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1. Posted by liciece (Full Member 45 posts) 10y

Because the budget problem,I should revise my plan.Now I just wanna go into Thailand,BKK will be the first station for us.And I will spend about 3 days to visit all famous places around the city.After that i want to get one nice sightseeing and not so busy island and which can let us relax and have enough fresh air and of course,the exciting nightlife.But i don't think I can pay much for the coming 4 days.Can anybody get me some recommendations?

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Everyone's recommendation will be a compromise. 'Exciting nightlife' with a 'not so busy island' and one with 'fresh air' is a challenge. Koh Chang is about 5 hours from BKK via bus; pretty, relaxing and chock full of fresh air. However, the nightlife would not be considered 'exciting' and there are few cheap lodgings. Same with Koh Samet; Pretty beaches, warm, clear water, certainly relaxing, plenty of fresh air, not too far from BKK, but not cheap or exciting.

I think your best bet is Pattaya. Only 2.5 hrs from BKK by bus; full of cheap accomodations & restauerants and has the most 'exciting nightlife' in Thailand. Pattaya fails the 'not so busy' and 'fresh air' requirement, but, there is hope. Less than an hour away is Koh Larn. Many in Pattaya day-trip to Koh Larn for its nice beaches and clear water. Five beaches to choose from; some busy, some quiet. All have fresh food restaurants meters away from your beach chair. Koh Larn meets your relaxing and fresh air requirement, Pattaya has 'exciting nightlife'. I think we have a winner!

3. Posted by cdntrvl (Full Member 50 posts) 10y

Koh Chang would be my vote. A beautiful island but the night life is pretty much non-existant. I would avoid Pattaya unless you are into shopping or enjoy spending time with prostitutes. The beach is nice and sandy and crowded but also full of half burried broken beer bottles and the water is alive with jet skies, parasailors and coliform bacteria (human waste). You may want to consider heading in the other direction over toward Hua Hin. Not an island but cleaner water.

4. Posted by liciece (Full Member 45 posts) 10y

Thanks all information you support.Actually I have considered Pattaya as my one of destinations because I find there are a few of cheap hotels and the life is exciting also.Though I am together with my gf,we also have the same interests to have a look for the gay's or prostitute's nightlife...But the water there is really so dirty???If it is,i think it will be one bad point...

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Quoting liciece

Thanks all information you support.Actually I have considered Pattaya as my one of destinations because I find there are a few of cheap hotels and the life is exciting also.Though I am together with my gf,we also have the same interests to have a look for the gay's or prostitute's nightlife...But the water there is really so dirty???If it is,i think it will be one bad point...

Pattaya Bay is now much cleaner than years past. It looks clean and meets safety levels. Local and visitors now go in the water. The beach is too narrow for my taste and too many boats around to swim. Jomtien is too dirty for me to swim anymore. Last time I was there I could not see my feet in waist deep water. Use Koh Larn as your swimming/snorkelling beach. Take the first boat over and make a day of it. Pick a quiet beach if you want solitude. Choose a busier beach if you want to socialize, parasail, jet ski, ride the banana boat. All have food when it is time to eat. Rest up after returning and enjoy the vibrant nightlife. It sounds like you would enjoy a transvestite show. Both Alcazar & Tiffany's have high production values, costumes and casts. Stick around after the last show and chat with the performers. A photo with several of them makes a great souvenir. PM me if you need details.

6. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 10y

Pattaya is ok, but the beaches aren't great. You can do day trips to some of the islands off Pattaya. Walking Street is a good place to sit outside and watch the world go by. There is a real mixed bag of people that visit Pattaya, and it is possible to have a good time in Pattaya without spending your time with prostitutes. Koh Sammet is not too bad. Beaches are really nice, and the night life is decent, although you do end up visiting the same places every night. Hua Hin has very little nightlife. It's a resort where the older generation head, the bars are generally a little dingy and seedy (with the odd exception) and the beach is very small and overcrowded.

7. Posted by liciece (Full Member 45 posts) 10y

Who knows how much I should pay for the ways between Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok,Bangkok-Ayutthaya,Ayutthaya-Pattaya,Pattaya-Bangkok?(All by buses or trains)

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 10y


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I can answer one of the transportation questions on the Pattaya to Bangkok bus ride. From the Ekamai bus station (On the Skytrain route) the fare from Bangkok to Pattaya is 110 baht for the VIP AirCon bus. Time to Pattaya from Bangkok is 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the traffic. Avoid the cheaper Pattaya bus parked out front because it makes too many stops - and no toilet on board! Go to the right side of the bus terminal and purchase your ticket from the Pattaya window.

My vote is for Pattaya. Cheap hotels, cheap eats (all you can eat breakfast buffets for under 95 baht.) Cheap transportation within the city on Baht Busses (10 baht for foreignors.) Cheap movie theaters, even McDonalds and KFC are cheaper than back home.

The beach at Pattaya is good for walking, jogging, or sunbathing. Use a pool or go to a nearby beach for swimming. You can rent jet skis and boats at Pattaya and there are companies that take you diving.

Good Luck

9. Posted by liciece (Full Member 45 posts) 10y

Thanks...Can anybody tell me more about my questions?!

10. Posted by liciece (Full Member 45 posts) 10y

Who can answer me other transportation questions ?
Thanks.