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Meetings Done Differently

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Meetings Done Differently

The idea of an offsite visit is very appealing for all parties involved. For the employer, it is a chance to build some real bonds with employees and see them in an informal setting. Learning more about the characters of the men and women that are the lifeblood of your business is one of the things that most employers cite as their main reason for investing in great offsite meetings and team building exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For employees, it is a much-needed respite from the daily grind of office work. It is also a chance for employees to get decompress and work on interpersonal issues that cannot be resolved in a regular workday.

Armed with these reasons, companies, institutions and organizations from all over the world choose Pattaya as a destination to get the most out of their meetings. The Holiday Inn Pattaya has always been a strong destination for finding common ground and making big decisions. As far as meetings go, we have hosted so many different kinds of meetings and we are looking to hosting even more in the future. Here are a few things we’ve learned and observed about making meetings more creative, effective and interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start the Day outside the Meeting Room A day full of meetings and sitting down isn’t something that most people find particularly exciting. So how does one introduce enthusiasm and energy to the proceedings?

Begin the day with some kind of physical activity, outdoors preferably, to get the blood pumping. If the team is small, a guided bike ride or a quick dip in the sea might be a fun way to get everyone awake and if it is a larger group a quick yoga session would be a good place to start. Once the pulse is racing and everyone has gotten up to speed, the meeting will go even more smoothly.

Establish a Common Goal Early but Seek out Suggestions Meetings are not decided by committee nor are the topics, the person who needs to set the agenda or the aim of the meeting must be allowed to do so.

However, this is where the regular formality and hierarchy should pause for a while and attendees of the meeting should be asked for their suggestions and solutions. Gather all the suggestions beforehand and finalise the agenda for the meeting so that participants are satisfied with their contribution. Engaged participants always lead to better meetings.

Create Great Breaks A regular series of meetings in a traditional workplace has functional breaks for food and downtime. A meeting in a beautiful resort in Pattaya should have breaks that inspire people to come back for more.

Firstly, don’t make the break a short chunk of time, extend it more than normal to allow people to use their time creatively.

Secondly, try to coordinate something fun for people to do that really maximizes their experience. Banana boat rides, parasailing or simple barbeque lunch are all just a few examples of making the break extra special.

End with Clarity and on a High Note The end of the day is what most employees are looking forward to the most. Even the most engaging and thought-provoking meeting gets tiring towards the end, so seize this opportunity to save the best for last.

Wrap up the day’s events with a summary that everyone can take with them. Give them a reason to remember this day and this advice. Once the final summary has been delivered, finish on a positive note. Perhaps a stand-up comedy routine or a musical performance to show that the session is at an end and now it is time to unwind.

 

 

 

There are many ways to close a day of meetings, find what works best for the group.Contact the Holiday Inn Pattaya for more tips on how to get creative with your meetings and we’ll have our professional event organizers work with you to create something memorable and useful.

 

Family Fun in Pattaya

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Family Fun in Pattaya!

Pattaya is an excellent holiday destination because of the sheer number of incredible attractions that are accessible to families. It’s been a long school year with a lot of stress and growing pains, so it is fair to say that your children deserve a break too.  Everyone has his or her preferences and choices for a dream destination but in the end, the best destination has something for everyone. The cheery folk of Pattaya are always happy to see tourists come to their city and enjoy the beaches and fun attractions. Before you make your decision to pack your bags and come to Pattaya, here’s a few things that your family can enjoy doing together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frost Magical Ice in Siam

It’s monsoon season in Thailand, which means that when it is not hot, it is raining. For some this is just an unbearable situation but luckily, there is another cool option to consider. Frost Magical Ice in Siam is an exciting place to take the family to see some beautiful art in a refreshing and fun medium. Thai artists got together to create gorgeous ice sculptures that are housed in -10 degrees C! That’s right; you can beat the heat by jumping into a very cold room and marvelling at the beauty of these sculptures! There’s an exciting ice walk to take and even an ice bar stocked with freezing drinks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pizza Plaza

