5 Reasons to Go to Thailand

We LOOOOVE Thailand.  It is one of our favorite countries with some of our favorite cultures. We meet incredible people every time we visit and fall in love with it all each time.   There are 5 top reasons that you need to go to Thailand.

The people.  The people are super nice.  We did meet a few NOT so nice people.  But most of the people we met were awesome.

The Food.  The food is great.  One of the best places we ate at was street restaurant that served and very tasty menu.  If you go, you have to be adventurous with the foods.

The Party.  If you like to party, you will probably not want to leave Thailand.  There is a reason why one of the Hangover movies was made there.

The Temples.  We are not Buddhist, but we could feel the peaceful spirit of Buddism when we visited the temples.  The essence of Thailand is there in those temples.

The Women.  The women are so beautiful and diverse.  They are tall, short, voluptuous, sensuous, reserved, petite, nice, feisty.  They are probably the main reason there are so many foreigners visiting.

 

thai girls

Thai girls are amazing!  They look good, they smell good and they are probably the main reason that people even travel to thailand.  As discussed in a previous article about dating thai girls, many of my friends and coworkers traveled to Pattaya, Bangkok and Chang mai.  If you go to Thailand it is MANDATORY that you hook up with hot babes.

There is probably no better place to find a date in South East Asia than Thailand.  One of my co-workers traveled to Bangkok after a nasty divorce and found an amazing wife on the outskirts of the city.  They bought a house and had a healthy baby boy.  The only problem was that Thailand has so many other amazing “potential” wives that he could not stop finding “options”.  The last time I talked to him, he was still traveling there and hooking up with 2 or 3 women at once then going home to his Thai wife and kid when he was done.  According to him, it was ok because many Thai men have “options”.  I am not sure if that was true.  Needless to say he is not the most ethical guy I have ever met.  Many of the Thai women I have met have been the “jealous type”, so I don’t think his wife knew about his travels.   I am not condoning this type of behavior, I am just telling you what happened.

We met a beautiful French/Thai couple in Pattaya.  Physically very attractive by any standard.  They showed us the many clubs for possible hookups (and/or prostitutes) in Pattaya.  They were very nice to us and it was really a pleasure to have met them.

our friends from thailand

friends from thailand

Another group of guys I know are huge fans of Pattaya.  It is a little touristy and crowded for my tastes, but it’s really not bad for a vacation.  These guys would date several women in Pattaya.  Their routine was to find two or three per day!  And for a little money you could have more.  Is it dating if you have to pay?

If you are looking for something in the middle (not one night stands and only long term if things workout) then Thailand is still one of the best.  A friend of ours has dated a lawyer and a doctor in Bangkok!  There are many very successful women and men there to choose from.  The economy is one of the best in South East Asia.  Those with higher education tend to know English, French, Spanish or some other languages other than Thai.

Pattaya

Pattaya

Most of the thai people we met were amazingly nice people.  It’s very easy to find a date in Thailand no matter what you are looking for.  The biggest barrier seems to be language since most people don’t know any English.  This makes a long distance relationship almost impossible, so Thai ladies looking for a foreigner usually look for those that are already in Thailand.  Another thing is race.  Just like Filipino women, Thai people favor the nordic/European look.  Although many in South East Asia are obsessed with the European look, there are definitely exceptions, but not many.

Overall, I would say Thailand is a great place for anyone to find a mate.  The Thai people as a whole are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.

thailand dating

Many of my friends and coworkers traveled to Thailand specifically for the women.  The main places they would go were Pattaya, Bangkok and Chang mai.  We have personally been to Bangkok and Pattaya, so we can verify what is said about these two wild places.

There is probably no better place to find a date in South East Asia than Thailand.  One of my co-workers traveled to Bangkok after a nasty divorce and found an amazing wife on the outskirts of the city.  They bought a house and had a healthy baby boy.  The only problem was that Thailand has so many other amazing “potential” wives that he could not stop finding “options”.  The last time I talked to him, he was still traveling there and hooking up with 2 or 3 women at once then going home to his Thai wife and kid when he was done.  According to him, it was ok because many Thai men have “options”.  I am not sure if that was true.  Needless to say he is not the most ethical guy I have ever met.  Many of the Thai women I have met have been the “jealous type”, so I don’t think his wife knew about his travels.   I am not condoning this type of behavior, I am just telling you what happened.

