Archive | November, 2014

Places to Explore Outside of Pattaya

Posted on 22 November 2014 by ABPC

Pattaya is a fantastic place to stay, regardless of if you are here for the short term or the long term but there are many other places that are now easy to get to that it seems a shame not explore further.

  1. Koh Samet

Koh Samet is one of the most tranquil islands relatively close to Pattaya and is a little over an hour drive away.  Ferries leave from the small port of Ban Phe in Rayong province with the ferry crossing being around 30 minutes.  Most of the beaches are on the eastern side of the island and this is indeed where many of the hotels can be found.  The island is part of the National Park and visitors are charged a nominal fee which is reduced if you show your Thai driving license.

koh samet

  1. Koh Chang

Koh Chang is a large island around 4 hours drive away from Pattaya located in Trat province.  The island has stretches of long sandy beaches and a wide variety of wildlife.  It is popular location for snorkelling and diving but also has some excellent terrain for walking making it popular with backpackers.  The island has some quality hotels and a small nightlife scene making it an ideal getaway.

  1. River Kwai

The River Kwai in Kanchanaburi province is synonymous with the bridge across it associated with prisoners of war in World War II.  There are many things to see in Kanchanaburi and along the river; largely associated with the railway although the area is a beautiful setting in itself.  A ride on the railway is an absolute must for all visitors to fully appreciate its beauty.  Many trips are run from Pattaya lasting for 3 days and 2 nights.

  1. Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand is another beautiful setting overlooked by a large mountain on which is the temple of Doi Suthep.  A short flight from Bangkok will see you in the centre of Chiang Mai in a little over an hour.  The old city is surrounded by a moat with parts of the old city wall still remaining.  Although now a modern city it has managed to maintain a lot of the old Lanna traditions.

Chiang mai

 5. Bangkok

Bangkok is now a less than 2 hours away from Pattaya.  Bangkok has everything that you would expect from a cosmopolitan capital city.  The city also has a number of famous landmarks including the Reclining Buddha located close to the Chao Phraya River.  There are of course numerous other spectacular temples, Royal Palaces and China Town for you to explore at your leisure.


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The Sands Pratamnak

Posted on 16 November 2014 by ABPC

The Sands located on Soi 5 Pratamnak Hill in Pattaya is a 27 storey luxury condominium situated in a quiet, upmarket, residential neighbourhood extremely close to Pratamnak Beach.  The condominium comes complete with everything that you would expect from a modern condominium but also comes with a number of added features that sets it apart from most of the competition.

The condo has a 5 star luxury lobby area that is naturally manned 24 hours a day along with 24 hour security and CCTV cameras for your added piece of mind.  There is a fitness and conditioning room located on the ground floor along with a large, 368sqm, infinity pool on the 15th floor looking out across the bay to Koh Larn.  There is also an atrium area located on the 12th floor that could be an excellent place for meeting others residents or just relaxing with a book and taking in the stunning, unobstructed views.


The Sands also has ample parking for residents and a secured entry.  There are also 4 high speed lifts in the building meaning that you will never be waiting more than a few moments to get to your desired level – something that can be frustrating in many of the older condominiums.  Of course the building has WiFi and cable TV available for all residents.

A restaurant and pool bar is located in the building meaning that you never have to leave the property if you so wish – ideal for those looking to relax after a long day at work or those looking to make The Sands a home from home after enduring the stresses of your home county.

The Sands is proving to be very popular with many of the units already being sold, hardly surprising when you consider the excellent location.  The building only comes with top quality furnishing and as the slogan goes – ‘luxury comes as standard’.  The units range in size from 34sqm studios right through to 123sqm two bedroom units.


The standard booking terms apply for the condominium with a THB50,000 initial booking fee with 30% of the unit price being payable within 15 days, minus the THB50,000 of course with a further 10% payable when construction starts, 20% payable over 20 months with the remaining balance of 40% being due on completion.  Other fees include the sinking fund of THB400 per sqm (payable once) and maintenance fee of TB40 per sqm payable monthly a year in advance.

This condo is sure to sell out quickly so don’t miss out on your opportunity to own a luxury condominium.