Pizza is now widely available all over the world and everyone already knows which kind of pizza he or she likes. Nobody expects that much from a pizza restaurant anymore but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun. Pizza Plaza is trying to make pizza more fun than ever before for every family that walks into the restaurant. They have innovative way of serving pizza to their customers and that is to let the customers make the pizza! This all-you-can-eat pizza restaurant brings out the ingredients you want as well small mini-pizza ovens so that patrons can make a pizza they want to and bake it in these ovens. Kids love this more than almost anyone else does and even if they don’t, there is a play area in the restaurant for them to enjoy. Try baking a pizza together as a family only in Pattaya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pattaya Sheep Farm

Connect with cute animals at the Pattaya Sheep Farm. All the cuddliest and cutest animals are there for the petting at the Pattaya Sheep Farm such as alpaca, horses and ponies, deer, tortoise, pigs and sheep! The Sheep Farm also has a few activities that you can enjoy such as a horse-drawn carriage ride to see the animals around the park or playing games at the Game Zone to name but a few things. They even have a delicious steak house for a satisfying meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underwater World Pattaya

Discover the beautiful marine life of Thailand at the state-of-the-art Underwater World in Pattaya. The Touch Pool is a great opportunity for the children to get a sense of what fish are like in their natural habitat. The rest of the aquarium has a huge variety of animals such as sharks, rays and jellyfish that are all visible in one place. This is a great experience for children who have never had the chance to see any kind of marine life up close.

Experience these exciting places while staying at the Holiday Inn Pattaya. Our Family Suite is perfect for families to stay together and enjoy every minute of their special vacation. There is a comfortable master bedroom for the adults to stretch out on and there is even an extra special room for the young children to enjoy. This Moby Dick-inspired Bedroom is playful and cozy and the ocean view from the room is going to be the unforgettable backdrop for this memorable vacation. Come and enjoy Pattaya together this Summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Inn Pattaya Kids Club, Executive Tower

Pattaya is Fun in the Rain Too!

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Pattaya is Fun in the Rain Too!

The monsoon is almost upon Thailand and that means that bright, warm days of sunshine will have to share the calendar with stormy, dark days with torrential rain. Many tourists typically choose to stay away from Pattaya during these days as it means that beach and outdoor activities are barely possible or unavailable. However, these tourists are missing out on all the amazing things Pattaya offers them. A few drops of rain sure won’t stop one of the most entertaining and fun cities in Thailand. Here’s a few things you can check out in Pattaya when it rains.

Hold Your Own Indoor Sports Tournament

Instead of staying in your hotel room, why not go out and enjoy some indoors sports activities? In fact, if you are a part of a group of friends, go ahead and make a day of it. Instead of simply going to an indoor sports venue of your choice, we suggest holding your own tournament where everyone involved competes in all the sports and the winner gets a special prize. A great activity to start out with is everyone’s favourite indoor sport, ten pin bowling. There are a number of bowling alleys in Pattaya such as Blu-O Rhythm, SF Strike Bowl and P.S Bowling. After that a game of badminton one of Pattaya’s sports clubs or recreation centres should get the everyone competing hard for a win. Fans of table sports such as billiards or pool can go ahead and rack ‘em up as there are plenty of pool/billiards tables all over Pattaya. Finally, you can end the day playing a game of darts at one of the many pubs that have a dart board. Small competitions can really memorable and fun ways to enjoy a holiday.

Kid’s Club

If you brought your family with you, the kids are going to want to do something fun and interesting on their vacation as well. They might not be able to go out in the rain, but they can definitely enjoy spending time at the Kid’s Club at the Holiday Inn Pattaya. The Kid’s Club has daily activities for children ranging from colouring and painting to making their bracelets and other accessories. Apart from that, children can enjoy their favourite movies on DVD or even play games on the game consoles that we have at the club such as the Nintendo Wii.

