Saturday, August 23, 2008

After-Dark in Pattaya City.
Pattaya news updating.

After-dark,became to Pattaya City the options include open-air bars,nightclubs,cabaret shows and discos have opened.The nightlife centre is South Pattaya,popularly known as"The Strip" ,but if this is a trifle brash and noisy for some tastes,there are alternative,quieter spots for evening fun in more relaxed style.Shopping too,can be an evening attraction.Most establishments close late,and the dedicated bargain hunter can find all of Thailand's best buys-silk,gems and jewellery,tailor-made clothing,handicrafts and more.
Pattaya boasts an incredible choise of accommodation to suit every pocket.Facilities range from luxury hotels with private beaches to bayside hotes and bungalows,and inland,economy class hotes and guest houses.
Getting There:
For getting around the main bay area,the minibuses and baht buses charge a flat fare of Bt10.The run to naklua is also Bt10,and to Jomtien Bt30.Drivers usually ask for Bt40 to travel up the hill to the Royal Cliff Beach Resort hire will cost you between Bt150 and Bt700 a day,depending on size.Be very confident of your ability to handle the bigger bikes,including your skills in taking swift evasive action.Wear a crash helment.A jeep from a beachside vendor is about Bt1000 a day.Check that you have enough gasoline in the tank to get yourself to the nearest filling station,and satisfy yourself the brakes are shrap.You will not be asked to show your driving licence,but most of these beachside hire places will ask that you deposit your passport with them.Ask where going to keep it,because it maysimply be placed in the attendant's pocket or shoulder bag and travel around with him.Bicycles can be hired from beachside vendors at Bt100 a day,or Bt20 an hour.If you prefer to drive reputable vehicles with full insurance cover,and it is strongly advised,Pattaya has a choice of car rental companies.The leading name is Budget Car and Truck Rental in North Pattaya Thip plaza (pattaya soi.10 & soi.11).In addition to international standards of service,this company will also offer you special deal,tour ideas,maps and other attractions to make your stay easier.If you prefer not to self drive then Image 5 star Taxi Company offers 1 way/return trips throughout Pattaya or hour by hour hire.They will pickup at your hotel or condo with their door to door service.
Pattaya has three seasons:November to february,when it's hot;March to May,when it's hot and humid;and June to October,when it's hot and wet.
Dress as lightly as possible.Because of the heat and humidity,man-made fibres are not recommended.Pack some cool cottons,and if you find you are changing your clothes at an alarming rate,you will be able to buy locally made clothing very cheaply.Shorts and sandals are the usual daytime wear.In hotels and the more upmarket restaurants,wear smart casual.If visiting a temple,the usual dress rules apply:gentlemen,no shorts please,and long sleeves are preferred;ladies,no shorts,short skirts,or halter-tops.
Post and Telecommunications:
The Post office and international telephone office are together in South Pattaya on Soi.15,known to all as Soi.Post Office.There are also several privately run long-distance phone centres,most notably along Beach Road.These will be slightly more expensive than the government service.
Internet Services:
As in Bangkok,the number of internet cafes seems to increase every week.Most will post their rates in the window,and as competition is intense,the prices are invariably low.
Health & safety:
Never drink tap water,and don't even gargle with it.Always use bottled water,which is readily available and inexpensive,particularly if you choose a local brand.The sun is strong,even during the rainy season and when there is cloud cover,so use a good sunscreen and limit your exposure time.Malaria is no threat,but mosquito bites can be a major irritant.Seafood is mostly caught locally and is of high quality,but given the spicy ingredients to almost any meal,the occasional upset stomach is a possibility.The most likely way of slowing down your vacation is by having an accident,so watch your step when crossing the road,even(or especially)at traffic lights and pedestrain crossings.Medicine for minor ailments are readily available at the many drug stores in the city,and a high standard of medical treatment for more serious problems canbe expected from most of the clinics and hospitals.General practitioners,dentists,opticians and pharmacies are readily available. Each of the private hospitals has its own ambulance service 24-hour emergency facilities.Most medical specialties are represented:neurology,orthopedics,obstetrics,gynecology,pediatrics,internal medicine,surgery,urology,dentistry.Bangkok Pattaya Hospital is the referral hospital for cardiac patients as well as for other severe traumas and injuries.Note that an ambulance is not routinely called in the event of an automobile accident,and if you require assistance from the government service,a Thai-speaking person should dial 191 in Pattaya City 193 on the highway to arrange an ambulance service.For information and advice,the Tourism Authority of Thailand(TAT) Officea:Region 3 (Pattaya) is open seven days a week throughout the year,including public and national holidays,from 08.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m.Tel.(038)428 750 or (038)429 113.
Action Attraction:
Pattaya City is one of the oldest diving centres in this part of Asia.It has a year-round diving season with good visibility,the waters have a mean temperature of 28 degrees C,and there is a rich variety of marine life and coral.There is a great wreck that divers can explore.Located about 1-1/2 hours from pattaya is the HTMS Khram Wreck.This 60 meter vessel lies upright in 28 meters of water.Here,you can watch as Big Bat Fish,Schooling Baracuda and Sting Ray make their way around the wreck.Most of the centers along the waterfront costs average at about 3,000 baht per day,including transportation,food and equipment.Visitors can windsurf,water ski,sea walk,swim,sunbathe,snorkel,sail,or take trips to offshore coral islands.They can rent water scooters to explore neighbouring beaches such as the increasingly popular Jomtien Beach just south of Pattaya enthusiasts can enjoy themselves at the courts of leading hotels.Further entertainment includes bowling alleys,snooker halls,shooting galleries and archery.

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