The Top 10 Beaches This Summer


Sightseeing on the beach in the wonderful summer cross Phuket ,  Pattaya,Koh Samui Pang-Nga and Huahin is a holiday paradise for those who enjoy a quiet holiday or a smashing wild time. They are extremes on both ends of the holiday spectrum; you can get lost in a private beach or be the one to litter the beach after a wild hangover party. Backpackers out for a good time will not be disappointed and for the more sedate tourist you can always stay away from the crowd in the more secluded beach front resorts. Even adventure goers will have a field day in the jungle interiors of the island. Let’s get stared with the hot summer.

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Pirate Cruise Pattaya

Pirate Cruise in Pattaya


Admirallica is the largest and most comfortable cruise vessel in Pattaya!

Introducing Admirallica, this grand pirate ship is now available in Pattaya for day trip excursions. The mighty galleon offers a truly unique experience and is totally family friendly, with on board entertainers performing pirate shows and catering to all guests, whatever your needs may be.

Admirallica guarantees maximum comfort with easy access to six bathrooms equipped with showers, a large dining area with ample seating to sit down and enjoy the delicious meals prepared by our chef.

The upstairs lounge area is the perfect place on the boat to sit and enjoy drinks from the bar, with draft beer available as well as spirits. The bar is covered and shaded offering a lovely breeze and is furnished to amplify the comfortable and luxurious style that flows throughout the vessel.

The second deck is also occupied by the DJ booth and dance floor, while the upper decks are perfect for relaxing and catching some sun on the lounge beds.

The whole ship offers fantastic view points and ideal photo opportunities, with our on board photographer you can capture every moment!

The islands around Pattaya offer gorgeous clear waters to swim, and all guests can enjoy the water from the swimming platform at the rear of the ship. Should any guests wish to venture to the beach, our tender Admirallica 2, will deliver you safely to the shore.

Admirallica is the finest touristing vessel in Pattaya, safety and customer satisfaction are top priority and our staff are on hand to ensure you take full advantage of what the ship has to offer.

Teddy Bear Museum Pattaya

Teddy Bear Invasion In Pattaya!


Teddy Bear Museum PattayaSomewhere in our childhood, some of us had a teddy bear or two. If you love teddy bears and want to see one of the largest collection of these lovable and huggable childhood icons ….head on over to the Teddy Island Museum in Pattaya! We guarantee even your kids will find this more to their taste than Walking Street just down the road.

Teddy Bear Museum PattayaAt Thaitourismguide we believe that fun should not be limited to adults only, unless of course there is the child in you. Imagine rooms full of these cuddly bears in all shapes and sizes. it will take you a good half afternoon just to get through the whole space within this museum. Conveniently located along the main shopping and entertainment street of Pattaya on Beach Road, it is easy getting to Teddy Island if you are staying in any of the many hotels in this area. This is one of the new attractions in Pattaya that would be fun to explore especially if you have been to Pattaya a few times or have children tagging along.

Teddy Bear Museum PattayaThe museum is the brainchild of a Korean family that makes teddy bears for toy shops around the world. Thinking of what better idea than to have a place where all types of bears can be displayed in imaginative settings for the amusement and entertainment of visitors to Thailand, the Teddy Island Museum was created. Boasting more than one thousand teddy bears specially created for the museum, one can also have a good time taking some interesting pictures within.

There are two levels in the museum but unfortunately no little cafeteria inside where you could have refreshments. While teddy bears may not be for everyone but some of these bears are very cute and one can appreciate the art work that has gone into designing the settings for these bears.

Teddy Bear Museum PattayaWalking into the museum on the third floor, you are greeted by a family of bears in their actual life-sized pose. Beyond this point will be bears galore in Egyptian headgears, Indiana Jones style and even Bat Bear and Dracula! The first bear chamber is dedicated to Egyptian and somewhat Mayan type bears. Of interest here is actually the sculpted fiberglass bears with their colourful costumes. There are also bears of variable sizes placed on shelving, decorated bears and a few interesting mummified bears.

See “Bearcula” in the bear cave hanging from the dark corners of stalactites and stalagmites. He comes with a few minions to scare the bear out of you! Next up is a Jurassic Park adventure. There is a 3D tunnel here for an interesting photo shoot of escaping from the jaws of an ancient croc. You might want to try that picture snapping moment here. A little further up is good old T Rex and his companions all giving the bear friends a ride? T Rex is an interesting and imposing figure in this room and there is a dinosaur eye starring back at you from a corner. Unfortunately the bears were not too outstanding here in this room and overshadowed by T Rex and his friends.

However the archaeology room is a little more interesting. Indiana Jones styled bears investigating old fossils and ruins were fairly interesting. Conveniently located in each of these rooms are pose able bears where you can take some really cute pictures with bigger-than-life bears. There are also a few other stuffed toys mostly in the Safari World section. Here there are hippos, giraffes and other animals mostly for the entertainment of children.