We met a beautiful French/Thai couple in Pattaya.  Physically very attractive by any standard.  They showed us the many clubs for possible hookups (and/or prostitutes) in Pattaya.  They were very nice to us and it was really a pleasure to have met them.

our friends from thailand

friends from thailand

Another group of guys I know are huge fans of Pattaya.  It is a little touristy and crowded for my tastes, but it’s really not bad for a vacation.  These guys would date several women in Pattaya.  Their routine was to find two or three per day!  And for a little money you could have more.  Is it dating if you have to pay?

If you are looking for something in the middle (not one night stands and only long term if things workout) then Thailand is still one of the best.  A friend of ours has dated a lawyer and a doctor in Bangkok!  There are many very successful women and men there to choose from.  The economy is one of the best in South East Asia.  Those with higher education tend to know English, French, Spanish or some other languages other than Thai.

Pattaya

Pattaya

Most of the thai people we met were amazingly nice people.  It’s very easy to find a date in Thailand no matter what you are looking for.  The biggest barrier seems to be language since most people don’t know any English.  This makes a long distance relationship almost impossible, so Thai ladies looking for a foreigner usually look for those that are already in Thailand.  Another thing is race.  Just like Filipino women, Thai people favor the nordic/European look.  Although many in South East Asia are obsessed with the European look, there are definitely exceptions, but not many.

Overall, I would say Thailand is a great place for anyone to find a mate.  The Thai people as a whole are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.

What are the pros and cons in moving to thailand?

We have been in Thailand traveling to some of the tourist destinations and visiting friends in Bangkok.  Over the years we have gathered tips on how to travel Thailand and come up with some pro and cons of moving to Thailand.

It is such a great place that we are still considering moving there.  We have talk to some of our friends who are locals and some who are expats coming from all over the US, France, and UK.  Here is what we have gathered.

Pros Cons
Great weather High Humidity (year round)
Many Nice People Language Barrier
Open Attitude Military Coup (political unrest)
Beautiful women High level of STDs
Many things to see High level of poverty
Travel through Asia Bangkok Expensive

There are few other things that you might want to consider as well depending on the area.  For example, Pattaya is not very family friendly (depending on what part you venture into) and like Chang Mai it is very “touristy”.  A great place to visit but probably not the best place to live.  Also, in some cases the “High Humidity” might be a huge plus for some people.  The people of Thailand was what made us consider living there as well as the lower overall cost of living for average people.

 

moving to thailand

moving to thailand

 

VAT Refund during your travel to thailand

Some countries allow tourist to get some of the money they spent on taxes while visiting.  This adds some incentives for tourist to return.  This is known as a Value added tax (VAT) Refund.  If you travel to Thailand, you can get a VAT Refund.  But there are few things you need to do.

1. When Shopping

  • Show your passport when purchasing to get a VAT Refund for Tourist sticker or VAT receipt. (this was not listed of the flyer but I seen it on their website site.
  • Shop at stores that have VAT REFUND for tourists signs.
  • Minimum purchase  at the same store per person should be 2,000 baht.
  • Ask for P.P.10 Form and original tax invoices at the store on the day of purchase.
  • Take your goods out of Thailand within 60 days of purchase via international airport.

vat refund during your travel to thailand

2. Procedure at the Customs

  • Present your purchases (P.P 10 Form, original tax invoices and purchased goods) at the Customs office before taking your luggage  at the international airports of Thailand (Subarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, U-Tapao, Krabi and Samui).

3. Refunding

  • Submit P.P.10 Form and all original tax invoices to claim your refund at VAT Refund for Tourist Offices after the passport control.
    travel to thailand VAT Refund

    Location of VAT Refund Office in Subarnabhumi is at the right side after ‘ Z’ check -in

  • Show your purchased Luxury goods like jewelry, ornaments, designer collection stuff pens etc with a value of 10,000 baht or more per item to the officer for reinspection at the VAT Refund for Tourist Office.
  • If the amount exceeds 30,000 baht, the refund payment  will be made by the form of draft or credit card account.

If you are in  a hurry after all inspections have been made, you can drop the P.P.10 Form and original tax invoices into the box in front of the VAT Refund for Tourist office or mail them to the address below:

VAT Refund for Tourist Office

The Revenue Department of Thailand

90 Phaholyothin 7, Phayathai,

Bangkok 10400, Thailand

*Location of VAT Refund Office in Subarnabhumi is at the right side after ‘ Z’ check -in counter.

