Pattaya is a renowned party town. Its extensive red light zones and beach resort atmosphere have been major draws since the first 100 American servicemen on R&R leave arrived at the little fishing village in 1961. Now Pattaya is a thriving beach resort attracting millions of visitors annually. In recent years Pattaya and neighbouring Jomtien have become destinations parents are happy to bring their children to.
Since its recent refurbishment, even the cool Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya has become kids-friendly offering family suites and the new Lil’ Rock Club and Tabu Teen Club to keep the youngsters occupied. Yet the Hotel has lost none of its entertainment chops, with regular live gigs held by the pool or within the air-conditioned comfort of its range of food and beverage outlets, including the Cafe. And Hard Rock’s famed Foam X parties continue to clean up the hip and uninhibited. (They also offer a kids version.)
Pattaya isn’t all about contemporary decadence of course. This is Thailand, and the Thais love to show off their culture and heritage. There is possibly no better way to get gauge the depths of Amazing Thailand than to take in a show at Alangkarn Theatre. “The Thai Extravaganza Show” combines music, dance, acrobatics, even elephants. It’s a panoramic experience no matter where one sits in the huge theatre. For a lucky few picked out of the audience Alangkarn is also very interactive. Witness the beauty and drama of Thailand unfold before your eyes at Alangkarn Theatre, located on Sukhumvit road in Na-Jomtien, Sattahip.
Love movies? Then you’ll love Major. Hollywood blockbusters and new-release Thai films with English subtitles are the stock in trade of Major Cineplex at The Avenue Pattaya. Get yourself out of the midday heat into the cool comfort of a Major Cineplex theatre. Play a game or two of 10-pin bowling at blu-O Rhythm & Bowl while you wait for the show.
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