Pattaya - it is never a modest village on the shore of the Gulf of Thailand, whose inhabitants hunted fishing, at a certain point in a very short time become an international resort.

And the reason for that war, the war in Vietnam. In the late 60 early 70's, the US military based in Utapao, it is about an hour's drive from Pattaya. After fighting the Americans needed and Recreation. So they have chosen the coastal village. And if there is demand, that is, and offers began to appear bars and entertainment venues. The girls began to provide sexual services to soldiers, many come to this, even from neighboring countries. After the war, the number of Americans fell, but they were replaced by tourists from Europe. In connection with the increased number of tourists in Pattaya has become a rapidly developing infrastructure and in 1978 the Government of Thailand Pattaya awarded city status. The greatest impetus for the development of Pattaya received in 80-90 years, when here, along with the Americans began to arrive tourists from Europe, Russia, North Africa and the Arab countries.

Map of Pattaya
Map of Pattaya

Today, Pattaya is one of the most popular resorts in Asia, with an annual flow of tourists and travelers about half a million people. Here you will find accommodation, leisure and entertainment for all tastes and budgets. But still sometimes hear no very good reviews on holiday in Pattaya, they say the beach is dirty and noisy. Yes indeed the central beach of the town is dirty and entertainment locations can be noisy until the morning. But if you need a clean beach and quiet sleep, just do not have to settle in the city center and in the midst of bars and discos. And pick a place with a beach clean and quiet environment for this approach, such as Jomtien. Once again, in Pattaya, you can find rest for every taste, just need the right approach to the organization of the trip. The only thing that probably still do not expect it to seal leisure types of Turkish and Egyptian hotels with "all inclusive".
I visited Pattaya twice, nine days in 2008, and four days in 2011. Here you can see photos of my stay in Pattaya in 2011 before traveling to Cambodia.

Prices in Pattaya

Food: lunch at a cheap restaurant 100-150 baht, in a cafe - rice or noodles with pork - 45 baht, chicken soup large portion - 45 baht. Prices in shops - 50 baht a liter of milk, rice - 35 baht, eggs 12 pieces -59 baht, chicken -98 baht beer 0.5 - 55 baht. 
Housing prices: The average price of hotels in Thailand based on double occupancy with private facilities in the room about 1000 baht per day at 2-3 * accommodation options. The road to the beach will take about 10 minutes. The cost of renting an apartment in Thailand, an average of about 8,000 baht per month. My friend rented two-storey house in Pattaya, with a swimming pool a few houses for 50,000 baht per month.
Transport: the most democratic form of transport in Pattaya are the tuk tuk, the price depending on the distance from 10 baht and up, on average 15-20 baht. A taxi ride through the city on average 150-200 baht.

Pattaya travel

Pattaya was the beginning, intermediate and final point of our Asia trip. The route turned out such: Thailand (Pattaya) - Cambodia (Siem Reap) - Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne) - Thailand (Bangkok) - Pattaya - Thailand (Koh Chang) - Pattaya.
But all in order. Departure was from Domodedovo, flying Qatar Airways, which left a very good impression. Delicious food, alcohol four kinds of television in the back standing in front of the chair with headphones. Great choice of music and movies, including in Russian, and quite a lot of new ones. The flight was a seven hour connection in the airport of Doha, Qatar's capital. When we were preparing for the trip, I tried to learn as much information as possible. And on one of the forums I read that in the long dock in Doha, give free food coupons, which you can have lunch in the cafeteria airport. We can say, if not for my curiosity, it would have to pay three road for food and drink.
After landing in Doha, we decided to kill the first time walking on duty free and souvenir shop, and then go get food stamps and have dinner in the dining room. There was also an option to go to the vip lounge with internet access, a shower and a bed-floor seating, but we refused because of cost. It turned out that we have about 5 hours for two, if I remember correctly, you had to pay $ 200. we decided to go podkripitsya short, after wandering around the airport. But it turned out that finding a place of issuance of food stamps is not so simple. Naturally, we asked the staff - the girl working at the airport, but with my knowledge of English with a dictionary and zero knowledge of my wife explained that we had a problem. First, after a short explanation, yet the word food (food), I knew we were taken to the cafe, that is where you can eat for a fee. And when we said that we have to get food for free, it is generally thought that we are beggars. But eventually, with the help of a dictionary and a presentation of our tickets we have achieved the desired result. Below are photos from the place where you can get coupons for food at the presentation of the ticket and the actual room itself.

