Just under 150km from Bangkok lies Pattaya, a multicultural town with a reputation for its nightlife, beer bars, and hedonistic ways. It is a place where a stroll down Walking Street might leave you wide-eyed in awe. But don’t be fooled into thinking that Pattaya, an old fishing town located in the Chon Buri Province, has only the bright lights of the nightlife to offer. Venture away from the center and you’ll experience a different world.
Take a Ferry to Koh Larn Island.
A 15-minute ferry journey will see you arrive on the beautiful Koh Larn Island, where you will find the beautiful Tien Beach. A beach with gorgeous clear water and soft white sand where you’ll be able to spend the day sunning yourself. It is one of the smaller main beaches on Koh Larn, but it has a quieter feel. If you want to make the journey here, it is best to go on a weekday, and you’ll be able to eat at one of the many restaurants at the beach. You can even partake in other activities, such as fishing, bicycle riding or walking. Keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful nature all around the island.
Take a Taxi to Siam Country Club
How better to put some distance between you and the hustle and bustle of Pattaya center than to visit Siam Country Club, a new golf course in Pattaya, and play a round or two in the sun. Golf, not only an enjoyable hobby but also has many benefits that will leave you feeling rejuvenated in mind and body. You’ll get to be outside in the lovely sun soaking up the Vitamin D (make sure you wear sun-cream and suitable clothing) as well as getting some exercise by walking around the course. Golf is a social activity and you can often meet new friends, so regardless of going on your own or with a friend, you’ll be sure to have a great time.
Take a Bus to Rayong
Take a bit of time out to discover Rayong. Although not far from Pattaya, it has a quieter and slower paced lifestyle, but don’t worry, there are still plenty of things to do! You’ll be able to savor some beautifully fresh seafood here. Head to Baan Paemarket for a tasty meal and pick up some gifts whilst you are there. You could also visit Koh Kloi Floating Market for an altogether different shopping and dining experience. It takes about 1.5hrs to make the journey from Pattaya to Rayong by bus.
Whilst Pattaya is certainly an interesting place to stay with a lot to do (you’ll almost certainly never be bored or run out of options), it is sometimes nice (and necessary) to take some time out for a slightly quieter few days away. The options given are only three of the many different choices you can make to get that much-needed rest and recuperation from the bright lights of Pattaya.