Contrary to popular belief, Pattaya is not overrun with gogo bars and sleazy tourists.
For years I had imagined all sorts or immorality and debauchery thriving in Pattaya , and was pleasantly surprised to find it quiet, clean and so full of charm. Booking a beachfront sea facing room at Baboona Beachfront Living on Agoda.com was effortless and we were out of the door Saturday morning and on a bus to Pattaya before we could think twice.
Ekkamai bus terminal is fantastic and convenient and I would recommend just showing up and booking a bus ticket or private car on the spot and take off to one of the many gorgeous destinations near Bangkok on a weekend. Bus tickets to Pattaya are just 108 THB per person for an AC bus and takes 2 hours to reach.
Our 6 year old daughter was beyond excited to see the blue sea just outside the hotel. So we spent most of the first day on the beach, in the water and sipping on PinaColadas of course. The Beach Front cafe has THE best PinaColada I’ve ever had btw. The sea is clean and offers plenty of activities like parasailing, banana boat ride and trips to coral island to snorkel. In the evening the Beach Road is well lit up and you can stroll on the promenade and try the delicious sea food Pattaya is famous for.
There are plenty of typical sights to see with your kids, like the Gems Gallery, the Teddy Bear Museum and Ripleys Believe it or Not. We are animal lovers through and through so we decided to check out the Pattaya Sheep Farm this time.
Tip: Don’t go to Pattaya Sheep farm in an open tuk tuk van. We were terribly rattled by one chap who tried driving us to some far away Swiss Sheep farm without telling us, on the highway. Finally convinced him to take us back to the hotel.. after enduring 45 minutes of rattling. Please take a taxi.
Pattaya Sheep Farm was the highlight of our weekend! The three little piglets, sheep, turtles, ponies, deer, cows, rabbits and the billy goats gruff on their bridge were all absolutely endearing. Very well maintained and filled with friendly farm animals, your kids will have a wonderful time feeding them and playing with the little ones. I almost smuggled a few baby rabbits away in my bag. They were adorable. (I didn’t steal any rabbits ok). Also, you can take a pony ride and watch the bird shows.
You don’t need a long vacation to get out of the city. Plan your next weekend right now and take off to one of the many scenic destinations near you. I’m sure there’s a mountain, plain or even a lake somewhere near you. Make your Monday awesome and just do it. Four more days till the weekend!