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5 Activities to get Your Heart Racing in Pattaya

Posted on 27 May 2014 by ABPC

Pattaya is a magnificent coastal city in the Eastern part of Thailand. The city and the surrounding area benefit from a thriving tourist trade, thanks in part to the beautiful beaches that can be found along the coastline. However, while relaxing on the beach is certainly a pleasant way to spend a holiday it is not the only experience Pattaya has to offer. On the contrary, the city is home to some activities which may be great fun but are certainly not relaxing.

 

Rocket Ball

Rocket ball is a unique, quirky and utterly thrilling experience. Many of the braver visitors to Pattaya savour the adrenaline rush it offers. Two daring passengers climb into a steel ball which is suspended between two steel towers by a special, ultra-tough cord. The ball is catapulted into the air at high speed where it swings, bounces and plummets around. The rocket ball reaches heights of 50 metres and reaches speeds of more than 60 miles per hour (100km/h) in less than a second. The two bold passengers get the flight of their lives.

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Zip Line

The “Flight of the Gibbon” zip line is ever-popular with thrill-seeking tourists who come to Pattaya. It provides a new and more exciting way to see Thailand’s spectacular rainforests. The jungle may be beautiful from ground level, but it is even more incredible when you get to see it from high in the treetops like a gibbon. At over 1.8 miles (3km) long, this is the longest zip line course in the world, and gives you the chance to experience a thrilling ride and admire some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

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Watersports

Pattaya’s wonderful coastline is good for more than just relaxing on the beach. A number of thrilling, heart-pumping watersports can be enjoyed on the surface of the glistening sea. Water skiing is one popular option, allowing you to glide across the surface of the water behind a fast-moving speed boat. Paragliding and paramotoring, meanwhile, allow you to soar suspended in midair above the spectacular waterscape.

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Sky Diving

Pattaya can be found in one of the most spectacular regions of Thailand and there is plenty of spectacular scenery. Thrill-lovers may find this scenery is best admired from a few thousand feet above. A sky dive will start with a scenic plane ride, which will give you a chance to see all kinds of terrain stretch into the distance. The ride will end not with a smooth landing but with a thrilling, high-speed descent.

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Go Karting

Go Karting is a popular activity in Pattaya, and the city boasts some excellent facilities such as Pattaya Kart Speedway. Speed-demons can hurtle around a variety of race tracks in small but surprisingly speedy lightweight karts. Those who want to experience a bigger thrill and a greater challenge can tackle off-road tracks for a bumpy, muddy but thrill-packed ride. Even children can join in the fun, with child-sized karts which can be driven around special smaller racetracks.

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Thailand’s Coup Season

Posted on 23 May 2014 by ABPC

To the outside world, the current protests in Thailand are large demonstrations of people protesting actions of a recently dissolved majority government. But up close, other than troops on the ground you , wouldn’t even know it was going on. Everybody goes about performing their daily routine with minimal interruption. Since 2005, protest movements and political crises similar to the recent one have come and gone with fluid regularity while the party in power after each new election has remained the same. For us guys that live here, we have experienced this many times before. This is actually my 3rd Coup, 1991, 2006 & 2014.

From an investment stand point, these types of protests have happened before and will happen again. They tend to create news outside the country that distorts investments in Thailand long enough to create opportune times to invest. A popular saying amongst savvy investors in Thailand is “buy on coup, sell into election.” The functions of the economy are largely unaffected by these political actions, although there is an impact on investment psychology which needs to be monitored for such events as the 1997 collapse of the Thai Baht. Posturing between parties and political actions of citizens has minimal impact on the day-to-day business climate. As for tourism, while it experiences blips from these political movements, “tourism’s resiliency is strong, the tourist always come back to savour Thailand’s natural beauty.

The current military coup can be viewed as a positive, it creates a more stable environment. It is also positive for financial markets in the near term by reducing uncertainty and lowering the risk of the political standoff turning violent.

These events are unfortunate and here in Pattaya life goes on as normal with little disruption. For those that require more information keep in touch and watch this space.

Martial Law Imposed Across Thailand As Political Conflict Continues

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We have come to the end of our Top 10 Things You Should Try in Pattaya and in the final position is “Thai Food”

Posted on 23 May 2014 by ABPC

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Navigating around Pattaya

Posted on 20 May 2014 by ABPC

Driving in any foreign country can be a daunting prospect and indeed Thailand is certainly no different. Pattaya in actual fact is somewhere that is relatively easy to navigate around with the city centre and Jomtien being particularly easy to navigate as all roads lead back from the beach.

The road network in Pattaya sounds complicate but, in reality can be divided into boxed areas. Firstly, when entering from the Sukhumvit Road you have Pattaya North Road, Pattaya Central Road and Pattaya South Road which all go from Sukhumvit Road to Pattaya Beach Road. These are the main roads travelling in this direction. Then travelling back towards the Sukhumvit Road from Pattaya Beach Road (obviously located on the seafront) you have Pattaya 2nd Road and Pattaya 3rd Road that are running parallel to both Pattaya Beach Road Sukhumvit Road. Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya Second Road are one way with Pattaya Beach Road heading to the south and 2nd Road heading to the north. You then have a number of smaller sois running from Pattaya Beach Road that are simply numbered from 1 to 13. These small sois are again one way running to Pattaya 2nd road alternately (usually with odd numbered sois going up and evens going down). Once you have grasped this concept the rest is easy and you can then start to explore the roads between Pattaya 2nd Road!

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Pattaya has peak periods and can be a very busy place at certain times of the day and week with some roads best avoided during these times. Soi Buakhao which runs from Pattaya Central Road to Pattaya South Road between 2nd road which are Tuesdays and Fridays so the area is best avoided on these days. Most roads are busy on Friday afternoon when many people have finished work and a number of visitors arrive from Bangkok for a short break. Other busy times are the rush hours in the morning and evening as you would expect in any other city around the world. When major events are taking place in Pattaya such as Songkran, Pattaya International Music Festival or the Pattaya International Fireworks display, Pattaya Beach Road is likely to be closed causing chaos around the rest of the city.

So there you have a brief summary of Pattaya’s road work system and places to avoid during peak hours. Always remember to take the necessary precautions, drive carefully and enjoy our wonderful city.

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Fully furnished 2 bedrooms, 3 bathroom duplex condo for rent in Jomtien.

Posted on 15 May 2014 by ABPC

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We love Pattaya even when the sun is not shining.

Posted on 14 May 2014 by ABPC

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2 bed, 2 bath City Centre apartment SOLD in Soi one Pattaya Beach.

Posted on 13 May 2014 by ABPC

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Number 2 in our 10 things you should try in Pattaya is Golf

Posted on 12 May 2014 by ABPC

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3 Bedroom House For Sale in East Pattaya with private pool.

Posted on 10 May 2014 by ABPC

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Chillin on a Friday morning overlooking Pattaya Bay…Do you have a favourite coffee spot?

Posted on 09 May 2014 by ABPC

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