Dining out in Pattaya

One of the main attractions of moving to Pattaya is good food! Pattaya is blessed with many fine restaurants, some of which are extremely affordable. Every type of cuisine imaginable is available here in this rapidly developing city.

If you like a section of good foreign food, whilst your Thai partner wants to eat more traditional Thai cuisine, then a hotel restaurant buffet could be the ideal choice. There are many hotel restaurants to choose from and a very good buffet at a four or five star hotel won’t break the bank! If you wish to dine with the sounds of the sea gently washing over yellow sands as the sun sets over Koh Larn, then a beach hotel restaurant could be just the thing for you. A truly romantic evening can be had, often for under 2000 Baht per head, including drinks. Choices include The Pullman Hotel G, Centara Mirage and Cape Dara.  These three major hotels are on Wongamat Beach Naklua, North Pattaya.

Another alternative is Cabbage & Condoms Restaurant and resort on Pratumnak Hill Soi 4. This a truly unique restaurant in Pattaya, well worth checking out and not too expensive either. Also on Pratumnak Hill is the Sheraton Resort Pattaya with a stunning views of Koh Larn and Pattaya Bay. There are indoor and outdoor restaurants here in a simply amazing setting on the cliff top.

If you want to dine with amazing views of Pattaya Bay and the surrounding city lights then the Hilton Horizon is the ideal choice. Maybe your budget is a little lower per day, in which case you can still dine rather well at Mark Land restaurant on the 29th floor of the Mark Land hotel on Beach road.

Your tastes may well be simpler, and we can’t dine at 5 star restaurants every night, can we? There are many good restaurants all around Pattaya. Here a few highly recommended ones, La Cherie, Lone Star, The Jolly Friar and Loaf Pizza all on the same road, Soi Lengkee. If you are in the Pratumnak area and fancy fish and chips try Curry & Chips on Pratumnak Hill Road, you won’t be disappointed.

Then there are beer bar buffets, market and street food options too. One thing to bare in mind here is that Thailand is very hot and humid, so bacteria on food grows particularly fast. A buffet in a beer bar with no refrigeration is not going to last too long after being served before food poisoning could become an issue. Market food can be rather tasty, if not a little oily and high in calories. Also street food hygiene and what they cook the food in is questionable at times. Saying that, not all street food is bad, if it was the sellers wouldn’t have repeat customers. It is recommended to draw the line though when it comes to eating bugs!

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