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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.

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    What Really Works: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain Effectively

    What Really Works: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain Effectively

    Eight out of ten adults experience lower back pain once in their lifetime. I am one of those people and I’m definitely not looking forward to my participation award. I know how it feels like to step out of bed and barely being able to put on your socks. Having lower back pain sucks. But 9 out of 10 patients that suffer from lower back pain don’t even know the primary cause of it.

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    Back Pain? Blame Our Evolution

    Once upon a time in our fairly recent past, our ancestors felt the urgency to stand up and leave our quadruped neighbors behind. Habitual bipedalism, fancy word for regularly walking on two legs, came with a lot of advantages. With two rear limbs instead of four, we were able to more efficiently use our hands and create tools with them.

    Sadly, life on two legs also brought along its disadvantages. Our spine had four supporting pillars previously, but now it only got two. The back is therefore naturally one of the weak links of our human anatomy. Our spine needs constant support from its supporting muscles to minimize the load on the spine. With no muscle support (tested on dead bodies) the back can only bear loads up to 5 pounds without collapsing [reference Panjabi 1989]. With well-developed torso muscles, the spine can take loads up to 2000 pounds. That’s a 400-fold increase.

    Most people that come to me with a history of a herniated disc (that’s when the discs between the vertebral bodies are fully collapsed, really severe incident), tell me the ‘story of the pencil’. The injury with the following severe pain usually gets triggered by picking up a small, everyday object. Such as a pencil. Not as you may think by trying to lift 100 pounds – no, but by a simple thing – such as a pencil.

    This tells us that damage in your back adds up over time, it’s a so called cumulative trauma disorder. Meaning back pain is a result of your daily habits.

    Sitting Is the New Smoking

    Whenever I sit for too long, my back hurts. In fact, 54% of Americans who experience lower back pain spend the majority of their workday sitting. But isn’t sitting something that should reduce the stress of your back? No, just the opposite.

    The joints between the bones of the spine are not directly linked to the blood supply. These joints instead get nourished through a process called diffusion. Diffusion works because molecules (such as oxygen, important for cells) are constantly moving and try to get as much space for themselves as they can. A key element for diffusion therefore is a pressure difference. In the image below the left room contains more moving molecules than the right, that’s why the molecules from the left are moving to the right. This way nutrition gets transformed into the joints, whereas toxins are transported out of the joints.

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    Sitting puts a lot of pressure on your spinal chord. The diffusion process therefore can’t function as efficiently. Nutrition and toxins can’t be properly transported, the joints get damaged.

      Sit Properly

      If sitting can play such a huge part in the creation of your lower back pain, how do you sit properly then?

      Is it better to sit with a straight back or should you rather lay back in your chair? Can I cross my legs when I’m sitting or should I have a symmetrical position with my feet? These are questions that I hear on a daily basis. The answer might shock you – according to recent science – all of them are right. The best sitting position is an ever-changing one. An ever-changing position minimizes the pressure on certain points of your spine and spreads it on the whole part.

        Credit: StayWow

        Stand Up More

        Even better than a sitting position is a stand up position. Standing dramatically reduces the pressure on your spine. If you’re forced to work on a desk the whole day though, you have two options.

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        Take breaks every hour of about 2-3 minutes.

        Set an alarm on your phone that goes off every hour! In that time you stand up and reach to the ceiling, on your toe tips with fully extended arms. You’re inhaling during the whole process. You do this activity for 20 seconds. Afterwards you’re walking through the office for the next 2 minutes. You might grab a healthy snack or some water in that time. The exercise relieves the pressure on your spine, while the walking makes sure that the joints on your spine are properly used.

        Or get a standing desk.

        One of the best companies on the market for Standing Desks, according to my research, is Autonomous. Autonomous offers a rather cheap Standing Desk, with the ability to change the height. Which means you can start the day standing and switch to sitting if you’re tired.

        Exercise for Lower Back Pain

        Sitting is an immobile position. Your joints are made for movement and therefore need movement to function properly. If humans are moving, all moving parts: e.g. the joints, bones and muscles get strengthened. If you’re in a rested position for too long, your tissues start to deteriorate. You have to get the right amount of activity in.

