American diner, Italian spaghetti house or Greek emporium so it’s worth seeking out the quieter corners and watching to see where the locals eat.

Most formal meals consist of a meat or a fish dish, fried or steamed vegetables, a curry, stir-fried dishes of meat and vegetables and a soup. If you decide to enjoy a traditional meal, expect to take time over it. You’ll experience flavours including lemon grass and coriander, plenty of chilli, and flavourings such as fish sauce and Java Root. Most Thai meals are centred on rice or noodles.

Drink flows freely in Thailand, and the traditional accompaniment to a Thai meal is local beer or rice whisky. However, this is Pattaya, and you can’t travel more than a few metres without finding yourself in a bar. The designs, interior décor, themes and even the drinks may not be traditional, but you’ll find plenty of company as you pile into the drink. It’s unlikely you’ll be trying to stay sober, but if you do, ask for a melon ice drink, or a citrus banana punch, two of Thailand’s favourite non-alcoholic tipples.

As you’d expect in a city dedicated to tourists and good times, there are as many places to stay as there are fish in the sea. From the huge sky-scraper international hotel chains, to smaller, funkier one-off establishments, it’s easy to find a room which will suit your particular needs. Staff are helpful and friendly, although facilities vary greatly, so check out the things that matter to you.

However for a more authentic experience, go for a self-catering apartment, or a smaller Bed and Breakfast, although it’s advisable to check out feedback from previous guests. For those on a budget or a gap year, there are plenty of hostels and backpacker hangouts too, and these can be had for a song as long as you don’t mind the person in the bed next to you singing all night. Basically, it depends on how much of your time in this vibrant colourful mecca of pleasure you’re planning to spend in your hotel room.

Hotels Pattaya: Popularity

Hotel Stars Discount Price per night, from Choose dates

Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya

★★★★★

-22%

8062

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Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

★★★★★

-23%

158122

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Holiday Inn Pattaya

★★★★

-35%

14795

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Hilton Pattaya

★★★★★

-19%

179146

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Dusit Thani Pattaya

★★★★★

-35%

9460

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Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya

★★★★

-30%

9466

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Grande Centre Point Pattaya

★★★★★

-45%

15786

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Avani Pattaya Resort

★★★★★

-11%

116104

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Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort

★★★★

-22%

5845

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The Bayview Hotel Pattaya

★★★★

-38%

7044

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Adelphi Pattaya

★★★★

-42%

5934

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Cape Dara Resort

★★★★★

-15%

158134

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Amari Pattaya

★★★★★

-40%

343205

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Arden Hotel and Residence by At Mind

★★★★

-20%

4032

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Royal Cliff Beach Hotel

★★★★★

-18%

201165

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Hotel Vista

★★★★

-7%

4037

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Centara Pattaya Hotel

★★★★

-7%

3230

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A-One Star Hotel

★★★

-8%

2422

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Ibis Pattaya

★★★

-22%

3729

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Long Beach Garden Hotel & Pavilions

★★★★★

-8%

5248

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Pullman Pattaya Hotel G

★★★★★

-24%

9471

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Pattaya Discovery Beach Hotel

★★★★

-18%

6049

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Red Planet Pattaya

★★★

-16%

1715

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D Varee Jomtien Beach, Pattaya

★★★★

-21%

4434

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Altera Hotel and Residence by At Mind

★★★★

-27%

3828

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