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Summer destinations 2 Destination : Pattaya Category : Suggested trip

I’m back! As promised, I have come with more summer destinations. Let’s go!


Si Chang Island has become one of the vacation sites near Bangkok that you cannot help falling for whilst visiting. The first must-do activity in Si Chang is paying respects to Chao Pho Khao Yai shrine, a sacred place amongst the locals. Later, the skylap will drop tourists at the royal summerhouse of King Rama V ‘Phra Chuthathut Palace’ that is one of the must-see places here. A trip to Si Chang without taking photos of the white colonial style overwater pavilion is as though you have not yet made your way to the island.


The landscape of Si Chang is embellished – according to the decoration of palaces in western countries – with flower gardens, ponds, streams, fountains and cliffs.



To take in every aspect of Si Chang, do not miss the sunset at Chong Khao Khat. The place was once the royal sightseeing pavilion of King Rama V. It occupies a broad area and there are scenic points for photographing along the walking trail on the cliff. It is also the perfect meeting point for tourists, couples and anglers to spend time at early evenings.



The images of several motorbikes with passengers commuting on interlocking concrete paved driveways have become a part of Lan Island. No matter at any time of the year, on mountain slopes, by the seashore, or under the shade of coconut trees, you will find these places regularly filled with people. The road heading towards the mountain ridge overlooks the vast blue sea below. From up there, groups of swimmers, bunches of speedboats and dozens of banana boats seem so small as if they are colorful dots that decorate the sea. Yet, their laughter is clearly audible. These are the feelings when you are in the circle of Ta-wan beach, Lan Island’s liveliest shoreline.



Although it is situated not so far from the mainland, the water turns out to be unbelievably and surprisingly clear. The 300 meters of white sand at Sa-mae beach is usually lined with a crowd of people relaxing on beach chairs. The flamboyant beach umbrellas contrast with the plain colors of sand and sea as though this is a portrait postcard from a professional photographer. At the rear end of Sa-mae beach, there is a walking trail ascending the mountain slopes. The bird’s eye view from the top reveals the bustling atmosphere along with panoramic views. Take a short cut down the same walking trail where Tien beach at the terminal point welcomes you with breath-taking scenery. You need to walk along the edge of rocky cliffs to get to this small beach and admire its beauty, as it is not too busy and not too quiet. You may find your fellow travelers taking in the scene of the cove, some strolling along the shore, while others dabble in the sea. Such an atmosphere is an ideal beach that any young kid could dream of.


However, if you are fond of tranquility and peace, there’s no such a place like Pha-yam Island that you would fall for. The central part of the island is covered by mountains, and woods. There are many animals, such as birds, monkeys and boars. The locals earn a living from coconut, rubber and cashew nuts. The shore is embraced by coves, reefs and sandy beaches. This is truly a suitable place to escape from civilization.


Since nature on Pha-yam Island still remains mainly in its unspoiled condition, it is a popular tourist attraction particularly among foreigners. So if you would like a getaway or truly peaceful holiday, visit Pha-yam Island. Satisfaction guaranteed.


This is the time to make a decision now. Where are you heading? I hope you have a good time and enjoy your trip. For me, I will grab a bikini and spoil myself too. See you next time!

  How to get there

If you're driving, whether to take the new Motorway (Highway 7) or the Bangna-Trad Expressway depends on which is closer. If you take the Bangna-Trad, go onto the elevated tollway as soon as you can, and stay on it to its end. Then take the Chonburi Bypass, rejoining the Sukhumvit Highway near the Chonburi Makro. Keep on in the direction Bang Saen-Pattaya until you reach Siracha, noticeable by signs for Siracha Samitivej Hospital.

If you want to avoid the traffic on Sukhumvit, follow the signs for Pattaya-Rayong and transfer to Highway 7, making sure to turn west on Highway 3241 at kilometer 20, where you will see a sign for the Siracha Tiger Zoo (not the Khao Khiao Open Zoo or the Butterfly Zoo). To make this right turn, you must either first turn left in the direction of the Tiger Zoo and make a U-turn, or continue about 1 km past the intersection and make a U-turn on Highway 7.

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  Written by : oat11 oat12 19-11-2014
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