If you visit Thailand’s east coast, you will find yourself in Pattaya, the city of enchanting nightlife and beautiful beaches. But that is not what Pattaya is all about, there are lots of family-friendly attractions and activities you can do here, so we made a list of the Top 10 Things To Do In Pattaya to help you get started.
Walking Street is the red-light district in Pattaya. It is at the very center of the night life scene and is home to some of the best bars, gogo bars and restaurants the city has to offer.
Sanctuary of Truth
The Sanctuary of Truth is a gigantic wooden temple construction. The top point of the building is about 105 meters (344 ft) high. The building was constructed according to ancient Thai ingenuity and every square inch of the building is covered with wooden carve sculpture. The purposes of decoration with wooden carve sculptures are to use art and culture as the reflection of Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy.
Alcazar Cabaret of Pattaya City is globally famous with the reputation of the best transvestite cabaret show in Thailand. It is even better than the Lido & Moulin Rouge of Paris.
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
Nong Nooch is world renowned for its impressive Elephant and Thai Cultural Shows, along with what is largely considered the biggest and most beautiful botanical garden in Southeast Asia.
Pattaya Floating Market is the biggest floating market in the world featuring more than 100 shops selling native food and Thai handicrafts. Thai cultural shows and martial art demonstrations such as water boxing are also performed daily.
Wat Phra Khao Yai (Big Buddha Hill)
Located on Khao Phra Tamnak Hill near the Pattaya View Point. The Wat Phra Khao Yai is a colossal Buddha statue which considered as the biggest statue in Chonburi area. To get there you must climb a staircase flanked by huge dragons.
Khao Chi Chan Buddha
The Buddha image was formed on the side of the mountain to commemorate the King’s 50th year on the throne in 1996. It is the world’s largest Buddha image.
Nestled within its own wide bay with a 6 km (3.7 miles) stretch of sandy beach, Jomtien is the perfect choice for tourists who seek a quieter and more relaxed alternative from the hustle and bustle of the big city. There are restaurants and cafes along the beach for tourists to enjoy fresh seafood and drinks while looking out into the sea.
20 km (12.5 miles) south of Pattaya lies the enormous Wat Yansangwararam Temple complex. The complex houses several buildings of very different architectural styles, as well as well kept gardens and a large lake. It was dedicated to King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1988 to commemorate the 42nd year of his reign. Proper clothes are required (no shorts) to enter the temple. Great for a one-day excursion or a picnic. No admission fee.
Mini Siam is a famous miniature park with models of important landmarks from around the world. Over a hundred models built on a scale of 1:25 are on display.
Just So You Know…
- Experience adrenaline within nature with Flight of the Gibbon; Thailand’s most highly rated zip-line canopy tour and provides the “real” Thai rain forest adventure.
- Visit Mimosa Pattaya, a new attraction community lifestyle mall located on Sukhumvit Road in Pattaya near the Ambassador City Hotel in Jomtien.
- The leading golf association in the world, IAGTO, that is involved in 80% of all golf tourist bookings voted Pattaya the top golfing destination, notably based on having 20 golf courses within 50km of the city.
Get Some Culture:
- Art in Paradise – Unique hands-on museum with dioramas, dinosaurs, 3-D safari and ocean-themed scenes.
- Ripley’s Believe It Or Not – Features 350 fascinating real exhibits and things you can’t see anywhere else, from shrunken heads to unusual animals.
- Teddy Bear Museum – Join and go along with over 2,000 teddy bears through time from the past.