Nightlife in Pattaya, Thailand
Thailand is the most well-liked tourist destination in South-East Asia and has been for decades. This is because
the climate alters throughout the year from hot to cool and even cold, if you want to look for it; Thai food is
world-famous; the assortment of wildlife is broad as is the flora; the diving is excellent and the people are
friendly and hospitable. Thailand is not called the Land of Smiles for nothing.
Nightlife in Pattaya, Thailand
There are also a great deal of festivals, some of which are religious, which means Buddhist, and others are not.
Thailand has been Buddhist ever since the country came into being in the Thirteen Century, but the people were
Buddhist long before that. Or at least the majority of them were. There are also throw-backs to older religions
just as in the West.
In the West Christmas and Easter were moved to hide pagan festivals, but in Thailand they simply have the old
festivals as well. One of the biggest festivals is Loy Krathong in November (the first full moon in the twelfth
lunar month). Loy Krathong is a delightful festival to placate the goddess or water, Ganga, for using and abusing
These days, people still remember the old significance of Loy Krathong ('Floating Boats'), but it has been taken
adopted by lovers too. People float symbolic boats out onto the water and ask the goddess to forgive them and to
grant a wish. Lovers push their boats out together and many believe that if the boats, krathong, float out
side-by-side then they will have a trouble-free year together.
Many bar girls and married women don traditional Thai costumes for the evening, particularly if they are going
out for a meal or to a party. Some men do as well, but not so many.
Also in November is the world-famed Elephant roundup in Surin. The elephant roundup is also popular with
foreigners and Thais alike. The city of Surin is full on this weekend so if you would like to go it is worth
booking your hotel with your travel ticket otherwise you might be stranded. Not that it is cold or likely to
Bridge Over the River Kwae week is in November. The bridge is a moving reminder of the horror that prisoners of
war from all around the world underwent at the hands of the Japanese overlords at the time. More Thais died than
foreigners although Thailand was thought of as 'friendly' by the occupying Japanese.
In December it is the King's birthday and Fathers' Day on the 5th. The king is very extremely well thought of in
Thailand and numerous people will light candles in their garden on the roadside to the king in the early
This is a very pretty sight, especially in the villages where street lighting is usually minimal. Constitution
Day is on the 10th and is a bank holiday, which usually means a celebration.
Christmas is feted in the cities by tourists, ex-pats and young Thais although it has no real religious
implication outside the Christian churches in the larger cities.
New Year's Day is huge. There are parties that will last all night, dancing, feasting and fireworks.
Thailand is a wonderful place to come to in November and December and although it is considered high season, I
am sure that you will find it cheaper to come on holiday to Thailand - The Land of Smiles - than it is to remain at
home in the cold.
by Owen Jones