I just got back from a lovely weekend trip to Pattaya, which is about two hours away from Bangkok by car. I had always written off Pattaya as a holiday destination because of its rather seedy reputation, but to my surprise I had a great time.
I stayed at the Hilton Pattaya, which has the most amazing view over Pattaya Bay. The hotel is located on top of a shopping center called Central Festival Pattaya, which is just like most of the Central malls in Bangkok. It’s great – really convenient since you can stay and dine in the hotel and shop and watch movies at the mall below.
Here’s the view from the room:
Isn’t it gorgeous? There’s also a jacuzzi on the terrace, which I never used because the daytime temperature is so hot. I booked the hotel from Guest Friendly Hotels in Pattaya, which lists all of the good hotels in Pattaya for couples by area. The Hilton is a little bit expensive, but it’s worth it for a nice weekend. Overall, hotels in Pattaya are slightly cheaper than Bangkok and in my experience, the rooms feel ever so slightly more spacious. Maybe it’s just the sea view!
Anyway, one of the best things about Pattaya is the dining. I always thought Pattaya was just full of bars, but it actually has some of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to in Thailand. I especially loved Casa Pascal, which is on 2nd road. Great food and a nice atmosphere.
Looking forward to returning again soon…