There are many more sections to this museum, such as Underwater World with a huge pink whale on display and mermaid styled bears, Space Exploration with astronaut bears, the Movie Fantasy Room with bears from different character movies such as Obi Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Darth Vader from Star Wars, Superman and even other Marvel Super Heroes.

Little girls would love the Fairy Tale room with winged ponies and Fairy Bears. There is even a tree house you can climb up to much like what one would have loved to have as a child and slides to slip down from the tree house. Under the tree house is a dream bedroom for the musician in you with a self-playing piano.

Pattaya Coral Island Full Day TourWhile a Teddy Island Museum is not for everyone, it is however a great place to add on to your itinerary for sightseeing in Pattaya especially if you have children or just love teddy bears. You can book tickets to Teddy Island Museum early from the Thaitourismguide website and plan your trip to Pattaya early so that you will be able to see as many attractions in Pattaya during your stay.

alcazar show pattayaThe location of Teddy Bear Island on Beach Road is near to other attractions such as Alcazar Caberat Show and the renowned Tiffany Cabaret Show. Other attractions along Beach Road in Pattaya is off course the infamous Walking Street with their nightlife and Go Go Bars, seafood restaurants and the Bali Hai Pier which has ferries to Coral Island or better known as Koh Larn.

Typical bookings to Pattaya would include sightseeing to Koh Larn, a visit to Teddy Island Museum and probably a dinner and show in Pattaya from one of the many famous theatres. Most of the admission tickets for shows in Pattaya are available via the Thaitourismguide travel website.

So if you are looking for something different to do in Pattaya and have been here a few times but want an unusual place to visit in Pattaya, head out to Teddy Island Museum for the afternoon. Remember to bring your camera along for those few good shots!

Colosseum Show Pattaya

Rocking the Colosseum Down in the East!


Colosseum Show Pattaya

Pattaya has many things to offer in all its splendor and beauty. Known for its Lady Boy cabaret shows, one in particular is the envy of many: The Colosseum, an arena of diverse performances and unrivaled beauties performed by some of the most bodacious and elegant “women”! Be enthralled by their stunning acting, synchronization and spirit of love for the art of entertainment.
Indulge and be spoilt by the array of performances, each show flirting with the arts of both traditional and contemporary dance theaters. From the elegance of the East to the hip and heart thrumming beats of the West be ready to stamp your feet and leap in applause at Colosseum’s culturally diverse theater and curvaceous beauties! Standing out as some of the best! Your eyes will be treated to renown and famous performances such as; “Heart and Soul”, a story of a woman’s nostalgia for soldiers of the Qin mausoleum arriving to liberate their earthly desires. Not only of Eastern but contemporary as well with a performance in feature of Beyonce’s likeness… So what are you waiting for? Come on over and be captivated by the envious beauty and talent of these local and International Lady Boys!

2 Sky Pattaya Rocket Ball

The Amazing Rocket Ball Flight Experience In Pattaya


 

 

2 Sky Pattaya Rocket Ball“ 3, 2, 1 ….Launch!” and your heart is pounding as you accelerate from a complete standstill to a force 5G at more than 100 kilometers per hours while strapped to a solid bucket seat and four point harness within the confines of a wired ball and rubber straps on either side of the module.  Brings up images of a ball bearing in a slingshot doesn’t it?

Well, that is what the  by Thaitourismguide is all about. It is the only rocket ball experience in Pattaya in the province of Chonburi, Thailand. This exhilarating activity is definitely not for the faint-hearted but kids and those with a penchant for extreme thrills will love it. The rocket ball experience tour is one of the most fascinating extreme sport tours in Pattaya at the present moment.

Conveniently located at the Bali Hai Plaza which is near the famous Walking Street of Pattaya, you can book a tour of 2 Sky Pattaya Rocket Ball in advance from Thaitourismguide and it is open daily from 3.00pm in the evening to 4.00 am in the morning. Strange hours you may say but along Walking Street, these are the regular hours. If you are the type that gets butterflies in your stomach, then best to go before dinner but if you are the thrill seekers you may go anytime till 4.00am. Some guests are known to dare each other after a drink or more but please do not throw up all over the seats in your bouts of daring each other!

So exactly what is the Rocket Ball experience that is so exhilarating? Imagine a breathtaking experience where two brave riders are catapulted high up into the air at totally thrilling speeds, spinning and bouncing as they go and reaching a height of 50 meters in the air supported by a body harness in a steel cage and the speed is 100 KPH per minute of acceleration with a 5G force, not unlike what fighter pilots and astronauts go through, all in a matter of a few split seconds and lasting about slightly more than a minute as you are bouncing around after the slingshot.

