Let’s start off with a foot massage. My feet have been killing me since I was in the UK. One of the MUST thing to do in Thailand is to have a massage. Be it – if you go to a proper massage parlour then you’ll be sure be spoilt for choice. Here, for just 300 Baht (£6), I’ve got an half hour full feet and legs massage. It has got to be THE best 300 Baht have ever spent! And I have to say – don’t you love her sense of style – look at that fab red chilli earrings on her ears! Absolutely Fabulous!
We start the day off early trying to avoid the full heat at mid-day. At around 9:30am – Pattaya beach was already full of Chinese tourists – lounging around on their beach chairs tucked under cover away from the sun.
As it is only two hours drive away from Bangkok, Pattaya beach is a very popular tourist destination – very commercialised. It is home to a huge number of speedboats, parasails and jet skis, as well as diving boats and floating restaurants. The best eating and the best partying is in the the main part of the sprawling conurbation now known as ‘Greater Pattaya’. Between Pattaya North (Pattaya Nua) and Pattaya South (Pattaya Tai), there is a wealth of experiences to enjoy, ensuring that you will never be bored.
There are many private beaches within Pattaya North Hotels and I would recommend that for family who can afford that little bit extra. I think it is worth it as I have been there in the past. This time, we stayed at the Imperial Pattaya Hotel, Greater Pattaya – where it is still expensive but a little more affordable for us.
Since all the chairs have been occupied with the Chinese tourists – we decided to laid out towel onto the beach under a palm tree. We kept getting looks from the Chinese tourists – thinking that we are totally mad.
There were many beach vendors walking around – food, rubber rings, swimming customs, massagers, drinks, etc. It was pretty much constant.
It was Evelyn first time on a sandy beach, (she has been to a beach before – but it was the rocky Isle of Wright – and she was only 10 months.) She wasn’t quite too sure what to make of it. She kept clinging onto Daddy one moment; and another moment she decided it was enough and kept running back to me for a sip of drink; then ran back to Daddy for some more sea splash.
Ethan on the other hand – just plunge right in. He didn’t even wait to get change into his swimming gear! lol!
Soon Evelyn decide to build her own castle and Ethan did the same. Unfortunately, I have no photos of this as they were taken by my mobile phone. The photos here are from my Nikon D80 camera. My hTc mobile phone was accidentally dropped into the Turtle Temple pond by my beautiful son during our visited a couple of days later.
All-in-all, Pattaya is a great place for a short getaway from Bangkok. We went for a weekend and there were plenty of attractions to explore. Because we were a little tight on the time scale, we managed to visit the 3D Gallery; The Sheep Farm; a little dinning out with my brother’s family; and of-course the hotel’s swimming pool. I will tell you all about this in details on another posts.
Needless to say, the sex industry certainly exists here, and you do see old white men with young Thai females. But you can avoid all this less family friendly parts altogether. Where we are staying – there seem to be more Chinese Tourists than Farangs (foreigners), and it is fine. It is far more in your face in Patpong in Bangkok.
So come, or don’t come, but don’t let its reputation dissuade you.
Did you remember how your little one reacted when they first went to the beach? Were they a little two minds like my Evelyn? Or did they just go for it like my Ethan? Where did you go?
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