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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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