2 Sky Pattaya Rocket Ball This man made wonder of an amusement machine consist of two steel towers with a special cord connected to each tower. Both ends of the cord are attached to a caged steel vehicle in which 2 riders are seated. The vehicle is pulled to the ground, where riders board. When the vehicle is released from the loading station, the cords engage, sending riders on a high-speed vertical launch 50 meters into the air at speeds of 100 KPH in one second and 5G force. To call the Rocket Ball the most thrilling, exciting, amazing experience is no understatement. No doubt about it, it’s the ultimate rush and those brave enough to take on Rocket Ball also spin around and around whilst taking in a bird’s eye view of Pattaya. (If you are brave enough to keep your eyes open that is!)
It is always safety first and 2 Sky Pattaya Rocket Ball is operated by fully trained, qualified and also fully supervised by on-site European technical engineers from one of the biggest amusement park companies in Italy. The device and the company are fully compliant with world standards of quality and safety. Therefore the Rocket Ball was designed with extreme safety in mind. The ride was built with only the strongest, highest-quality materials and each strategic part is connected with full-penetration welds. It has been tested by our state of the art computer assisted design and engineering programs so it stays up and running safely as long as the ride operates.

 

If you are wondering about other safety features for this extreme adventure ride in Thailand, this is how it goes. The passengers are first secured by a four point harness (such as what you would find in a rally car for example) A padded safety bar is then locked into position in front of the passengers. Each pair of cords has a determined lifespan which is monitored very closely. Each ‘jump’ is recorded by computer which then generates a regular safety report and tells the operator when the cords are due to be replaced, and if that wasn’t enough, in the highly improbable event of a cord failing there is an additional failure safety system bound into the elastics of the cord to prevent the gondola falling. We also have a highly skilled team of engineers at 2 Sky Pattaya Rocket Ball who carry out daily checks and maintenance but Technical Park-Italy also carry out an annual safety inspection before the attraction is deemed safe for operation. These safety reports are available upon request to members of the public.
2 Sky Pattaya Rocket BallOff course like any extreme amusement park ride, there are conditions attached as to who can or cannot participate in these rides. These conditions are for the safety of the passengers. The whole nature and essence of Rocket Ball is such that passengers will experience very fast motion. Therefore, it is recommended that persons suffering from the following conditions should not take part in Rocket Ball experience. Such persons include those with back or neck ailments, heart conditions, are pregnant, who have vertigo or motion sickness and or any other condition which may be affected by an extreme ride such as this.

If you are concerned about any side effects caused by the ride apart from a compulsion to do it again and again, there are NO long term side effects whatsoever!

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Thai Alangkarn Theater

THE GRAND THEATRICALS OF ALANGKARN IN PATTAYA


Thai Alangkarn TheaterThe meaning of the word “Alangkarn” in Thai is huge or grand. You can expect no less when you visit the famed Alangkarn Theatre in the city of Pattaya. Located just an hour and a half out of Bangkok, Pattaya City along the southern  east coast of Thailand has much to offer in almost any form of entertainment. There are few epic sized theatre performances around the world of noteworthy mention with the exception of those in London and America, but you can find one of it right here in Pattaya City.

The Alangkarn Theatre situated a little out of the city centre boast a two thousand seat auditorium with a seventy meter “Hexa” stage that has a one hundred and eighty degree view and state-of-the-art sound systems  with three large entry walkways that can accommodate a troupe of elephants literally! It is a most impressive stage not to mention impressive performances that go along with it.

While you are in Pattaya, make sure that you do not miss this epic extravaganza. The Alangkarn Theatre experience tour booking is made through Thaitourismguide and it is advised that you include the transfer from hotel to Alangkarn Theatre in your booking. Please note that there is only one show per day and the pickup time is at 4.00pm as the show starts early at 6.00pm and it takes about half an hour to forty five minutes to get from your hotel to the theatre venue. This leaves you with an hour to walk around the Cultural Rostrum which is packed with pre-show activities. Your bookings for Alangkarn Theatre can also include a Thai and International Buffet dinner at the Alangkarn Restaurant which is served after the show.

Thai Alangkarn TheaterArrival at the theatre grounds will see you first entering the walkway into the Cultural Rostrum entrance. The walkway itself is impressively decorated with huge sculpted Korn theatre masks depicting the many characters of deities and villains found in the Ramakein stories. These colourful masks make a good background picture for your memorable experience at the Alangkarn Theatre. At the end of the walkway as you turn right, is the open air cultural rostrum. The first to greet you would be the star of the elephant cast, a female elephant, who is a young 22 years old. Astride her is her handler and also stage performer. She will oblige you for a ride with a mere fee of THB100 which is equivalent to USD3. This would be bare back elephant riding so it is a different experience altogether compared to those you would find in an elephant village where you rode on a “howdah” which is a sedan chair strapped onto the back of an elephant. You will be able to play with this beautiful pachyderm and also pose for pictures with her and her handler.

