Of the many popular tourist hotspots in Thailand, Pattaya is up there with the best; sitting on the Golf of Thailand, Pattaya has long been a firm favourite with foreign and local tourists. There is so much to see and do in the beautiful province of Chonburi and if that is your holiday destination this year, here are a few tips.
- Car rental – We recommend that you rent a car for the duration of your stay in Pattaya; if you have a driving licence in your home country, this allows you to drive for up to 90 days, after which you need a Thai licence. Renting enables you to visit the many out-of-the-way attractions that can be found outside of the built-up areas on Pattaya and rated are very affordable. If you are from the UK, drive on the same side, but for Americans and Europeans, it’s the opposite.
- Make good use of the Internet – You can plan all your day trips by searching the web for attractions that are not on the tourist track; you can even book your tickets via the venue’s website. For the best deals, check out https://www.royalwingsuites.com/, where you can live like a millionaire and spend your downtime in a relaxing ambience.
- Avoid the rainy season – From June to the end of October is the monsoon season in central Thailand, while the Thai summer (April/May/June) sees 45C temperatures and is very humid. If you book a stay at a luxury resort, you have a/c to cool your down. Of course, it doesn’t rain all the time; an hour and then the sun dries everything out, leaving lush vegetation.
- Learn some basic Thai words & phrases – This can actually save you money, as local vendors are reluctant to overprice foreigners who have been in Thailand for a while. Learning the numbers helps when buying souvenirs and if you can order food and drinks in Thai, that will make things easier.
- Watch out for the mozzies – Early mornings and dusk are the times when the zillions of mozzies are on the hunt; we recommend a spray that you rub into the skin, which lasts a couple of hours. It isn’t so much Malaria, but rather Dengue Fever, which is definitely no fun! For some reason, mosquitoes are attracted to expat blood!
Once you have made your reservation at a 5-star resort, you can start packing for what should be the holiday-of-a-lifetime in sunny Pattaya.