Pattaya: Suay Laaw
The city was only a minor fishing spot for the native until the 60’s. Then the infamous Vietnam War brought American soldiers here to relax and to rejoice. This is the story of hottest pleasure center of the world being formed in the quaint city of Pattaya.
An attraction to over 4 million visitors a year and the holding of Asia’s largest beachfront shopping mall, boosting of the Central Festival Pattaya Beach Mall complimented with Hilton hotel. All of this on beach road in Central.
From one of the world’s most renowned party & nightlife destinations Pattaya City is craze among all. Although it is trying hard to shed its current image and sell its packages as family oriented. To get into the fun and entertainment of Pattaya get in through air at: Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) which is 110 km from Pattaya. The time is not an issue as the 80-120 minute drive to the main city will be eventful and hearty. Also the Don Muang Airport (DMK) which handles AirAsia, Nok Air, One-Two-GO, PB Air, and most Thai Airways domestic flights is a good alternative but add up 40 km of travelling which I am sure will be over in a jiffy for all the excitement that you would have built up. And if you are coming from somewhere local, good options are Buses, Trains, Passenger mini buses which are cheap and keeps you grounded.
Now since you have arrived at your destination there are some things that will catch your attention. First is the 3 Km long Pattaya beach at the central heart of the city. Bustling with life and catering to the crowd of numerous it is a glorious as it can be. Then you have Wong Phrachan Beach, situated on the Northern part. The northern end of Pattaya Bay is occupied by Wong Amat Beach. Naklua Beach, to the far north, is the main strip, with the smaller Crescent Moon Beach and then Palm Beach further south.
This is just the starting. For main course we have numerous sacred places like Ban Sukhawadee, Buddha Hill, Chaloemphrakiat Park, Sanctuary of truth and more. For culture lovers the offerings are museums and galleries namely Liam’s gallery, Ripley’s believe it or not. Fun lovers can chose Theme parks like Mini Sam, Nong Nooch tropical garden, Three Kingdoms theme park and Zoos like underwater park and Elephant Village.
Royalties can be shaken by a round of wineries and surely taste the best of drinks on the region. Suggestion is to go crazy as nothing less will do. Bowling at O.D.’s, paint ballgame at Paintball Park, Go kart at Pattaya Kart Speedway, shooting at Tiffany’s shooting range, gaming at Video gaming parlor. The exquisiteness of a cabaret show in its naked form id galore at Alcazar Cabaret or the evergreen Tiffany’s show.
The market place id bristling with shops and vendors trying to sell you all sorts of things. You might just find more than few native inventions impressing you. The road side vendors to the vendors at the beach to the shops inside the mall to the shops outside the mall you must not forget to bargain.
There are plenty still to offer by the amazing city which is most appreciatively experienced by oneself. Advice is to go bonkers, go explore, go feel, go crazy, go all-in, go splurge but after all is said and done come back because that is the hardest part still. It is beautiful – Suay, very beautiful – Laaw.