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Beaches near to Pattaya Villa Rentals

Our Local BeachesLocal to our Rental Villa's

Nice clean beach

The Beaches of Pattaya are not the best Beaches in S.E Asia but you can still do any of the following: sit, relax, eat, drink, water-ski, jet-ski, paragliding, banana boat, swim, fish.

We have numerous beaches along our coastline stretching for miles. Some of the beaches within a few minutes of our Luxury Vacation Homes and some where we can arrange for you to be taken by car or boat. All the beaches have their individual characteristic’s and we can always find the one that suits you best.

If you would like to go to the local island off Pattaya it only takes 15 minutes by speedboat or 40 minutes by public

The water off Koh Larn is crystal clear

Deserted Beaches

ferry. (see our article on “visiting Koh Larn”) The water here is crystal clear for snorkeling and the beaches are either rocky or have golden sand for sunbathing and fishing.

On Pattaya Beaches you will loads of opportunity to sit under the shade of an umbrella while the deck chair attendants will be happy to arrange food & drink or a foot massage or pedicure & manicure. The local beach sellers will tempt you with copy sunglasses, watches and DVDs while others will show you sarongs, t-shirts,table runners, carved and moulded ornaments plus an array of jewellery along with henna tattoo’s, hair-braiding and  nail painting.

Golden Sands

Local Beaches

At Pattaya Villa Rentals we will be happy to give you all the information you need to ensure you find the sort of beach you like to be at as everyone likes different styles: deserted with palm trees, busy with water-sports, good for fishing, good for snorkeling, great for restaurants and bars. You can choose and we will arrange your transport and anything else you need to make your holiday enjoyable.

The sun is hot so make sure you wear sunscreen and although the water is a bit murky looking this is only due to the fact that we are in a bay and the tide disturbs the silt and sand making the water look murky.

This article was written by name from Pattaya Villa Rentals. We have beautiful vacation homes in the heart of South

Jet-Ski, Paraglide, Banana Boat, Water-Ski

Great Fun

Pattaya. Staying with us often works out cheaper than staying in a Hotel. Visit us at: www.soldinasia.com for loads more information about traveling throughout S.E Asia.

If you would like any other information on the Tours & Trips we can arrange for you to do during your holiday in Thailand please feel free to ask and we will be happy to help. Our Tours & Trips department is very knowledgeable on many places throughout S.E Asia including Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and obviously Thailand.

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Thailand Travel & Tours

Pattaya Villa Rental Tours & Trips

Visit the Tiger Zoo

Although we usually organise  Tours & Trips for guests at our Villa’s we are quite happy to arrange any of our specialised itinerary’s for any visitors to Thailand which means that even if you have already booked your Hotel in Thailand you can organise the rest of your vacation and sightseeing attractions through our own professional, reliable and knowledgeable Tour Operators which is done in house by us to ensure that you get the most out of your holiday in Thailand.

An example of one of our specialised trips is listed below and costs 50,000 Baht for a couple excluding food and drink but including all your other costs including transport, entrance tickets, accommodation, boat trip and more…..

If you are traveling as 2, 3 or 4 couples the price obviously increases to cover the cost of entrance tickets, hotel accommodation and the size of the vehicle we arrange for your group. Let us know the number of guests in your party and we will send you a quotation for this trip or any other trip you would like organised.

Stay at the River Kwai

Stunning surroundings

Day 1:

Leave Pattaya early in the morning and drive to your Boutique Resort near Kanchanaburi and check in to your luxury bungalow overlooking the river. Have a swim in the pool and some lunch at the Hotel and the driver will take you into the town of Kanchanaburi (30 min) where you can walk across the bridge over the river Kwai and then we arrange a river trip to see the caves, war cemetery, war museum and other riverside attractions (we arrange a private longtail boat for you)  and then return to your Hotel in the same longtail boat for a swim and a relaxing dinner.

Day 2:

Up early and go to Kanchanaburi for a 1 hour trip on the train up the death railway through the incredible countryside to the final stop

Kanchanaburi Trip with Pattaya Villa Rentals

Many lost theier lives

where the driver will pick you up and take you to Hellfire Pass where you can visit the museum and walk along the jungle pass which was built during the second world war by Australian & British prisoners of war under Japanese guards. The walk can be a short stroll or a 3 hour hike which is entirely your choice. After stopping for lunch you could visit the nearby waterfall before returning to your Hotel later in the afternoon to relax, swim in the pool and have dinner and a drink overlooking the river and jungle.