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Doha Airport, place of issuance of food stamps

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Dining in Doha airport.

How to get from Bangkok to Pattaya

And now, after twelve hours of travel, (to Moscow we went from Tula) we landed in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, approximately at 18.00. The weather was perfect, cool at all from winter to summer to fall immediately. Now, had independently reached from Bangkok to Pattaya. From Bangkok to Pattaya to get easier.

There are at least two ways.
1. On the bus, on the road about 2.5 - 3 hours. It costs about 100-150 baht.
2. Take a taxi on the road for two hours and did not have to wait for a departure time of the bus, but the price is ten times more than 1,000-1,500 baht.

Initially, when planning your trip we were going to travel by bus, taxi was in case you do not have time for the last bus. That information I read on the internet about the place of departure of buses to Pattaya is not handy, find a stop closer though and went in search of thirty minutes. In any case, it took a picture of the place, it is at the airport, and of course the schedule of buses from Bangkok airport to Pattaya.Pattaya

Place at the airport where they sell tickets for the bus to Pattaya.

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Bus schedule in Bangkok Airport - Pattaya.

While waiting for the departure went into the dining room, which by the way is very close to the ticketing site. The first exotic that we face - is the food in the dining room. Since I was in Thailand for the second time I was not particularly moved, but my wife has made a certain impression. But in the end, both were satisfied with the meal.
We went at 20 o'clock, where the 23 arrived in Pattaya, where visitors were waiting tuk-tuks. So even for the taxi to the hotel did not have to pay, and pay-Tuku Tuk 50 baht for two. Tuk-tuk stopped near the alley where there was our hotel, which we booked through the internet. The driver helped us unload luggage pointed out the direction where to go and said that three minutes to go, the way it happened. After a safe arrival at the reception we waited for a little surprise. It turned out that all the rooms are occupied. I became angry as well, not only the rooms booked and everything is already paid for! Young man with lipstick, or a transvestite, or just blue, began to calm us, we will provide a place in another hotel of their network. But the hotel did not want us to change, we do not just choose it. And it was called the manager. To come to a common consensus we failed, largely due to difficulties with the language. Then the manager said he would call a girl who speaks good Russian and we will solve this issue. While we were waiting at reception Taikoo Speaking in Russian, we met a girl from Moscow, who told us about her life is fun and that she has managed to try and boys and girls.
Eventually she came to speaking in Russian, we have moved to a more expensive hotel at no extra cost.
In the morning, we wake up rested and in good spirits. Well, how can wake up the people after the winter a warm ocean, coconut palms and smiling Thais and secretly. According to the plan we had to stay in Pattaya for 2 days, on the 3rd we had to go to Cambodia. During this time, we had time to relax, nakupatsya and sunbathe on the beach, as well as explore some of the sights of Pattaya. Too overload themselves significant objects did not want, still had the desire a little rest and relax, because there is still had 3 weeks of wandering. Yes, his wife was still a very important point of visiting the shopping centers. While we all decided to leave shopping lastly, but what woman can keep yourself from adventures through uncharted shopping. For two days we visited the Buddha hill, on the observation deck with a magnificent view of Pattaya, and of course a few shopping centers. In the morning we had the beach and in the afternoon adventures. Below are photos of two days.

Pattaya travel photos

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View of the Gulf of Thailand and Pattaya from the observation platform.

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The central beach in Pattaya, is considered not very clean. All the same, it is located in the city center. If you want to, that would be better to settle cleaner away from the center, for example in Jomtien.

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On the hill Big Buddha and a staircase to it. It is believed if the rise to make a wish and count the steps, and then count on the return trip and the number of matches, the wish will come true.

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And it is the largest Buddha

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Fat Buddha, considered him a coin if you get into the navel, then make a wish come true.

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Reclining Buddha

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Skinny Buddha. There is a Buddha on every day of the week.

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Big Buddha Hill is a tourist attraction in Pattaya, but for Thais themselves a place of worship.

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A small park on the hill Big Buddha.

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Supermarket Pattaya.

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Supermarkets in Pattaya also serve as an entertainment center.

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From the series I believe do not believe.

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Massage fish, cost 200 baht for 20 minutes.

The first destination of the route after two days in Pattaya, we have been to Cambodia. Mandatory item in the program were Angkor - a complex of ancient temples and water villages on Tonle Sap Lake. And further on the circumstances. Now it had to get to Cambodia. If there is knowledge of how to do it - it's not difficult.

