Although I have lived in Pattaya for the past 5-years, there was a time when I would come here on holiday, sometimes for a few weeks and other times just for a week. Coming to Pattaya for a week is great fun, but one thing I found is if you want to make the most from a week in the city, you really need to plan your itinerary because if you don’t, the 7-days often results into a drunken blur where nothing was really achieved aside from a sore head and a spot of acute amnesia.
Getting to Pattaya
Our time is limited, so we need to cut down on all the time consuming issues that arise from travelling. You have finally made it to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and need to get to Pattaya. Remember, time is against us. The balloon-surfing and cheap Charlie fraternity would at this point catch a bus to Ekamai Bus Station in Bangkok city and board a bus to Pattaya for just 150 THB. However, we are here to make the most of our week, so catching a taxi will already cut down your travelling time by a couple of hours.
When you are waiting in the taxi queue, ask around to see if anybody else is going to Pattaya, especially if they are at the front of the queue. This will cut down your taxi fare by half.
Do you have a hotel booked?
Like I said earlier, it’s all about planning. Make sure you book your hotel room in advance, which will make things much simpler when you arrive. It’s not difficult to find a hotel in Pattaya on the run, but you don’t want to be trawling across the city with your bags in hand like some kind of vagabond or newbie waiting to be fleeced now do you? Make sure you book your hotel in advance to cut down on time.
Tackling your first night in the city
It’s only natural that the moment you arrive that you want to get out into the neon-lit evening to hit the beers and party. You only have a week in the city, and jet-lag can be a real party-pooper. If you go mad on the first night, it might take 2 or 3 days to recover properly, so we would advise that first night you take it easy. Have something nice and healthy to eat, a couple of beers and then go to bed at a semi-decent time around midnight, or it could have a severe impact on your week in the city. There will be plenty of time to hit the bars over the course of a week. Patience is a virtue my son.
Things to try when you are here:
Now we have actually gotten to Pattaya in one piece and managed to survive our first night without any infractions with the tourist police or without being accosted by ladyboys, we can get on with our mission: to see and experience the best Pattaya has to offer in a single week.
In the daytime you could sample the temples such as the Sanctuary of Truth in Naklua, do some shopping on the beach road markets, find some local handicrafts at Pattaya Floating Market or shop for brand names at Central Festival Shopping Mall. If you love the beach, we would recommend you go over to Jomtien Beach, which is nice and uncluttered stretch of sand. If you are an animal or theme park lover, Siracha Tiger Zoo, Million Year Stone Park and Crocodile Farm, Khao Kheow Open Zoo and Nong Nooch Gardens are great choices.
Pattaya is home to some fantastic golf courses, with over 20 in a 45-minute drive of the city. If you are the more adventurous kind, you could sample go-karting, paintballing and even visit the local shooting range.
There are many excursions out to Koh Larn and other outlaying islands that you could take advantage of during the day, all of which you can book at any tour kiosk in the city.
In the evening, you need to check out the go-go and beer bars on Walking Street, dine in one of the city’s finest restaurants or even visit a show at Alangkarn Theater.
There is so much to see and do in Pattaya, both day and night. But if you are here for just one week, you need to organize your time and plan beforehand the things you want to see and do. If you don’t plan your week in Pattaya, you will amble aimlessly throughout the city like I did in my first holiday in Pattaya, where I achieved absolutely nothing.