Day 3:

Leave the Resort Cottage mid morning and visit the amazing Tiger Temple where you can feed the Tiger Cubs, see the Adult Tigers excercise up close and take some incredible photos and video as well as strolling around the grounds and seeing all the other animals which are at the Temple. After leaving the Temple you will be taken by our driver to the elephant camp to check in to your comfortable cottage and have your dinner.

Bathe with the Elephant

Visiting the Elephant Camp with Pattaya Villa Rentals

Day 4:

Spend the day with the elephants in the river bathing them, going on a trek through the countryside and floating down the river on a bamboo raft before departing for your Hotel in Bangkok or Pattaya unless you are guests of us at one of our Luxury Villa’s, in which case you would be driven back to your private vacation home and have a wonderful Thai Dinner on the table ready for you to eat when you get back.

Our driver stays near to you for the whole of your trip so if you would like to make any changes or go out for dinner somewhere else he will be happy to take you and return you to your cottage after you have finished but please remember you are getting up early in the morning otherwise you may miss out on some of the incredible sights & experiences that we have arranged for you.

We arrange luxury accommodation

Right next to the river

This article was written by Nam. She works at “Holiday Garden Resort” which is a private road with Luxury Villa’s for holiday rentals in Pattaya, Thailand. Her husband is English and has lived in Thailand for 9 years and has traveled extensively throughout Asia.

If you would like to read more of Nam’s articles please follow our Blog or Subscribe to our website or Facebook page.

You can visit our website at www.soldinasia.com for loads of information on staying in your vacation home or hotel, and getting the most out of your holiday in Thailand.

Photographs, prices, tours & trips, transport, learning Thai and everything else you need to know about your planned vacation is in our website to ensure this will be a holiday to remember.

Baan ViewBor 6,800 Baht per Night

This luxury 4 Bedroom Villa is a great Holiday Home in Pattaya.

We are 1400 metres from Walking Street. No other Holiday Homes as near as us.

This gives you a chance to stay in your own private 4 Bedroom Villa with your own Swimming pool in the heart of South Pattaya for the affordable price of 6,800 Baht per Night during low-season.

We provide a daily maid service, wifi, water, swimming pool cleaning, tea & coffee, toiletries and 50 units of electricity every day

Baan Viewbor has 4 Double Bedrooms with En-Suite Bathrooms a dining room, living room, kitchen, private swimming pool, garden and all the other extras we give you.

And if you book for 15 days or over we  give you our FREE Airport Pick Up Service.

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Newsletter from Pattaya Villa Rentals

We have been renting Vacation Homes in Pattaya for the last couple of years and have met some great people who have so far without exception enjoyed staying at our Villas. We have not yet received 1 complaint but have had many compliments on not only the beautiful Villas but on all the other services & information we provide.

Our best recommendation is the fact that guests keep returning to stay with us.

Thanks.

This is the first Newsletter we have written to go along with our new website which we are still working on. If you think this Newsletter is worthwhile let us know and if you think it’s not worth the effort and is of no interest please also let us know so we know if we should continue or not.

Let me know about the website too.

It will all end up on our Blog page along with articles I write on all sorts of attractions and advice on living or taking a holiday anywhere throughout S.E.Asia so take a look and see if there is anything of interest on there for you as well.

Our Pattaya Rental Villa Newsletter is going to be written once every 2 months ish with no particular publishing or distribution date, we will try to provide you with up to date information on any Villa Rental Promotions we have along with news about Pattaya, Thailand and anywhere else in Asia we feel like writing about.

We would love to read your comments on our Newsletter and any criticism will also be noted although we prefer praise for our efforts we cannot improve without constructive criticism.

Please support us by putting our website address on your social media networking i.e. Facebook etc so that if any of your friends or colleagues are planning to visit Thailand for a holiday they are aware of what we have to offer in the way of Luxury Accommodation and the numerous other services we have to ensure they have a great holiday.

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I get my subject matter from having lived in Pattaya for the last 10 years, reading the local papers, watching the news, listening to friends & guests talk (Thai, Khmer, European, American, Arab, Australian, Russian, Indian and most other nationalities) and from traveling throughout S.E.Asia which I do regularly. If there is anything you would like me to write about leave a comment and I will give it a go.

