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Amazing golf courses in spectacular settings.
If you’re looking for value-for-money golfing experiences, you can’t go past Thailand. First rate courses and
facilities, along with unmatched ser vice and hospitality, make Thailand a golfer’s dream. Some might say it is
the best place for a golfing holiday anywhere on the planet. From Bangkok to Hua Hin, Pattaya to Chang
Mai, there are generous numbers of public courses of a high international standard just waiting to be played
ever y day of the week. But we all know that a golfing vacation is not just about golf. Luckily, the off-the-
course action inThailand – the beaches, the nightlife, the food, the culture – is well wor th swinging into as well.
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The clubhouse, like many I have been to in Thailand is large. Here you are well looked after with a
restaurant, bar, pro shop, and comfortable locker rooms.
As many people know I am a fan of massages and Spa treatments. One in Pattaya that has a very apt name
is the Oasis Spa. The service was attentive and like all good spas there are a range of treatments to suit your
mood and how your body is feeling. The setting is tranquil and will you are being relaxed and recharged it is
so easy to forget that there is an extremely busy world outside.
That is the daytime taken care of, now for the night. Whether it is going out for dinner or something else
that takes your interest there is plenty to choose from in Pattaya.
One of the more interestingly named restaurants is Cabbages and Condoms – true!
This restaurant, which originated in Bangkok, is well worth a visit. Sitting out over the water on the open
deck with a warm breeze wafting around you, waves gently lapping on the sand just below the deck, this
is a great setting for a meal – and what a meal. The food is delicious. Everything is fresh and the flavours
Cabbages and Condoms restaurants were set up to support the activities of the Population and Community
Development Association. This organisation promotes the health and safety aspects of condom use in a fun
and amusing manner – instead of a jar of mints they have a bowl of condoms. This may sound like an adults
only place but it is far from that. It is a family restaurant with a stunning seaside setting and amazing food.
One of the things that Pattaya is rather notoriously known for is Walking Street. By day it is just a small
street with not much happening but at night it really comes alive.
This is a red-light district where go-go bars, nightclubs, massage parlours and various shows abound. There
is street theatre, sports bars, restaurants, you name it and you will probably find it.
The street is closed to traffic from 6.00pm and becomes full of tourists from around the world walking
and looking. Even if the activities at many of the places do not interest you going for a walk along here is
fascinating and interesting.
If the noise and bustle of people gets a bit much for you there are some bars that are a bit quieter; it is just a
matter of keeping your eyes open. I was out with three male Australian journalists who managed to find a bar
with a TV tuned into Australian rugby. As we (they) watched the rugby and enjoyed a quiet drink or two we
played various board games that they had behind the bar. Not what most people go to Walking Street for but
we had an enjoyable night. Me being chatted up by one of the Barmaids only added to our entertainment.
At some stage your trip has to come to an end. No matter how long you stay or how many times you return
to this beautiful, friendly Kingdom this country is always exciting and there will always be something new
and interesting to discover.
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