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Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

September 3, 2013 by David Herd

I love living in Pattaya

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resortFun city Pattaya Thailand resort with my English friend Bill Austin, where else in the world are you going to find these terrific VW cocktail cars? Pattaya is a city of extremes, anything your heart desires is available here, from fabulous five star hotels & restaurants to down & dirty backstreet beer bars offering sex drugs & rock & roll. OK, so we admit there is sex in the city but there is so much more to this wonderful seaside resort, four million tourists each year can’t be wrong. Only 90 minutes south of Bangkok airport and thousands of miles from stress. Just ask this guy in the photo below. 

No stress on Pattaya beach

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This guy really does not look comfortable.

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Looking north toward Wongamat

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Pattaya beach leaves a lot to be desired, too many umbrellas & deck chairs cover most of the sand, very cheap to hire them, only 30 Baht or $1 each. They cost 3 times more in Phuket. At least there is sand on the beach unlike Europe where they prefer pebbles. 😆  Just remember what you have probably already read in the press, hiring a jet ski is flirting with danger, 80% of the operators are running scams, when you return the ski they will claim you have damaged it and try to extort huge sums of money from you. Sadly many police are part of these scams as well, they will pretend they are on your side and negotiate the asking price down from say 60,000 Baht ($2,000) to 20,000 Baht, in Thailand unfortunately they have turned corruption into an art form. However it is no worse than Indonesia, India or Brazil, so just be careful.

Life really is a beach

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

It is low tide and the Thai lad is chatting up the Russian babe, sorry pal I really don’t like your chances of success, but give it your best shot.

Here is my live webcam from my balcony overlooking Pattaya beach in Thailand.

Super low tide in Pattaya  Pattaya beach

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

The beach looks great at low tide.

Thousand of people flock to the boatsFun city Pattaya Thailand resort 

  Every day thousands of tourists prove this really is fun city Pattaya, para sailing and trips to the nearby islands are bar far the most popular tourist activities. Sadly in 2013 4 people have died para sailing, due to irresponsible boat drivers, many of whom are unlicensed.  

Para Sailing in Pattaya.

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They buzz around like mosquitoes. 

Motorised kite

Beautiful Pattaya sunset

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

The view of Pattaya bay from my balcony.

Amazing sunset

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort  Another amazing sunset from the balcony of my Markland condo, it is almost like the photo is split in two parts.  

Thai street kitchen in Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

  The Thai people are very enterprising, they will set up their little business anywhere, if the police move them on they just set up around the corner.  

 Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort 

  Pattaya is not just beaches, bars & restaurants, there are lots of great attractions for all the family. Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens is a great day out. You can ride an elephant here and even see them playing football.  

Bath time for the baby elephant.

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He is loving every minute.

Siracha Tiger Zoo

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

Siracha Tiger Zoo is only 30 kilometres north of Pattaya, it is very good value with a 180 Baht entry fee for locals.


Riding on Baht bus in Pattaya.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort 

  Pattaya has a great transport system called Baht busses.  You pay only 10 Baht (40 cents) and press the button when you want to get off.  There are hundreds of them so you never wait any longer than a minute or two.  

Phoenix Golf Club Pattaya.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

A huge disadvantage when playing golf in fun city Pattaya is being guided by beautiful caddies, it is compulsory to have them accompany you, isn’t that a real downer? OK, so they are not all beautiful like these two, however having them with you makes your bad shots seem unimportant.  😛

Ok, lets get back to the beach.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

If you look closely and are not distracted, you will see the great lounges for hire at the beach club which is at the Pullman hotel in Wongamat. If you are anything like me you will say “what lounges”?

Sunset in Pattaya.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

    Pattaya sunsets are quite amazing.

Centara Grand Mirage Hotel Pattaya.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

 One of the many luxury five star hotels in Pattaya, the grounds here are like the lost city of Atlantis.  

