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Samut Prakan : Travel Guide, with Info on Nightlife, What to See & Covid-19 Report

Samut Prakan (Thai: สมุทรปราการ) is a town in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region in Thailand. Understand Samut Prakan, also known as Pak Nam, is 29 km south of Bangkok, near where the Chao Phraya River flows into the Gulf of Thailand. The town dates from the Ayutthaya period and has plenty of historical and cultural sites. Get […]

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Samut Prakan (Thai: สมุทรปราการ) is a town in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region in Thailand.


Samut Prakan, also known as Pak Nam, is 29 km south of Bangkok, near where the Chao Phraya River flows into the Gulf of Thailand. The town dates from the Ayutthaya period and has plenty of historical and cultural sites.

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By plane

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If you do not want to take a metered taxi the BMTA bus 553 runs from the airport 05:00-22.00 using the route Suvarnabhumi Airport – Kingkaew Road – Wat Salud (Bangna -Trad) – Ramkhamhaeng 2 – Srinakarin Road – Theparak Intersection – Crocodile Farm – Samut Prakan (Pak nam). Fare 32 Thai Baht.

By car

You can use the old Sukhumvit Road and also Hwy 303 to get here from Bangkok. The distance is only 29 km.

By bus

Consult the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) web site for full details.

Air conditioned buses (of the BMTA)

  • Line No. 502 (Sam Rong – Pak Khlong Talat)
  • Line No. 506 (Pak Kret – Phra Pradaeng)
  • Line No. 507 (Sam Rong – Tha Phra)
  • Line No. 508 (Pak Nam – Tha Ratchaworadit)
  • Line No. 511 (Pak Nam – Pratunam-Ratchadamnoen Klang Road(Khao San)-Southern Bus Terminal ‘Sai Tai’)
  • Line No. 513 (Rangsit – Pu Chao Saming Phrai)
  • Line No. 523 (Sam Rong Thewet via Expressway)
  • Line No. 525 (Pak Nam – Tha Chang)
  • Line No. 102 (Pak Nam – Chong Nonsee)
  • Line No. 126 (Nonthaburi – Sam Rong)
  • Line No. 129 (Thang Duan – Kasetsart University – Sam Rong)
  • Line No. 142 (Wat Lau – Samut Prakan)
  • Line No. 145 (Suan Chatuchak – Samut Prakan)

Non-air conditioned buses

  • Line No. 2 (Sam Rong – Pak Khlong Talad)
  • Line No. 6 (Phra Pradaeng – Bang Lamphu)
  • Line No. 13 (Rangsit – Phu Chao Saming Phrai)
  • Line No. 20 (Pom Phra Chun- Tha Nam Din Daeng)
  • Line No. 23 (Sam Rong Thewet via Expressway)
  • Line No. 25 (Pak Nam – Tha Chang)
  • Line No. 45 (Sam Rong – Ratchaprasong)
  • Line No. 82 (Phra Pradaeng – Bang Lamphu)
  • Line No. 102 (Pak Nam – Chong Nonsi)
  • Line No. 116 (Samrong – Sathorn)
  • Line No. 129 (Kasetsart University – Sam Rong via Expressway)
  • Line No. 138 (Chatuchak – Phra Pradaeng via Expressway)
  • Line No. 145 (Suan Chatuchak – Pak Nam)

By Skytrain

Samrong, the first xBTS (รถไฟฟ้าบีทีเอส). station on the Sukhumvit Road south of the border with Bangkok opened in April 2017.

Get around

Several BMTA bus and van lines run through Samut Prakan. Metered taxis work the same way as in Bangkok.