My first bit of information is regarding one of the leaders of the “Yellow Shirts” who was recently imprisoned in Cambodia for 8 years for entering Cambodia with a number of other Thai’s without passing through any of the Immigration checkpoints and getting the required Visa. He was convicted along with his secretary although the remaining Thais were sent back to Thailand after the investigation was completed.

As far as I understand he was charged with spying charges and as he was near to the disputed Prea Veah Temple area they came down hard on him.

Within a day or so the conflict Thailand has with Cambodia regarding Prea Veah Temple which is situated in Cambodia but which has the entrance to the temple situated in Thailand escalated and led to violent exchanges of gunfire and RPG attacks. This is a long running dispute which was caused by the borders of the 2 countries being defined in the 60s without taking into consideration the obvious tension that would occur with a National Heritage Site spanning 2 borders.

I have just returned from one of my regular visits to Cambodia and have heard the same statements coming from both nationalities, Thai and Khmer. We didn’t shoot first. Whoever shot first is now too late to be important, what is important is that both countries stop shooting and causing the loss of life to their neighbors.

With at least 8 dead and 80 injured over a pile of stones (however old and however much religious significance they may have) they are still a pile of old stones that no-one can go and visit if you keep shooting up the area, and no-one will ever be able to go and see them if you keep firing heavy artillery at the old stones, as the temple will then totally collapse and rather than being ancient stones built into a temple they will be a pile of rubble scattered throughout Thailand and Cambodia and only useful for foundations on any local houses that either country are building in the area (Asian houses with solid foundations, only joking).

I don’t like to mess with religion or politics and have no particular views on who is right and who is wrong or if there is a God, Buddha or any other higher beings, but as far as politics are concerned I understand that in a democratic country (Thailand) the one with the most votes wins.

So Thailand’s current government has stated that an election will be coming shortly, before or just after Songkran so we can all wait and see when and how things turn out. Hopefully whoever gets the most votes will get into power and stay there long enough to repair Thailand’s world image before the opposing voters close the Airport or the streets of Bangkok or whatever else they come up with to push the worlds media into advising all the tourists to stay away again, forcing the normal hard working people of Thailand’s tourist industry to close up and go back to their villages leaving the likes of Pattaya to end up like a deserted UK seaside town.

The Police have been busy in Pattaya busting Boy’s Town again and raiding every bar with 20 something arrests for drug use. A number of local dealers have also been caught which will ensure a few more are caught next week, as anyone who gets caught in Thailand breaking the law tends to give enough information to the Police to keep them busy the following week.

It must be their interrogation techniques. There is no PACE here (Police and Criminal Evidence act) so DON’T break the law if you are coming here on holiday.

There are still loads of people getting stopped and fined for not wearing a motorcycle helmet, even though they have been enforcing the law for the last 4 years many of the Thai’s still leave the helmet in the shopping basket of their chicken chaser and so do some tourists but with a fine ranging from 200 – 400 Baht.

I don’t understand the Thai’s doing it (that’s a days wages) for a tourist its only a beer or 2 in Walking Street so financially I understand them not wearing one however stupid it is not too.

I noticed another gambling game got busted the other day as well with over 20 people attending and 8 players aged between 30 something and 60 something getting caught (the remaining 12 were away on their toes) with 100 Baht on the table. So beware playing connect 4 in your local bar for a beer or you may get banged up for the night.

We are now reached the end of our Luxury Holiday Homes and Thailand’s High-Season which is Nov- Feb for holiday makers and into our Low-Season rates and heading towards the Thai New Year which is the water festival known as Songkran and this brings the tourists flooding back for the celebrations filling our Villas and many of the hotels and guesthouses in Pattaya.

During the week surrounding 13th April Pattaya turns into a giant street party with thousands of people lining the streets or driving the streets armed with whatever they can hold water in, with the sole purpose of emptying it over anyone within striking distance. This festival takes place throughout Thailand but it has special significance in Pattaya where everyone celebrates not only for the usual 3 days like the rest of Thailand but for a whole week.

Some people love Songkran in Pattaya and some of us hate it with a vengeance and many foreigners who live in Pattaya leave for other parts of Thailand or to neighboring countries (including me) where the celebrations are a little more reserved.