        But not too much activity. There’s a chance that going to the gym may even increase your risk of lower back pain. I know plenty of friends with chiseled bodies that suffer from pain in the spine regularly. Huge muscles do not prevent you from back pain. In your training you should focus on building up the muscles that are stabilizing your back and relieve pressure. Squats with 400 pounds don’t do the trick.

        The more weight you carry around, the more weight your spinal chord has to bear on a regular basis. That’s one of the reasons why huge, muscular guys can suffer from back pain too. One of the most important goals of your exercise regimen should therefore be weight loss.

        Here are some important tips for you to consider when starting an exercise regimen:

        Make sure you implement cardiovascular training in your workout routine.

        This will not only help you lose weight, it will also make sure that your arteries, which flow to the tissue next to your spinal discs, are free of placque and can therefore transport nutrients properly.

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        Important: If you have rather strong back pain, maybe even an herniated disc, don’t start running on a threadmill. Running is an high-impact exercise. Which means there are continuous, reocurring high pressure points on your spine. Your endurance training should therefore either be fast-paced walking or a training on the elliptical trainer for the beginning, because both have little to no stressful impact on your backbone.

        Focus on developing your whole core if you want to minimize your pain.

        There are some people that do hundreds of sit ups a day. While sit ups are a good exercise for your abdomen, it also puts pressure on your spine due to the bending movement. A sixpack workout routine is one-sided. Your abs may become overdeveloped in comparison to your back muscles. You’ve created an imbalance. A great way to train your abdominal muscles and back muscles simultaneously, is holding the plank position.

        Stretch only if you have tight muscles.

        I remember stretching every morning after I woke up. I took 10 minutes out of my day to just work on my flexibility and prevent injuries. Little did I know that I was actually promoting an injury, by doing so.

        Contrary to common belief, stretching is only partially beneficial to treating lower back pain. Stretching makes sense if tight muscles (such as the hamstrings) are forcing you to constantly bend your back. Stretching to treat pain doesn’t make sense if you’re already on a good level of flexibility. Hyper-mobility may even enforce back pain.

        If you found out that you had tight muscles that you need to stretch, try to stretch them at least three times a week. Don’t stretch your muscles right after you wake up in the morning. This is because your spinal discs soak themselves up in fluid over the nighttime. Every bending and excessive loads on your spine is much worse in that soaked-up state. Postpone your stretching regime to two-to three hours after you’ve woken up.

        Where to Start

        The key to improving your habits is awareness. Try to get aware of your back while you’re sitting down, laying down or lifting an object next time. This awareness of your body is called proprioception. For example, you have to be aware whether your back is bended or straight in this very second. Trust me, it is harder than you might think. You may need to ask a friend for the first few tries. But the change that this awareness can make in your back pain is absolutely fascinating. This consciousness of your body is one of the most important things in your recovery or prevention.

        Here are a few behavioural tactics that you need to be considering:

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        If you’re leaning forward more than 30 degrees with your upper body, support your spine with your arms.

        Ever tried to show a colleague of yours a complex issue and found yourself awkwardly leaning forward on their desk, pointing with your fingers to his paper? If that ever happens again, make sure you’re using the not-pointing arm to support yourself on the desk.

        Keep a straight back.

        Be it while exercising, stretching or standing. If you’re bending your back you’re putting stress on small areas of your spinal chord. A straight back redistributes the force to a bigger area. You’re minimizing the pressure. Remember this whenever you’re at the gym and reracking your weights, focus on having a neutral spine.

        Put symmetrical loads on your spine.

        I used to play the trumpet when I was a child. The instrument is pretty heavy. The trumpet gets transported in a big, metallic suitcase – with no wheels. Being the nature of suitcases, you only carry it with one arm, on one side of your body. This forced me to constantly lean on the other side with my upper body, while transporting the instrument from A to B. Not really the healthiest activity for your spine as you can imagine.

        If you have to carry heavy objects, carry them with both arms. Put the object in the middle of your body and keep it as close to your mass of gravity as you can. If this is not possible, try to carry the same amount on the left side than you do on the right side. This puts the stress vertically on a fully extended spine. The load is much better bearable for your spine.

        Stay Away From the Back Pain League

        Our world is getting more sedentary. We will continue to develop faster transportation, more comfortable houses and easier lives. While our technological progress definitely has its amazing benefits, it sadly has its downsides too. The danger for back pain will continue to rise on our ever-increasing motionless planet. It’s time to raise awareness.

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