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Monday, December 12, 2016

Pattaya: The Premier Place for Sports

Pattaya is recognized across the globe for its beautiful beaches and a vibrant nightlife. In addition to the well-known tourist attractions, the Thailand city proudly hosts a wide variety of sporting events and competitions each year, attracting competitors and spectators from around the world. With so much to offer visitors, it is no surprise that Pattaya has become a prime location for both local and international sporting events.

The coastal city proudly hosts the Top of the Gulf Regatta every year. Among the largest sailing events in Thailand, it is the only multi-class sailing event in the area. The Top of Gulf Regatta began in 2005 and is held annually in the beginning of May over the course of four days. The event is scheduled in 2017 starting on May 4th.

Pattaya also holds the annual King’s Cup Jet Ski World Cup in early December. The King’s Cup features five days of races with competitors coming from around the globe for the popular waterfront event. Held in Pattaya City, this year’s event starts on December 1st and continues through December 4th.

In addition to the water-related events, Pattaya hosts an annual marathon. The Pattaya Marathon is an international event attracting runners near and far. Held in July, it includes a full, half, and quarter marathon, as well as a micro marathon fun run and wheel chair marathon. The 2016 event received about 15,000 applicants.

With over 20 golf courses, Pattaya is a prime location for golf enthusiasts. One of the courses in Pattaya, the old course at the Siam Country Club, proudly holds the annual LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Thailand tournament. First held in 2006, the February event expanded into a well-known tournament receiving national media attention. The tournament attracts some of the biggest names in golf and offers a prize fund of $1.6 million (U.S).

If visitors are looking for a unique sporting competition with a local flair and rich history, then the Chonburi Buffalo Racing is the perfect event. This event is held annually and features a variety of contests. Around for over 140 years, this culturally rich event attracts both tourists and locals.

In addition to the annual sporting competitions, Pattaya offers an endless list of local sporting events every week. A big attraction for visitors, these events include crowd favorites such as boxing, taekwondo, and mixed martial arts. Additionally, local facilities often hold a variety of amateur sporting events each month, ranging from bowling and softball to badminton and cricket.

If you are planning a trip for any of these events in Pattaya, it is important to stay at a hotel noted for their excellence. Look no further than the Metro Apartments, centrally located and providing quality arrangements at a reasonable price. To learn more about Metro Apartments and book your stay today, please browse our website at  

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sports from 17 November

Travelling from Bangkok to Pattaya

Pattaya is a popular travel destination in Thailand. The coastal city offers fantastic beaches, endless entertainment and attractions, and a lively nightlife scene. It is also just a short distance from Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok. The quick trip from Bangkok to Pattaya is made easy with a variety of convenient and affordable travel options.
The distance from Bangkok to Pattaya is only about 147 kilometers, or 91 miles. Several major highways (Highway 3 and Highway 7) conveniently connect the cities. The trip takes approximately two hours depending on your mode of transportation and traffic (rush hour and Fridays are travel peak times on this route).
The most cost-effective and highly utilized travel option is arriving in Pattaya via bus. Taking a first-class bus is the preferred option by many, providing an air-conditioned ride with minimal stops. Buses to Pattaya depart from several stations in Bangkok, some as frequently as every 30 minutes. Departing stations include the Eastern Bus Terminal and Northern Bus Terminal. Traveling by first class bus typically costs 120 baht or less for travelers. Taking a second-class bus costs slightly less at about 100 baht but does not provide air conditioning and has much more frequent stops. While taking a bus is a great option, it does have a few minor inconveniences. When arriving to Pattaya, travelers will have to arrange transportation to their final destination in the city. Additionally, traveling by bus can be a minor challenge depending on the amount of luggage a traveler brings along with them. There is also a frequent private minibus service run by Bell Travel.
Many travelers also choose to drive from Bangkok to Pattaya. While more expensive, it is an attractive option for those wanting a more private means of transportation and a slightly shorter overall trip. If driving, travelers often consider renting a car. Several major rental companies have locations near Suvarnabhumi and offer competitive rates. These include Budget, Hertz, Avis, and National. Travelers can also check rates and reserve vehicles through company websites.
Traveling to Pattaya by taxicab is also an option, but a more expensive one. The official meter-taxi rate is about 1500 baht from central Bangkok and 1110 baht (including expressway fees) from Suvarnabhumi Airport. Taxi fares can often be negotiated, though, prior to starting the trip. Hotels and travel agencies can arrange for a taxi, or travelers can call a taxi from the street, with the latter providing the most flexibility when negotiating. Travelers should always make sure taxis have proper licensure before departing.
If you are planning a trip to Pattaya, it is important to stay at a hotel noted for their excellence. Look no further than the Metro Apartments, centrally located and providing quality arrangements at a reasonable price. To learn more about Metro Apartments Pattaya and book your stay today, please browse our website

When traveling to Metro Apartments by taxi, make sure to mention its location in the Soi LK Metro area!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Sports from 1 Nov onwards.

