Way back when we were planning our escape from Loei and what we’d do next we always thought we’d visit the islands along the peninsular, perhaps Ko Samui, Phuket etc but for various reasons this didn’t happen and we found ourselves in Pattaya. Having been beach starved for the previous 5 months we thought Pattaya would be a good second choice.
We stayed at the Eden Hotel which we picked because the reviews labelled it as a quiet hotel that avoided the seedier side of Pattaya and had things such as a nice big pool and gorgeous looking rooms, English-speaking staff and breakfast included. The website has a great shot of the pool lit up at night with the hotel building in the background.
What actually transpired was a hotel geared towards Russian tourists and it was so far removed from the scene that taxis either refused to take us, tried to charge 400 baht or got lost along the way. Luckily, there was a shuttle service in the form of a guy with a truck who would charge just 100 baht for the same trip but wasn’t available after 7pm. The swimming pool looked lovely but I was a little put off by some of the other occupants and the snapped diving board wasn’t inspiring. However, our room was huge, well decorated and the bed comfortable, so not bad.
We entered Pattaya not sure what to expect having heard all sorts of tales from other travellers and websites about the seedier side and how it’s only attractive to sun-baked 60-something expats with a beer belly looking to score at a go-go bar… and we did see that, plenty of that in fact but we also managed to find some family friendly things to see and do and aside from the one night we ventured down (the much over-hyped IMO) Walking Street, that was the focus of our stay in Pattaya.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
We visited the museum on a day I forgot to bring my camera so no pics but it was definitely worth a visit to see all the strange and wonderful things he’d collected during his lifetime and what others have donated since. We also went inside the infinity maze which is where you try to find a concealed door from room to room but it could be a room full of mirrors, in darkness or have strobe lighting etc. This was way more fun than it should have been partly because Jack was deeply hung over from Walking Street the night before and watching him stumble about in the dark was hilarious and secondly because the first room we entered we couldn’t find the exit… or more the exit wouldn’t open. It was a room of mirrors in darkness with just star-like fairy lights that would descend into complete darkness after about 3 minutes as we were obviously taking too long to get out. The place was deserted so we had the room to ourselves to fumble about in until after almost 5 mins of this another couple came in who were equally as confused. Eventually after another 5 mins a member of staff came in and gave the mirror door a shove and looked at us like we were silly.
On a different day we visited Mini Siam which is home to model replicas of some of the most famous landmarks in Thailand and the rest of the world. It made for an enjoyable few hours and despite being the only Falang there (to the point that Jack became an attraction himself – see below) it would make a perfect family day out.
There were a few oddities, it wouldn’t be Thailand if there wasn’t, for example everything outside of Thailand was considered to be part of Europe:
Also some of the Thai models were a bit obscure:
We think they missed a trick in roping most of the models off so you can’t get close enough to them but we otherwise had an enjoyable morning.
There was a lot of wildlife in the gardens as well:
All in all it was a fun (family friendly) day out and it gave me an opportunity to try out my new hat.