Not to say that it doesn’t make a fantastic holiday for tourists, giant water fights, drinking all day and enjoying the fantastic entertainment venues Pattaya has to offer by night along with the most beautiful drinking companions you could ever wish to meet (Male or Female or even somewhere in between), but for me I find it to be a pain in the arse when it takes me hours to get any shopping by car and riding a motorbike is suicidal.

The only chance I have is to ensure I am awake early and go and get all my jobs done before the day starts for those on holiday i.e. before 10am. Once you have done your daily tasks head for home and relax in the swimming pool where in my opinion it is one of the only places I don’t mind getting wet along with the shower.

Having lived in the UK for 30 odd years where I got wet enough with the crappy weather nearly every day, now I like to stay in the sun and only take to the water in one of the Swimming Pools at the Vacation Homes my Thai wife owns and manages or in the crystal clear waters off Koh Larn Island which is only 15 minutes by speedboat or 45 minutes by public ferry.

Now some information for you on the festival known as Songkran or Thai New Year. The festival originated from the ancient Brahmins in India who believed that the sun re-entered Aries and finished its orbit round the earth on April 13 which is the traditional Thai New Year’s Day and is celebrated by all Thai people throughout the entire country and also in southwestern China, Laos, Cambodia and in Northern Burma.
The traditions of Songkran has a long history and is still observed in Thailand although Pattaya sometimes strays from the original traditions which includes splashing a small amount of water as a symbol of cleansing and as a symbol of renewal, unlike Pattaya with its giant shop bought or homemade water guns, hoses and pickup trucks with giant barrels of water often with ice in on the back, roaming around the streets attacking all and sundry with massive amounts of sometimes clean and sometimes not so clean water.

For traditional Thai’s it has always been the more delicate water splashing that represents the gentle nature of Songkran and the Thai New Year but with the large numbers of foreign tourists who love a water fight and the large population of fun loving young Thai’s who have re-located to Pattaya to cater to the ever increasing tourists and their needs Pattaya is known throughout the world as a major party for the whole week (and more) around this time of year.

At the Thai New Year there are rites and rituals that people participate in as part of the New Year blessings and Buddhist merit-making.

Most traditional Thai families sprinkle scented water from silver bowls on Buddha images on the third day of Songkran, known as Wan Payawan. This is the first official day of the New Year and Thai people cleanse the Buddha images in their homes as well as in the temples with scented water. In addition to the cleansing of the Buddha images a traditional Songkran involves the sprinkling of water by younger people on the older people as a tribute of respect and for blessings and is a genuinely sincere event whereby scented water is poured over the shoulder and gently down the back of the person. While pouring the water in this manner, people utter good wishes and words of blessing for the New Year. The water symbolizes cleansing, refreshment of the spirit and all good things associated with life.

Accompanying the water pouring is the tying of strings around the wrists of others and expressing good wishes for the New Year. When a person ties strings to another’s wrist, it is a very important event. He or she approaches with a gentle smile and holds out the string by the two ends and then begins to tie. The person receiving the string has his or her arm outstretched with the under side of the wrist facing upward. While tying the strings, the person recites short prayers of blessing spoken directly for the individual. This is one of the most charming events of Songkran and it’s one that you should show great appreciation and respect for should someone approach you to apply the strings to your wrist, and these are to be left on until they fall off of their own accord.

As part of the water sprinkling, water splashing and string tying rites, you may also encounter a person with a small silver bowl filled with a white powder or pasty substance. This is one of the oldest Songkran traditions. The white paste is a sign of protection and promises to ward off evil. The person with the paste is often older and he or she applies the paste to various parts of the face, neck and torso of others. One is expected to leave this paste on until it washes off of its own accord.

In Pattaya you will find whole plastic tubs of talcum powder being liberally applied to everyone at the same time as the water is being distributed in massive quantities by both Thai and foreigners who will be roaming the streets or driving at walking pace through all the local streets, stopping only to re-fill their containers with more water.

There are other rituals and merit-making rites that people engage in at Songkran. In addition to the traditional cleaning of the home and bidding the old year adieu, these include making offerings to local temples and the monks. The offerings include preserved foods cooked dishes, fresh fruit and new robes for the monks. Also people build sand piles on the temple grounds and these sand piles represent personal pagodas built as part of the merit-making ritual.