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10 Things to Do in and around Pattaya

Posted on 13 November 2014 by ABPC

Pattaya is certainly a unique place in many respects but there are lots of things to do regardless of the time of year that you visit or if you are a long term resident or just here for a short break.  Below are just 10 suggestions of things that you could do whilst staying in Pattaya:

  1. Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth is located on Soi 12 at Naklua.  The building is an ornate, wooden structure that was completed surprisingly recently given it’s appearance.  This is an excellent place to spend time with the family.

7 Sanctuary of Truth

  1. Mimosa

Mimosa is located in Na Jomtien and is a complex containing a wide variety of shops and restaurants as well offering a number of different shows.

  1. Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens can be found on Sukhumvit Road on the way to Bang Saray which is a few kilometres to the south of Pattaya itself.  The gardens have won a number of awards over the years and are extremely well maintained.  There are also shops restaurants and a few animals to view.

  1. Ripley’s Believe It or Not

A great day for the family which includes a Haunted Adventure, 12D Moving Theatre, Madam Tussaud’s Wax works and an Infinity Maze to name just a few of the attractions that are on offer!

  1. Play Golf

Golf is an excellent pastime wherever you are in the World but with the number of Championship standard courses around Pattaya this really is a great place to play! There are a number of golf societies as well so meeting new friends and getting a few rounds in is easy.


  1. Scuba Diving

There are a number of diving schools in Pattaya so learning is easy! The year round climate also helps but there are a number of wrecks and reefs to be appreciate within a short distance of Pattaya.

  1. Cartoon Network Water Park

The recently opened water park is a great place to spend a day with the family.  This modern facility is one of the best in Asia and just a few minutes drive from Pattaya, heading south towards Bang Saray.

  1. Visit Koh Larn

Everybody likes to visit the islands and Koh Larn is only about a 40 minute ferry crossing from Bali Hai Pier.  The clear waters and sandy beaches are picturesque and appealing so why not make the most of something that is so close by?

  1. Silverlake

The Silverlake Vineyard is another option to visit with the family.  It is located between Pattaya and Bang Chang and has the mountain with a golden Buddha overlooking it.


  1. Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm

Located just 15 minutes away from Central Pattaya is place for nature lovers.  It takes in everything from plant to mineral as well as the animal kingdom!


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5 Reasons to Live in Naklua

Posted on 08 November 2014 by ABPC

There are lots of great places to live in Pattaya and Naklua is just one of them! Below are a five reason why you might want to choose to live in Naklua above any of the other locations!

  1. Quality Condominiums

Pattaya has some excellent condominiums throughout the city but Naklua has some with direct beachfront access such as Northpoint, Zire and Sky Beach to name just a few!  Most of the condos on sois 12, 16 and 18 are in the mid range to upper range brackets in terms of their quality.  Most have experienced management teams in place that have been there for several years.


  1. Excellent Restaurants and Shops

Naklua has an abundance of shops both in terms of boutiques and for general shopping and it seems virtually impossible to walk more than a few metres without passing a 7 Eleven or Family Mart.  The area also has a wide selection of restaurants including Korean, Russian, Italian and French as well as naturally Thai restaurants.

  1. Quiet Area

Naklua is generally one of the quieter areas of the city in spite of the building work that is going in.  The bars that do operate late at night are some distance from the condos and very few restaurants play load music except for special occasions.  Recent improvements have been made to the beach so beach area is expected to remain relatively quiet with very few activities on offer although there are a few beach front restaurants.


  1. Cosmopolitan

Naklua, like much of Pattaya is certainly cosmopolitan.  In years gone by it was primarily a German and English area.  Although percentage wise, these visitors have reduced in numbers the area is still their home as well as that of many Russian, Korean and Chinese guests.  The shops and restaurants in the area certainly add to this feel as mentioned above.


  1. Close to Everywhere

As we have already stated, Naklua is a quiet area but it is still close to the heart of the city and getting there takes just a matter of minutes.  There are a number of motorbike taxis located on all of the sois with a large number of Baht Buses available on Naklua Road.  The 7 Highway and the 36 Highway are easy to get to making Bangkok, Rayong and other places further afield easily accessible.  This is one of the main advantages over places such as Pratamnak and Bang Saray.

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