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5 Things you didn’t know about driving in Thailand!

Posted on 16 August 2014 by ABPC

Driving in any foreign country can be a daunting prospect regardless of where you are in the World and Thailand is certainly no different and perhaps more daunting! The Thai’s usual polite, reserve demeanour if left behind upon entering a motor vehicle and an every man for themselves and aggressive manner takes control!  So long as you are aware of a few potential pitfalls and peculiarities you will be fine, so here are 5 points that can help you along the way!

1. Flashing lights means I am coming through!

In many western countries, the flashing of headlights meanings ‘after you my good man’ in a polite, friendly manner.  Sadly in Thailand it has a completely different meaning that basically translates to – ‘get out of my way I am coming through!’ Don’t expect someone to let you pass because it seems like the sensible thing to do – this is likely to lead to an accident or at the very least vigorous horn blowing and more flashing of lights!


2. Lots of people don’t have a license!

Most people assume that holding a valid driving license is a pre-requisite of driving a car, sadly in Thailand although it is illegal not to have a license many people decide not to bother getting one!  Not only do many drivers not have a license, they won’t have had any lessons to boot – so beware, anything may happen and usual does!


3. Odd and Even parking days in some areas

Parking can be restricted in Thailand.  Often this is linked to times of the day but can also be connected to the day of the month.  For example on even days in the month you can only park on the right hand side of the road or perhaps not at all.  Signs SHOULD be around to advise you of this, but a good rule of thumb is to do what everyone else does and don’t be different from the crowd!

4. Free left turn at traffic lights

At many (but not all) traffic lights you are free to turn left regardless of the colour of the lights.  The etiquette should be give way to the right but is often down to who has the larger vehicle!  Again try and be aware of the situation and proceed with caution.

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5. Undertaking IS illegal!

Regardless of how people drive, undertaking (passing on the inside) is illegal in Thailand.  It is never advisable to undertake anyone but be careful of those budding Lewis Hamilton’s looking to try the manoeuvre on you!  Check your mirrors and blind spots repeatedly before changing between lanes.

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Review of the Royal Cliff

Posted on 10 August 2014 by ABPC

The Royal Cliff Beach Hotel was one of the pioneering hotels to open in Pattaya back in 1974.  Located in the prestigious area of Pratamnak, close to the Royal Palace, the hotel fast gained a reputation for being one of the finest hotels in all of Asia.  In 1986 the hotel expanded with the development of the exclusive Royal Wing Suites and Spa which is regarded as a 5 star plus resort.  In 1992 the hotel expanded further taking the whole complex to well over 1000 rooms split between 4 separate buildings with differing names although all are under the Royal Cliff Hotels Group brand.

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In 1999 the group developed the superb convention centre known as Peach.  Peach is a multipurpose, stand alone venue that has the formidable capacity to seat 8000 delegates.  With its state-of-the-art facilities, PEACH is ideal for conventions, exhibitions, product launches, gala banquets, weddings and concerts.  Peach has a fantastic reputation globally and has held both national and international conferences with some notable, historic meetings taking place there such as the signing of the Cambodian Peace Treaty in 1999 and the 2009 ASEAN summit which unfortunately is better remembered for the wrong reasons when the conference building was stormed by protestors resulting in many global leaders being airlifted to safety.

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The Royal Cliff boasts an incredible 11 restaurants that cater for literally every taste so it is little surprise the location is popular with Bollywood stars, Korean idols and international movie stars who choose the venue as an ideal location.  A brief overview of the restaurants is given below:

  • Breezeo – This is the newest restaurant at the Royal Cliff and is located on the private beach.  It is open from 11:00am until 12:00am and offers an international style tapas selection.

  • Caprice – This is an award winning fine dining restaurant that is a perfect choice for couples wanting to enjoy a romantic meal.  The menu is stylish and modern and open from 6:30pm until 10:30pm.

  • Chamu – This is a traditional Japanese restaurant that is open from 11:00am until 10:30pm.

  • Chrysanthemum – A superb restaurant offering Chinese and Cantonese cuisine and is open from 6:30pm to 10:30pm but is closed on Thursdays.

