Life’s a Beach! – Pattaya | Thailand

Life's a Beach!

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.

Life's a Beach!

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.

Life's a Beach!

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.

Life's a Beach!

Ethan on the other hand – just plunge right in. He didn’t even wait to get change into his swimming gear! lol!

Life's a Beach!


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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If you like this post, then you sure to love this:

Grandma’s Fruits Farm | Thailand &

A Visit to the Heaven Part of Wat Phai Rong Wua, Suphan Buri | Thailand


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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. 22/04/2016 / 9:43 am

    It look great and I could certainly use a foot massage. We spent quite a bit if time travelling through Thailand in our youth before having kids but we never made it to Pattaya. It’s certainly somewhere we’ll look to check out when we finally return. You’re right, the reputation of a place often often does dissuade people from visiting, but sometime you just need to explore the region for yourself to make up your own mind.

  2. 22/04/2016 / 10:03 am

    Looks like a lovely beach, nice clean sand, perfect for building sand castles. Big Robot loved the beach, he was 3 the first time we went. Little Robot wasn’t sure, he was 1 the first time. We went last year too, Little Robot had just turned 4 and didn’t remember the beach so again he wasn’t sure but within five minutes he had his shoes off and was paddling in the sea! #FabFridayPost

  3. 22/04/2016 / 10:07 am

    Hello! This looks amazing, I’ve just come back from Fuerteventura and even there you could get Thai messages on the beach!
    I’ve never got to Thailand, but the beaches always look such bliss and amazing colours everywhere. Thanks again for hosting this amazing linky! And have a super duper weekend! #FabFridayPost

  4. 22/04/2016 / 10:37 am

    Love seeing all your snaps from your trip in Thailand, makes me want to go back, mind you a holiday anywhere would be amazing but I did love Thailand and the beaches, although some days I couldn’t handle the heat and had to wallow in a pool like a hippo to keep cool.

    Not been to Pattaya but hopefully one day we can go back and explore Thailand a little bit more.


  5. 22/04/2016 / 11:33 am

    Wow! Just wow! I remember the Tubblet was very uncertain about the sand and sea when she first saw it, then she ran straight in. As we were in Florida and the water was warm, she stayed. My first sea experience was in the UK – freezing water that you had to brace yourself to enter a bit at a time

  6. 22/04/2016 / 1:47 pm

    I really wish I was brave enough to take my little ones on such a long trip! It looks absolutely amazing and I really wish I was there. We are very luck to leave 2 sec from the beach but the atlantic is freezing cold! #FabFridayPost

  7. 22/04/2016 / 2:41 pm

    It looks like you are all having an amazing time in Thailand. The beach looks so relaxing and that foot massage….. £6! Wow. I could really use one of them lol


  8. Kerry-Ann
    22/04/2016 / 3:53 pm

    Thailand would definitely be one country I would love to visit…one day I will get there. We live quite close to the seaside and we have quite good, sandy beaches where we are…the only thing to put us off is the weather, lol. Thanks for sharing, x #FabFridayPosts

  9. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
    22/04/2016 / 6:02 pm

    That’s what I miss in Phils., good massage which is cheap… the last time we were there, me and my husband took advantage of it and got massage regularly. Reimer first encounter with sandy beach was also in Phils. and yes he was hesitant to put his feet down, but he did eventually got the hang of it and enjoyed splashing in the water. Lovely place Su, have not been to Pattaya, but I’ve heard it’s one great place to visit. #FabFridayPost

  10. 23/04/2016 / 7:21 pm

    wow, a foot massage on the beach. I think that is my idea of heaven. We build sandcastles in our local park in London, you certainly can’t get a foot massage there. #FabFridayPost

  11. 23/04/2016 / 8:27 pm

    At first, Big despised the sand—making the beach trip virtually impossible. Now she loves it, and luckily Little follows with a love of the beach too. Thanks for hosting #FabFridayPost Su!

  12. 25/04/2016 / 12:15 am

    Oh I can’t wait to go to the beach. We have a 2 week trip planned in June and it can’t get here soon enough! Thanks again for hostessing the fabulous #FabFridayPost!

  13. 25/04/2016 / 11:15 pm

    Looks like a fun time! My two toddlers are obsessed with beaches now, but both were unsure to start with, particularly about the feel of sand! #fabfridayposts

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