Luxury living, peace and quiet in Pattaya?

International travel has resumed and unrestricted borders have become a reality, so it’s time for all of us to start planning, booking and getting excited about our next travel adventures. For some it will be about returning to a favorite destination, reliving and rekindling those vacation vibes, for others who may be looking for a ‘new’ destination to explore, enjoy and add to that bucket list. favorite places.

Reading this, you’ll probably think that Pattaya is definitely not a “new” destination, while wondering where to find peace and quiet in a city renowned for partying, entertainment and nightlife. Well, we have a suggestion for all lovers of Thailand, a place that doesn’t attract the attention of the islands and resorts we’ve all heard of, but can offer everything that travel enthusiasts from luxury desire .

The local villages and deserted beaches of Sattahip, Jomtien and Bang Saray in East Pattaya can be reached in around two hours from Bangkok on a brand new highway, making it easily accessible to anyone based in the capital or travelers internationals who want to hop in a taxi at the airport and be on the beach in less than two hours. It sounds good ? Following our recent (and first) trip to the somewhat sleepy, but certainly beautiful part of Thailand, let us tell you some of the reasons that will keep us coming back in the not too distant future…

Easily accessible from Bangkok

Being only two hours by taxi from Bangkok is a big plus for us. We took a cheap taxi directly from the airport and loved the ease and simplicity of this option. There are also buses from the city and the airport, and for those who have a bit more time and are adventurous, you can take a look at the train, arriving at Yansangvararam station postcard , less than three hours after leaving Bangkok would be the perfect travel experience.

Enjoy the beautiful and quiet beaches

If beaches with rows of sunbeds and masses of people aren’t your thing, then Bang Saray has you covered. Make the most of your time at this beautiful, quiet beach where it’s easy to escape the crowds, as there are simply no crowds. At weekends, expect to see Thai families enjoying their own special spot, with a handful of local expats and tourists meaning Bang Saray Beach is the perfect place to relax and unwind. recover from the stresses of everyday life. During the week it might just be you, a traditional fishing boat and a trio of local dogs on the wide rustic beach.

Check into a luxury hotel

During our time exploring the area, our first stop was the wonderful Sea Sand Sun Resort and Villas and we were suitably impressed. Not only did the staff team welcome us as part of their extended family, they went above and beyond to make our stay memorable. Our Pool Villa Suite was just stunning and made it very difficult to leave, in fact even getting out of bed was difficult as it was so comfortable. And as for the private pool, well that provided the icing on the top of our delicious cake. When you combine the super friendly staff team with the charming luxury villa, it’s not hard to see why we really enjoyed our stay.


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Check in to another luxury resort

We also stayed at the sublime MASON who offer their guests a selection of ultra-modern luxury villas, all with their own private swimming pool. This designer resort is located on the coast between Bang Saray and nearby Pattaya, but trust us when we say that guests staying at MASON can expect peace, tranquility and a refined luxury experience during their stay, without the crowds and nightlife that ‘vibrant’ Pattaya is famous for. We loved our Beachfront Grand Pool Villa which had panoramic ocean views from the expansive poolside deck. It was beautifully appointed, with stylish furnishings and a deliciously comfortable bed, while the technology in the villa included a 49″ Smart TV, personal wine cooler and Marshall Bluetooth speaker which we certainly made the most of.

Rent a modern and elegant condo

For those looking to extend their stay or prefer the privacy and flexibility of a condo on their next vacation, there are a number of great options available. Of the ones we visited, our favorite would have to be the sleek, modern ‘Mirage Condominium’, where the sunset views from the rooftop pool were simply stunning. Contact the professional team at Bang Saray Property, the region’s leading agency, and they’ll help you find your dream vacation home away from home. And if you’re starting to fall for this serene slice of the Thai coast, they can also guide you through the process of buying your dream home.

Visit Buddha Mountain

If you can pull yourself away from the beach, your luxury resort or your apartment, Buddha Mountain (known locally as Khao Chi Chan) is an iconic attraction for locals and tourists alike. The 100m tall Buddha image carved into the side of a limestone cliff is certainly impressive and worth a visit.

Visit Nong Nooch Gardens

Located a few miles from Khao Chi Chan you will find the beautifully manicured Nong Nooch Gardens, a private botanic garden of over 600 acres which opened to the public in 1980. The award-winning gardens are meant to be impressive, but sadly we saw that they always put on an ‘elephant show’ which we would never choose to support so we didn’t visit. Hopefully in the not too distant future, the only elephants inhabiting Nong Nooch are the statues guarding the entrance…

Explore the old town and the fishing village

Considering the urban sprawl of Pattaya is just 15km away, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that the old town and fishing village in the heart of Bang Saray offer a generous slice of Thai tranquility. Expect to see colorful fishing boats, shops, pagodas, shrines and noodle stalls as you wander the peaceful streets. Enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional Thai fishing village as you decide where to stop for a coffee, beer or local snack. Quite simply, Bang Saray is a million miles from what Pattaya has to offer, despite being just along the coast, and therefore offers the perfect destination for those who like a laid back and relaxing holiday.

We loved our maiden voyage to this beautiful area of ​​the Thai coast and will definitely be back. It’s the perfect option for those looking to escape the bustling city for a long weekend, as well as being a great vacation destination when you want to enjoy your next luxury travel adventure without the crowds. And for those thinking of retiring to this part of the world, it just might have everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

Paul Eyers is the founder of Vegan food quest. Vegan Food Quest has become a specialist in luxury vegan travel as it continues to find, eat and write about the best vegan food in the world.

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