 

Holiday Inn Pattaya Kids Club

Catch up on Cultural Activities

Pattaya is home to many shows, attractions and museums which can keep visitors busy for many hours at a time. Where you choose to go might be depend on who you are traveling with. Family attractions in Pattaya to consider are Underwater World, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and the Teddy Bear Museum. Underwater World is a beautiful aquarium that showcases all of Thailand’s marine life and it is sure to ignite the imagination of any young child that has never seen such graceful creatures before. Ripley’s Believe it or Not is a museum full of many oddities that are so incredible that they must simply be seen to be believed. The Teddy Bear Museum is a cute and colourful departure from the other activities with everyone’s favourite teddies spending time entertaining kids.

For the adults and children alike, Art in Paradise Museum can be a fun place to spend the afternoon.  This interactive museum features large and detailed backdrops that visitors can pose in. The images produce a 3D effect from certain angles which create timeless photo opportunities for you to always enjoy. Adults can go ahead and take in the various cabaret shows around Pattaya and see why Thailand’s ladyboys are some of the most impressive entertainers around!

So, don’t ever let a rainy day get you down especially if you are in Pattaya town. After a long day out, come back to Holiday Inn Pattaya for comfortable and well-earned night of sleep.

The Workshop at Holiday Inn Pattaya: Plan Your Next Event with Us

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Do you have a special event coming up? Need a place to host it? Consider the Holiday Inn Pattaya as your venue. We have a full list of meeting areas to fit almost any need, from corporate to festive to casual. Our most unique and popular meeting spaces are the rooms and auditorium of The Workshop.

The Workshop is a collaborative environment, with all the tools needed for work combined with the feel of an artist’s studio. You’ll love the natural light that washes over these rooms.

The Workshop Meeting Rooms

The Workshop Includes four meeting rooms of varying sizes:

  • Meeting Room 4 – 90sqm.
  • Meeting Room 5 – 95 sqm.
  • Meeting Room 6 – 91 sqm.
  • Meeting Room 7 – 91 sqm.

These rooms can be set-up in a variety of ways, depending on your function and needs. Those options include:

  • Cocktail style: smaller tables spread out, holding about 50 people
  • Banquet style: larger tables and chairs for sit-down eating, with a count of 50
  • Cabaret style: tables with chairs facing forward only, can fit up to 65 people
  • U-Shape style: tables make a horseshoe, can hold up to 24
  • Classroom style: tables and chairs facing forward in rows, 45 seats available
  • Theatre style: Rows of chairs facing forward, with a maximum of 60 people
  • Boardroom style: large table with seats around it for 30 people
  • Hollow style: similar to the u-shape, this setup creates a full rectangle, seating 30

Please note, not every configuration is available in each room. These rooms can be used together, with one being a meeting room while using another space for meals or a cocktail hour.

The Workshop Auditorium

The Holiday Inn Pattaya is home to the first auditorium space within a hotel in the city. Expect a spacious venue, measuring 115-sqm. The auditorium is ideal for many types of events, including meetings, lectures, concerts or other entertainment. With theatre-style seating, you will have space for 75 attendees. With raised levels for seating, a great view is guaranteed.

Helping You Plan Events and Meetings

Our staff of meeting and event planners will work with you to select the correct room and layout depending on what type of group you have. We’ll advise you on which layout is an ideal choice. We can cater your event with a full sit down eating meal, buffet, cocktails, and more.

At the Holiday Inn Pattaya, you will have plenty of choices for cuisine. From seafood to more traditional Thai fare, the catering options are plenty. During this phase, we’ll provide you with our menu of options and share our expertise on what pairs well together. In addition to food, there is so much that goes into planning your event. Should you need audio-visual equipment, we will arrange this for you. Any small things we can do to make your event a success, we certainly will. Let us worry about preparing your space so you can focus on everything else.

