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Pattaya with Kids - Our 3 days itinerary - Bumble Bee Mum

During our 11-days Thailand trip with kids, we spent our first 3 days in Pattaya.  And at the end of the 3 days, I declare that I LOVE PATTAYA!

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Before we visited, I imagined Pattaya to be like a congested beach town filled with cabarets and strip clubs and overcrowded beaches filled with tourists and touts.

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Okay, maybe it is.  If we had actually been in town.

The (in)famous Pattaya Walking Street in town.

But our visit to Pattaya was NOTHING like what I imagined.  Probably because we stayed at Sea Sand Sun Resort Pattaya which was out of town.

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Our visit to Pattaya reminded me a lot of our recent visit to Phuket, where we stayed at Mai Khao Beach instead of Patong Beach.

There are advantages and disadvantages of staying away from the main town, which I have shared more about on my post on Sea Sand Sun Resort Pattaya.  For this particular trip, since most of the places we wanted to visit were out of town, staying at Sea Sand Sun Resort Pattaya instead of the city centre of Pattaya worked out great for us!  And we got to experience a very different Pattaya from what I saw in most travel guides.

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Day 1

We arrived via a morning Jetstar flight to Bangkok.  As I mentioned in my trip reflections, if you plan to start your trip in Pattaya, you may want to consider flying into Pattaya instead.  Air Asia has direct flights from Singapore to Pattaya.

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I didn’t plan to start my trip in Pattaya, it just turned out that way after I booked my return flights to Bangkok. So from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, we had a 2-hours car ride into Pattaya.  For convenience sake, we had ordered both our Thailand SIM cards and transfer from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to our resort in Pattaya from Klook before the trip.

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I highly recommend getting SIM cards from Klook, because it was really convenient, compared to the long queues we saw at the SIM card counters at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.  And the SIM cards turned out to be our lifesavers later on in the trip when we did a self-drive to Ayutthaya and Khao Yai.  Even within Pattaya,  we used the SIM card quite a bit.  Because we visited some places that were off the usual tourist route that our driver was not familiar with.  So we had to search the internet on the go and make calls to get directions for our driver.

We found the Klook representative waiting for us at the stipulated location (Arrival Gate 3) and while we were changing the SIM cards in our phones, he helped us call for our driver – which saved us the hassle of having to look for our driver after settling the SIM cards.  When our driver arrived, the Klook representative also helped us push our luggage trolley to the car and loaded our luggage and kids onto the car and we were breezed off to Pattaya!

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Two hours later, we arrived at Sea Sand Sun Resort Pattaya.  After checking in, the first place we visited was Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens (homepage) which was very near to the resort.

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To get from Sea Sand Sun Resort Pattaya to Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, we took a cab which cost 250 baht.  Which I thought was expensive, considering the ride was only 3+km? We learned from the resort staff that individual taxi rides in Pattaya tend to be pricey, and it is much more economical to hire a driver for a day to visit a few places at a go.  OKAY… Lesson learnt!

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At Nong Nooch, we started with lunch at the food court and the boys had their first bowl of pork trotter rice – which eventually turned out to be their favourite food in Thailand throughout the trip.

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After lunch, we walked around the Butterfly Hill which was right next to the food court.

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There was an announcement saying that the Thai Cultural Show was starting soon.  Our ticket to Nong Nooch, which we had pre-purchased from Klook, came with tickets for the show.  But the kids were having too much fun taking photos around the gardens that we decided not to bother rushing for the show.

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We just spent the afternoon strolling around the garden and taking photos with all the animal sculptures – which I thought were quite cool.

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The taxi driver had dropped us all the way inside Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, and after we walked through the various sections of the gardens, we found ourselves back at the main entrance. From there, we hopped onto a songtaew back to the resort – a ride which the boys learned to enjoy, although they were initially a bit scared that they would fly out from the back and clung on to the railings tightly for their dear lives.

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Back at the resort, we hit the beach which had a nice view of the sunset.

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And for dinner, we settled for room service.

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Day 2

The boys woke up bright and early, because well, Thailand was one hour behind Singapore and they were still operating in Singapore time zone. We started with breakfast at the resort, after which the boys went to play on the beach as we still had quite a bit of time to bum before Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark opened at 10am.

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I had planned to spend the entire day at Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark (homepage), which was like a super short drive from Sea Sand Sun Resort Pattaya.  The boys were so amused that we had arrived at the waterpark when they have barely sat down.  They were like, “What? We reached already? How can it be??”  But I don’t blame them.  If you know my style of travelling, car rides during our travels usually mean 2-3 hours in the car.  Not 2-3 minutes.

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If you are visiting Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark, don’t forget to get your discounted tickets from Klook.

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We arrived at opening, and eventually the boys played until about 5pm before they KO-ed.

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I was actually hoping to stay till evening because I heard that there was an evening performance with the appearance of We Bare Bears (Aww… the boys love them!).

Image Courtesy of Klook Travel

Image Courtesy of Klook Travel

And Flowrider performance.

Image Courtesy of Klook Travel

Image Courtesy of Klook Travel

Plus happy-hours after 5pm where drinks were 1-for-1.  But the kids couldn’t last till then.

So on hindsight, if your kids are still young and cannot last the entire day at the water park, my suggestion is to go to Cartoon Network Amazone a bit later and stay till closing, rather than going in the morning once they open.