There are many activities all around the rostrum that will entertain you. In the centre of this courtyard is a huge bell tower with some very intricate sculptures of mythical creatures such as one with the body of a dragon and the head of an elephant as well as a few life-sized and true to life sculptures of elephants. There are many opportunities here for you to get some really nice pictures especially with the glow of the setting sun in the background, as after all, Pattaya is a seaside resort area! At the mini stage podium you will be able to watch small traditional Thai dances while along the sides leading to the main auditorium will be mini stalls setup with games and souvenirs. Watch out for some of the cartoon dressed characters from the old Thai traditional stories; they are bigger sized than normal and sometimes may seem to be just statues without moving save for the occasional twitch.

Thai Alangkarn TheaterThe show in Alangkarn starts promptly at 6.00pm and there are several entrances into the theatre. Those requiring a wheelchair can obtain them from the front registration counter and one of the ushers will bring you up to the theatre by a separate entrance. The services for the disabled and handicapped are remarkable so it is very convenient even for those who are not mobile. The reception of the theatre is enormous with several more huge masks of deities and mythical creatures, a central display of a Royal Barge and several stage mock-ups in the corners. Making your way upwards will bring you to the theatre stage where seating is numbered. The show starts with two clowns entertaining the crowds using a large ball which is thrown to and fro to encourage audience participation. This goes on for about ten to fifteen minutes followed by the opening of the stage curtains.

There are three parts to the one and half hour show starting with an introduction to Thai beliefs in mysticism. Here you get to experience the first wonders of this extravaganza show with real life fire effects, fireworks and surreal settings. There is a beautiful “naga” or better known as a dragon on stage ending with an epic fight with the Thai elephant. You will also get to see actors flitting across the stage on aerialist wires adding on to the mystical allure of the performance. The entire scene and play in the first part symbolizes the track of Thai civilization, a belief inculcated about the origins of Thailand and its cultures. This is followed by the second scene where you get to see a fire breathing “naga” in all its glory. You can even feel the heat from the many fire spouts along the front of the stage! Watch for the enactment fight between the “naga” and the elephant star of the show, it is truly remarkable. This first act in the show will give you some understanding of Thai mythology and what shapes Thai culture as you see it today.

Thai Alangkarn TheaterThe show consists of three acts with seven different intricate stage settings including a pyrotechnic display at the end of the show. The opening of this wonderful epic stage play begins with the symbolic title of “Belief”. This scene depicts the dawn of civilization based on mythology and the age of fairies. The scene is rich in mythical creatures such as half man/bird which is symbolic of the Thai national emblem the “Garuda” as well as a fire breathing dragon. Great pains have been taken to create all the magical backdrops such as this first scene that is reminiscence of a mythical and magical forest. Look out for the great scene where the elephant battles the dragon which shows the Thai reverence for the “Chang” or elephant in scene 2 and the triumphant elephant as it overcomes the dragon or known in Thai as a “Naga”.

In Act 2 you will experience the different Thai culture and arts through an introduction to the four regions of Thailand which is the North, South, East and West. In this sequence you will see a wonderful parade of elephants in full regalia with a Royal entourage consisting of fire torch bearing troupes, a dais borne on the shoulders of the performers in glittering gold adornments, some very beautiful Thai female performers in intricate headwear and costumes on the top of six elephants parading from the stage to the broad centre aisle among the spectators! This is one of the highlights of the performance not to be seen in such splendour at any other epic performance in Thailand and is a definite MUST-SEE when you are in Pattaya. This is truly one of the best Pattaya travel experiences you can have and it comes highly recommended. Also in this act in scene 4, is to look out for the left and right stage ends where you will get to see beautifully sculpted Korn character statues that are almost as high as the stage. “Korn” is the Thai character from stories and myths based on the Ramayana. Here you are introduced to a fascinating culture of the Royal Mask drama that re-enacts Korn scenes as performed in days of old in front of a Royal audience as a form of entertainment.

 

Thai Alangkarn TheaterThe final act will bring you to three well known periods of Thai history which are the Sukhothai, Ayuddhaya and Rattanakosin Kingdom. These were the periods of creation, conquests and prosperity in the Thai history. The Sukhothai period is depicted as a time of early creation and discovery under various Kings of Thailand who slowly brought prosperity to the country. In the Ayuddhaya period, there are scenes of conquest between the ancient rivalry of Thailand and Burma. Finally in the Rattanakosin period it is a time of prosperity and wonderment. There are comedy sketches between the scenes with a traditional courting and wedding period, followed by rivalry between suitors ending in an outbreak of war where full ancient Thai and Burmese war regalia are worn complete with war elephants on stage. The last scene in a setting of peace and wonderment another highlight of aerial artistry is displayed with floating fairy like performers gliding down from the back of the audience to the stage and ending in a great fireworks display. In the final Act, there are instances of audience participation so you do get your five minutes of fame on an epic stage! Do marvel at all the wonderful backdrops and stage scenes that must have taken a whole troupe of artisans to create that makes this show so worthwhile watching.

