I am planning to visit bangkok, pattaya and huahin in july from 10th-20th. Just wanted to know about the rains.Read in some forums that it would be humid and occasional thunder showers. Just wanted to know , if rains would play spoilsport to my plans by being an all day affair daily??
#1 bismoystud has been a member since 13/6/2011. Posts: 10
Thailand is always humid and sometimes it rains. I don't understand the irrational fear of rain.
#2 longbeach has been a member since 28/3/2012. Posts: 307
It's going to likely rain close to daily BUT, those could easily be short showers. Of course, you could have a front come in and it rains for three or four days without break. No way to predict that.
Longbeach - November through Feb it's not humid at all where I live. Just FYI.
yes northern thailand excluded but the beaches are all located in humid parts and july isn't the wettest month usually
#4 longbeach has been a member since 28/3/2012. Posts: 307
"Just wanted to know"
All you can do is be prepared for some rain - either a little or a lot. July is usually fairly rainy, but sometimes just late afternoon showers, sometimes mornings, but also sometimes all day, otherwise it's just hot and humid. Dec-Feb is usually the driest, but it's still the tropics so no guarantees.
Thaiexplorer - Bangkok to Pattaya is 2 hours tops. Not hardly a "travel day". Leave at ten in the morning, you can be there by noon and on the beach or chillin' at a bar by one.
I do concede there is some sense in killing Hua Hin , that would eat a travel day. And maybe head a bit further east along the coast. But Hua Hin does have it's own appeal.
I'd skip Pattaya and add on Kanchanaburi. Pattaya is a dirty city. If you want whores you can do that in Bangkok.
#8 longbeach has been a member since 28/3/2012. Posts: 307
I am not a fan of Pattaya either. BUT, Pattaya was built as a mecca for hedonism. I stayed with my family there at a five star hotel for three nights for 80 bucks a night. It had a magnificent infinity pool, it had a private beach that was clean as a whistle, and the city itself has every kind of cuisine you can imagine. It's cheaper than Bangkok by a wide margin.
There is a basic line of thought on travelfish that disparages main line tourist destinations that are hedonistic. Pattaya is number one on the list, Phuket is number two. But millions of people go to these destinations for a reason. If Bangkok had it all over Pattaya, everyone would just stay there. I am assuming the OP has done his homework and decided he wants to go there for whatever hedonistic pursuit interests him.
Pattaya looks a lot better in brochures than it does in reality. I couldn't believe how dirty the city was plus how bad the beach was. Yeah it has resorts and plenty of restaurants but you can find those things elsewhere. Chiang Mai is cheaper than Bangkok also and has some great food options. It doesn't make a lot of sense to do both Pattaya and Hua Hin. HH has nicer beaches, plus international food, bargirls and music venues.
Phuket has much better beaches plus lots of interesting tours and international food.
I can't see any reason to visit Pattaya unless you want to see the freak show that it is.
#10 longbeach has been a member since 28/3/2012. Posts: 307
Pattaya is much cheaper than HH or Bangkok. Much. And if offers WAY more diversity than HH. Like I said, if hundreds of thousands of tourists go somewhere every year, there's a good reason for it. The top flight hotels in Pattaya are cheap and really nice. In Khon Kaen I stayed at the Pullman, which is probably the nicest hotel in Issan, and it wasn't half as nice as the place I stayed at in Pattaya and the cost was the same. It might not be your cup of tea - like I said it really isn't mine either - but for a lot of people it's a great place (and not just mongers).
Much cheaper? I don't agree with that. I stayed in a room for 600 baht there and it was sh it. Issan is much cheaper and so is the north.
I paid 350 baht for a better room in the north and 650 baht for a room twice as good in Issan.
Good reason? Whore mongers. The city is full of them. Cheap whores.
Pattaya is a big city on the beach while HH is a town so of course Pattaya has more things. Cities will have that but HH offers far better beaches north and south of the town.
#12 longbeach has been a member since 28/3/2012. Posts: 307
and it's even worse back towards the street with trash lying around
#13 longbeach has been a member since 28/3/2012. Posts: 307
I'm told Jomtien beach was good 25 yrs ago. Look at it now. What a dive.
#14 longbeach has been a member since 28/3/2012. Posts: 307
The beach at Jomtien doesn't cut it - I agree. But North Pattaya's private hotel beaches, that's a different story. Hotel staff keeps those pretty clean and manicured. At least the one I stayed in. And the reason the top end hotels are cheaper is volume of customers. And you'd be surprised how many famlies are there. I only saw two guys with girls that were obviously in the game. Tons of Chinese, Russian and Korean famlies. I mean a lot. Issan can't hope to compete with that. Like I said, if it was crappy value, people wouldn't go anymore. Pattaya is a place of extremes for sure, but it's got it's plusses.
I wouldn't want to hang out with Chinese, Russian and Korean families in a hotel.
#16 longbeach has been a member since 28/3/2012. Posts: 307
And we didn't. There was a group of Koreans, but they were all on another wing. In my wing it was almost all Russians, and they were quiet families who did not socialize with others. My daughter played with one of the little Russian boys in the pool, but the mom and dad had ZERO desire to engage socially with my mother, my wife or I. They weren't friendly, but they didn't bother anyone either.
But the hotel was the best deal for the money I have ever seen - anywhere - ever. The room had a huge picture window about eight meters across by two high looking out over the ocean. Beautiful wood floors. Just a magnificant place. With continental breakfast - less than 80 bucks a night for four of us.
