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The 4 Days Itinerary To Travel Bangkok And Pattaya
Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.
Pattaya is a city on Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast known for its beaches. A quiet fishing village as recently as the 1960s, it’s now lined with resort hotels, high-rise condos, shopping malls, cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs. Nearby, hillside Wat Phra Yai Temple features an 18m-tall golden Buddha. The area also features several designer golf courses, some with views of Pattaya Bay.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Bangkok and Pattaya
We came very early to the Tan Son Nhat airport in the morning. After arriving to Thailand’s Don Mueang Airport, we went directly to Pattaya. We visited 2 spots on the way between Bangkok and Pattaya:
- Tiger Zoo – Thailand’s biggest tiger camp, where a lot of rare tigers gathered. Besides that, visitors can also watch the crocodile, elephant or other animal shows.
- Wat Phra Khao Yai (Big Buddha Hill) – One of the most famous sacred pagoda at Thailand. There is a 30m Buddha statue at the place
If you don’t know things to do in Pattaya at night, what is Pattaya attractions, or what to see in Pattaya, you might want to try going to adult shows like Fantasy Show, Harem Show, or Big Eye. Those aren’t allowed to take picture or record video so I can’t show anything. If you are curious and comfortable with those adult stuffs, getting to know it is a good experience in Pattaya.
Day 2: Things to Do in Pattaya
The morning started with breakfast at the resort we stayed. Our destinations of the days were:
- Coral Island – 25 min’ away from Pattaya. The island is well-known with its diverse corals and sea creatures. Different from the vibrant of Pattaya, at the island you can enjoy the cool atmosphere, join the activities on the water, or dive in the sea to explore the corals and marine life.
- Visiting Bird Nest Central and Honey Shop
- Khao Chee Chan – the image of the Buddha is carefully sculptured in the mountain. The outstanding image is made from 24 karat gold, 130m height, 70m width. It is created in 1996, on the 50 years reign anniversary of the Thailand’s King Rama IX.
- Pattaya Floating Market – opened in 2008, the market is where visitors can find many Thai’s special foods, handmade products, souvenirs, gifts, etc. come from all the provinces of Thailand.
The floating market is a special point of Thailand. There are several floating markets across the country. If you are looking for one close to Bangkok, you should check out the Amphawa Floating Market, which is about 90 minutes away from the capital city.
Day 3: from Pattaya to Bangkok
It usually takes about more than 2 hours driving from Pattaya to Bangkok depending on the traffic. At the normal condition, 2 hours may not be so long as there are destinations along the way that tourists can visit. Our spot-list for the third day include:
On the way Pattaya to Bangkok
- Snake Farm – a lot of shows from varied snakes, some are dangerous and there are even cobras. They will show you how to get the snake’s poison, and its genital. You can also a lot of useful info from snake’s serum in preventing or curing illnesses.
- The leather-craft store – visitors can watch the process of making a leather product and freely do shopping after that.
- We have enjoyed the Nanta show after had our dinner. It’s a musical show where entertainers use cooking tools to make the beat. After the show, visitors can buy souvenirs from shops outside.
- Bangkok has some night markets for tourists to spend their night time. Or you can wander around the city, go to the bars or club, or spend the night at the hotel’s swimming pool.
Day 4: Bangkok – Ho Chi Minh City
The last day of our trip in Thailand. There are few last destinations that we visited after checked out the hotel:
- Golden Buddha Temple – where you can find the biggest golden Buddha statue.
- Wat Benchamabophit – the marble temple, one of the best-known and attractive one in Thailand.
- Chao Phraya River Boat Tour – getting to know the popular river in Bangkok and watch the fish phenomenon.
- World Gem Collection – the biggest gem center in Southeast Asia, where visitors can see how jewelries are made. You can also buy any items after the store tour.
Wat Phra Khao Yai
Visiting Bird Nest Central and Honey Shop
Khao Chee Chan
Pattaya Floating Market
The leather-craft store
Golden Buddha Temple
Chao Phraya River Boat Tour
What to Wear: Everyday Outfits
Everyday outfits for Thailand
DO: Short skirts and shorts are ok to wear. Be sure to wear comfortable flat shoes and shirts that cover your shoulders.