 

As you leave the stage on the way out to your waiting transportation, the theatre lobby is alive with the performers who are available for photo shoots with you for a mere THB20 or USD0.90 per session. You can always tip them more if you like for the great performances. There are in total about five different scene settings that you can take pictures of with the casts as a good memory of your visit to Alangkarn. This is one of the must see performances in Pattaya, and it is always best to make sure your tickets are booked in advance. There are two options, one is just for the show and the other is for a show and dinner. The dinner is an international and Thai style buffet after the show. There is only one performance a day, so do make sure that you do not miss your transport and to be on time for your transfer arrangements to Alangkarn!

kaocheechan

DISCOVER CHONBURI PROVINCE IN A 1 DAY PRIVATE TOUR EXCLUSIVELY FROM THAITOURISMGUIDE


When people mention the province of Chonburi, first place to come in mind is always Pattaya, BUT did you know that there is more to this province than just the beach and seedy life of Walking Street? Well, here is your chance to discover the hidden treasures of Chonburi in this exclusive private tour that will literally bring you to Heaven and Hell on Earth as well as the gems of excellent freshly cooked seafood cuisine off the Chonburi shores.

kaocheechanFirst item on the tour list for the Unseen Chonburi Tour Experience by Thaitourismguide is a stop at the Buddha Mountain or known locally as the Khao Chi Chan. Some people call it the “Laser Buddha” mountain especially if you try your GPS locater to pin your position.

Though it is known as the “Laser Buddha” it has not actually been sculpted by laser beams. The image of the Buddha in the meditation posture was projected by laser onto the face of the cliff and hand hewn by craftsmen using the laser projected guide. Gold colour tiles were later inlaid onto the crevices of the sculptured lines so that it is visible from a distance. The Buddha image stands one hundred and thirty meters tall by seventy meters wide and is considered a sculpting feat. The name of the Buddha is known as “Phra Phud-Maha-wachira-uttamopaad-Saad-sada” and was sculpted in 1996 in honour of the present HRH King Bhumipol. If you look closely at the chest of the Buddha, inlaid is a relic from the Great Buddha himself.

ViharnseanNext on the tour itinerary is the beautiful Viharn Sien museum and temple. Within the temple are large white ceramic statues of the Chinese gods and deities that are bigger than life. A short walk across the road will bring you to the Viharn Sien museum which was built by Ajarn Sa Nga Kulkobkiat. It will take approximately two hours to walk this three storey museum created in the Taoist impressionist style by Chinese craftsmen and sculptors. Outside in the museum grounds are a good collection of stone and bronze sculptures depicting various Buddha, mythical creatures, deities and scholars. This place has great photo opportunities and Thaitourismguide provides a guide that will explain the history and myths behind these various sculptures.

A walk up a flight of steps will bring you to the Great Hall which is a rendition of the Great Hall of the Emperor in China. Massive dragon sculptures adorn the entrance way and pillars in this huge hall. Inside are a great collection of sculptures from China and recreations of ancient Chinese artworks. There are no less than a hundred different sculptures in this massive hall as well as very interesting displays of the “Terracotta Warrior” site excavations. You will get to read on the history of this excavation site as well as see a layout diorama of the entire site. Included are also some samples of items excavated including two life-sized terracotta warriors, a collection of warriors and a ceramic cast horse drawn carriage.

viharnseanGoing up to the second floor will bring you to the Thai historical room where rows upon rows of Khon puppets are on display. This room has some of the most complete collection of Korn puppets used for various cultural plays and representing the vastness of Ramekin myths and legends as well as the many types of characters from Thai mythology.  Some of the puppets look very realistic but it is a rare opportunity to be able to see this many in one place that embodies true Thai culture.

viharnseanA walk up the third floor will bring you to a breath-taking view of the surrounding area including a sweeping view of the Laser Buddha Mountain. Also on the outdoor patio are more warrior sculptures in various martial arts poses as well as more interesting sculptures.