Songkran or the Thai New Year is actually the occasion of the passing of the sun from Taurus into Aries. It is a solar event and it marks the beginning of a new astrological year, and this is very important in Thailand. The Thai New Year celebration is always is held on April 12, 13 and 14 Songkran day always is April 13 although Pattaya will I am sure be celebrating both before and after these dates.

If you are riding a motorbike in Pattaya during this period it does not make you immune to the throngs of partygoers throwing water so be warned.

DON’T RIDE A MOTORBIKE DURING SONGKRAN IN PATTAYA.

I have no idea what I will write about next time but something will come up or someone will suggest something or my readers who have subscribed will all cancel and I will know that my literary skills are non-existent and no one is interested.

We will see.

This article was written by Nam. She works at “Holiday Garden Resort” which is a private road with Luxury Villa’s for holiday rentals in Pattaya, Thailand. Her husband is English and has lived in Thailand for 9 years and has traveled extensively throughout Asia.

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Pattaya Hotel Vs Private Rental Villa

Where to stay for your Holiday in Pattaya is a decision worth spending some time over as the options are almost endless. You can choose anywhere depending on what you want to spend and there are some choices that are better than others. Pattaya has a wide choice of Hotels, Guest Houses and Private Vacation Homes ranging from 400 Baht a Night Rooms to 15,000 Baht + for a 4* or 5* Hotel Room with lots of choices in between including our Luxury Villa Rentals.

The first thing you should be thinking about is deciding what you want from your Accommodation in Pattaya. If you want a nice clean room with air-conditioning, Cable TV, Mini-Bar etc, then you have gone beyond the 400 Baht range already as these are mostly rooms in small Guest Houses with fairly basic living standards.

Maybe you want a Swimming Pool or Garden Area maybe having a Kitchen to make some of your own meals and snacks, what about Location, Free WiFi, Daily Maid Service, DVD Players the list goes on and on. Our vacation homes have it all.

If you are trying to decide between staying in a Hotel or your own Private Rental Villa here are some things to consider:

Pattaya Luxury Villa Pattaya Hotel Comparisons on Price & Services Provided
GOOD GOOD Location
YES YES 24 Hour Check-in/Check-out
YES (PRIVATE) YES (SHARED) Swimming Pool
YES (EXTRA CHARGE) YES Waiting Staff
YES (DIRECT TELEPHONE) YES 24 Hour Reception
YES YES Daily Maid Cleaning
LOCAL YES Public Restaurant
LOCAL YES Public Bar
YES YES Room Service Food Menu 6am – midnight
YES NO Kitchen
YES YES Cable TV
YES YES Free WiFi
YES YES Air-Conditioning
YES SHARED Dining Room
YES NO Living Room
YES (50 units per day) YES Free Electric
YES YES Mini-Bar
NO YES 24 Hour Security
YES YES Free Water
YES YES Tours & Trips
YES YES Transport Service
YES YES Laundry Service

If you have looked at the comparisons you will find a lot of positives in booking your own Luxury Rental Villa in Pattaya. Obviously there are some things you will find different to staying in a Hotel but if there is anything we can do to improve your stay you can be assured we will do our best to make everything as easy and comfortable as possible for you and your family or friends at our Luxury Vacation Homes.

The other Major consideration is cost:

If you are staying in one of our 3 Bedroom Villa’s as a Single or Couple and using only 1 Bedroom it obviously works out more expensive than staying at a Mid-Range Hotel. If however you stay in one of the Better Hotels in Pattaya a room will cost you the same if not more than a Private Villa, with nowhere near the amount of Private Space you get in our Luxury Villa’s, so even at this level Holiday Rental Villa’s are very competitive.

If however you are coming on Holiday with friends or family and consider renting 3 Rooms in a Hotel then you will find even for a cheap to mid-range Hotel it will cost you more than staying in our Pattaya Vacation Homes and as you can see by the comparison listed above we give you much better value for your money.

If you hire full time staff service for your Villa Holiday it will give you the added luxury of having someone to make you snacks and serve you drinks all day, and even keep an eye on the children if you want to go shopping or have a sleep while the children are swimming, knowing they are under a watchful eye and if they want a drink or a sandwich someone is there to take care of them, and if you decide to go out in the evening we can even offer you a babysitting service so you can really enjoy your holiday in Pattaya.

This article was written by Nam. She works at “Holiday Garden Resort” which is a private road with Luxury Villa’s for holiday rentals in Pattaya, Thailand. Her husband is English and has lived in Thailand for 9 years and has traveled extensively throughout Asia.