Source: http://www.rd.go.th/vrt/index.html

For inquiries, email address of VAT Refund for Tourist is:  vrefund@rd.go.th

Note: For sim cards and internet browsing, You can buy a sim cards at 7 Eleven Stores and Family Mart. They also have those machines where you can purchase for internet.

restaurants in pattaya

Restaurants in Pattaya

Looking for restaurants in Pattaya?  

Here are a couple (few) restaurants in pattaya for you to consider.  For some variety of food in Pattaya you can try BBQ.  YeS, there is BBQ in Pattaya.

tequila reef ribs

tequila reef ribs

Our favorite ribs in Pattaya used to be Tequila Reef located on the infamous “bar girl” gauntlet of Soi 7.  Tequila Reef is a mexican restaurant.  It was recommended to us by co-workers.  When DimeTravel visited in 2012, it was great.

For some reason the last time we went (May 2014) to Tequila Reef the ribs were NOT GOOD. The sauce did not taste good and the meat was not tenderized.

Our new discovery is Pattaya BBQ Ribs Steak located on Soi 13 / 3rd road

pattaya bbq ribs

pattaya bbq ribs

location pattaya bbq ribs

location pattaya bbq ribs

bbq ribs

pattaya bbq ribs

Pattaya BBQ Ribs.  When we are in Pattaya, this is our favorite dish!  Super delicious.  This thai dude can COOK better than your mother!

The chicken bbq and potato wedges were cooked differently but taste really good. Thumbs up for the cook!

The Pattaya Bbq ribs are freshly cooked, tender, and taste so good. It is also very affordable. The serving starts from 49 baht – 149 baht (about 2 – 4 USD.

 

pattaya bbq ribs restaurant

pattaya bbq ribs restaurant

Oishi Restaurant is located at Central Festival Mall on the top floor. It is near SFX Theater. They serve  Japanese-Thai fusion. They have good and affordable food.  Oishi is way cheaper than many other Japanese restaurants in Central. Good Customer service for thai standards.

Average serving price for 2 people: 250- 400 baht

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Sukishi Restaurant is a Korean Bbq Restaurant in Central Festival. It is always packed with thai people and foreigners any time of the day. They have some seats outside the restaurant for people who have reserved a table. They have a very delicious bbq sauce. They use charcoal in grilling. Prices of food were not expensive and the staff were welcoming.

Average price for 2 pax 500 baht

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Zen restaurant is an ala carte Japanese restaurant in Central Festival. They have delicious sushi and good quality meals. It has a nice ambience and also have good presentation of their food. It is quite pricey but its worth it.

Average price for 2 people: 500baht

restaurants in pattaya (2)other places to visit in pattaya!

restobars in pattaya

 

what to do in pattaya

pattaya before sunset

image of pattaya beach during sunset

What to do in pattaya

35 degrees and 80% humidity in Pattaya, Thailand.  You may not be able to stay cool physically but you can still be cool within the chill spots of Pattaya.

 

 

 

The cocktail cars are all over Pattaya Beach Road.  If you don’t want to be in a bar to drink you can find one of these cocktail cars and quench your thirst during walks.

Cocktail cars feature lots of mixed drinks, great music and sometimes even food.  Since they are mobile you may sometimes see the same car at different areas through the day capitalizing on pedestrian foot traffic.

 

cineplex major pattaya

pattaya major cineplex

Pattaya Avenues is another great spot for hanging out.  Its features bowling, movie theaters, restaurants, a pool hall and more –> http://www.majorcineplex.com/en/main/

Check out some art

Art shops are located beside Mike Shopping Mall Soi 13.

 what-to-do-in-pattaya

art shops

Theater

Theater is a MUST thing to do in Pattaya.

Hookah

Featuring Banana Leaf. Banana leaf bar has really good hookah flavors and nice relaxing chairs. They also serve indian food. The bar is owned and managed by indians. They are very cool and the dj does very nice remix of hiphop and indian music. Most of all they have a great customer service. It’s been the best customer service in Pattaya so far.