  • La Ronde – This is poolside restaurant that is opening for snacks, lunch and afternoon tea.  It is open from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

  • Larn Thong and Terrace – This is restaurant offers fine Thai dining as is open from 7:00am until 10:30pm.

  • Maharani – This is an Indian restaurant serving authentic Indian dishes.  The restaurant is open from 11:00am to 2:30pm and 6:00pm until 10:30pm.

  • Panorama – Open round-the-clock, the Panorama restaurant serves international favourites and fusion dishes.

  • Rossini – The restaurant is open from 6:30pm to 10:30pm and is glorious Italian restaurant.

  • Royal Grill Room – This restaurant offers imported meats and seafood as is open from 6:30pm to 10:30pm

  • Terrace @ Caprice – The restaurant al fresco international dining and is open from 7:00am until 22:30pm.

The Royal Cliff is located in the Pratamnak area of Pattaya

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Learning Muay Thai

Posted on 06 August 2014 by ABPC

Muay Thai or Thai kickboxing is the Thai martial art sometimes known as “the art of eight limbs” due to the fact it uses fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet.  It has become practiced throughout the world since the twentieth century and has excellent health benefits and is often seen as the complete workout.


Muay Thai is something that is now extremely popular with many people choosing to travel to Thailand to visit specialist training camps.  These camps offer specialist training away from distractions by some of the leading trainers in country.   The facilities are usually second to none and fighters can learn the whole ethos not just the physical side of the sport.

There are a number of gyms around Pattaya that offer Muay Thai training but perhaps the best known and arguable the best gym is Fairtex on North Pattaya Road.  The facilities include 4 Olympic sized rings, a large bag area with several world class coaches who offer one on one training.  Training sessions are offered on daily basis in the evenings and the club is able to cater for everyone from beginner to professional fighters.  There is an in house equipment shop where you can buy anything that you need.  Fairtex is slightly more expensive than many other gyms in town but the facilities do warrant this.  Tony’s Gym also offers good facilities in South Pattaya and is considerably cheaper. Smaller gyms are available but the levels of training are not on a par with Fairtex.


Regular competitions are held around Pattaya with 2 professional boxing stadiums in the city.  Fairtex again offers regular, well organised competitions for all age groups and abilities.  These competitions are an excellent way to get started and you can be comfortable in the knowledge that your safety is of paramount importance.


Muay Thai is an excellent way to build stamina, burn calories and de-stress.  Like all martial arts it encourages discipline in many aspects of your life.  The training involves both aerobic and anaerobic workouts and also requires fighters to retain a healthy lifestyle.  The sport is highly addictive with many people who take it up taking it very seriously and naturally feeling the benefits.

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The Benefits of Learning Thai

Posted on 02 August 2014 by ABPC

Whenever we moved to a new country we really should make the effort to learn the language and adapt to the culture.  Sadly as Brits we are probably the worst in the World at learning new languages and are generally quite lazy because so many people speak English. There are a number of benefits to learning a new language and of course Thai is no different.
One of the main advantages of being able to speak the native tongue is that you will be able to converse with the locals.  This may not be such of an issue in tourist hotspots and places that have a large expat community such as Pattaya but can be a major benefit if you travel elsewhere.  Being able to have a conversation, even if it is a broken conversation will make your whole experience all the more enjoyable and hopefully less stressful!

If you can speak the local language you will be able to order what you want.  This is a big advantage in shops but also in bars and restaurants if you can say a little more than chicken fried rice or a bottle of Heineken! Not only will you feel more confident, but there is also a greater chance of getting what you actually want rather than having to make do with what you are given!  There is nothing worse than eating something you don’t like just to be polite or indeed going hungry because you simply can’t stomach what has been put in front of you!

Speaking the language will also gain you more respect.  Many Thais are still frightened of foreigners or farangs as they are scared that they won’t be able to understand you or lose face.  If you can speak their language they will feel far more comfortable and you will then reap the rewards.  If they see that you are making the effort they are usually more than happy to try and help you.


Being able to understand Thai also has the benefit of knowing what people are saying about you! I think we have all been in shops and other areas where we have known that we have been the topic of conversation but not known what was being said.  I can’t imagine that there is one person who doesn’t have some level of interest!

There are a number of language schools around the city that can help you to learn Thai.  It is always an idea to speak to other people and they can advise you which ones are the best.