If you would like to read more of Nam’s articles please follow our Blog or Subscribe to our website or Facebook page.

You can visit our website at www.soldinasia.com for loads of information on staying in your vacation home or hotel, and getting the most out of your holiday in Thailand.

Photographs, prices, tours & trips, transport, learning Thai and everything else you need to know about your planned vacation is in our website to ensure this will be a holiday to remember.

Angkor Wat Cambodia

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia, built in the early 12th century as a temple and capital city. It is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation firstly Hindu and dedicated to the god Vishnu, and after to Buddhist.

Magnificent Temples

In the jungle of Cambodia

It is the world’s largest religious building and is of classical Khmer architecture it has become a symbol of Cambodia, even appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime tourist attraction.

Angkor Wat lies 5.5 km north of the modern town of Siem Reap

Built within a moat and having an outer wall of 3.6 km (2.2 mi) long it is the biggest of the Temples you will see. It is the southernmost of Angkor’s main sites in an area of Cambodia where there is an important group of ancient structures although Angkor Wat is an amazing place some of the other Temples and structures hold the same magnificence.

Angkor Wat is unusual among the Angkor temples in that although it was somewhat neglected after the 16th century its moat providing some protection from encroachment by the jungle.Visitors and Monks

One of the first Western visitors to the temple was a Portuguese monk who visited in 1586 and said that it “is of such extraordinary construction that it is not possible to describe it with a pen, particularly since it is like no other building in the world. It has towers and decoration and all the refinements which the human genius can conceive of”.

However, the temple was popularised in the West only in the mid-19th century on the publication of Henri Mouhot’s travel notes. The French explorer wrote “There were no ordinary dwellings or houses or other signs of settlement including cooking utensils, weapons, or items of clothing usually found at ancient sites. Instead there is the evidence of the monuments themselves”.

These temples are amazing.

I visited these temples over 12 years ago first time and have been back many times since and although things have changed it still retains that magical feeling.

You are better off in my opinion planning your holiday out of season if this is intended to be one of the highlights of your holiday, and that is only due to the large amount of people who visit the temples now.

If your holiday is booked for the high season I would recommend getting up very early and arriving at the temples before dawn to be there when the sun comes up. You can also go late and stay for the sunset which also has that amazing feeling of wonder.

Too Heavy

You will be staying in Siem Reap which is 20 minutes from the Temple check point, when you arrive and have your photograph taken and complete a small form, you will get a laminated pass with your photo on and valid for however many days you think you will be visiting the temples for, which you may on occasion be asked to produce by the security that wander amongst the temples to ensure no damage or thefts of ancient stones are occurring.

Prices of passes are not particularly high and are approx. $35.00 US for 1 day or $75.00 US for 3 days.The town of Siem Reap has also developed very quickly to cater for the large increase in tourist numbers and now has a street full of restaurant/bars and many others scattered around town.

There are a number of Hotels in the town varying from very basic and cheap accommodation right through to the must luxurious suites in very exclusive Hotels. You will also find shops, markets, crocodile farm, museum, traditional craft school and a few other attractions should you need some time off from visiting the Temples, or if you are staying in one of the reasonable Hotels you will have a swimming pool to relax in followed by a great massage and out for an evening with a Khemer Cultural Show and a good selection of both Western and Khemer food.

We will arrange your complete trip if you would like including all your transport, guide, accommodation, flights and give you some ideas of where to go to eat and drink.

Angkor Wat required considerable restoration in the 20th century, mainly the removal of accumulated earth and

One of the many Temples

Temples Everywhere

vegetation. Work was interrupted by the civil war and Khmer Rouge control of the country during the 1970s and 1980s, but relatively little damage was done during this period other than the theft and destruction of mostly post-Angkorian statues. They are still restoring many of the Temples today which are spread over apprx.100km2.

This article was written by Nam. She works at “Holiday Garden Resort” which is a private road with Luxury Villa’s for holiday rentals in Pattaya, Thailand. Her husband is English and has lived in Thailand for 9 years and has traveled extensively throughout Asia.

If you would like to read more of Nam’s articles please follow our Blog or Subscribe to our website or Facebook page.

You can visit our website at www.soldinasia.com for loads of information on staying in your vacation home or hotel, and getting the most out of your holiday in Thailand.

