Ramayana Water Park Review

Pattaya’s Latest Water Park is one of the best in Thailand and challenging the best parks from around the world. Ramayana Water Park is the biggest water park in Thailand which covers an area of over 184,000 square meters. It opened on the 5th May 2016 and has gained huge popularity with both locals and tourists. Ranked by TripAdvisor, Ramayana Water Park has been voted number 1 in Thailand, number 3 in Asia and made into the top 20 throughout the world.

More than just water slides, the park has fantastic activities and top-notch facilities to entertain and pamper any visitor! The park is effectively separated into several areas, some suiting the younger visitor, through to slides ideal for the teenage visitor, even an adult pool where parents can relax and maybe have a cool beer!

Tickets can be bought online, this saves queueing for entry on arrival at the park, you can also get some discount deals by booking online. Ramayana also offer package deals so you can reduced prices for entry tickets, lockers and food combined.

The water park is around 35 minutes from Pattaya and close to other attractions like Khao Chi Chan and Silver Lake, if you want to add on some extra sightseeing to your visit.

Pattaya Fireworks Festival May 24 2019

Once again the annual Pattaya Fireworks festival lit up the Pattaya Skyline on the 24th May, this year’s theme was “The Grand Magnificent Spectacular Celebration”.

Pattaya Beach Road was closed to traffic to allow for the thousands of visitors for this ever popular attraction. Street vendors lined the streets selling delicious Thai food, refreshments and souvenir items.

Early indications are that that visitor numbers were again very high continuing last years very successful event.

The general consensus from people on the night was that they couldn’t wait for next year!!

Pattaya – Terminal 21

Terminal 21 has now been open for a few months and reviews are very good, the shopping centre is inspired by 6 cities from around the world, Paris, London, Italy, Tokyo, San Francisco and Hollywood, with each city’s iconic landmarks dotted around the mall. The mall also features the longest free standing escalator in Thailand

Like its partner mall in Bangkok, Pattaya Terminal 21 is in a prime location featuring a World Market Street design that suits every lifestyle need. Here, you can shop, dine and take pictures to enjoy ultimate happiness following the concept “Happiness East”.

The new shopping destination, features iconic landmarks from six major cities from around the world –

  • Paris – Eiffel Tower – Level G – Home to the Fashion stores, H & M , Jaspal, Radley and Lacoste plus many many more
  • London – London Bus / Phone Box – Level M – Fashion stores and Sport shops – Adidas, Sport World, AIIZ F Lab plus many more.
  • Tokyo – Shinkansen Station / Sum wrestler statues – Level 2 – Food floor, possibly the most popular floor, restaurants include – Arno’s Butcher, Shabu, Amporn Seafood to name just a few
  • Italy (Pisa Venice Verona) – Level 1 – Health and Beauty – Panpuri, Harnn and LEts relax feature.
  • San Francisco – Golden Gate Bridge – Level 3 – Further restaurants frequent this floor, Savoey, So Asean, also features a typical Thai Food court featuring over 30 eateries.
  • Hollywood – Level 4 – Features the malls 7 screen SFX cinema, this floor also includes Active Z the most technologically advanced playground in Thailand

Terminal21 Pattaya is situated near the Dolphin Roundabout on North Pattaya Road, accessible from 3 routes: Pattaya Sai 2, North Pattaya and Petrakul roads.

A fantastic shopping and culinary extravaganza on every floor, Terminal21 Pattaya is open daily at 11am-11pm.

Walking Street Pattaya

Walking Street is one of the main nightlife attractions within the city of Pattaya, enter the street in daytime and you’d be surprised at how quiet and drab the street can be, however, as soon as the sun goes down the street comes to life with its neon signs trying to attract customers into the many Seafood Restaurants, Go-go bars, discos, beer bars and sports bars. Although the Pattaya Red Light district is diminishing the sex scene is still very apparent, with a number of bars and go-go bars providing shows best suited for the adult eye.

The Street is closed to any form of transport, apart from walking between the hours of 21.00 pm and 3.00 am, most bars and clubs close at 3.00 am, however, there are a handful that remain open until the early hours of the morning

The Entrance to Walking Street has always been represented by a large Neon sign, however in recent times this has been replaced by a Video sign, mainly containing adverts for Condo sales, restaurants, bars etc.

The Gogo bar scene is still apparent on Walking Street, although it seems the names and décor of each bar changes almost on a monthly basis, there are a few that have been in business for a number of years, Dollhouse, Living Dolls and peppermint to name a few, although none as long as the famous Tahitian Queen on Beach Road, open since 1978.