 

Hajime Robot Restaurant

what-to-do-in-pattaya

Shabu -shabu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODx-NJzZmQY&feature=youtu.be

Dancing Robot

 

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Pattaya For Couples

Our first trip to Thailand was a disaster.  First of all, booked us on the wrong flight (minor oversight.. no big deal).. I also had very little money.  We also did not know where to go until we got there.  We still had a good time but next time we will do things waaaaay better by planning ahead.

Our trip to Pattaya was much more planned and surprisingly there is lots to do for couples in the sin city of Thailand.

We had a great time in Pattaya.  So how is Pattaya for couples?  It’s not bad.  Here are some of the recommended:

Pattaya Elephant Village

In South Pattaya, once per day in the Pattaya Elephant Village, there are shows and a 3 hours ride through the surrounding village.  Opened since the 1970s, Elephant Village is a rest home for elephant who can no longer do labor.  Since they cannot return the wild, Pattaya Elephant Village serves as their home.

“One Hour Elephant Trekking : The visitors will ride on the back of an elephant through local farmland and bush for about 45-50 minutes (2 persons will share the basket strapped to the back of one elephant).  After making a brief stop at the Silk House, visitors will return to the Elephant Village by Land Rover. At the village, visitors will be served with complimentary fruits in season. This service takes place four times daily with the first trek at 09.00 hrs. (A minimum of 4 persons is required) The other treks take place at 10.30, 12.30, 16.00 hrs. Bookings should be made in advance. The price is 1,200 Baht per person and 1,000 Baht for children under 100 cm in height. Each booking: minimum 2 persons. “

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 19:00
Location: Phonpraphanimit Road, off Sukhumvit Road at Km. 145 (between North and Central Pattaya)
Tel: +66(0)38 428 648

Hotels Near by include: East Grand Palace & Eastiny Resort Spa

Underwater World Pattaya

Underwater World is one of Pattaya’s newest tourist attractions.  It is a large and modern ocean aquarium in Asia, boasting a 100-meter-long, 6.4-centimeter-thick acrylic pedestrian tunnel through an underwater environment filled with dozens of marine species Located just 200 meters south of Tesco Lotus in South Pattaya, the new theme park is housed in a structure similar to a large circus tent. “This enables the place to have natural light that nurtures the algae The aquarium houses more than 4,000 marine animals, comprising more than 200 different species from the region as well as some rare creatures from overseas,” according to David Hong, general manager and an investor in the project. Hong stressed visitors must-see the rare shovelnose ray, a hybrid between a shark and a stingray.

Price :

700/- Thb Adult, 600/- Thb Child

 

Nong Nooch Trophical Garden

Nong Nooch Trophical Garden

Nong Nooch Trophical Garden

Nong Nooch Garden has 500 acres of botanical garden.  It also features numerous shows that display the wonderful thai culture.  Dances, music, dress and customs on a stage for all the world to see.  They have a great elephant show with painting, dancing, bike riding elephants.  Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is a tourist attraction at kilometer 163 on Sukhumvit Road in Chonburi Province, Thailand. Its also a major scientific center dedicated to cycads, with its own Cycad Gene Bank.
Phone: 038-429321
Address: Pattaya, Παττάγια, Pattaya, 20150, Thailand

Pattaya Hotels & Restobars

Pattaya is like the the Las Vegas of Thailand... but replace fancy flashy casinos with a few hundred bars, GoGo bars,  and dance clubs.   And then imagine 100s of prostitutes lining the streets… oh, and beaches, too.

There are tourists from all over the world packing the sidewalks, catching “baht buses” or just hanging out.  According the Bangkok Post, Thailand’s travel and tourism industry will contribute 6.7% of the GDP (2007).  People are attracted to the Nightlife of Pattaya, the girls of Pattaya, low prices,  culture of Thailand and the kindness of many of the Thai people.

pattaya beach

Pattaya beach

Soi 6-8 are packed with restobars and “bar girls” constantly trying to get guys into their bars.  If you are with family or a significant other or simply want to be left in peace, its best not to stay in those areas.

1. Flipper House Hotel Soi 7 — Buffet breakfast, Thai and American breakfast

Wifi signal may be weak inside the hotel

Pattaya Beach line

Pattaya Beach line

room but works better in the lobby and restaurant area

150 baht 24 hrs

unlimited Internet

390 baht 1 week unlimited Internet

The hotel requires a 500 baht deposit from the guest upon checking in.

flipperhouse

flipperhouse

2. Bella Vista Soi 7 (Eastiny group of companies) — There are MANY Eastiny’s all over Thailand.  The Soi 7 Easiny (Bella Vista) has good rooms for a reasonable budget.  The furniture is quite old.  ONE HUGE unfortunate thing about Bella Vista Eastiny Soi 7, is that all sound goes to every room adjacent.  If you want privacy, we DO NOT recommend Bella Vista at all.