Photographs, prices, tours & trips, transport, learning Thai and everything else you need to know about your planned vacation is in our website to ensure this will be a holiday to remember.

Tiger Zoo

Situated approx. 30 minutes from our rental villa’s in Pattaya is the Tiger Zoo.

The zoo has many different animals and shows including a Crocodile show and an Elephant show along with the Tiger show.

Tiger

Visit the Tiger Zoo with Pattaya Villa Rentals

The zoo also has numerous animals for the children to feed including pony’s and deer along with caged animals to wander round and see during your visit including a Thai lady with a hundred scorpions walking over her body.

They have a section where they show you how clever Pigs can be in counting from cards they place on the floor which is also worth a look.

In the childrens zoo area you can buy food for the animals and feed them and also have your photograph taken with Monkey’s, Tigers, Deer, Rabbit’s and Snakes.

I am sure you will be amazed to see Tigers in cages with dogs wandering around without fear and in the inside Tiger maternity section you will see Piglets with Tiger striped coats suckling from Tigers and Tiger cubs suckling from Pigs.

Elephant

Visit the Elephants with Pattaya Villa Rental Tours & Trips

They have a large lake area with a bridge over the top where you can buy chicken meat and lower it from the bridge on a bamboo cane and string to the many hungry Crocodiles below who will reach up to devour your offering with great interest.

If you feel hungry yourself there are a few stalls with food and drink available including mouth sized bites of Crocodile meat if you would like to try something different. You will enjoy it.

This article was written by Nam. She works at “Holiday Garden Resort” which is a private road with Luxury Villa’s for holiday rentals in Pattaya, Thailand. Her husband is English and has lived in Thailand for 9 years and has traveled extensively throughout Asia.

Bear

Travel throughout S.E Asia Pattaya Villa Rentals

If you would like to read more of Nam’s articles please follow our Blog or Subscribe to our website or Facebook page.

You can visit our website at www.soldinasia.com for loads of information on staying in your vacation home or hotel, and getting the most out of your holiday in Thailand.

Photographs, prices, tours & trips, transport, learning Thai and everything else you need to know about your planned vacation is in our website to ensure this will be a holiday to remember.

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Big Buddha Mountain

Situated Approx. 20km away from our luxury rental villa’s in Pattaya is an image of Buddha carved into the mountain and inlaid with gold. The Image is over 100m tall and is set in some beautiful gardens surrounded by Thai countryside and overlooking an enormous lake.

Laser Cut image of the Buddha

Only 20 minutes from our Villa's in Pattaya

This Buddha image is supposedly carved out of the cliff face by laser. However, close up with a good telephoto lens or binoculars  will show you that the gold outline is actually millions of small golden tiles placed into hand crafted crevices. The truth is probably that the image was projected onto the cliff face to allow the Thai craftsmen to see where they should be working

It is however a magnificent and very different Buddha image than those normally seen in Thailand.

At the Laser Buddha area there are some nice gardens and a few superb specimens of trees. The mountain is over 100m tall and is surrounded by lovely gardens and a large lake to the left hand side. There is a good view point for taking photographs. As you enter the area you will have your photograph taken and when you return to the car park you will be offered a framed photograph or a photograph which has been put onto a display plate. These photos are a nice holiday souvenir and are not particularly expensive and the vendor is not pushy about getting you to buy one so you are free to decide yourself if you would like one. There are a couple of huts selling cold drinks and there are toilet facilities.

The  famous laser-sculptured Buddha image at Khao Chi Chan Cliffs is conveniently situated next to Silver Lake

A view of the mountain

Big Buddha Mountain

Vineyard, so it is easy to see the two attractions in one trip and even go from there to the Chinese Temple which is very near and well worth a visit.

This article was written by Nam. She works at “Holiday Garden Resort” which is a private road with Luxury Villa’s for holiday rentals in Pattaya, Thailand. Her husband is English and has lived in Thailand for 9 years and has traveled extensively throughout Asia.

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A Visit to Phuket

If you would like to visit Phuket during your stay at either of our luxury villa’s in Pattaya it would involve an internal flight from Bangkok airport and at least an overnight stay but realistically 2 or 3 nights stay. We can organize all your flights, transport and accommodation for your trip and will arrange for you to be collected from the airport and returned to your villa when you want to return to Pattaya.