Get Rewarded for Using IHG for Meetings

IHG offers Business Rewards. When you book meetings with us, you get rewarded. This offers you points not only for the hotel rooms you book but also the meetings and events you plan. Speak with your Holiday Inn Pattaya meeting planner to enquire about these bonuses. Earn points that you can use for future trips, events, or meetings.

Contact Holiday Inn Pattaya Today to Plan Your Event

Ready to start planning your meeting? Our helpful staff are here to help. Get in touch today to discuss options, pricing and availability. Just complete our meeting inquiry form

Hi Club at Holiday Inn Pattaya

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Holiday Inn Pattaya is exactly the perfect hotel for those who are looking for a few days away with friends or family, business travel or just a weekend break. With its beachfront accommodations, restaurants with worldwide dishes, and great bars, including the “The Rooftop – Level 25” with views of the Pattaya Beach. We can guarantee you that this Holiday Inn Pattaya Hotel can provide everything travelers need. And now there is an even more SPECIAL OFFER from us, with the name of the “Hi Club” Card, as the perfect way of saying thank you to our valued customers with these astonishing benefits;

Food & Beverage Discount

The Food and Beverage are the proudest things Holiday Inn Pattaya can offer. This hotel has always been famous for great dishes, views, friendly staffs, and the best spa services for your body and mind. And the Hi Club membership also offers 25% for food and drinks in

Get One Big Event Ticket

The Hi Club Card will guarantee your rights to get a ticket for big events of the year by Holiday Inn Pattaya, including

  • Songkran Party,
  • X’Mas in July Party,
  • or End of Year Party.

One of these tickets normally costs 750 Baht. But you will get a free one with this 500-Baht Hi Club membership card. So rewarding!

Discount From The InterContinental Pattaya

Hi Club Card’s owners will get the F&B discount from the InterContinental Pattaya Resort as well! And all the restaurants inside this hotel serve high-quality menus with a great sea view, like

  • The “Infiniti” Restaurant with many positive reviews about the panoramic Pattaya view, or
  • the “Element” restaurant with dishes from all around the world, and opens from 6 AM – 11 PM.

Hi Club Card’s owners will get 25 % discount for food and 20% for drinks from all restaurants in this quality hotel.

Whoever loves good food and great drinks experiences, you are INVITED to join our Hi Club membership card. With all the benefits and inexpensive memberships, this card will surely impress you every time you visit this paradise city! More Question? Contact fb.holidayinnpattaya@ihg.com for more information anytime!

 

Activities for Families with kids in Pattaya

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Having a hard time planning the family trip while also trying to find accommodation for kids? Why not try bringing your family to Pattaya for the weekend. Pattaya has gorgeous views, nice beaches, great food and many kid-friendly activities. While it is really hard to find activities for your kids to do while on holidays, it is not hard to do so in Pattaya. Just imagine this; your kids are having the best time swimming in the kids’ pool while you and your partner sunbathe while drinking delicious cocktails and appreciating the view of the beach. This dream could be a reality in Pattaya so let’s take a deeper look at why Pattaya is a great destination for a family vacation.

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Holiday Inn Pattaya announces the first Farmers’ Market at Havana Bar and Terrazzo

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Holiday Inn Pattaya announce the first Farmers’ Market at Havana Bar and Terrazzo. The market will feature an abundance of fresh produce including organic products for people who love to live healthy. Enjoy testing, buying and sharing wholesome food products. Have some fun with your family and friends on Saturday 08 April 2017 from 09.00AM – 02.00Pm at Havana Bar and Terrazzo Restaurant. For more information please call 038 725 555 or email to fb.admin@holidayinn-pattaya.com

‘Taste of Australia’ Wine Tasting

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Havana Bar, Holiday Inn Pattaya in partnership with Independence Wine and Spirits Thailand Co., Ltd. introduces the Wine Tasting on Saturday 25th March 2017 from 06.30pm – 9.00pm.