A number of Beer Bar strips have appeared in the last 5 years, these are basically a strip of beer bars on each side with a corridor down the middle, patrons can walk down and choose the bar, usually based on the female clientele that frequent the bar, can be ok to sit and watch some sport, chat to some new friends, beer tends to be a lot cheaper here than the neighbouring Gog bars.

Walking street also houses a number of modern discos, Ibar and Insomnia being the biggest and best according to most, Lucifers is also a long standing favourite. A number of discos targeted at particular nationalities have alos appeared, Tony’s disco now more targeted to the Indian tourist and a number of Russian and Chinese Disco’s are also on offer.

Jomtien – Pattaya’s Neighbour

Jomtien is immediately south of Pattaya and, practically speaking, they form one town. Jomtien, like Pattaya, is popular with tourists, however has a higher population of expats looking for the quieter life compared to Pattaya.

Jomtien can be spelt in a number of ways usually referred to as Jomtien but can be spelt as Chom Tien or Chom Thian and also not to be confused with NaJomtien a further neighbour.

Famous for its long stretch of beach, Jomtien has some other attractions that help draw the crowds, Pattaya Park is Situated in Jomtien and is a small Water Park ideal for young families, famous for its tower where you can Zip line down from dizzy heights. A number of vey good restaurants have also appeared along beach road, quieter than Pattaya restaurants and a lot easier to kick back ad enjoy your food. A number of beer bars and a couple of Gogo bars are available should you wish, these are quieter than the equivalent bars in Pattaya and tend to be a little cheaper.

Jomtien Beaches

Dongtan Beach runs to the right of the police box . While popular with tourists and Thai families this area also boasts a 300 meter section designated as a “gay” beach and is greater-Pattaya’s only gay beach. The Beach has a number of vendors offering refreshments, delicious Thai food and various beauty treatments, foot massage, back massage, traditional Thai massage can all be offered on the beach. You really don’t have to move, vendors will come to your space on the beach and provide excellent Thai service.

Jomtien Beach is some3 miles long and is very popular with Thai families especially at the weekends. Deck chairs are 40 baht/day, a number of food vendors offer great food at cheap prices and the beach road has started to contain a number of shops if you get tired of the sea, sand and sun

Taxi Koh Samet

Feel like an escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok or the nightlife of Pattaya, Koh Samet is just a few hours drive from either City, Pattaya being a little closer.  Koh Samet is a quiet Island paradise ideal for rest and relaxation. Although some development has started to occur on Koh Samet it is still relatively untouched in comparison to its equivalent islands in the south of Thailand. There are now some rather nice restaurants that expand onto the white sand where you can enjoy some fantastic food in the most beautiful of settings.

Koh Samet has been declared a National Park in Thailand and therefore has an entry fee. Thai citizens pay 40 baht, foreigners (farangs) pay 400 baht. If your ferry arrives at the main pier and you take a songthaew (truck like taxi) to the beaches, there will be a stop at the main ticket checkpoint. If your ferry arrives at one of the   beaches, an officer will collect the fee as you step out onto the white sand……

 The ferry for Koh Samet is taken from Ban Phe…….

Taxi Koh Samet
Pattaya 4 Leisure’s partner site offer vehicles to Koh Samet

Ferry from Ban Phe to Koh Samet

Ferries for the main pier ‘Na Dan Pier’ leave every hour
Ferry leaves at 9:00,   12:00, 13:30 and 17:00 every day to Vong Duern Beach at 40 Baht per ticket

Ferry   leaves at 11:30 and 14:00 to Ao Wai at the cost of 80 Baht per ticket

Ferry   leaves at 10:00 Ao Kiu at 100 Baht per ticket

Ferry leaves at 08:00, 11:00,   13:00 and 16:00 to Ao Prao at 80 Baht per ticket
Ferry from Koh Samet to Ban Phe

Ferries from the main pier ‘Na Dan Pier’ leave for Koh Samet every hour.

Ferry leaves Vong Duern Beach at 08:30, 12:00, and 15:30

Ferry   leaves Ao Wai at 14:00

Ferry leaves Ao Kiu at 08:00 and 12:00

Ferry leaves Ao   Prao at at 10:00, 12:30, 15:00 and 17:00.

Some interesting facts about Thailand

Thais make up the majority of the population with 75 percent of all inhabitants. Thai Chinese make up 14 percent with the remaining 11 percent made up of various other groups.

