For a beach resort, it’s probably fair to say that the main beach at Pattaya isn’t up there with the best on offer in South-East Asia. For those who aren’t bothered about swimming in the sea though, there’s plenty of shaded sun loungers where you can enjoy a drink.

All the major chains seem to be represented along Pattaya promenade. There’s an enormous Hilton Hotel, a Hard Rock Cafe and a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! The exclamation mark is part of the name rather than me exclaiming that point by the way. I’m not entirely sure what a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! is but most of the mainstream tourist hot spots seem to have one and is probably the kind of thing that is attempting to turn Pattaya into a family friendly destination. Also nearby is one of the strangest named shopping malls I’ve seen, Mike Shopping Mall. While there’s nowt wrong with the name Mike, it doesn’t exactly sound like much of a shopping centre.

Pattaya beach
Pattaya Hilton
Pattaya prom