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6 Things To Do When Visiting Pattaya in Thailand

6 Things To Do When Visiting Pattaya in Thailand

Pattaya is a beautiful holiday destination in Thailand. Based on the east coast of the gulf of Thailand, it has mountains as a backdrop, a bright, turquoise sea, palm trees and golden sand. It’s idyllic. Pattaya has many places to visit, with a variety of things to see and do: stunning scenery, golf-courses, temples, nightlife, statues of Buddha, and beautiful gardens. You could consider the following things to do when you visit Pattaya.

1. Visit the Beach

Pattaya beach is the ideal beach to go to if you want a lively, popular beach where you could have a go on jets skis, a speed boat, or parasailing. There’s a wide variety of beach bars to visit. It has four kilometers of sand. If you want a quieter, more family-oriented beach, then Jomtien Beach could be a better option for you. This has six kilometers of sand, the beach and water are clean. If you fancy a seafood snack, there are vendors who will sell it to you. If you enjoy snorkeling then the little island of Ko Samae San is a wonderful place to do this. The island is clean and the sea is turquoise with great visibility to see marine life.

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 2. Play Golf

Pattaya has over 20 golf courses; for the keen golfer it is a perfect location. If you’re someone who enjoys having the challenge of a new golf course to play on each day, this will make Pattaya perfect. The golf courses have stunning, tropical scenery, surrounded by lush greenness, mountains, palm trees and lakes. The golf courses have been designed by professional, well-known golfers and designers, and the courses have been used for professional competitions such as the PGA. Rayong Green Valley Country Club is extremely picturesque. There’s even a St. Andrews Golf Course that replicates the one in Scotland. Two golf courses have been designed by Japanese designers, the Wangjuntr course, and then there’s the Crystal Bay course. If you are planning for your golf holidays in Thailand, Pattaya should be on your list.

3. Visit the Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum)

This is extremely stunning to look at; beautiful detailed and intricate wooden temple with a unique construction that does not have a single nail. If you’re interested in art or architecture, you will definitely appreciate this. It contains ornate carvings and statues from Hindu mythology. It’s located right next to the sea. If you have children visiting with you, they can be entertained by feeding the fish there. It’s a relaxing, tranquil place that will have you in awe at the craftsmanship that has gone into it. At times, performances and dancing takes place there. If you choose to, there is an additional elephant ride and foot massage deal on offer at the temple. It’s possible to purchase ice cream nearby too. (Please note it may be under reconstruction right now, so double-check before you go.

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4. Nightlife

If you enjoy nightlife, Pattaya’s clubs and bars will be just the place for you to visit. The streets are incredible busy and lit up with almost as many neon signs advertising bars as Las Vegas! The most well known street in Pattaya for nightlife is Walking Street in the south of Pattaya, which is full of clubs, bars, discos and live-music bars, etc…  If you want to party the night away, then this is an ideal location for you. If you enjoy eating out, Pattaya has a variety of restaurants to dine at, including seafood, Thai, Italian, Indian, American, etc. There’s also a lot of good street food available at all hours.

5. Big Buddha (Wat Phra Khao Yai)

Big Buddha in Pattaya
    Big Buddha Statue In Pattaya

    Big Buddha is indeed a very big Buddha; it’s a huge golden statue on a mountainside. Because of where it’s situated, you will get beautiful views of Pattaya and see the sea and the skyline. It’s possible to take a songtheaw, which is a shared taxi to get to and from the location. As well as the Big Buddha, you’ll find other sculptures, temples, monuments and statues to see. It is a sacred and religious site where it’s possible to take some time to relax for reflection and meditation. It’s necessary to wear suitable clothing that covers legs and shoulders. Folklore states that by visiting the Buddha, it will bring the visitors happiness and love.

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    6. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens

    The gardens are magnificent with lots of little topiary in beautiful greens, reds and yellows, and many statues and pots.  It’s a place where you’ll manage to take lots of interesting photos with the family. Many statues of elephants and tigers are placed around the gardens. The gardens contain several temple-like structures.

    In the gardens, other cultures are represented, for example a French garden, and an Italian garden. In one of the gardens, there’s a large collection of cars that include classic and sports cars, which is quite unexpected. It is recommended to take at least three hours to explore the gardens.

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    There are a variety of very affordable restaurants and stalls around. The gardens do have shows taking place: one is an elephant show, the other is about Thai culture. You can take an elephant ride or go on a sight-seeing bus if you feel the weather is too warm to walk around in. It’s even possible to feed animals bananas.

    With so much to see and do, Pattaya is a must-see place to visit in Thailand. This place will allow you to create some wonderful experiences, memories, and photographs to remind you of your trip.

    Featured photo credit: shubina_ka210 via pixabay.com

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    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

    Video Summary

    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

    One Exercise, multiple benefits

    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

          Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

            5. You’ll improve overall balance

              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                  How to hold a plank position

                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                    • Prolapse
                    • After prolapse surgery
                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                    • Previous childbirth
                    • Overweight

                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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