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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Thailand Pattaya Jom-tien beach

Trip starts from Bangkok on a Saturday morning when we decided to take a trip to Pattaya. We took the bus from Ekamai station and paid about 120 BHT per person for the whole ride to Pattaya which is about 140 KM or a bit less than 2 hours by bus.
Pattaya beach from car

There was no hotel that we booked and it was the first time I went there. A couple of my friends arrived one day before and they were waiting for me. Still sunny, around 5PM the bus dropped us in the Pattaya bus station from where we needed to find a way to the beach. A set of song-tew(s) are aligned and ready for taking us there. Passing along the Pattaya beach everything looks beautiful, on the left side there is the street, shopping malls, bars and restaurants and on the right side there is the short beach and the sea. Sun was setting and nomatter how nice was all the view, we still didn't have any place to sleep.
Pattaya beach road

Quick decision: Pattaya beach looks crowded, let's go further to Jom-tien beach. From what we heard is more quiet and relaxing. Another 30 minutes and we were there. Dark already, standing on the sidewalk having the sea on a side and a set of hotels on the other, we decided to explore each one of them until we find the place to stay over night. After going from one hotel to another we realized most of them were fully booked and would have been such a great idea to make a hotel booking in advance.

One more try, 50 meters inside this small street there is a hotel, or looks like a hotel. Surprisingly they were not fully booked so we rent a room for a night and paid 1,000 BHT - breakfast included. Hotel featured clean rooms with air-con, free water, TV and a nice swimming pool and friendly staff. As I remember the name was Mermaid's Beach Resort and it is located on Soi 7, a few meters away from the Jom Tien beach.

Pattaya, Jom-tien beach - hotel view to the swimming pool

Well, all being said and done we head-up for a cold glass of beer and some seafood at Pattaya beach and looking forward for the Koh Lan trip which was planned for the next day and will be covered in the next article.

Pattaya city - view from the pier
I can not close this post without adding a few more pictures from Jomtien beach in Pattaya.

Beach view in July - Pattaya Jomtien
Dead fish on the beach.
Walking on the beach in Pattaya

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