To celebrate L's birthday (a week early) and to start summer off on the right foot, we took a quick trip to the beach!
L had asked to go to a waterslide park, and a very wise friend pointed out that for the cost of tickets for a family of four, we could get a room at Centara Grand Mirage in Pattaya and enjoy their waterslides as a part of our stay! Genius! In the end, the room was a bit more than just waterslides would have been, but we all agree it was totally worth it.
Pattaya, our nearest beach, isn't exactly picture-perfect white sand paradise. I didn't know what to expect, but our friend assured me that we would love it.
She was right! It was gorgeous. I think we've all been spoiled. It's going to be hard for our usual 800 baht rooms to measure up from here on out.
The water isn't crystal-clear, and the sand is admittedly a little rough, but it's the ocean. Even when it's bad, it's good.
We spent most of our time in the pool. The lazy river/waterslide combo was our favorite, though we did indulge in some "cliff jumping" at the deep pool and the kids also liked taking a break in the splash pad.
It was hard to leave, but I've noticed time and again that you can pack a lot of fun into a quick overnight trip. And speaking of packing, we packed our own food and only had to worry about eating out once.