Pattaya has never interested me. I have heard stories about how seedy it is, and the sex, drugs and drinking scene isn’t of interest to me. However, when my brother from another mother, Med, suggested that we visit there on our our trip to Thailand last month, I agreed as I figured he wouldn’t steer us wrong.

The traffic getting out of Bangkok was a bitch, so we fell behind on our schedule. Although we weren’t able to visit the pagodas we had planned, we were still able to make the most out of our visit.

Buddha Mountain

This 130-metre-high mountain features a Buddha image which was carved out of rock using laser technology then was inlaid with gold leaf. Officially called Phra Phuttha Maha Wachira Uttamopat Satsada, the image was created in 1996 as a celebration for the 50th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne.

You can view the mountain from a beautiful garden filled with flowers, open pavilions and shrines.

Silverlake Vineyard

We visited Silverlake Vineyard at sunset, and were able to sit on a wall and take in the beauty of Thailand’s eastern seaboard.

If you visit in the daytime, you can stroll in the garden, participate in wine tasting and have a relaxing meal at their restaurant.

The Glass House

Boy, was I surprised when we rocked up for dinner at a restaurant and were directed to our table on the beach! The beautiful location, combined with the serene environment and abundance of seafood made for a great, relaxing evening.

So really, the side of Pattaya I saw in our quick visit was beautiful and peaceful. Perhaps if I had stayed longer, gone to bars or hung out in seedy areas I would have had a different experience, but from what I saw it was worth a quick visit if you are heading to Thailand.