Photo Blog : When in Pattaya

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Last July 2015, the Pag-IBIG Fund Chorale was given the opportunity to represent the Philippines in the 8th International Choir Festival held in Pattaya , Thailand.  It was an honor for  us to be the lone Philippine representative. We won 2 gold and 1 silver medals and I could not ask for anything more. Hard work, determination and "puso" made us successful in this journey.

It was my second time to visit Thailand and having the the same demographics with the Philippines, I felt like I'm home.

Here are some places we visited during our stay, and I hope you can get some ideas when you visit Pattaya soon.

When in Jomtien, Check in at Ambassador City Jomtien Hotel  (Pattaya)

The Ambassador City Jomtien Hotel is the largest resort hotel in the Na Jomtien Bay which I think is very ideal for international conferences and conventions. 
Photo Credit : Ambassador City Jomtien Hotel Website

The rooms are outdated 'tho but I think it's a great value for money. We stayed at Garden Wing which is actually ideal for big groups, but if you are planning the trip with your family or a small group of friends, you should go for the Ocean View Wing. Each Hotel Wing has its own restaurant and the Atrium Cafe located at the Ocean View Wing is my favorite among the 9 restaurants in the resort complex.

Communication is indeed challenging as very few of the staff understand English. And there is NO free wi-fi in the hotel, you still need to buy an internet card for 150 baht for an unlimited wi-fi internet  within the complex.

Be amazed at the wood works at the Sanctuary of Truth (Pattaya)

The Sanctuary of Truth is a gigantic wooden construction which covers the area of more than two rais. The top point of the building is about 105 meters high. It was constructed to withstand the wind and sunshine on the seashore at Rachvate Cape, Tumbon Naklea, Amphur Banglamung, Chon Buri Province.

The building was constructed according to ancient Thai ingenuity and every square inch of the building is covered with wooden carve sculpture. The purposes of decoration with wooden carve sculptures are to use art and culture as the reflection of Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. With in this complex, visitors will understand Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, Cycle of living, Life Relationship with Universe and Common Goal of Life toward Utopia.

Source : Sanctuary of Truth Website

A one of a kind sinful experience at Walking Street. Not recommended 'tho for conservative people (Pattaya)

Walking Street is a red light district in Pattaya that draws a lot of foreigners primarily for night life. Just a warning, do not bring your parents, grandparents or someone who has a conservative soul.  Prostitution is not strictly illegal in Thailand, it is tolerated and party regulated. 

Just by walking along the street illuminated by colored neon signs, you will be greeted by Thai and Russian prostitutes, lady boys or an exotic dancer in a glass display window. I was actually shocked to read what's on their menu cards and what strikes me the most is "Boy-Girl / Girl-Girl /  Boy-Boy Fucking Shows". We are not interested to watch  any shows of course.

As we walk from the south end of Beach Road to the Bali Hai Pier, I was thinking of the  life of each "performers". Those cage performers in the glass windows and that particular teenager doing a street acrobat show were smiling at us but their eyes were shouting in pain, anger and sadness.

Mimosa Pattaya

Just across the Ambassador City Jomtien Hotel is the Mimosa Pattaya, also called as the "City of Love". One of the feautures of the place is the Lady-boy cabaret show.

Photo Credit : Elpie Parayno
We did not  enter the  place but I think there must be some great restaurants or drinking establishments inside. For 600 baht entrance fee for a foreigner, it is not a good deal if you are not into this kind of entertainment. 

Schedule of Mimosa Cabaret Show & Musical Fountain
3:00 pm
5:00 pm
7:00 pm