Pattaya, Thailand – A Good Family Vacation Destination?

This question is being asked often by Parents who consider visiting Pattaya with their children but they are unsure because of Pattaya’s reputation. Such names as Extreme City, Sin City and others come to mind that might scare parents.

Over the past years the type of tourists visiting Pattaya has changed. Many Russian tourists and eastern Europeans are part of the landscape of visitors now. Pattaya is not only a destination for single men from around the world anymore. Russian couples and families are a large part of the tourism scene.

Pattaya has been known for over four decades for its vibrant and wild nightlife and there is no doubt that Pattaya will always make most of its revenue from the nightlife entertainment areas.

Pattaya’s Nightlife and adult entertainment centers are found mostly in Walking Street and between Pattaya Beach Road to second Road. Many bars can be found on third road as well. There are other ‘pockets’ of nightlife and adult entertainment in some areas of Naklua and Jomtien but by far not as widespread and raunchy.

Jomtien offers a great destination for families and the further east on Jomtien Beach the quieter the beach is and there are hardly any bars. There are wonderful hotels and resorts which are very family friendly and offer everything you can ask for. Water sports like jet skis, windsurfing, parasailing and any water sport you can imagine is available here.

Pattaya has a famous Tiger Zoo, a crocodile farm, the sanctuary of truth, mini Siam, Ripley’s Believe or not and the Pattaya water park just to mention a few things to do in and around Pattaya.

Pattaya’s convenient location from the International Bangkok Airport makes Pattaya a great vacation destination. Only about 1 1/2 hours by taxi or bus.

Pattaya offers a culinary feast for everyone and every taste. International Restaurants mixed with local Thai food stalls and restaurants offer just about any kind of food you can imagine.

Transportation is available at any time of the day or night. A baht bus (mini bus) from Jomtien to Pattaya costs 10 Baht per person. A car can be rented starting from 500 Baht a day. A scooter can be rented starting at 150 Baht a day.

The unrests in Bangkok kept many tourists from visiting Thailand this year ‘2008’. As unfortunate as it is for many businesses it is a great time to visit because there are a lot less tourists this year. Some newspapers report a 20-30 % drop in tourism and rising.

Unfortunate for businesses but it sure is nice because Pattaya will not be crowded this high season.

It’s a perfect time to visit Pattaya, Thailand.

Source by Harri Brent

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