Tag: walking street
I didn’t know what I was in for with Pattaya… words describing it that I had heard from other travellers included: crazy, ridiculous, seedy, disgusting, not-to-missed, and fun.
And… well, holy shit, what a crazy place! Sorry for cursing, but it truly was all those words described, one of the party places on the planet. If you think Vegas or Amsterdam or Ibiza or whatever is crazy, well then you haven’t travelled far enough! Put Pattaya on your to-do list.
For me, there was no better place to welcome in the year 2012 the following night………………
Located 145km from Bangkok, the trip is easily taken by bus or van that leave hourly, we actually took one straight from the airport. Pattaya itself has some decent beaches, not as nice as the ones in Phuket, Phangan and Samui, but certainly a step up from home. The city itself is located mainly around Pattaya Bay, divided into two parts by Pratumnak Hill (where the Wat Khao Phra Bat temple is located; pics to follow), north of which is Pattaya proper and to the south Jomtien. Jomtien is where we spent our days, lounging on the more family-friendly beaches, away from the mayhem that is Pattaya proper. Our hotel was also located about a 10min motorbike ride from the center, which was definitely a smart move.
Pattaya. Allegedly the second most visited city in Thailand (after Bangkok), it is a hotspot for Bankokians seeking a weekend retreat from the big city. It is mostly known for being bananas. The Walking Street is, as the name should suggest, is a walking street literally littered with ALL KINDS of bars (some had mini boxing rings inside, where you can watch or join kickboxing fights), clubs, gogo bars, massage parlors and some restaurants. It is a complete sensory overload. No pictures can do it any justice, especially if ‘no photography’ signs adorn pretty much every establishment. And for good reason.