Experience a memorable night with six different tastes of wine from De Bortoli, Australia, matched with international cheeses and canapés created to complement the wines. Price at only THB 990 net/person. Enjoy live entertainment from Jowel and the Blue’s Machine performance start from 08.30pm onwards

Guide to tasting the wine. You will be enjoying the wine so much more.

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Top Sunset Viewing Spots In Pattaya

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Rooftop Bar Terrace

Top Sunset Viewing Spots In Pattaya

With over 10 million visitors a year to Pattaya, there is something for everyone when visiting this remarkable destination. A destination which has changed dramatically since only 1960 when small sleepy fishing villages had a boom of tourism thanks to the US military officers who started to visit the area.

Popular activities include golf (19 golf courses within 40 minutes of Pattaya) go-kart racing, and visiting different theme parks and zoos as well as an array of fresh seafood restaurants. For the more adventurous, Pattaya’s walking street is open late into the evening.

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Introducing Thai Dinner Buffet at East Coast Kitchen

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Friday Thai Dinner Buffet

Holiday Inn Pattaya introduces their Thai dinner buffet every Friday evening.

Enjoy the taste of Thai traditional cuisines including Panang, spicy pork salad, Tom sab, live somtam station, BBQ chicken, crispy pork belly, fresh salad bar, and a selection of Thai desserts at East Coast Kitchen, Executive Tower 6 floor 6.00pm – 10.00pm.

Price at THB 499 net per person. Free flow beverage package price at THB 499 net / person for 2 hours. Kids under 12 years old eat free. For more information or reservations please call 038 725 555.

Holiday Inn Pattaya Australia Day Party 2017

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Australia Day Party at Holiday Inn Pattaya

On Australia Day Holiday Inn Pattaya Welcomes you to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. It’s the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It’s the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.
Australia Day, ceebrated each 26th January, is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788.

Though 26 January marks this specific event, today Australia Day celebrations reflect contemporary Australia: our diverse society and landscape, our remarkable achievements and our bright future. It also is an opportunity to reflect on our nation’s history, and to consider how we can make Australia an even better place in future.

On Australia Day, half of the nation’s population of 24 million attend either an organised community event, or get together with family and friends with the intention of celebrating our national day. Many more spend the public holiday relaxing with family and friends.

Learn more and how to reserve your complimentary tickets for our Australia Day promotion including, activities for Children, Massages, live DJ’s food and Drinks taking place on January 28th, 2017 please call +66 3872 5555

5 survival tips for travelling with kids in Pattaya

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Planing a family trip to Pattaya soon? Does the thought of planning a holiday with the kids makes you want to retreat under the covers?

Here are 5 survival tips for traveling with kids in Pattaya to help with the process:

Step 1: Avoid the hassle of long car rides and choose accommodation that is conveniently located close to Pattaya’s popular family attractions. Pattaya is home to the world’s first Cartoon Network-themed waterpark with over 13 acres of family raft rides, speed-racing slides and water-play fortresses for an afternoon of slips and slides.

Cartoon Network Amazone

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Never Miss a Pattaya Event Spectacular Again

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Pattaya is renowned for its entertainment, which is as abundant as it is diverse. However, as well as its all year round shows, bars and clubs, it also hosts many significant annual events that too good to be missed.

Pattaya Fireworks Festival

Fireworks

December/January

Pattaya’s countdown celebrations start with the lighting up of the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, followed by a fabulous firework display. There are concerts on the massive stage on the beach throughout the week with many stalls and vendors along Beach Road, making for a great party atmosphere. The hub of the New Year celebrations is at the Bali Hai Pier, where lots of games, music and entertainment can be found, suitable for all the family. The culmination of the week’s events is the countdown fireworks that seem to get bigger and better every year. Read More

Spend New Year’s at Holiday Inn Pattaya

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Pattaya is a lively beach resort town on the shores of The Gulf of Thailand, just 90 minutes to the south of Bangkok. Because of its proximity to Bangkok, Pattaya is a popular getaway for Thais, as well as being a haven for tourists from all over the world and home for many expats. Pattaya is probably most famous for its diverse and interesting entertainment, with plenty to see and do at any time of the day. This may be relaxing on one of the beaches, visiting one of the many tourist attractions, shopping or something more cultural such as visiting one of the many interesting temples in and around the city. After the sun goes down, Beach Road and the adjoining streets become the center of Pattaya’s infamous nightlife, making the Holiday Inn Pattaya, a perfect location for a stay in Pattaya.