One would by this time be in the mood for food and refreshments after a morning of travelling and walking! This tour itinerary will give you the opportunity to sample some of the freshest seafood right by the sea in laid back settings. Heading toward the Ang Sila old market and Plee Harbour area, you can settle down to a good seafood lunch freshly cooked and steaming hot accompanied by a refreshing cold drink to refuel you for the next stage of the tour. By the way, this is a great pace to try the delectable horseshoe crab eggs in a typical Thai style salad. Absolutely scrumptious and a recommended must try dish! After lunch you can take a walk along the market place where craftsmen ply their trade of wicker baskets, betel nut boxes, ceramics and handmade pestles and mortar. Also found here are the fresh seafood markets where dry marine produce are sold. This is a typical Thai old style market place seldom seen in the cities which makes for a very traditional Thai way of life experience.

wangsansukThe last leg of the tour will bring you to the Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden. This place is not normally found on a tourist itinerary but in this tour by Thaitourismguide, you will get a chance to see this most unusual garden right in Baan Saen. The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden is actually a monastery but also sometimes known as the Thailand Hell Horror Park. This place is mostly frequented by locals and very few tourists actually make their way here due to the difficulty of finding the place without transport and not many travel agents have tours to this place. The cement sculpted statues are a little worn for wear and tear but it still makes for an eye-opening visit as it brings you to the core of Thai Buddhism and its beliefs about karma and the way of life. Thai parents mostly bring their children here to teach moral lessons on behaviour and action, serving as a teaching ground for what is morally righteous. The main purpose of this monastery is to give an inclination and depiction of the Buddhist Hell or “Naraka”.

The entranceway does not look like much but starting off from the left entrance, one sees a large fat Buddha and the sign at the entrance before proceeding inside written in Thai are inscribed the words “Welcome to Hell”! Appropriately stated further in is another sign that says “If you meet the devil in this life, make sure you have given time for merit making before you can defeat him in the next life”. Words worth remembering considering the scenes you will see as you go deeper into the garden.

wangsansukInitially the statues all along the side depict heavenly Gods and deities, beautifully crafted but a little worn for a new coat of paint. Each character has an inscription that details the character. At the end of the row to these statues on your right is the monastery. On the left of the monastery temple is a large lake. In most temples, feeding the fish in the lake is one of the merit deeds you can do but this lake has other more unusual occupants, meaning tortoises. One rarely sees let alone feeds tortoises in a monastery but you can do it here. There is a vendor selling bread for the fish and vegetable for the tortoises. You can walk down the steps to the lake side to feed them which is in itself an experience while making merit.

Walking away from the lake is where literally all “hell breaks loose”. Most noticeable and towering above all the other statues are Nai Ngean and Nang Thong. These two emaciated, long limbed and tongued creatures represent the Thai Folklore of the Hungry Ghosts known as Preta. Horrific in size and looks is a sombre awakening to the possibilities of Hell as well as a Heaven in our minds.

wangsansukAlong the sides to this part of Hell is where the moral lessons begin. In life it depicts that one should not stab each other in the back, lie, cheat or whatever sins that may be committed and its retributions in hell. When a person dies, they are brought before the God who governs over sins committed in the previous life and dispenses the appropriate tortures in Hell. Around the Preta statues are twenty one animal head souls who are tortured according to their crimes. Each animal head represents a particular sin for example a pig head means the sin of corruption, cow heads mean drug abuse and so on.

wangsansukThe gory parts of the scene are where sinners are met out with punishments befitting the seriousness of their crimes or sins. The exhibits here may be a little gory but it serves as a good reminder to stay on the righteous path! Human souls are tortured by being ripped apart by hell hounds, limbs cut off and replaced over and over, disembowelment by hell birds and burnt or boiled in huge cauldrons. Note the little donation boxes next to each scene to encourage the merit of charity through penance. Laugh not for even in Western society we believe that charity begins at home!

At the end of all these cycles in Hell, the repentant sinner approaches the Buddha for forgiveness and a reincarnation into the next cycle of life where hopefully he or she would have learnt the painful tortures and lessons in Hell to have a better life in the next. All in all this is a very interesting tour where one gets to understand the root of karmic cycle in Buddhism. Some may find it entertaining, amusing or others may find it sobering depending on your view point.

The different destinations in this four point tour will give you an eye-opening view of Chonburi province out of the normal tour route with everything from breath-taking scenes to wonderful works of art, great food and off course sights for you to ponder upon about Amazing Thailand!

Bangkok

TRAVEL UPDATES IN THAILAND


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Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand is undergoing much political changes and the situation in the city is currently tense with a newly declared state of emergency today, Wednesday 22nd January for the next 60 days. This is mostly in the CBD ( Central Business District ) but leaving the outer city limits still peaceful and unaffected. If your hotel is not located in the CBD areas and you are flying in from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, tours in the sub-urban areas are still open and available. These places include Safari World, Dream World, Siam Park CityAncient City and Erawan Museum.

