Pattaya is about 160 kilometers southeast of Bangkok in the province of Chonburi. It used to be a fishing village but during the 60s, American servicemen (during the Vietnam War) flocked to Pattaya for holidays that started its development as a popular beach destination in Thailand.
The second leg of the trip has just started. Me and my buddy hurriedly hopped on the train from our hotel and transferred to another one to get to Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok has an efficient train system) where my two cousins were patiently waiting for us (fresh from their Manila-Bangkok flight). We immediately looked for the buses going to Pattaya Bus Station (level 1, gate 8 of the airport) and booked the next available bus to Pattaya (250 Baht | US$ 7.70). After two hours of escaping the Bangkok madness, we arrived at Pattaya and booked this songthaew (baht bus) for 150 Baht (US$ 1.60) to bring us to our home for the night, The Bayview Pattaya.
After we settled in our assigned rooms, we went out and grabbed a cab going to our first stop in Pattaya, the Mini Siam.
The idea of Mini Siam (Siam is the old name of Thailand) is to showcase the famous attractions and landmarks that captured the essence of the old Siam (its traditions, religion, arts & culture) in the form of miniature replicas. It opened up in 1986 and started gaining recognition for the exquisite details on the mini structures (with 1:25 scale, that precise). And after gaining so much regard from locals and tourists, they started building the Mini World that exhibits significant landmarks in the world. It’s really a great deal to check out all this exciting sights in one site.
|Inside the Eiffel|
We were so excited it so we hurriedly went inside (we purposely went there at night so as to not be drained by the extreme heat and to veer away with so many tourists that go there during daytime, we practically owned Mini Siam that night) and paid 250 Baht each (US$ 7.72). We checked out the Mini World section first and was stunned by the amazing structures inside (I really suggest that you go there before sunrise up to its closing hours as the structures magically light up at night).
|Eiffel Tower - France|
|Saint Basil's Cathedral - Russia|
|The Statue of Liberty - U.S.A.|
|Christ the Redeemer - Brazil|
|Can you identify these famous temple tops?|
|The Sydney Opera House - Australia|
|Colosseum - Italy|
|Abu Simbel - Egypt|
(my cousin and moi)
Next was the Mini Siam where the famous temples and landmarks of Thailand are exhibited in this one huge area.
|Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) - Bangkok|
|Wat Phra Kaeo - Bangkok|
|Rama IX Cable-Stayed Bridge - Bangkok|
The craftsmanship of the Mini Siam is truly world class. The fine and exquisite details of the miniature replicas are precisely done and is close to perfection. We had fun (and got really tired) after exploring it in three hours.
The next day was chill day. We intended to just laze around Beach Road. The Pattaya Beach is just near the road and tons of umbrellas and beach lounge chairs dominated its whole stretch. The beach was not that inviting and water sports were everywhere thus, blocking its nice view (I didn’t even dare to take a dip).
|The Beach Road|
We rented some chairs and feasted on fresh coconut juice and other stuff that some peddlers were selling around the beach. Me and my buddy opted for some beers.
The siesta ended so soon when we needed to go back to our hotel to catch the afternoon bus going back to Bangkok. It was a short but fun time at Pattaya.
387 Moo 6, Sukhumvit Rd., Pattaya City,
Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150, Thailand
Contact Numbers: (+66) 387.27.333 | (+66) 387.27.666
Email Address: email@example.com
Entrance fees: Thais – 100 Baht (US$ 3) for Adults | 50 Baht (US$ 1.54) for Children
Foreigners: 250 Baht (US$ 7.72) for Adults | 120 Baht (US$ 3.70) for Children
Open Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.