Day 3

In the morning, we again had breakfast and bummed on the beach after that.  To say the boys loved the beach here was an understatement.

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We followed the resort staff’s recommendation and booked a driver to bring us around Pattaya for the day.   We started the day with a visit to Pattaya Swiss Sheep Farm (homepage).

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I found Pattaya Swiss Sheep Farm to be more of a pseudo-European sightseeing attraction rather than a FARM per say.

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Yeah, sure, there were sheep around.  The boys had fun feeding them, but that took like 15 minutes max.

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We spent much more time roaming around the rest of the attraction taking photos.

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Next, we visited Art in Paradise Pattaya (homepage).  If you follow our blog, you would know how much we LOVE trick art!

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Plus admission to Art in Paradise Pattaya was so freaking cheap can? If you purchase your tickets from Klook, it’s only SGD6 / USD 4 per ticket.

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We have been to trick art museums in Korea, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.  Considering the price of our admission ticket (SGD6! I just can’t get over it.) and the size of the attraction, I declare this the most value-for-money trick art museum we have been to.

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Next, it was time for lunch!  We headed to The Chocolate Factory Pattaya (homepage) which not only served awesome food and desserts, but offered an amazing view too!

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I highly recommend dining at The Chocolate Factory Pattaya at least once during your time in Pattaya.

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After lunch, we spent the rest of the afternoon at Harbor Pattaya (homepage), a new family entertainment complex in Pattaya city centre.

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The kids could easily spend the WHOLE DAY at Harbor Pattaya.  Maybe even two.  There was so much to play there! Including what was, according to their poster, Asia’s largest indoor playground.

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Considering the number of indoor playgrounds my boys have been to, they are not easy to impress.  But gosh, the indoor playground here, Harbor Land, was really in a class of its own.  I believed their ‘Asia’s Largest Indoor Playground’ claim.  It was HUGE!!

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We played till our driver buzzed us to ask us when we were leaving and we were like, oh yah, we had a driver waiting for us and quickly dragged the kids out and bid farewell reluctantly to Harbor Pattaya.

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Day 4

In the morning, we had breakfast at Sea Sand Sun Resort Pattaya and were back on the beach for one last time before our driver came to bring us to Bangkok.

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When it was time to leave, the boys had the same teary-eyed reaction as when we had to leave Phuket.  After our one week in Phuket and these 3 days in Pattaya, the boys are officially beach boys. clipart-music-musical-note4 Aruba, Jamaica, Oooo I wanna take ya… clipart-music-notes-zxTg75XiA

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> Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens (Get discounted tickets from Klook)
> Cartoon Network Amazone (Get discounted tickets from Klook)
> Pattaya Swiss Sheep Farm
> Art in Paradise Pattaya (Get discounted tickets from Klook)
> The Chocolate Factory Pattaya
> Harbour Pattaya

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22Comments

  1. Darren C says:

    Excellent review. And proof that Pattaya is a great destination for families, despite its reputation. Also thanks for mentioning Klook, never heard of them before but sounds like a great service.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      It truly is a great destination for families. I think we just have to find the right spots? On the day we were out with our driver, I asked if we could visit the famous walking street in Pattaya, because every travel guide on Pattaya out there mentioned the walking street. And he was telling us we shouldn’t go there with the kids. So he just drove us through the walking street during daytime for us to take a look, and I was like okay, I’m glad I didn’t try to venture here on my own with the kids. I would have came back with a very different opinion of Pattaya as a family destination. :p

  2. Darren C says:

    True, Walking Street is not the best place to take your kids, but what goes on is behind closed doors so nothing to be frightened of if you simply want to have a walk down there.

  3. Daddy B says:

    Thanks for the review.

    Enjoyed them. Will pin this up for our trip to Pattaya next time 😉
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  4. Choonie says:

    Hi can I check where do you book your driver in Pattaya? Thanks!

  5. looks like a lot of fun for the kids!:) #farawayfiles
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  6. Oh my goodness, that beach and that resort look and sound so wonderful! And exactly the opposite of what I imagined Pattaya was like too – I have the same preconceptions as you and thought it was just the sort of place I’d never want to visit. Thanks for enlightening me on #FarawayFiles
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    • bumblebeemum says:

      The resort and beach was amazing indeed. I was really pleasantly surprised by how ‘clean’ and kids-friendly Pattaya really was – if you know where to look. (And where NOT to look. :p)

  7. Looks like a wonderland for kids! I don’t know if you would get me off that beach though! So beautiful. Thank you for sharing with #FarawayFiles – your posts are always so thorough and I appreciate that! Cheers from Copenhagen, where at this time of the year I could use a warm beach! #FarawayFiles

  8. Ali May says:

    I visited Pattaya for a few days when I was 19. It was so much fun! I think I would also love taking my family to this resort, as it seems like a great base to see the best sites. #FarawayFiles

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yes, this resort was a great base for exploring sites like Nong Nooch, Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark and Swiss Sheep Farm! Some people prefer to stay within the city centre where there is more shopping and dining options, but I liked the peace and quite of this resort away from the city. Really depends on what kind of vacation you’re looking for.

  9. Darren C says:

    The same day I read your post I noticed another most published the same day in The Nation which completely contrasted with your. I decided to write a post myself, about the contrasting opinions people have of Pattaya. I referenced yourself and this post, take a look and let me know what you think.
    http://www.pattayaunlimited.com/love-hate-pattaya/

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