Bangkok to Ayuttaya World Heritage Tour (Join in Group Tour) for Minimum 2 PersonThough there are still tourists within the CBD areas and temple tours as well as cruise dinners are still available, please check with us before booking these tours. We strongly recommend that if you would like to visit these areas to please use the services of accompanied tours with the guides and transport. Please do refrain from participating in the demonstrations as will be advised by your respective embassies. Other destinations in Thailand are unaffected and you can still visit places such as Phuket, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya, Krabi, Khaoyai, Pattaya, Hua Hin and other outer tour destinations. Business is as usual in these places. Climates are good at this time of year for the coastal and Island destinations. Activities of interest in Thailand at this time of year includes Eco-tourism such as national park activities, bird watching tours, diving and marine activities.

Koh Tao This is also a good time of the year to tour the northern regions of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Doi Inthanon. Activities includes tribal village visits, explorations into the mountain regions on specialized bird watching tours, temple visits, day and night safaris, underwater world and cultural handicraft village visits. Please check with us for customized tour options to these destinations or others in Thailand.

  • Genevieve Pendrageon (Travel Review Writer/Bangkok)
Pattaya Dolphin World

The wild wild west and dolphins of Pattaya!


Pattaya Dolphin WorldThe city of Pattaya, an hour and a half drive from Bangkok city may be noted mostly for its nightlife and burlesque entertainments but under all that exterior there is still much to discover for those not into the nocturnal avenues. Day time activities in the city of Pattaya are varied, listings from adventure to family style entertainment.

Our recent explorations of Pattaya brought us to the new travel experience from Thaitourismguide for Pattaya Dolphin World, located about a forty five minute drive from the popular Beach Road area where most hotels are located. We recommend that it is best to include return transfers from your hotel to the Pattaya Dolphin World as even we found it difficult to find our way there otherwise. The place is located in the Jomtien district on a 50 rai piece of land which includes an amusement park, a fishing pond, a resort, Wet Park and the dolphin arena.

This is a place that would cater well not just for families but also couples and groups because there are loads of fun activities in Pattaya enjoyable for all age groups. The fun starts as you walk through the turnstiles at the entrance. If you are too lazy to walk the whole area, hop onto a pony buggy for a quick trot around the facility. Those of you walking beware and watch where you step with the buggies running around, not so much from being bowled over but more like what you might step in!

Pattaya Dolphin worldA 50 meter walk will bring you to Cowboy Town complete with a saloon and Sheriff’s office. They actually have Cowboy shows here to entertain you so you get to watch a short sketch of life in the Wild Wild West. There are also ample opportunities for you to get some really good pictures with the cast and crew and a small tip will suffice for a great shot to remember by.

You might want to remember to bring along your swimming gear on this trip. There is a nice big pool to play and swim in or even for an opportunity to later swim with the dolphins. Kids and adults would love frolicking in the pool on a hot day. Those not into swimming can just laze around at the café with a drink in hand to watch the people walking by or keeping an eye on the kids.

If all this is still not yet a tiresome trip, be adventurous and have a go at the adrenaline rush with a mock cliff climb experience or even take to the ropes for a very intricate rope climbing experience! If this isn’t enough adrenaline, have a go at the all-terrain four wheel quad bike ride around the dirt circuit. The macho guys might want a go at the BB gun shooting range where you get to fire live rounds at the bulleye target in the shooting range. There are quite some awesome BB guns and paint ball guns on sale at the adventure store next to the shooting range.

The dolphin World in Pattaya is very well laid out with enough entertainment and adventure for you to occupy yourself for a whole day. Be sure to book your tickets early from Thaitourismguide so as not to be disappointed especially for the dolphin show. There are two dolphin shows a day so be sure not to miss the show. The auditorium for the dolphin show is located near the exit of the park. You can go for the show and continue the rest of the day at the park, so do not worry about exiting after the show.

Pattaya Dolphin WorldThe dolphin show is the highlight of the park. The auditorium seats about 200 people and when you make your way in, you get the chance to watch the dolphins swimming in the big pool. These are not your average dolphins that you would see in most aquariums but rather the variety indigenous to this region of Thailand. These are fresh water dolphins and there are two varieties here in Pattaya Dolphin World. There is a pair of pink bottle nosed dolphins and a pair of Irrawaddy dolphins. The Irrawaddy dolphins have no snouts like their cousins but they are just as intelligent and awesomely interactive as well as playful. Watching them perform is such a joy and you can see that they actually enjoy their performance routines! The show goes on for about forty five minutes where there are several skills performed. You can see that the dolphins interact very well with their trainers and one can almost say that it seems like a performance time is like playtime for the trainer and the dolphins. The few lucky spectators will get to go up and play with the dolphins but at the end of the show if you really want a great picture with the dolphin, it would set you back about THB200 but I can tell you that it is well worth the cost for a great picture. Those of you, who can afford a little bit more extra, can get to don a wetsuit and get into the water to swim with them for about twenty minutes. This is where it is one of the rare opportunities where you can actually get to play up close and personal with these wonderful sea mammals and understand why it is important to keep their species protected.