The language of the central Thai population is the educational and administrative language. Several other small Thai groups include the Shan, Lue, and Phu Thai.

Malay and Yawi-speaking Muslim’s language of the south comprise another significant minority group (2.3%). Other groups include the Khmer; the Mon, who are substantially assimilated with the Thai; and the Vietnamese. Smaller mountain-dwelling tribes, such as the Hmong and Mien, as well as the Karen, number about 788,024. Some 300,000 Hmong, who ironically have lived this area f more generations than the Thais themselves, are to receive citizenship by 2010.

Thailand is also home to more than 200,000 foreigners from, for example, Europe (specifically United Kingdom) and North America. Increasing numbers of migrants from Burma, Laos, and Cambodia as well as nations such as Nepal, India, along with those from the West and Japan had pushed the total number of non-nationals residing in Thailand to around 3.5 million by the end of 2009, up from an estimated 2 million in 2008, and about 1.3 million in the year 2000. A rising awareness of minorities is slowly changing attitudes in a country where non-nationals, some having resided in what is now Thailand longer than the Thais themselves, are barred from numerous privileges ranging from healthcare, ownership of property, or schooling in their own language.

Population distribution

The population is mostly rural, concentrated in the rice-growing areas of the central, northeastern, and northern regions. However, as Thailand continues to industrialize, its urban population – 45.7% (in 2010, according to NESDB) of the total population, principally in the Bangkok area – is growing.

Thailand’s highly successful government-sponsored family planning program has resulted in a dramatic decline in population growth from 3.1% in 1960 to around 0.4% today. The Worldbank forecasts a contraction of the population in ten years time. In 1970, an average of 5.7 people lived in a Thai household. At the time of the 2010 census, the figure was down to 3.2. Even though Thailand has one of the best social insurance systems in Asia, the increasing group of elderly people is a challenge for the country.

The 1997 constitution mandated 12 years of free education, however, this is not provided universally. Education accounts for 19% of total government expenditures.


Theravada Buddhism is the official religion of Thailand and is officially the religion of about 97% of its people. Muslims are some 10% and 5% other religions including Christianity, Hinduism, especially among immigrants. In addition to Malay and Yawi speaking Thais and other southerners who are Muslim, the Cham of Cambodia in recent years begun a large scale influx into Thailand. The government permits religious diversity, and other major religions are represented, though there is much social tension, especially in the South.


Thai greeting, the smile is an important symbol of refinement in Thai culture.

The traditional customs and the folklore of Thai people were gathered and described by Phya Anuman Rajadhon in the 20th century, at a time when modernity changed the face of Thailand and a great number of traditions disappeared or became adapted to modern life. Still, the strife towards refinement, rooted in ancient Siamese culture, consisting in promoting what is refined and avoiding coarseness is the main emphasis in the daily life of all Thai people and topmost in their scale of values.

One of the most distinctive Thai customs is the wai. Showing greeting, farewell, or acknowledgement, it comes in several forms reflecting the relative status of those involved. Generally the salutation involves a prayer-like gesture with the hands, similar to the Añjali Mudrā of the Indian subcontinent, and it also may include a slight bow of the head. This salutation is often accompanied by a serene smile symbolizing a welcoming disposition and a pleasant attitude. Thailand is often referred to as the “Land of Smiles” in tourist brochures.

Public display of affection in public is not overly common in traditional Thai society, especially between lovers. However, views are changing to accept this and it is becoming more common, especially among the younger generation.

A notable social norm holds that touching someone on the head may be considered rude. It is also considered rude to place one’s feet at a level above someone else’s head, especially if that person is of higher social standing. This is because the Thai people consider the foot to be the dirtiest and lowliest part of the body, and the head the most respected and highest part of the body. This also influences how Thais sit when on the ground—their feet always pointing away from others, tucked to the side or behind them. Pointing at or touching something with the feet is also considered rude.

Since serene detachment is valued, conflict and sudden displays of anger are eschewed in Thai culture and, as is many Asian cultures, the notion of face is extremely important. For these reasons, visitors should take care not to create conflict, to display anger or to cause a Thai person to lose face. Disagreements or disputes should be handled with a smile and no attempt should be made to assign blame to another. In everyday life in Thailand, there is a strong emphasis on the concept of sanuk’; the idea that life should be fun. Because of this, Thai can be quite playful at work and during day-to-day activities. Displaying positive emotions in social interactions is also important in Thai culture. Often, the Thai will deal with disagreements, minor mistakes or misfortunes by using the phrase “mai pen rai”, translated as “it doesn’t matter”. The ubiquitous use of this phrase in Thailand reflects a disposition towards minimizing conflict, disagreements or complaints. A smile and the sentence “mai pen rai” indicate that the incident is not important and therefore there is no conflict or shame involved.

