Interestingly, most tourists look forward to the more exotic destinations in the country that are far away from the capital but are reluctant to take a drive to the closest entertainment hub, Pattaya. Pattaya is a famous beach town that is a hot spot for solo travelers and bachelor groups but families or honeymooners rarely look in that direction for the reputation it had built for itself in the early years.Tips on how you can make your trip to Pattaya, Thailand a better experience.Take a look at my list of tips of going trip to Thailand.
Interestingly, Pattaya is one of the most happening destinations if you know how to do it the right way. It is easily much more beyond the pubs and bars and offers you beach, island, shopping, wildlife and animal sanctuaries, history and sightseeing and adventure sports all at one place. There is almost nothing that Pattaya fails to offer, unless what you were looking for is complete seclusion and solitude. Here is how you can have the best of the place on your next trip.
Know What You Want to Do
When it comes to things to do, Pattaya can easily overwhelm you with the choices it has to offer. If you are in Thailand for an extended period of time and do not have a curfew, you can take your time and try all the attractions. However, if you have a time limitation than it is advisable that you look through the available Pattaya Tours and pick and choose your excursions according to your preferences. It is essential that you are clear about things you would want to do so that you can plan your trip accordingly. Factors such as time and money highly drive things you might be able to do. For example, travelers who are very tight on time or budget might have to drop off activities such as Tandem Jump and Golden Train Tour from their list.
Bargain Your Way
Almost every single tour operator in Pattaya will be offering you more or less the same tours and the only major distinctive feature is going to be the price. Do not fall for the price they quote and bargain as much as possible. You can be trapped for an overpriced excursion or can pull off a total steal deal depending on your bargaining talent.
Beware of Scams and Tourist Traps
Despite being very touristy, Thailand’s local population is mostly poor and tourist traps, thefts, and scams are a common practice. That being said, you can always play it smart and keep yourself from falling prey to it. When moving around, try sticking to online cab services such as Grab or the BTS Skytrain wherever you can to avoid being overcharged. When renting out vehicle or water sports equipment such as a jet ski, make sure you inspect the equipment and vehicles thoroughly for any damages and take lots of pictures as proofs. There have been cases where service providers falsely frame the tourists for a damage that is not done by them and demand a hefty compensation.