Pattaya: Home of the Best Festivals

Pattaya is home to some of the most unique and memorable festivals and celebrations throughout the year. From live performance and fireworks to amazing food and activities, Pattaya is truly the place to be for the best festivals.
The annual Wonderfruit Festival is held in Pattaya, this year from December 15th through the 18th. Pattaya’s beautiful landscape is the perfect location for the four-day celebration of art, music, and life. Festival events focus on six pillars: arts, music, farm to feasts, health and wellness, natural adventures, talks and workshops, and families. The magical event is unforgettable and offers something for everyone, which is evident by the diverse group of attendees. The eclectic festival attracts visitors from around the world and enthusiastically welcomes attendees of all ages and nationalities.
Pattaya also hosts the annual Pattaya International Music Festival. The 2016 event, held from March 18th through the 20th, was staged at Pattaya Beach and offered both local and international music acts. This diverse event offers everything from DJ house performances to rock, country, and hip-hop musical acts. With a long list of performances and great location, The Pattaya International Music Fest is a must for music lovers, and really anyone looking to have a great time.
The annual Songkran and the Wan Lai Festival in Pattaya celebrates the traditional Thai New Year. Held in April each year, the Songkran Festival is like no other event and attracts more than a half million people to Pattaya each year. The 2017 celebration will begin on April 11th and concludes with a huge party stretching over three miles on April 19th. This unbelievable event includes water events and fights, a Thai New Year tradition, along with parades, ceremonies, pageants, and so much more. This is a busy time for travel in Pattaya, so make sure to make your arrangement as early as possible!
Each November Pattaya lights up the sky during the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival. Held the last weekend in November, teams from around the world put on amazing pyrotechnic shows for crowds of visitors. Turning it into a true party, the event includes live music and DJ performances along Beach Road. This amazing display and electrifying party is free to the public and guaranteed to be an amazing event each year.
Pattaya also offers several food-focused celebrations each year. The annual Pattaya Vegetarian Festival provides a delicious celebration for vegetarians and food lovers in general every October. Held for 11 days in Pattaya City, the event includes a grand procession with statues of two Chinese deities. Additionally, Central Pattaya hosts the Fruit Festival in May. The event features a wide variety of quality local fruits and also includes a parade, competition, and beauty pageant.
Are you coming to Pattaya for any of the festivals? If so, book your stay at Metro Apartments! Metro Apartments is conveniently centrally located and offers everything you need for a comfortable stay. please browse our website at to learn more and make your reservation today!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Exploring Thai Culture in Pattaya

Pattaya is a popular vacation destination for international travelers, offering beautiful beaches, endless activities and festivals, and an exciting nightlife. The Thailand city caters to visitors of all ages and nationalities, truly providing something for everyone. Despite the modernization and transformation into a premier tourist destination, Pattaya has managed to retain parts of its rich and vibrant history and culture.
Pattaya originated as a small fishing village in Thailand and remained so until the mid to late 1900s. In the 1960s, American service members discovered Pattaya while looking for a place to relax during the Vietnam War. Soon after, the quiet coastal town started attracting visitors in astounding quantities, resulting in the fast and plentiful addition of guest accommodations and means of tourist transportation. Despite the rapid growth and increased tourist interest, there are still aspects of historic Pattaya and Thai traditions that are intact and give a peak into the culture of Pattaya and its people.
Many local homes in Pattaya still observe the Thai tradition of erecting a spirit house, a small shrine to give shelter to spirits. They are made in the image of Thai temples, only smaller. It is part of Thai culture to leave daily offerings in the ornate spirit houses consisting of food, drink, flowers, and incense. Thai spirit houses are probably the most visible insight into Thai culture for tourists, located throughout various areas of Pattaya and even along the roadsides.
Pattaya features several temples and shrines that are popular stops for visitors. Perhaps the most well-known is located on Phra Tamnak Hill where visitors can view the giant golden Buddha statue of Wat Phra Yai. Tourists can also visit the temple of Wat Yansangwararam. This is one of the most significant temples in the general Pattaya area and includes many historic Buddhist relics. Built in 1976, visitors can enter the temple at no cost, one of the few free tourist attractions in the area.
One of the most spectacular monuments and attractions in Pattaya is the Sanctuary of Truth. The amazingly large wooden building began construction in 1981. Rich in Thai tradition and culture, the sanctuary stands about 105 meters tall and is covered in wooden sculptures to reflect ancient Thai history and culture. A popular location for tourists, the site of the sanctuary also offers daytime activities such as their popular dolphin shows.
Perhaps one of the best ways to experience local Thai culture in Pattaya is visiting the Floating Market. This is the only one of its kind in Pattaya and provides a unique shopping experience for all. From artisan demonstrations to traditional Thai food, a trip to the Pattaya Floating Market is guaranteed to be a worthwhile stop during your visit.

When you are planning your trip to all of the amazing sites, make sure you choose a Pattaya hotel that meets all of your lodging needs. Metro Apartments offers everything you need for a comfortable stay and is centrally located for convenient travel to all of Pattaya’s must-see attractions. please browse our website at to learn more and make your reservation today!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sports Schedule 25 - 30 October

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