city guide, pattaya

our little getaway to the sea

when you wanna get out of bangkok for a bit but don’t wanna be going anywhere too far, pattaya is probably your safest bet. despite its “reputation” pattaya is probably the easiest place to get to and to be fair it has its fair share of really nice cafes and restaurants. just make sure you avoid the red district areas…just fyi, i’ve been to pattaya more than my fingers can count so the things i do when i am there is probably not the same as what tourists would do. so with that in mind, shall we?

but first, coffee.

i had a friend visiting from korea and she’s never been to pattaya. luckily though she’s the type that likes to take things slow like myself…bangkok - pattaya day tripwhen you get to the bus terminal right off ekamai bts station, you’ll see many booths selling tickets to various locations outside of bangkok. pattaya would be the first one to your right and the ticket price is 108 baht per person which takes you directly to pattaya bus terminal.

there’s no need to book the ticket in advance and since there’s bus going every 20-30 minutes you won’t really have to plan your time too precisely.

the ride takes about 2.30 hrs and once you get off pattaya bus terminal you’ll see lots of taxi drivers, songthaew (pickup-trucks) and motorcycle drivers asking where you’re headed to. i personally would not take a ride from these people given that they’re usually way more over-priced. i found out there are plenty of uber and grab drivers around the city so we made use of that and it was hustle-free.

although slightly off the track, the sky gallery is definitely worth the visit. we dropped by for a quick lunch (which ended up being couple of hours of just taking in the calm and peace).

bangkok - pattaya day trip @posy.perfume has been a life savior especially in this scorching heat. carrying around my favorite scent has never been so stylish.

cos who doesn’t love some fries?

google map – the sky gallery pattaya

open daily 7.00 – 00.00

afterwards we headed to the beach road. around the area there are lots of cool cafes, bars and restaurants to try as well (see here, here and here if you want to find out more).

bangkok - pattaya day trip then before heading back to bangkok we went to have bonchon (hah) for dinner. i realized that koreans find it so strange that we in thailand eat fried chicken with rice for an actual meal. fried chicken for koreans are almost like a savory dessert which is to be eaten usually after dinner. hah.

is fried chicken a meal or a dessert in your country? 🐔

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  • Reply Kandice

    Pattaya <3 A place I often go for a weekend getaway. I love how "international" pattaya can be. I mean, I can easily find European (finnish) foods there. What a lovely day you had :)

    March 23, 2017 at 6:13 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe i totally know what you mean :D are you still in thailand or back now?

      March 26, 2017 at 10:11 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth T.

    Hahaha fried chicken is definitely a meal in the US! :D Loving all of these beautiful photos, especially that first one! The sky is just the perfect shade of blue! <3 Glad to hear that you had a relaxing day near the sea! There's nothing like the ocean that offers such calm and serenity, right? Hope you're having a great week, Annie!

    XO, Elizabeth

    March 24, 2017 at 12:23 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hahahah so maybe it’s the korean culture afterall that’s different from the rest of the world xD

      March 26, 2017 at 10:11 pm
  • Reply Vicky T.

    Looks like such a relaxing day! Haha fried chicken is definitely a meal where I live but not usually with rice


    March 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha. here they have it even with sticky rice which is actually really good :P

      March 26, 2017 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply Sophie

    What a great getaway for some vitamin Sea <3

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    March 27, 2017 at 9:14 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      you’re right much needed vitamin sea!

      May 5, 2017 at 11:39 pm
  • Reply Mitzie Mee

    I was thinking about hitting Pattaya for a couple of days when I visit Bangkok next month. It looks really nice and I’ve heard they’ve cleaned up a lot in the red light business.

    March 28, 2017 at 9:44 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      i have a strong feeling you you might have to be back again real soon sanne ;)

      May 5, 2017 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply sileas

    Way too many places are branded with a certain image that doesn’t tell the whole truth and Pattaya certainly is a good example. Love how you showed us a different side of it!

    March 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    Looks like a great and relaxing day. And the scene is so beautiful! In Taiwan, we do have traditional bento boxes served with fried chicken and rice haha! So I can definitely relate.

    Tiffany x

    April 11, 2017 at 9:45 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      wouldn’t imagine pattaya to be so pretty right?? hehe

      May 5, 2017 at 11:32 pm
  • Reply Kim

    Fried chicken is definitely a meal in the United States, haha! And an unrelated note, I love the color of your hair! The views of the water are so pretty~

    Kim | Simply Lovebirds

    May 5, 2017 at 11:52 pm
  • Reply TCK Goes Home

    Hahaha, fried chicken = savory dessert. I could not have worded that any better! XD I love that you provided a less touristy things to do in this post, because you can find the more touristy things to do elsewhere. Always giving the local’s pov! (Y)

    Somin // TCK Goes Home

    May 8, 2017 at 5:29 pm
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