I asked a question about beaches the other day and got a great response thankyou.
Now my husband and I would like to go to Pattaya for a few days R&R before heading back home to Australia, as it seems to be the nearest beach to BKK and we don't want to go the regular tourist beaches. So what are the opinions of Pattaya as a beach and a place to go to for 3 nights/2 days.
#1 Red has been a member since 22/5/2006. Posts: 46
We don't cover Pattaya on Travelfish mainly because its one of our least favourite destinations in the region and I'd really struggle to come up with a reason why it is worth recommending!
Pattaya is very heavily touristed, so if you're after something a little different I'd suggest Ko Samet -- it is further away from Bangkok, but well worth the extra distance.
Perhaps others will have more useful recommendations!
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,767
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As Somtam says, Pattaya is heavily touristed, as well as a center of activity for the "50-year-old single males who are definitely up to no good" set. The last time I was there, I saw more signs in Russian than English for the first time anywhere I'd been. There is an active girly bar scene at night, but the up side is that the restaurant scene in Pattaya is pretty great.
The beach there is just okay. In years past, there was a problem with water quality, as many of the hotels were just dumping their untreated sewage directly into the sea, but I think that has improved quite a bit.
The fact that someone as experienced in southeast Asia travel as Somtam says he doesn't even cover a placeon his website because it is one of his least favorite destinations says volumes to me, and I agree that Ko Samet is a much better destination for your time and effort.
Still, if you decide to go to Pattaya, there are a few days trips out to some nearby islands that are worth a look (that is, if you are already in the area, not worth heading to Pattaya just to do). If you scuba, several companies also run scuba trips out of Pattaya, although the water and reefs there are nothing to shout about. You might also want to consider heading to Jomtien Beach instead of Pattaya proper. It's about 3 or 4 km south of Pattaya, but is much less crowded and definitely much less seedy.
Hope that helps. Regards.
skip pathaya.it´s not worth the effort. try koh si chang just off the port of sri racha. very close to b.k.k. but not touristy,water quality is´nt bad, you can rent a bungalow there. loads better than the pathaya-space oddity!
#4 wolfman has been a member since 31/5/2006. Posts: 80
Ditto everyone says.
Pattaya used to be a quaint fishing village in the early 70's. Now it is a major package tour/sex tour destination for foreigners, as well as a heavy-duty conference town for Thai businesses and government organizations. It is anything but quaint and quiet. It is also one of the few major towns in the country that I've seen on any coast where you can see the plume of air pollution above and around the town, without actually seeing the town.
Samet and Si Chang are far superior alternatives, and they aren't that much farther from Bangkok. Maybe another 60-90 minutes. Well worth it.
Thank you all very much for your information it is really appreciated.
I think we might be reviewing our itinerary to Pattaya.
So we will now put our heads back into our books and look up places on the web.
We are both in our late 40's so the seedy night life really isn't our thing, and as I said before,just a bit of down time before heading home is what we would like.
I just love this website it is so very helpful and not full of stupid and rediculous answers.
I'm sure I'll be on here again soon with more questions.
#6 Red has been a member since 22/5/2006. Posts: 46
You have probably received the best info you're likely to get with regards to island/beach/relax areas within a couple hours of Bangkok in this and your last post. If it's downtime you want, then you'll be hard-pressed to do better than Ko Samet, Cha-am (during the week, not on weekends), south of Hua Hin, or some of the places in between. You likely won't find what you're looking for in Pattaya.
I'll just add one more, though. If you're willing to add a couple more hours onto your travel time, you may want to head to Trat and then over to Ko Mak. I may be contradicted by someone on this, but I've been going there since '92 and it is one of the places that has changed the least of all the places I return to whenever I go back. The last time I was there was in '03/'04 and it was still, pretty much, the same (not 100% unchaged, but compared to Ko Chang it hadn't changed at all).
The boat trip there sets the mood. It's beautiful!!! You leave at 3:00 from Laem Ngop and arrive at sunset, sailing along the east side of Ko Chang and around a bunch of smaller islands. Totally relaxing. On the island there is little else to do except read, swim, eat, watch the sun go down, eat, swing in a hammock, eat and stargaze. There are no big beach hangouts. No beachside bars with blaring music that will keep you awake. There's a nice little temple with a very pleasant monk who likes candy and who keeps a stash of coconuts beneath the temple's sala in case he has visitors. Some rubber plantations. A couple of villages with lovely locals. Coconut plantations. 5 or 6 resorts. Pretty nice beaches. Gorgeous sunsets. You can leave Bangkok in the morning and be on the island by dinnertime. You can leave in the morning and be in Bangkok by dinnertime.
If you have to stay in Trat, that's cool, too. It's a great little provincial capital with a superb nightmarket and some really nice guest houses. I just find that the province of Trat is about as unhurried as you're going to find in Thailand. I love the place.
If you have 4 or 5 days it would be worth it. If you only have two or three, it may not be.