Sunday, 9 September 2012


Our 10 day holiday to Pattaya was during September 2010 when Jessica was three years old. Pattaya is a beach resort that is very popular with tourists and expats. It is situated on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand about one and a half hours drive from Bangkok.

We departed from Heathrow Airport in London and flew with Air India as they were the cheapest carriers at the time we wanted to travel. There was a two hour stop over in Delhi before finally arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok (Boy! Does this airport make Heathrow look dated).

We figured having a stop over in the flight would make it more bearable and give us change to stretch our legs, as the flight to Thailand can be 12 hours and it can be quite boring sat in the same spot all that time.

When we arrived at the airport in Bangkok, Jessica's push chair wasn't on the flight, so off we headed to the missing baggage department and we were told to sort it out with Thai Airways even though we had flown with Air India (work that one out!).

I let my wife Koy do the talking as she is Thai and after hour we were on our way again, with the promise that the pushchair would be delivered to the hotel when it finally arrived in Thailand. In fact Thai Airways had it delivered to the hotel the very next day.

falling coconuts
Beware of falling coconuts
It was now midnight and we hadn't yet booked a taxi, so Koy headed to the taxi kiosk and booked us a taxi to Pattaya. I don't know how she did it, but she got it a lot cheaper than was advertised.

Anyway after about an hour and a half we arrived at our hotel 'The Jomtien Palm Beach Hotel'. We booked into the hotel and headed straight to the room and to bed.

We slept for ages as we woke up at 2pm in the afternoon and the rest of the day was spent wandering around the Jomtien Beach area. In fact the next two or three days we did very little as we laid by the pool going for the occasional swim.

jomtien swimming pool
The swimming pool at the Jomtien Palm Beach Hotel
It was about 30c degrees in temperature although it seemed a lot hotter at times. It was sunny for the most part with occasional heavy showers during the evenings and during the night.

This was one of the best Thai hotels that we had stayed in. It was clean, the staff were friendly and helpful, they loved Jessica even though she was a bit grumpy with them at times. The swimming pool and surrounding area was the nicest we had experienced anywhere.

floating market
Pattaya's Floating Market
During the middle of the week Koy's sister came to join us, she flew down from Chiang Mai with her husband Tee and their young daughter. Tee didn't want to spend all of the holiday laying by the pool so he hired a car and planned where would visit over the next few days.

We eventually ended up visiting:
  • Khao Kheow Open Zoo 
  • Pattaya Floating Market 
  • Ripleys Believe It or Not, Infinity Maze, Louis Tussauds Waxworks, 4 D Moving Theatre & Haunted Adventure
michael jackson
With Michael Jackson
Despite going to these places there was still time to relax around the pool and take advantage of the other activities in the hotel like the ten pin bowling, gym and the spa. We even managed to grab a quick game of snooker.

In the evening we left the hotel and ate at different restaurants each night. Like most places in Thailand you are spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink.

When you are enjoying yourself the time seems to fly by and it wasn't long before we were back on the flight and heading back to the UK.