Pattaya may have a sleazy reputation and many tourists associate the city with sex tourism, thanks to a great number of go-go bars and easy availability of women “escorts.” However, there’s more to Pattaya than the superficial reputation that it has. It offers more, even for the family holiday makers. Today’s Pattaya offers varied experiences to a traveler. Pattaya was fated to be a resort city. First and foremost, its advantage derives from its being a seaside city, and we all know that the sea – and, its follows, the beach – is always an attraction for those seeking to escape the humdrum of office-home routine and big-city life. Pattaya’s proximity to Bangkok makes it an ideal weekend getaway.
The city itself is not big, that is, if you think of a big city in the league of a megalopolis, and so it exudes a casual, indeed resort-like quality. This is evident in the city’s many open, bistro-style eateries that are perfect settings for early-morning, leisurely breakfasts cum newspaper reading. Breakfast by the beach or in one of the restaurants lining the city’s seaside boulevard in Jomtien Beach is another defining moment.
You have a choice of renting a reclining seat right on the beach and ordering food from local vendors or eating in one of the many restaurants just across from the beach. Eating in the restaurant may not give you a view of the sea but instead of a sea of beach umbrellas, but still you get the feel of eating by the seaside, a feeling that is out of the ordinary. The Jomtien Beach itself is something to explore or just laze around, a more relaxing alternative to the busier Pattaya Beach in the northern part.
This charismatic area can be as peaceful as crowded. You may just sit in the beach and engage in people-watching, read a book or watch sea activities from wind-sailing to parasailing, and so on, if you’re not yourself doing any of these sea sports. If you’re after the actual fun, you can rent a jetski for about Bt700 per half hour. A banana boat rents for about Bt1,500 for 30 minutes (a banana boat can be shared by four persons). Rent rates may vary, depending on the season.