  • Ancient Siam (เมืองโบราณ), 296/1 Sukhumvit Road (from Bangkok, take the BTS to Bearing; then air conditioned bus 511 to Pak Nam Market; then take the no. 36 pickup songthaew, ask where to get off. A taxi ride from Bearing costs around 170 Thai Baht). 08:00-20:00 daily. Ancient Siam has scaled replicas of buildings from all over Thailand and is interesting to cycle around. Adults 700 Thai Baht, children 350 Thai Baht.
  • Crocodile Farm & Zoo (ฟาร์มจระเข้สมุทรปราการ), 555 Moo 7, Taiban Road (BTS Bang Na and then a taxi). 08:00-18:00 daily. This is the largest crocodile farm in the world but also features crocodile wrestling and acrobat elephant shows. There is an education and research centre for the preservation of wildlife, and also a dinosaur museum. Adults 300 Thai Baht, children 200 Thai Baht.
  • Erawan Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์ช้างเอราวัณ), Sukhumvit Road to Samut Prakan (bus 25, 142, 365 or air conditioned bus 102, 507, 511, 536 from BTS On Nut). 09:00-20:00 daily. The most noticeable landmark in this area is the three-headed elephant. The three storeys inside the elephant contain antiquities and priceless collection of ancient religious objects of Kun Lek Viriyapant who is the museum owner. Its body is made from bronze with a pink pedestal rounded base decorated with millions of small tiles. The body is about 29 m high, and the total height is about 44 m. The design of all three floors represents three worlds. The lower floor is the underwater world, the upper floor is the earth, Kao Prasumain, and the top is the second heaven. 09:00-17:00 adults 400 Thai Baht, children 200 Thai Baht; 17:00-20:00 adults 200 Thai Baht, children 100 Thai Baht.
  • Si Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and Botanical Garden (สวนสาธารณะและสวนพฤกษชาติศรีนครเขื่อนขันธ์) (Bang Kachao Sub-District, Phra Pradaeng District). Daily, 06:00-20:00. This place is a park, recreation area, and fitness facility for everybody. In addition, everybody can study the ecology of plants and animals locally and in the neighborhood. The garden is a combination of a park with a beautiful landscape which includes water plants, local plants that can grow in brackish water and traditional orchards. These parks and gardens is a green area that the government designated as the “lung of Bangkok”. It has a wooden bridge along a garden for observing nature. There is also a seven meter tower overlooking the scenic surroundings and there is a bike service to rent bikes to ride around the park. (updated May 2015)
  • Wat Khun Samut Chin (บ้านขุน สมุทรจีน) (take the daily public boat from Pak Nam Market at 09:00, the boat returns at 15:00). The temple in the sea that can only be reached by boat. Years ago, this temple sat in the middle of a local village with a school and a clinic surrounded by farms. It was an area where Chinese cargo was unloaded from Chinese junks. Now it is surrounded by the water of the Gulf of Thailand, but the monks still live in the temple.


  • Main District, Muang District). Daily, 08:00-18:00. Bang Pu Seaside or Bang Pu is a tourist attraction and a famous place to rest along the Gulf of Thailand. Bang Pu Seaside encompasses 639 rai and is in a natural environmental. Bang Pu has trekking routes and bird watching throughout the year for more than 200 species of birds. A special attraction is the ten thousand seagulls that migrate from Siberia in early winter around mid-October to November annually. Suk Ta Bridge stretches out into the sea about 500 m and makes a great spot for bird watching and watching the sunset. Bang Pu is excellent for watching brackish water fish such as Tiger blowfish, needlefish, and mudskipper because it is at the junction of the Chao Praya River and the Gulf of Thailand. At the end of the bridge is Suk Jai Pavilion which has a restaurant where visitors can taste fresh seafood. In addition, there is a dance patio for dancing activities for seniors every Saturday at 16:00. (updated May 2015)


  • Pak Nam Market, Downtown Samut Prakan. A large wet market with lots of very fresh seafood. (updated Feb 2017)


  • Bang Namphueng Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำบางน้ำผึ้ง), Moo 6, Bang Kobua, Phra Pradaeng. Saturday to Sunday 08:00-14:00. Focused on food and fruit although various trinkets are sold, too. Most visitors are Thais wishing to a break amidst the greenery. (updated Feb 2017)

Where to stay in Samut Prakan

Many visitors use the province to stay the night close to Suvarnabhumi Airport.

  • Grand Inn Come Hotel (โรงแรมแกรนด์ อินคำ), 99 Moo 6, King Kaeo Road (bus 553 from Suvarnabhumi Airport). 1,200-2,000 Thai Baht.
  • Nawarat Resort, 19/49 Moo 7, Bang Na-Trat Road. About 15 min drive from the airport. 900 Thai Baht.
  • Plai Garden (พลาย การ์เด้นท์ บูติค เกสท์เฮ้าส์), 88 Soi King Keaw 43. 900-1,000 Thai Baht.
  • Ratchana Place, 199 Moo 4, Soi Bangna Garden (About 15-20 min drive from the airport.). 350-700 Thai Baht.
  • Sananwan Palace, 18/11 Moo 11, Sukapibarn Road 5, Bangpli Yai. Check-in: 2 PM, check-out: 12 PM. Family-owned budget accommodation with swimming pool, gym and 24-hour restaurant. Rooms have TV and high speed internet. A/C optional. About 20 minutes drive from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. 350-750 Thai Baht. (updated Nov 2016)

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Hua Hin Cha-am : Travel Guide, with Info on Nightlife, What to See & Covid-19 Report

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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.

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Chainat : Travel Guide, with Info on Nightlife, What to See & Covid-19 Report

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.


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 : Travel Guide, with Info on Nightlife, What to See & Covid-19 Report

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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.

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