New Year on the beach

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New Year, mainly to get away from their snowbound cities. And they aren’t disappointed — Pattaya offers a few of the most beautiful beaches the world has ever seen. Pattaya is also known for its excellent nightlife, thanks to an array of clubs and bars that cater to anyone looking to have fun! Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country and follows the Buddhist calendar. Nevertheless, Thais, like those in Pattaya, attach a great significance to the international New Year. For the locals, it is usually a time for merriment with good reason. Well, for starters, employers would usually dig deep into their pockets and present employees with so-called bonuses — which means an extra month’s income or more. In Thailand, New Year’s is a time to be generous. People of all ages would hit popular places in town on New Year’s Eve.

p3Bars and nightclubs spillover with revelers, all out to have a jolly good time. Until the wee hours of the first day of the new year, the music, dancing and drinking continues. It is also the time when police turn a blind eye on places of entertainment operating beyond the stipulated closing times, and become more tolerant of drunken revelers. This is not to suggest though, that violence will be tolerated, too.

p2Even in a cosmopolitan atmosphere like Pattaya, New Year is a time to also get together with family members and cherish joy and love among one another. Among locals, it is customary to call on close relatives and exchange greetings and wish them good health and fortune. The occasion is just as significant to children. It is the time when visiting relatives present the youngsters with what’s considered “lucky money”. Depending on the affluence of the relative, the tiny envelope contains a sum of money for the kids to buy things they like with. On New Year’s Eve, practically all the major hotels will hold a gala dinner/dance with special shows and fireworks. Tickets for these events are for sale early on and guest from in and out of the hotel can attend.

But New Year parties are not confined to hotels, but also at clubs, restaurant and bars. But watching the whole city erupt with joy could be a more laidback way to celebrate to usher in 2018.

H a p p y N e w Y e a r !

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The Beach Road

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Most visitors to Pattaya meet on Beach Road, the city’s most popular thoroughfare. Running parallel to the city’s main beach, the road starts at the Pattaya North Traffic circle (roundabout) and goes south all the way to Walking Street. Three beaches can be reached from Beach Road. The North Beach or Pattaya Neu is the least crowded of the three and the most peaceful. It starts from the roundabout to the north.

North Beach has some of the best open-air seafood restaurants found right on the sandy beach. The Middle or Central Pattaya beach is the busiest and the most crowded at any time of the day or night. Just a bit off North Beach, passing the Golden Mermaid and Dolphin statues, this is also where shopping malls, boutique shops, bars and restaurants, hotels are cramped together, competing for space. On the beach itself are clusters of deck chairs with colorful umbrellas that can be rented for a few baht a day.

There’s a wide array of foods to choose from, available at the flick of a finger, thanks to those ubiquitous ambulant vendors who sell everything from coco juice to roasted pork and amulets. The South Pattaya beach has a totally different character from the North and Central beaches. There is no beach area here to speak of. The whole beach is occupied by business establishments. Here, the real fun and excitement starts at 7 p.m. when the street is closed to vehicular traffic and transforms itself into what everybody calls the Walking Street. Most of the city’s songtheaw (blue pickup truck) public transport vehicles ply the Beach Road. One can travel the whole length of the road for a measly ten or 20 baht. Apart from the beach chair, everything else can be rented at the beach, including water sports facilities, like parasails, banana boats and jet skis. Massage service is also available at the beach.

 

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B a n g s a e n A worthwhile weekend retreat

 

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There are few places in the world that offer an amazing variety of sights and sounds such as Thailand. Fresh discoveries will surely surprise and delight every visitor. That’s because the country is a virtual dream holiday destination overflowing with culinary and cultural delights, festivals and feasts, islands and beaches.

One beach not too far from Pattaya is Bangsaen in the province of Chonburi. Primarily visited by locals, it used to be a mere fishing village but is now a bustling town ideal for that quick weekend or weekday trip. Upon arrival, simply rent a canvass chair and soak in the fun and sun. If the heat gets a bit too punishing for the skin, there are huge umbrellas that can also be rented. Food vendors who gather near the shore sell Thai food and snacks. In the center of town is Ang Sila, a food market known for fresh fish, squid, crabs and other shellfish unloaded daily by trawlers plying the waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

 

Another market worth a visit is Nong Mon where the best dried seafood and sweets made from coconuts are sold as well as fresh and preserved fruits. Between Ang Sila and Bangsaen beach is Sammuk Hill. A winding road leads to the top where monkeys live in their natural habitat. Just the right place to take some photos. At the end of Bangsaen is Laem Ta, a cape with a concrete walkway and a new pavilion where visitors will be treated to a spectacular sunset view. Children will surely be interested to explore Srinakarinwirot University’s marine aquarium that houses practically every form of marine life in the country. Accommodation is easy, with numerous hotels, resorts and budget inns located close to the beach. Just look for one that will suit your budget. Getting there: Bangsaen is only 14 kilometers from Chonburi town. From Sukhumvit Road, traffic to Bangsaen branches off to the right at kilometer 104.

 

Cosmetic Surgery Things you should know before going under the knife

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It is said that the lines on the forehead and the wrinkles on the skin are the most visible indicators of our true age. In the past, it was just Hollywood stars that restored to the number of ways to ensure long lasting beauty, or at least slow down the aging process, but only after spending huge sums.