Thailand is hot, sunny, and humid! You’ll sweat no matter what you wear. But before you go tossing in any ol’ sleeveless or see-through shirt and those booty shorts in your suitcase, here are some tasteful suggestions.
Do bring hot weather clothing
Guys, the best thing to wear in Thailand are polo shirts, button-down collared shirts, and golf or Bermuda shorts. Even good quality t-shirts and cargo shorts will do. Packing a pair of semi-casual pants will come in handy for an evening out.
Ladies, definitely pack skirts, shorts, summer dresses, and tasteful tops. These can be either flowing or fitted but should be of good quality. Shirts should cover your shoulders (to the edges) and have a semi-high collar line. We don’t mean turtlenecks, but your cleavage shouldn’t be showing. The sheer or lacy fabric is a good way to stay cool, but be sure to wear a camisole or slip underneath.
Don’t wear revealing clothing
DON’T: Although short skirts and shorts are totally acceptable to wear, you shouldn’t be able to see your butt cheeks!
For men, don’t wear sleeveless muscle shirts or singlets (especially ones that show your man nipples) or walk around with your shirts unbuttoned.
Ladies, don’t wear tank tops and avoid spaghetti strap shirts completely unless you are wearing a cardigan or shawl draped over your shoulders. Leave the dangerously short (high?) Daisy Duke shorts at home, too.
And pleeeaaase, pleeeease don’t show your cleavage. We can’t stress this enough.
You may find yourself walking a lot before you get comfortable using the local transportation. The more comfortable and easier to wear shoes you have, the better.
Don’t walk around barefoot and pass on the high heels and boots
DON’T: Wearing a spaghetti strap shirt and/or going barefoot are not appropriate choices
At the Beach
Thailand is famous for its gorgeous beaches, but make sure to cover up appropriately as soon as you’re off the beach!
Do wear bathing suits on the beach and cover-ups in town
Although Thais are often fully clothed at the beach, it’s alright for foreign guys to wear only swim shorts and for ladies to wear two-piece bathing suits. Just makes sure this is at the beach and not while you’re walking down Main Street.
When you step off the sand and start to venture into town, grab a beach cover-up. Ladies, this means wearing a sarong or wrap that covers your chest and midriff and guys should grab a t-shirt (nothing sleeveless) to wear over your swim trunks.
There are tons of shops in Thailand’s beach towns selling airy cover-ups and wraps. They’ll also have lots of sunglasses and big floppy sun hats to protect you from the sun when you need them.
Don’t walk around town in bathing suits or go topless
A quick glance around and you will never see a Thai person walking down the street or riding a motorbike in a bathing suit. Nor will they ride around barefoot. Wearing a bathing suit into town without a cover-up is a big no-no and makes Thais (and conscientious expats) uncomfortable. This especially holds true in non-beach towns such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai!
Long sleeves and pants are great to wear at a Thai temple
DO: Longer sleeved shirts and pants or skirts past the knees are perfect clothing for visiting Thai temples.
If there is one place where both men and women must dress appropriately, this is it. Otherwise, you risk offending the locals in their place of worship.
Do cover up your shoulders and knees
Men are expected to wear conservative collared shirts and shorts that come to the knee, although pants are preferred. T-shirts are ok, but a dressier shirt, whether short-sleeved or long-sleeved, is preferred.
Women must cover their cleavage and shoulders and wear pants or skirts that are at least knee-length. One of the best pieces of clothing you can pack is a shawl because you can wrap it around your waist or drape it across your shoulders and chest if you are visiting a temple.
Chances are you’ll see a monk at a temple. Monks are highly respected, so keep your head below a monk as you pass by them (duck a little if you’re tall) and do not touch them (especially women).
Don’t dress immodestly
Men shouldn’t go to a temple in a sleeveless shirt or a shirt that’s been left unbuttoned and revealing their chest or belly. Don’t walk in with really short shorts, either.
Women will not be allowed to go into a temple if their shoulders, thighs, or cleavage is showing.
Most of the popular temples provided visitors with free wraps just in case you’ve not covered up enough.