Nov. 2009

HotelTravel.com Unbelievable List of Things to do in Pattaya by Day

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Phuket, 25 November 2009 – HotelTravel.com is highlighting another side of Thailand’s most famous city by the sea, Pattaya, with a selection of family friendly activities ideal for a daytime excursions.   Pattaya by day offers visitors a tamer look at a destination that has become infamous for its nocturnal temptations.   According to HotelTravel.com Chief Information Officer, Olivier Dombey, it is now easier than ever to take a break from Pattaya’s bustling nightlife and unique entertainment sector (or even avoid entirely) to discover a different side of Thailand's number one resort city.   “Pattaya has enjoyed a remarkable transformation during the past decade, its infrastructure has improved dramatically and there is so much to do there. Its nightlight remains the same, but in many ways appears tame in the Internet age.   “Hotels in Pattaya offer some of the best value-for-money rates of any destination in Thailand, with many properties currently enjoying special promotional discounts on HotelTravel.com,” Mr Dombey, said.   HotelTravel.com is pleased to present its list of unbelievable things to do in Pattaya by day:   Find Enlightenment at the Sanctuary of Truth The Sanctuary of Truth, a monumental structure in north Pattaya, is a colossal carved wooden pavilion featuring the rich architectural heritage and craftsmanship of Thailand. Showcasing the fine points of ancient Thai Buddhist philosophy, this sacred structure is carved in ancient style of the Ayutthaya era. Every inch of the structure is covered with intricate wood carvings down to the finest detail.   Go Tee to Green Pattaya's best kept secret is undoubtedly the quality and value of its golf courses; most are championship standard designed by the very best golf architects and designers in the world. All courses provide caddies and there are always kiosks serving cold beverages to ward off the midday sun. When calling for tee times ask about buggy requirements; many golf clubs enforce one golfer per cart rules.   Float Like a Butterfly Saithip Butterfly Gardens claims to be the largest butterfly garden in Asia, and is a must see excursion for fans of flying insects. There is also a bee museum, orchid farm and a lovely lake in addition to the large butterfly enclosure.   Fight Like a Thai Pattaya Kombat Village is one of many boxing training camps in the Pattaya area. So shop around to find the right one to suit personal needs (depending if the goal is to fight or get fit). Either way, any new fighting skills are always handy should a gaggle of Pattaya’s infamous ‘Lady Boys’ come prowling.   Stay in Great Hotels Most of the world’s major international hotel chains have returned to Pattaya during the last decade and the city now boasts some of the best hotels in Thailand. The choice ranges from economy brands to the most luxurious hotels found anywhere in the Kingdom. Log on to HotelTravel.com and check out the Sheraton Pattaya Resort (from US$ 186), Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa (from US$ 163), Royal Cliff Beach Hotel (from US$ 114), Mercure Hotel Pattaya (from US$ 66), Asia Pattaya Hotel (from US$65), All Seasons Hotel Pattaya (from US$60), Sunshine Hotel and Residences (from US$ 37) and the Sawasdee Sea View Pattaya (from US$ 23).***   Talk to the Animals Khao Kheow Open Zoo, located on the main Bangkok Highway, is another short day trip from Pattaya. The Open Zoo stretches over 400 acres of tropical grounds, showcasing an odd assortment of giraffes, elephants, tigers, lions, and chimpanzees. But the really cool (and slightly hazardous) bit is that visitors can get up close and personal to the beasts and even feed them.   Go Leagues Beneath the Sea Underwater World Pattaya showcases the rich variety of marine life found around the region. There is a spectacular 100 meter-long acrylic tunnel packed with great shoals of fish, prowling predators and a few handlers swimming about. Visitors can also join in the action and dive with the lot for a small fee.   Coral Island Cruising Koh Larn is only 30 minutes off the coast by speedboat, and this idyllic island located just west of Pattaya makes for a simple daytrip. Known as Coral Island and covering an area of about four square kilometres, visitors can swim, snorkel , take in the coral on a glass bottom boat or just sunbath doing next to nothing.   Koh Si Chang Adventure Once favoured by three of Thailand's former Kings, Koh Si Chang Island’s remaining link to royalty can still be seen in places around the island. Make sure to visit Chao Por Khao Yai, the famous Buddha statue highly respected by local islanders.   Be Indiana Jones for a Day Take a drive out along Thailand's East Coast to Chanthaburi, a town famous for its sapphire mines. Start by going deep into the mines and explore, then see how precious stones are polished and cut. Those bold enough often stop by one of the local fish sauce factories along the way, which are often slimy like the creatures in an Indiana Jones movie.   Find a Public House and Chill If all else fails, exit the hotel and turn left or right. Continue walking straight and anyone will surely not have to travel more than 100 metres to find the local pubic house. Order a frosty cold beverage and drink. Repeat. Continue this process until dusk and then repeat all night long.   ***All hotel rates are as of 25 November, 2009, priced in US$ and subject to change. -----ends-----

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