Today, however, anyone can age gracefully and retain that young look without really spending a fortune. While the ultimate fountain of youth has yet to be discovered, there are a number of ways to partially address one’s worries of getting old, like applying moisturizing herbal creams on the face and forehead; undergoing skin therapy; experiencing spa treatments; and going on a special diet. And while their actual effects remain debatable, many people do not hesitate to at least try them because of the desire to look and feel younger.

p2Another way would be to go under the knife. Since human has always sought self-fulfillment through self-improvement, plastic surgery may be considered one of the world’s oldest healing methods. Based on written record, plastic surgery as a medical treatment for facial injuries was first utilized more than 4,000 years ago in the Orient. In fact, doctors in ancient India were using skin grafts for reconstructive work as early as 800 B.C. However, progress in plastic surgery was slow for hundreds of years.

In Europe and the US, plastic surgery only took on a sense of urgency after World War I, after many soldiers suffered severe facial wounds and burns due to the use of chemical weapons. Here in Thailand, a newly conceptualized tourism package targets a specific group, mostly the elderly and retirees. Known as medical tourism, it offers a stay at spa or resort where the guest can avail of a number of health treatments, like aromatherapy and Ayurvedic massage.

p3The same package may also include minor surgery, like the removal of easy bags and nose lift plus a liposuction. No longer is the cost of plastic surgery that prohibitive in the country, since even foreigners come over for major operations. Many hospitals have established special departments staffed by specialists who can speak several languages to meet the needs of patients wanting to undergo plastic surgery. There are also a number of clinics that specialize in cosmetic surgery for a fraction of the in Europe or US. For those contemplating anything from breast augmentation to a total makeover, it is important to think over so that once the progress has been done there will be no regrets.

 

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Charming of River Culture and Thainess at Pattaya Floating Market

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If you are looking for a cultural attraction to spend your leisure time with your friend, family and loved ones under Thai ancient riverside living community and atmosphere that you can be truly relaxed, Pattaya Floating Market is the right answer for you. The market itself covers an area of more than 62 rai (100,000 square meters) and is beautifully established & decorated in ancient riverside living community before being upgraded into cultural attraction which is able to attract both domestic and international tourists. Tourists can enjoy at the first step walking through the entrance with 5 star service from well-trained staff before entering inside through and around the market having great time shopping, from local handmade to national famous & fashionable products, enjoy tasting freshly cooked Thai food by boat vendors. These truly are ancient way of lives of Thai people back in 200 years ago.

Apart from sightseeing and shopping, adventurous activities such as sky walker sling adventure Flying across huge lake by hanging on a 300 meter long sling-cable or riding on electric bug-like shaped to survey the area is recommended. Kid’s recommendation, Thai Haunted Mansion is ready to haunt and make them scream out loud. Inside the mansion, kids can experience how haunted Thai ghost are. Another highlight for all ages tourists is a newly launched “Amphibious Boat Excursion” to amaze everyone with its dual moving ability on the road like a car and floating on water moving like a boat ‘Amazing, isn’t it?’. This amphibious trip will take you through and around the beautiful market itself and land-scenery around the whole area. Of course, it’s truly amazing travel experience to bring home.

A trip up the Buddha Hill

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The Buddha Hill is a popular landmark in South Pattaya. From here, you can have a good panoramic view of the city – be it night or day. Right on the hill is a huge gold Buddha statue, towering about 300 feet above sea level.

This image was built by hand using tons of concrete and took over a year to complete. Even the wooden spindles supporting the side handrail were hollowed and filled with cement. The steps leading to the summit are flanked by two huge seven-headed golden nagas. Nagas are sacred mythical dragon-like creatures that often adorn the balustrades of temple causeways and platforms. Also within the complex is a beautiful Chinese-style sacred area dedicated to Confucius and Laotse.

The hill is easily accessible as it is just an 8-10 minute drive from Jomtien and Pattaya Beach, on normal traffic conditions. If you don’t have your own transport, it is better to hire a motorcycle (if you know how to drive one) as taxis are not very common in Pattaya. A large group can bargain with a songtaew (baht bus) for a trip uphill.

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Amazing Underwater World

p5Touted as Asia’s largest and most modern ocean aquarium, Underwater World Pattaya is sure to delight anyone who visits this 100-meter long, 6.4-centimeter thick acrylic pedestrian tunnel filled with hundreds of fascinating and wonderful sea creatures. Get a glimpse of your favorite sea animal in motion and more, including the rare shovelnose ray, a hybrid between a shark and a stingray.

Located just 200 meters south of Tesco Lotus in South Pattaya, this 12-Rai theme park is neatly packed in a structure similar to a large circus tent. “This enables the place to have natural light that nurtures the algae The aquarium houses more than 4,000 marine animals, comprising more than 200 different species from the region as well as some rare creatures from overseas,” explained David Hong, general manager and project investor.

p4Your Underwater World journey begins at the shallow “Touch Pool” area where visitors can see and interact with live marine animals like sharks, stingrays, turtles, starfishes, seahorses, different fish, seaweeds, corals in multitude colors, small creatures, among other species. Visitors will then proceed down to the state-of-the-art acrylic underwater tunnel which is divided into three zones. The first part is themed “Reef Zone” featuring coral reef. Next is “Sharks and Rays Zone” showcasing sharks, stingrays p3and other creatures from the deepest part of the sea. The last is the “Shipwrecks Zone” showcasing various kinds of edible fish. Get lost and enthralled with these amazing sea creatures which can only be seen at Underwater World Pattaya but don’t forget to flash that smile when you get your souvenir photos.

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