Unforgettable Moments

Unforgettable Moments

About The Holiday Inn

The family friendly Pattaya hotel is located on the corner of Pattaya Sai 1 Road and Beach Road, which runs along the seafront in Pattaya, and is a central location for visiting all the major attractions in Pattaya. The hotel has 567 guest rooms, over 26 floors, all of which have their own private balcony offering amazing sea views. There are a further 200 rooms in the executive tower, with an executive club on the top floor where breakfast and evening drinks can be taken. Read More

6 Reasons Why You Absolutely Need to Come to Pattaya

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Pattaya has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a sleepy fishing village, 100 kilometers south of the capital and boasts being one of the top tourist draws in Thailand. Pattaya is also home to some of the best attractions Thailand has to offer that should not be missed.

Pattaya Elephant Village

The Pattaya Elephant Village is about a 30-minute drive from the center of the city. It was founded in 1973 as a sanctuary for working elephants, unable to work due to ill health or injuries. The village is home to 30 elephants and the village relies on tourism to keep the animals in a safe environment and receives no government funding.  Visitors can see elephants bathing and three shows are lasting 90 minutes where visitors can see demonstrations of elephants at work. The more adventurous can go elephant trekking but allow plenty of time as the trek, which includes an hours ride, a walk through the jungle and a river crossing, before heading back to the village, takes over 3 hours. This is one of the best Elephant villages in Thailand a great day out for all the family.

Pattaya Elephant Village

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What to do in Pattaya during December

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The popular and picturesque resort of Pattaya is a great place to visit at any time of the year and December is no exception. Pattya is around one hundred kilometers south of Bangkok and is a popular resort for both tourists and Thais and also has a large expat community.  Although Christmas is not celebrated in Thailand, insomuch as it is not a public holiday, most hotels, bars and malls will have the festive decorations out for New Year well before Christmas. The weather is also cooler in December as the Thai winter draws in, making it an ideal time to go exploring.

Naklua Beach

Credit: Star Tour

One of Pattaya’s premier attractions is the Sanctuary of Truth. A magnificent temple made entirely of wood, using traditional methods. The construction of this one hundred and five-meter tall temple started in 1981 and is still an ongoing work, scheduled for completion in 2050. Visitors can watch the master craftsmen at work while they walk around in awe of this impressive and imposing structure.  The temple is open daily from 8am – 6pm and is a must-see during your stay in Pattaya. Read More

The Six Best Pattaya Shopping Malls

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Shopping in Pattaya

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Thailand’s eastern shores are a welcoming location to many travelers seeking a piece of paradise in Thailand. Many travelers from around the world come to the coast to experience its lovely shores, pleasant nightlife, and lively atmosphere. A lot of people choose to go to Pattaya, Thailand’s world-renowned seaside city. While many come to Pattaya to spend their vacation partaking in exciting outdoor activities such as sightseeing, no vacation is complete without shopping. Along with warm weather and rich culture, Pattaya provides an excellent shopping experience for tourists and locals.

The following are the six best Pattaya shopping malls to go to on a lazy day off.

Royal Garden Plaza

The Royal Garden Plaza, located along Beach Road, is famous for the red airplane and bright yellow balloon along the entrance. Both landmarks are part of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum. The museum is also part of the shopping center. The shopping experience provides several famous name-brand stores as well as electrical goods, souvenirs, and restaurants to choose from. The Royal Garden Plaza is known for promoting the concept of an “entertainment mall” with a combination of trendy shops, great restaurants, fun attractions, and family activities to enjoy all in one place. Read More