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island covering an area of approx. 900 square kilometers with a length of 48 km and a width of 21 km it is connected to the mainland of Thailand by 2 road bridges.

Phuket is in the Andaman Sea on Thailand’s Indian Ocean coastline 862 km south of Bangkok.

Phuket was formerly one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign trader’s ship logs and derived its wealth from tin and rubber.

Now however most of its revenue comes from tourism and although it suffered badly in the Tsunami of 2004 it has now fully recovered with virtually no sign of the damage caused.

The tourist market is very big in Phuket with International and Charter flights coming from many countries and has a large package holiday contingent.

The Airport is in the North of the Island where as most of the beaches are on the West coast with the town of Phuket situated in the South-East of the island.

Phuket is hot and humid throughout the year and has a much higher rainfall than Pattaya with the rainy season lasting much longer. The hot season is generally considered to be from March to early May. With the summer monsoon season being from May to October, although usually mornings and afternoons are still sunny and clear it tends to rain in the evenings and night time.

Locals consider November to February the “cool” season.

There are numerous beaches on Phuket to visit offering different styles of beach life. The major beaches are listed below with a brief description:

Banana Beach:

Also known as Coral Island is 15 minutes from Chalong Bay. A very beautiful and quiet beach with all facilities you need. Lots of wildlife around with the surrounding rainforest and abundant marine life.

Bang Thao:

Also known as Laguna Beach is a long and often deserted beach.

Cape Panwa:

Is the location of Phuket Aquarium with loads of marine life to examine up close.

Kalim Beach/Kamala Beach:

These are smaller quieter beaches just to the north of Patong.

Karon and Karon Noi Beaches:

The second most-developed beaches after Patong.

Kata Yai Beach:

Is a busy yet clean tourist beach with good surf for those who like to play in the waves.

Kata Noi Beach:

Is the smaller and quieter version of Kata Yai.

Laem Sing:

Is a small bay with spectacular views over to Kamala Beach and Surin Beach.

Mai/Sai Khao:

Located near to the airport with the planes landing and taking off but other than that a quiet beach and a long way from anything else.

Nai Han and Ao Sen:

One of my favourite quiet beaches in the south, near Phromthep Cape view point.

Nai Thon and Nai Yang:

Quiet beaches in located in Sirinat National Park.

Patong Beach:

The largest beach resort in Phuket and known for its bustling nightlife.

Rawai, Mittraphap and Laem Ka:

Departure point for lots of the local islands, popular with locals for eating and relaxing on the beach.

Surin and Pansea Beach:

These beaches are in an up-market area that is expanding rapidly.

There are also dozens of small islands to visit around Phuket and I have listed a few below which have accommodation available.

Koh Bon:

10 minutes from Rawai, an great day trip for snorkeling and relaxing on the beach.

Koh Hae:

Also known as Coral Island is about 15 minutes by speedboat from Chalong Bay.

Koh Lon:

A quiet, mostly Muslim island with a few bungalows for rent.

Koh Mai Thon:

A beautiful little island with only one place to stay which is quite expensive.

Koh Racha:

Also known as Koh Raya and is divided into two islands the smaller one and the bigger one are both popular with scuba divers and is also good for a relaxing snorkeling trip.

Koh Sire:

Also known as Koh Si Le or the Sea Gypsy colony which is connected to the mainland by a causeway.

Koh Yao:

Two islands approx. halfway to Krabi, with four up-market resorts

There are many tourist attractions in Phuket and the region is also very good for sailing around the coastline or to the nearby Islands. Scuba diving and snorkeling are also very good in the area but the visibility falls dramatically during the rainy season. On some of the beaches the waves are also suitable for surfing although not the big breakers that you find in some parts of the world. Patong is the main tourist entertainment district in Phuket with numerous bars, restaurants, hotels and shops and is a very lively destination staying open well into the night.

This article was written by Nam. She works at “Holiday Garden Resort” which is a private road with Luxury Villa’s for holiday rentals in Pattaya, Thailand. Her husband is English and has lived in Thailand for 9 years and has traveled extensively throughout Asia.

If you would like to read more of Nam’s articles please follow our Blog or Subscribe to our website or Facebook page.

You can visit our website at www.soldinasia.com for loads of information on staying in your vacation home or hotel, and getting the most out of your holiday in Thailand.

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