Respect for hierarchy is a very important value for Thai people. The custom of bun khun, emphasizes the indebtedness towards parents, as well as towards guardians, teachers and caretakers. It describes the feelings and practices involved in certain relationships organized around generalized reciprocity, the slow-acting accounting of an exchange calculated according to locally interpreted scales and measures.[6] It is also considered extremely rude to step on a Thai coin, because the king’s head appears on the coin.

There are a number of Thai customs relating to the special status of monks in Thai society. Due to religious discipline, Thai monks are forbidden physical contact with women. Women are therefore expected to make way for passing monks to ensure that accidental contact does not occur. A variety of methods are employed to ensure that no incidental contact (or the appearance of such contact) between women and monks occurs. Women making offerings to monks place their donation at the feet of the monk, or on a cloth laid on the ground or a table. Powders or unguents intended to carry a blessing are applied to Thai women by monks using the end of a candle or stick. Lay people are expected to sit or stand with their heads at a lower level than that of a monk. Within a temple, monks may sit on a raised platform during ceremonies to make this easier to achieve.

When sitting in a temple, one is expected to point one’s feet away from images of the Buddha. Shrines inside Thai residences are arranged so as to ensure that the feet are not pointed towards the religious icons—such as placing the shrine on the same wall as the head of a bed, if a house is too small to remove the shrine from the bedroom entirely. It is also customary to remove one’s footwear before entering a home or the sacred areas within a temple, and not to step on the threshold.

Traditional clothing

Chut thai

Traditional Thai clothing is called chut thai (Thai: ชุดไทย]) which literally means “Thai outfit”. It can be worn by men, women, and children. Chut thai for women usually consists of a pha nung or a chong kraben, a blouse, and a sabai. Northern and Northeastern women may wear a sinh instead of a pha nung and a chong kraben with either a blouse or a suea pat. Chut thai for men includes a chong kraben or pants, a Raj pattern shirt, with optional knee-length white socks and a sabai. Chut thai for Northern Thai men is composed of a sado, a white Manchu styled jacket, and sometimes a khian hua. In formal occasions, people may choose to wear a chut thai phraratchaniyom.


New to Pattaya – A simple guide

Below is a list of tips that should make your trip easier and more enjoyable. The list is aimed at Pattaya newbies but is also applicable to those who have been to Pattaya many times. Like anything please treat this for what it is and treat every situation on its own merits. The best attitude to go to Thailand with is to go with the flow, be agreeable and smile a lot.

General Tips

  • Never travel anywhere without travel insurance, insuring this includes full medical cover and repatriation.
  • Thailand is not like your home. You will find some of the ways the Thais do things different, often more practical and better than some western ways.
  • All vehicles on the road have right of way as far as pedestrians go. Do not assume pedestrian crossings across the roads are safe. Motor vehicles here have no obligation to stop for you if you are using these. When crossing the road always look both ways before setting off. This includes one-way streets
  • Never drink the tap water. Bottled water is cheap in Thailand.
  • Be respectful of Thai culture and traditions. Do not insult the king or Buddha. It is considered an insult to go in public without a shirt covering the shoulders.
  • Also stand for the national anthem when its played, this could be in the cinema theatre.
  • For Thais there is a bodily hierarchy. The head is far higher than the feet, with lower body parts being less important. For this reason do not touch a Thais head.
  • It is considered rude to show the bottoms of your feet.
  • If you are eating with Thais don’t blow your nose at the table.
  • When using a toothpick, put one hand in front of your mouth
  • Always smile and don’t act aggressively
  • Don’t talk to anyone with a clipboard in their hands. These people are usually promoting time-shares. They are not good investment opportunities! Likewise avoid shaking the hands of the tailors. They are very reluctant to let go
  • Carry small change for the Baht bus.
  • In bars check your check bin from time to time.
  • You are not obliged to buy lady drinks so be firm but polite.
  • Keep tips to small amounts unless you have received special treatment.
  • Don’t get involved with drugs. If you do the best you can hope for is contributing a very large sum of money to the police fund. If it is serious or you don’t have enough money you may spend some hard time in the ‘monkey house’ (jail).
  • Don’t carry around you foreign ATM card as it will be difficult to replace.
  • Only carry as much money as you need.
  • Don’t flash a lot of cash or wear expensive jewellery. This only attracts the attention of people who you may not want noticing you.
  • Always carry some form of ID. Legally you are required to carry your passport but this is not practical.
  • Thais are fairly conservative for that reason avoid showing affection in public. You will not have any problems in Pattaya but you may elsewhere.
  • Don’t bring too much with you from home. Anything you forget or need can be bought cheaply.
  • Don’t get yourself involved in arguments in Thailand. This includes trying to help in an argument involving a Thai girl. You will only lose
  • Never try to take a photo in a gogo bar. If you need to look at your camera inside a gogo bar make it evident that you are not taking a photo. It is best not to get your camera out at all.

