Pattaya, Thailand



Pattaya Beach

Pattaya Beach is almost 4 km long, running along the city centre and bordered by Beach Road. The sandy beach here is narrow and jam-packed with recliners and umbrella. Due to its central location and proximity to a multitude of hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping centers and other outlets, Pattaya Beach is often crowded especially during the main tourist season (November-February).

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Pattaya Beach by Jeromecole

Hefty fines for littering and regular clean-ups keep the sand neat and tidy but the sea is not so clean. You can find better beaches in other parts of Thailand but this does not deter tourists from coming to Pattaya Beach. There are also the army of annoying hawkers (some are very persistent) on the beach offering anything and everything from food to massage, manicures, lottery tickets, tattoos, newspapers, gems, sunglasses, watches, souvenirs and handicrafts to name a few. Eventually you buy a very dark pair of sunglasses and after that you pretend to be asleep. Another problem is that traffic at Beach Road is so close to the beach.

Pattaya Beach during sunset by KayEss

Besides lounging under the sun and taking a dip into the sea (for those brave enough), Pattaya Beach offers plenty of water sports. There is certainly no lack of activities here such as parasailing, windsurfing, boating, canoeing and jet skiing. However, the waters here are not clear or clean for scuba diving or snorkelling. Avoid being under the sun around noon since sun gets blazing hot during this period of the day - you run the risk of getting a sunburn or even worst heat stroke. During this time, it is best to seek cooler (preferably air conditioned) comfort such as a restaurant, cafe or shopping mall.

The street south of Beach Road (Walking Street) becomes lively as the night sets in with people thronging here to experience the night life. Night time gets sleazy here with bars blaring loud music and young Thai girls entertaining customers at the go-go bars. Not the place for families and far some, just a passing through to satisfy the curiosity and people watching. Beware of scams here and sweet talking girls ready to empty your wallet - you'll end up regretting you ever did!

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