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Finding a Job in Thailand

Posted on 27 July 2014 by ABPC

It is many people’s dream to live and work in Thailand although finding a job is not always easy.  Over recent years there have been increased clamp downs on people working without a work permit and not having the correct visas.  To work in Thailand you will initially require the correct visa.  Normally this is a Non Immigrant B Visa that you need to obtain from outside of the Kingdom.  It is possible to work with a valid marriage visa as well.  Once you have the correct visa you can then begin the process of applying for your work permit.  This can take some time and it is illegal to work until everything has been completed for your work permit.

The most common jobs that people do in Thailand are teachers.  Most teachers will require a TEFL certificate which will allow them to teach English as a foreign language.  Most schools will employ foreigners to teach students English so the jobs are plentiful although most salaries are quite low and often the work is not full time.  The exceptions to this are the large international schools such as Regents or St Andrews but you would need to be a fully qualified teacher to teach at one of these schools as they are usually based on the UK’s National Curriculum.   


Another popular field that many people go into is the Real Estate industry.  Again there a number of agencies in the city so jobs are often available.  The problem with this field is that the market is a little saturated so often people find it difficult to make a good living unless they work for one of the more established companies.  There are also jobs available with developers but these can be a little harder to come by if you don’t have any experience.


If you are looking to get a job in Thailand there are a number of websites that you can look on.  Teaching jobs are often posted websites such as Craigslist or Thai Visa.  Jobs in the real estate industry tend to be advertised in local magazines or local websites as obviously they just relate to one specific city.  If you have other skills or would like to look at other industries you could consider website such as JobsDB, Monster, Careerjet or Tip Top Job.

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Beaches in Rayong

Posted on 04 June 2014 by ABPC

Rayong is a beautiful province in the South of Thailand. The province is largely made up of beautiful coastal scenes against a backdrop of rolling hills, and a number of islands also form part of Rayong. Combined with a year-round warm climate, this makes the province a perfect destination for a beach holiday. Some of the most notable beaches are:

Hat Sai Kaew
Hat Sai Kaew, or the Diamond Beach, has a length of over a kilometre and many people consider it one of the best beaches in the province. This reputation does mean that it tends to get a little busy, so it might not be the best choice if you want a secluded spot for relaxation. If you want a high-quality beach with a nightlife scene, on the other hand, Hat Sai Kaew is one of the best destinations you are ever likely to find.

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Hat Sai Thong
Hat Sai Thong, or the Golden Beach, is a wonderful private spot for relaxing by the calm ocean waters. The beach is covered in soft white sand and lined with scenic palm trees on one side and warm, clean sea on the other. It is less busy than Hat Sai Kaew and lacks the buzzing nightlife, but still provides access to plenty of wonderful seafood restaurants.

Hat Sai Thong Beach

Had Mae Rampeung
Had Mae Rampeung is a peaceful beach, yet one that is loved by tourists and locals alike. Though it is a popular beach, it is also the longest in Rayong at roughly 7.5 miles, so there is plenty of space for everyone. The result is a quiet, clean, scenic beach which also forms part of the beautiful Khao Laem Ya-Koh Samet National Park. It is also notable for its very calm waters, making the beach particularly well-suited for families with young children.

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Had Suan Son
Popular with locals but not quite so well-known among tourists, Had Suan Son is a fantastic beach for those who want to relax on the soft sand. The beach is lined by countless palm trees offering pleasant shade during the hotter parts of the day. At the weekend it can be busy because residents of Bangkok frequently travel there for a seaside picnic, but during the week the beach is usually a quiet place away from the crowds. Even when the Bangkok picnickers do flock there at weekends, it is usually possible to find a place to relax.

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Ao Kai-Laem Tan
A quiet and relatively undiscovered spot, Ao Kai-Laem Tan is a beautiful cape close to the Klaeng District. It is a small, quiet, yet scenic and pleasant place which is just well-known enough to have developed some pleasant amenities. In particular, a nearby fishing village offers some fantastic seafood restaurants that prove consistently popular with those tourists that do know about the area’s charms.

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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.


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.



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.



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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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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We love Pattaya even when the sun is not shining.

Posted on 14 May 2014 by ABPC

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