New Year in Pattaya

New Years Eve 2013/14 in Pattaya

2013 is nearly over and there’s still time to start planning your New Years Eve 2013/14 in Pattaya . This year the countdown to 2014 in Pattaya is sure to be even grater than last year. It has become a tradition for Pattaya to go all out to welcome in the New Year in a big way, and this year the activities are sure to fill the city with happy party goers, and one of the most significant firework events in Asia.

Best Parties and Fireworks New Years Eve 2014 in Pattaya

The start of New Years Eve 2014 in Pattaya is usually launched by the Christmas tree lighting the evening before Christmas Day, said to be the most significant in Thailand. The lighting is accompanied by a magnificent fireworks display and the first of several concerts on a big stage. After the opening night festivities there will be a variety of entertainment featured every night, beginning at 8pm and lasting until midnight. The excitement will build over the week to reach a crescendo on New Year’s Eve 2014 in Pattaya with a series of outstanding music performances, ending with the area’s biggest fireworks display of the year.

The focus of Pattaya New Years Eve 2014 will be celebrating at the Bali Hai pier. The stage located at the pier will feature a vast array of both international and Thai music, and the city goes out of its way to cater to all genres of music so everyone can enjoy the entertainment.

New Years Eve 2014 in Pattaya goes into full gear along Pattaya Beach Road, overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Thailand, complete with food and merchandise booths, and entertainment that is sure to suit everyone’s tastes including traditional Thai dancing and songs. The festivities go on all week leading up to New Years Eve and the countdown, following fireworks that light up the entire waterfront area and the city beyond.

Additional New Years Eve celebration in Pattaya activities include checking out nightlife/hotel venues like the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. The Sheraton Pattaya Hotel/Resort will more than likely also be hosting its best ever New Years Eve party. Enjoy a magical NYE holiday at the Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa which usually hosts an exceptional Gala dinner poolside, along with dance performances, live bands, and just about every other experience you would expect from a resort Gala of the Marriott’s calibre. Guests will enjoy a lavish buffet featuring international cuisine, festive holiday delicacies, and even live cooking areas. Everyone also gets the chance to win wonderful prizes throughout the evening. Finally as 2013 winds down, and you toast the New Year as fireworks light up the sky, you’ll be thankful you had the opportunity to enjoy Pattaya’s evening of limitless surprises.


Every year people flock to Thailand to experience the traditional Thai New Year which boasts everything from water fights to spectacular religious processions.

Songkran is Thailand’s most famous festival. An important event on the Buddhist calendar, this water festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘passing’ or ‘approaching’.

In most parts of the country this is a one or two day event, however in Pattaya this stretches from around the 12th April all the way until the 19th April.  Songkran in Pattaya can get a little crazy, if you don’t like getting wet, its best to leave town during this week. If you don’t mind getting wet and enjoy a good party, Pattaya is certainly the place to be.

During the Songkran festival week, wear old clothes or clothes you don’t mind get wet and dirty, place all money, phones, cameras in a plastic waterproof bag.  Certain people will take great pleasure in throwing water over your new camera or phone!

Please see http://www.pattaya4leisure.com/pattayaimages.html for some pictures from Songkran in Soi LK metro Pattaya this year.

Without a doubt, Songkran is a hugely important festival to the Thai people but it’s also very popular with visitors and many tourists specifically arrange their holidays around this unique event. Anyone and everyone can and will get involved in the celebrations. If you’re out and about during Songkran, you’re almost guaranteed to end up soaked but you’ll have lots of fun in the process!

During Songkran many Thai will take holiday. as a result Pattaya 4 Leisure run a skelton serice during the 18th and 19th April, if you need a taxi around these dates book early to avoid disappointment.