Pattaya dolphin WorldAfter the show, you can make your way for another round of the park facilities such as the resort and fishing grounds. Rent a rod and try your luck in the fishing pond where there are quite a variety of fresh water fish that you could try to bait and hook. This is a catch and release ponds, so that means you do not get to bring your catch home but the fun is in the fishing. If you would like to spend a night here, there are the newly constructed resorts with Lanna style cabins complete with all the modern amenities for your creature comfort. Meals are available at the restaurant near the resort that offers a variety of local and international cuisine.

All in all, this is a great place to spend a whole day and more. The most rewarding experience would be the dolphin show and it is enjoyed by young and old alike. The travel experience in Pattaya is not complete without an adventure in Pattaya Dolphin World!

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Pattaya Coral Island

A REVIEW ON ISLAND HOPPING FROM BANGKOK TO PATTAYA ON THE ONE DAY TOUR TO CORAL ISLAND


pattayaVisiting Thailand is never complete without a visit to one of the popular tropical islands. If you only have a few days and mostly based in Bangkok, where can you go to enjoy the white sandy beaches, clear waters and prolific sea life of the famous islands in Thailand?

The great news is that Pattaya in the province of Chonburi is only an hour and forty five minute drive from Bangkok City and there are a number of beautiful tropical islands with all the marine based activities and beautiful sights you would expect of an island paradise. Thaitourismguide now offers the very popular Top 10 Destinations in Pattaya for the Bangkok to Pattaya One Day Tour – Pattaya Coral Island/Koh Larn ( Join Tour) package that will fill a whole day of island and beach activities.

The tour starts very early in the morning with a pick up time at 6.30 am so that means you would need to have a very quick breakfast in your hotel before departing for the tour. This is a full package join in tour which means there will be other tourists going along with you and can be an opportunity to make more friends while travelling. Packing for this trip includes all personal items such as your swimwear, waterproof pouches for cameras and hand phones, suntan lotions and a change of clothing. Dress light and be prepared with a hat as it can be quite sunny.

Once you are on your transport heading for sunny Pattaya, enjoy the ride and get a glimpse of the province of Chonburi and the surrounding areas of Pattaya city which is one of the largest city of entertainment in Thailand second only to Bangkok. You will arrive at Pattaya Beach around 9.00am to meet the boat that will ferry you over to Coral Island also known by its local name of Koh Larn. It is a half hour ride out to the Gulf of Thailand to the island. Coral Island is one of the most popular and largest islands close to Bangkok City and it offers many activities.

seawalkerThe excitement mounts as you approach the island and the sea takes on a bright blue-green hue with crystal clear waters. As you approach the beach you just can’t wait to hop off the boat and get into those inviting waters. There are many activities on Coral Island and depending on your tour package types you may enjoy the activities you have opted for such as the Seawalker activity where you can don a special dive helmet and walk the seabed observing the marine life in their natural habitat or even Parasailing. These however are add-in options for the tour to Coral Island.

You can still enjoy other fun marine activities on the beach such as banana boat riding, snorkelling, jet skiing or just plain lazing by the beach. A scrumptious buffet lunch is served depending on your menu option during the booking period. You have a choice between Indian Buffet or Thai traditional menus. There is ample food to go around which should keep you fuelled up for the rest of the day. However if you are still hungry or thirsty, Coral island is not short of innovative food and drink vendors who ply their trade walking the beaches of the island. You can also get some very delicious seafood here on the go from these vendors, so you might want to consider bringing some spare money. There are also souvenir shops and other knick-knacks that you can go walk around and shop at for small mementoes. So there are ample types of activities for everyone on the island including the shopaholic!

coralpattayaThis tour package is a full day tour that ends at around 7.00pm when you are back at your hotel, by which time you would have been properly tanned and totally worn out from your trip. All-in-all, Coral Island is a perfect getaway to an island paradise for the taste of experiencing the island paradise of Thailand. The tour package is convenient as it includes full transfer from your hotel to the island and back. Just make a note of where to meet up with your fellow travellers and boatman once you get on the island. You will off course be briefed as to where and when to meet up for the departure back to Pattaya and then Bangkok. Your tour includes transportation, all admission fees as listed in the itinerary and an English Speaking Guide and meals if it is a selected option.

So do not miss out on the chance to visit Coral Island if you have a few days to spare in Bangkok and are looking forward to a beach and island experience in Thailand. This is also a great travel option not just for those travelling with kids but also couples and groups alike, after all who does not love the beach and sea if you have the opportunity to experience an island tour!