300 baht 1 week unlimited Internet

Restaurants:

pattaya food

pattaya food Nautical Inn

My partner and I are food lovers.  As compatible as we are in life, we are from different worlds when it comes to food.  We are both adventurous with food, but our taste buds are very different.  Her tastes are more refined.  She can taste the individual ingredients used and how they were cooked at what temperature and whether or not the cook was in a good mood.  My taste buds are more caveman like.. my tastes buds say, “GROG, LIKE FUD, FUD GUD!!”  Her taste buds say, “what a fine meal.  Shall we have wine?”

So Foodloft made us have a fight to the death.  I like foodloft. I want to say that I LOVE foodloft but i am afraid my partner will laugh at my foolishness.  She hates Foodloft.

Note:  Customer service is something that varies from country to country.  I must say that as kind as the Thai people are, customer service is really not the best in Thailand.

Here are the List of Restaurants and ratings:

Pattaya Tequila Reef

Pattaya Tequila Reef

1. Tequila Reef Cantina

Mexican Restaurant in Soi 7 PATTAYA Beach Road has very tasty ribs and grilled chicken.

Their Margarita is perfect!!! Fit for the ladies who doesn’t like a strong taste of alcohol.

Beer Garden / Biergarten in Sukhumwit Soi 7

Beer Garden

2. Beer Garden Pattaya – ‘We’ll Bowl you in’

– Steamed snapper fish , they serve good food and drinks, and a fun atmosphere that makes it hard to leave.  The music and videos from 50’s – 90’s will make you laugh and reminisce.

“Great Customer Service’’ , welcoming and smiling staffs great food and drinks they serve delicious thai food and roasted chicken

 3. Cafe New Orleans – tasty ribs  “good , friendly staffs’”

4. FoodLoft –  daddy’s favorite with varieties of Thai, Korean , European cuisine (i love food loft!!!) it sucks.

nautical inn

nautical inn

5. Nautical Inn – great delicious food and drinks average customer service

6. Oh Lala – serves good food and delicious breakfast, a coffee with fresh taste and aroma average customer service, free wifi

7. Aroy dee – the restaurant is located across soi 8, the staff are nice and friendly, very fast service of clean and good taste of Thai food and European food, Open 24 hrs

8.  Yiam – the restaurant is located across soi 7 , they serve good English breakfast Free WiFi, open 24 hrs

9. Domicil – is an Austrian restaurant with a great ambiance, nice interior designing full of unique  decorations and delicious food. Clean Toilet!!

‘Don’t drink the mineral water with their ice cubes because it can cause diarrhea for a sensitive stomach’’

red kimchi pattaya

red kimchi

10. Red Kimchi – located at Royal Garden Place that has a  Barbecue Buffet Sushi and Korean food

THE RESTAURANT ALONG ROYAL GARDEN PLAZA

Things to do in pattaya:

1. Clubbing

2. Beach

3. Atv Ride

4. Shopping – clothes and shoes are cheap there

5. Easy Kart Race

6. Elephant ride at the elephant village

There’s lots more than just the sex and the walking street of Pattaya.

 

Types of Transportation:

Getting around Pattaya can be cheap or expensive if you book your travel and tours from the hotel. Approach a guy sitting in the beer bar in Soi 7 to get a cheap tour or ask around that area.

 1. Private car – 1200 baht -for 2 tourist spots:

     – Nong Nooch Garden

     – khao kheow zoo or any options of 3 tourist spots that are close to each other 1500 baht – a whole day tour,options in any of the Pattaya tourist spots

2. Baht Bus – 10 Baht

3. Taxi cab – they charge 200 Baht fixed rate

 4. Hotel Cars – 1200 baht – Pattaya transport to Subarnabhumi International Airport

 

Contact number of a Travel Agency

Reliable Travel Services

Hotel Reservation & Package Tour

Tel. (038) 719 -027-28   Fax. (038) 719-035

Check for more travel contacts  that ive kept

I think learning the thai basic words/ greetings is a Must for a better understanding in communication.

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