Naklua fish market.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

 Here is my friend John “Pothole” Martin buying 4 live fish for $18, they scale & gut them then pack them in ice for the trip home.  

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I do not shop here for my food.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

The photo above is at one of Pattaya’s fresh food markets, be sure about two things, there is no refrigeration here, and the Thai people eat anything and everything. 😆 Now I guarantee the pork knuckle below did not come from this market. It is about to be demolished by Muay Thai World Champion Nathan Corbett, who is here in Pattaya training at Fairtex gym for his next bout in Chicago on October 12th against Tyrone Sprong from the Netherlands.


Nathan Corbett versus Pork Knuckle.

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Nathan was  Muay Thai world champion 11 times in 3 weight divisions.  

My friend Trevor training hard.

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 This is my friend Trevor still training hard at 50 years of age, his passion however is golf & he plays off a handicap of 4.


The famous Thai Lady-Boys

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

 Thailand is famous for Lady-boys, here is my friend Joan Baptiste from England with two of the performers from Alcazar cabaret in 2nd Rd Pattaya.


Lady-Boy, you can’t be serious?

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 My two friends from Australia had their photo taken with the most beautiful Lady-Boy I have ever seen in the 37 years I have been coming to Pattaya.


                          Beach Road pattaya

  Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

 Every morning without fail I walk 25 minutes on Beach Rd, have breakfast & read the Bangkok Post, sometimes I walk back, sometimes I catch the Baht bus. 😎


A beautiful towel draped over the lounge, see more here.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

 What a lovely towel draped over the lounge, I hope I can find the store where she bought it. Sorry folks but this bis a post about Pattaya, so I must promote the mood & pulse of the city.  😆

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Foot massage.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

This lovely girl with the big smile is Jane, she gives me about 4 foot massages every week, $8 per hour, priceless. Sadly she has left & had a baby.

Pedicure from lovely Boom

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort


 My pedicure & haircut specialist.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya


Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here

Against the traffic on a busy one way street.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

This is a classic way to travel to work on busy Beach Rd Pattaya. Against the traffic on a one way street, nothing surprises me here.

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Walking St, famous worldwide.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

Here is my latest photo blog on Walking St 2016.

Hooters arrives

Hooters Pattaya opening night

New Years Eve 2015 and Hooters arrives in Pattaya.

That’s all folks, thanks for visiting, good hotel deals here.

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here we are at Gulliver’s on Beach Rd enjoying a cold beer.

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  The above video captures the essence of Pattaya when 4 English guys arrive for a holiday in January 2013, naturally I had to play tour guide.    Well folks, many thanks for visiting my fun city pattaya photo blog, which is now my home town, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoy living here. Please send the link to friends

As you can see there is a lot more to Fun City Pattaya than you see in the travel brochures.



Pattaya – Hua Hin Mini Van


If you are in Pattaya and want to go to Hua Hin there is now a daily minivan service, they have offices in Pattaya, Hua Hin and Cha Am, for Hua Hin the mini van leaves at 8:00, 10:00, 12:00 and takes 4 hours to get to Hua Hin, priced at only 400baht. The Pattaya office is on South Pattaya Road, if your heading towards Sukhumvit road go over 3rd Road and past Soi Ko Pai/ Soi Bongkot and it’s on the left hand side at soi 10, which is around 300 meters or more from Sukhumvit Road. Pattaya Office 088 709 2365 Hua Hin Office 088 709 2364 Cha Am Office 089 254 1399 Bus leaves Pattaya 8:00, 10:00, 12:00

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As of late 2015 there is now a tour bus to Hui Hin from the bust station daily at 11 am for B400.
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 Here are a bunch of my English friends having a ball in Pattaya in January 2013. I’m sure months later they are still smiling.

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This is a fairly typical Pattaya Soi when you move a few blocks inland from Beach Rd. Between Soi Buakhao & 3rd Rd.

Here is my post on Phuket LadyBoys in 2005.


Here is a little back street beer bar.


Street food in Pattaya


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