 How to get to Cambodia from Pattaya

Here are three main ways to do it.

1. By Taxi - the easiest way and the most expensive.
2. Order transfer to the tour agency Pattaya. Price about 500 baht in 2011. The journey takes 3-4 hours. In my opinion this is the best way to: price, comfort, and the ongoing efforts. Minibus takes you directly from the hotel.
3. On the bus, which departs from the bus station on North Street (North Road) near Sukhumvit Road. Bus passes to Bangkok ticket price 250 Baht. Tickets can be purchased in advance. The bus drives up to the frontier with Cambodia Aranyaprathet town. Next on the tuk-tuk a few kilometers, the price for the tuk-tuk 100 Baht plus or minus.

We booked a transfer to the agency in which he worked Russian guy and he gave us the whole balance of how and where to go at the border. They traveled in a minibus four of us - we are an Englishman and a German. Later we will return to Pattaya twice. First time in Bangkok for a day. We took a shuttle to Koh Chang, and in the morning went to the island. And after Koh Chang held a succession two days before flying home.

The last two days in Pattaya

Pattaya was the end point of our twenty-three day journey. And frankly, even tired, but fatigue was a nice feeling. Because in many places visited, much for seeing and wife to purchase is not even slightly. Home brought nearly seventy kilograms of luggage. We had a such a culturally - entertaining shopping tour. On this last two days, we decided to dedicate the beach and in the evening Walking Street.

Walking street
Walking street

 Walking street - the world famous entertainment, consisting of bars, discos, restaurants and massage parlors. Due to the increased flow of Russian tour to Thailand and especially Pattaya Walking Street on a sufficient number of Russian opened a cafe, where there is Russian-speaking, and I sound domestic music. An integral part of the Walking Street is the sex industry services. Some even call out a kilometer debauchery. Here you can find a large selection of erotic massage parlors, prostitutes both girls and transvestites as well as gays, go-go show, as well as porn shows and the so-called X show. X show it when girls show different tricks with your intimate places. 

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Walking street

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Gay club in Pattaya on Walking street

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Prostitutes in Pattaya on Walking street

Here on one of these shows and we decided to go with his wife. How is it to go to Walking Street, and not to touch the sex trade. We had a choice to go to a porn show, where there is a real sex or X show. At the insistence of his wife went to see X show, although I had already seen on the first visit in Thailand.
Prices of different shows on Walking Street initially overstated at times. First we called the price was 1,000 baht, but we bargained for 200 baht per person or 300 baht, inclusive rum cola. As it turned out later give only one glass of rum cola. And then they brought me a glass of rum in which if there was, that it was less than the smaller. I asked him to be replaced. The waitress tried to taste agreed with me and brought a new, in which rum is not cheated. The hall where the show takes place is a not a large rectangular room, the walls are arranged sofas and in the center of the room a few small podium with a sixth, on which all the action takes place. At the beginning of the hall there is a bar. Video and photo shooting is strictly forbidden. Before starting the main show about six girls dancing topless. Frankly, some of them not so good. One of them even have a very amuse. Little chubby with a large round face, looked like the Teletubbies. and even drunk .. just wiped the floor mop in the hall, and then climbed into the mini bikini striptease dance. Such a drunken striptease dancing Teletubbies. I dance, and again took over the mop.
Well, in the end it came down to the show. Girls thrust into an intimate place of the blade, which then easily cut paper, "shoot" a banana from the vagina, and one of the spectators caught the banana in a glass. In general it was a paddle and interesting. For Pattaya is ordinary show, but tourists come here for the first time. to attend the show is worth it.
Generally the last two days we spent on the beach and in the evening walking around the city.

Conclusions: What about Pattaya, Pattaya is a resort town with a very good infrastructure. For tourists here is everything - there are various parks, rides, farm crocodiles and elephants, the entertainment industry as well as the usual sexual delivered in a big way.
On top of Pattaya it is conveniently located for visiting other places of interest in Thailand, including Bangkok and various islands, both as part of a tour group, and independently.
On the downside can be attributed not very clean beach in the center of Pattaya, but if you need a clean and beautiful beach, for example, you can settle in Jomtien, and the road to the center, where all the fun will take 15 minutes by tuk tuk.
At the same time Pattaya should not be taken as a "seal" rest which can be in Turkey and Egypt. Pattaya more for active people who do not attach much importance to all-inclusive and felting whole day on the beach, otherwise you may suffer disappointment.

 
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