And we ate in an Indian restaraunt on beach road and the food and service were first class for less than ten bucks a meal. And I don't mean some crappy roadside stand either. Nice place with sit down dining, nice ambience...
Pattaya is an ugly city from an architectural standpoint, and a dirty one as you pointed out. But it has some things going for it. Did I mention there's a nice little salsa dance scene there being run by Jojo and Jean from the PI?
Why don't you go to Samui instead of Pattaya and Hua Hin?
Same same but different (Samui is also a mass tourist destination with plenty of concrete and hookers) but the weather will be better on Ko Samui in July.
You can fly directly there from Bangkok or get an overnight sleeper train (or luxury bus) to Surat Thani and take the morning ferry. Even if you're on a budget, traveling overnight is time efficient so it won't eat into your limited holiday time too much.
What hotel was it Mac?
#20 longbeach has been a member since 28/3/2012. Posts: 307
check your emails for a record of the booking. otherwise look at agoda photos of 5 star resorts and you should remember it
#22 longbeach has been a member since 28/3/2012. Posts: 307
junior suites start at $140 plus extras
#24 longbeach has been a member since 28/3/2012. Posts: 307
Yeah, you've got to book through Agoda, and do it during the week... I had the executive suite for I think was 86 (it 80 something) a night. Couldn't beat it. Great place too, as long as you aren't looking for companionship with the other guests.
If you compare it to the Pullman in Khaon Kaen (which is a nice hotel) it was better in every measurable (except the restaraunt). And actually a lot better. The infiinity pool was magnificent. It was a great deal. Like I said, Pattaya ain't for everyone. But it does offer a lot in terms of activities - from golfing, to nightlife, to good dancing, to a myriad of other activities. It's just not cultural Thailand that's all.
I have decided to cancel out pattaya and add one more day to huahin. Hope that the rain gods help me.
#27 bismoystud has been a member since 13/6/2011. Posts: 10
Thank you MADMAC, no i shall be going with friends so i wont be looking for any companions surely:) just a comfortable clean decent hotel is what i am looking for, the rest i will be out exploring thailand anyways :) How many days did you go for? what places did you visit? And What is Huahin famous for?
#29 Ann80 has been a member since 18/6/2012. Posts: 10
I've never been to Hua Hin, but I've been to Pattaya a few times with my wife and daughter. I go for a nice hotel where my daughter can enjoy a pool (she loves a nice pool), we can enjoy some non-Thai food (I live in provincial Thailand so I like to eat non-Thai food when I can), and I can dance (salsa). Jojo runs the scene out in Pattaya and I like dancing there.
I haven't been to Phuket as I am not really a beach guy, and Phuket is a long way from where I live (on the border of Laos). Thai food is OK, but not even close to one of my favorites. I much prefer Somali, German, Italian, Arabic and Tex Mex. But Thai food is cheap. That's a big plus. And my wife is a very good cook, so she cooks German and Americana for me. Phket has a very small salsa scene, just developing. I haven't been there, but the salsa community is an incestuous one and we all know each other well. Pattaya is much better right now, Bangkok better still.
How about recommendations for excellent Italian cuisine, especially baked chicken cheese pastas, Alferado or alike ? :) What are the top attraction in Bangkok you have come across?
#33 Ann80 has been a member since 18/6/2012. Posts: 10
As for parts of the city just to kick around I like the Chinese quarter a lot. I found the older architecture there interesting, the smaller Chinese style temples were cool, and the vibe was fun. I really liked the Jim Thompson house and the house I am building in Yasothon province is being built with a lot of that styling in mind. The Wat across the Chao Praya, whose name escapes me right now, had the tall Chedi like structure with a steep staircase you could climb, was cool I climbed it - great view. My daughter and I really enjoyed the boat tour on the Chao Praya (we saw a crocodile!). For eating, though, Sukhimvite is where it's at. Eveyr kind of restaraunt is there from around the world (except Somali - no Somali restaraunts). Very cosmopolitan dining. My wife loves that aspect of the place. As for Italian Cuisine, I like Spaghetti Amatriciana when I can get it.
Hey, many congrats on your home you building:) Oh my God you saw a crocodile! how far was it from you people? what a thrilling and frightening moment! tell me about it! were you people boating?
#35 Ann80 has been a member since 18/6/2012. Posts: 10
Well it wasn't that thrilling. He was only about three feet long. We were in the boat doing the tour. He was about 20 feet away just swimming to wherever. It was kind of cool, as I didn't expect to see a croc in the Chao Praya inside the city... he must have been lost.
All my tickets are booked and my hotel reservations confirmed.I hope to have a wonderful trip.
#37 bismoystud has been a member since 13/6/2011. Posts: 10
Did the guy supervising the tour tell you its uncommon for crocodiles to be in Chao Praya? well now i am having second thoughts on my boating tour. . . . its kind of scary! Have you done kayaking?
#38 Ann80 has been a member since 18/6/2012. Posts: 10
It wasn't a tour, so there was no guy supervising it. There was just a boat driver, and we didn't ask him if crocs were common. People swim in the canals abutting the river (which is where we saw the croc by the way) so if crocs were much of an issue, I don't think they'd be in the water. The boats are large, so even were there large crocs (and I think their presence around Bangkok is pretty rare) they would not be a concern. But I don't think they are common. It wasn't scary at all. You needn't be concerned.
Yes, I have done some kayaking in the States, but not over here.
I don't know. I would think probably. I think Crocs used to be indigenous to the river (I read that somewhere) but where erradicated by hunting. At any rate, I think they are rare there now and it's not something to be concerned about from a safety standpoint.