When one thinks of Pattaya, they immediately commit to memory lady-boys and a series of salacious activities. But this representation could not have been further from the truth. The city is host to an enticing range of attractions. This spirited coastal city shot to fame for its fun, peppy and electrifying range of attractions and it has not changed a little bit.
The Pattaya we have experienced is always on and bustling with vigour. From dusk to dawn, you will be met with practically endless possibilities to spend your time. This young city has something for everyone. Besides the beaches and bars, this frisky city packs a punch right from accommodation to entertainment. If you are planning your next visit to this closest kin of Thailand, here are our top picks of the best things to in Pattaya.
Explore the trails of Walking Street
The marvels of Walking Street resonates like nothing else. Even though other towns and cities try to mimic this quintessential arena of fun. Situated at the end of Pattaya’s Beach Road, this 500 metres is sheer fun. It is replete with everything you would ever need to have a good time- nightclubs, bars and restaurants. The shops are lined of either side of the street and to ease the mobility of the tourists and visitors, the traffic in the street remains closed after 6:00 pm. Given that, it is safe to say that the street shrieks to life only during the night.
The bright neon lights and the blaring music make you stop and stare. In addition to that, you will have the opportunity to meet and greet many party animals from all over the world. It is safe to say that the food vendors and the street performers enliven the spirit of the street.
Have a moment of reflection at Sanctuary of Truth
This beautiful and humbling structure is certainly one of a kind. This one-of-a-kind demonstration stands as a proud testimony to the awe-inspiring and profound truths that bemoan the significance of religion, culture and art has played throughout the expansion of the human race. It exhorts the idiocy in abandoning ones’ morals in chasing materialistic possessions. It presses on philosophical issues such as divine contentment, human endeavour and skillset. This humbling attraction is surely worth your visit.
Let loose at Tiffany Cabaret Show
When you are in Pattaya who would want to miss out on the world-renowned ladyboy extravaganza! As an authentic toil of colourful performance, this is surely a highlight you can’t afford to miss. Thanks to the deluxe set and artful choreography, it is a whole lot of fun, exotic and equally elegant. This show performed by half-dames with their voluptuous and desirable attractiveness manages to wow the audience with their grace and beauty.
With its spectacular display of dazzlingly amusing performances, you would not want to miss this. The performers mark their entry with grand costumes that range from exquisite, across-the-board ball-gowns that is a show in itself. The plumes of feathers paired alongside the costume doubtlessly add a stylishly fancy look, only to be completed with intricate headbands. The cabaret show takes place in a magnificently colossal atrium where you will witness a gasping performance that is a riot of hues, harmonies and light. The show seeks to cover a wide range of culture and geographies- from the gaudy Bollywood musicals to China’s majestic history and evolution.
Leisurely stroll through Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
This gorgeously landscaped garden will easily pass as a great picnic spot. The whole region is more of an amusement park with everyday artistic shows and individually themed parks. Complete with captivating nurseries, exotic succulents and many more, it is advised to tour around the vast garden on a bicycle
It is safe to say that the garden offers a lively burst of some of the most beautiful displays and landscaped flower gardens in the country.
The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is famed for winning numerous international acclaims and praises for its absolutely breath-taking design and keen maintenance. The most cherished spots here include the 17th-century garden that has been curated inspired by the French gardens, their lawn with showcases a refreshing take of Stonehenge among other topiary exhibitions and botanical gardens. Naturally, many native and hybrid species call this tropical garden their home.
Witness the keepsake of Thailand’s expanses at Pattaya Floating Market
Fittingly well-known as the “Four Regions Floating Market”, the subsidiaries of this massive development region embodies the four chief expanses of the country – the north, northeast, central and south. Thanks to the many shops and booths that sell a wide array of commodities like fresh produce, arts, handicrafts and souvenirs, this market effortlessly become a merger of varying culture and ethos. And if you are inquisitive of the name of the market, it is because some vendors do indeed sell their products from the very archaic boats and canoes. The remaining shops are lined along a stilted community-like area characterized by enclosed alleyways and staunch bridges that link them.
While you are here, we highly recommend staying in and witnessing the cultural show that takes place to truly experience the richness of culture and artistic grandeur. When you are feeling hungry, consider grabbing delicious authentic Thai food and other delicacies. It is best if you could hire a man-powered boat to tour around the whole of the market. This way, you not only get a tour of the floating market but also understand the microcosm of life there.
Wander around Wat Phra Khao Yai (“Big Buddha Hill”)
Exceptionally favoured among the tourists, the exquisite design of Big Buddha must not be missed. Truly deserving of the title of “Big Buddha”, the hill stands at a height of 18 metres and extends over Pattaya and Jomtien Beaches. In and around the same vicinity is a temple that will put you in a deeply reflective mood. The stairway that leads to the temple is marvellous for its intricate designing and attention to details.
With numerous smaller statues and imposing views, it is very well worth a visit. If you want to learn and observe the ways of the locals, a visit to this temple provides with the golden opportunity to do just that- being an active temple, hundreds of locals throng the temple to offer prayers.
Get wet in Pattaya’s Water Parks
Undoubtedly Pattaya is home to some of the most amazing waterparks in the world. You will practically never run out of fun rides and amusement parks to spend your time. While the city’s sea sports are just as great, they often tend to be chaotic. The rides at the waterpark offer an opening where you can let loose in a more controlled environment and plenty of lifeguards on standby. It is of particular note that Pattaya is home to the largest water park in the whole of Thailand- the Ramayana Water Park.
Another totally incredible waterpark is the Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark that is located just not so far from the mainland Pattaya City. One of the most noteworthy aspects of these theme parks is the fact that there is something for everyone- whether you are an adrenaline junkie or the less-adventurous one who wants to play it safe. Each of these parks houses on-site restaurants and small cafes where you can dine comfortably with your family. There are an array of other thrilling attractions such as wave pools, shallow rivers, and skiing. If you want to go completely wild and over the top, aim for more specialised parks that offer the adventures and tumbles of TV’s famed Total Wipeout.
Have a bird’s eye view from Pattaya Viewpoint
The Khao Pattaya View Point on Pratumnak Hill is easily the best place to have an aerial view of the city. Day or night, the viewpoint offers a sweeping view of Pattaya’s far-reaching, crescent bay. The only setback to this attraction is the sweeping number of local traders who throng this place and follow and tout cheap souvenirs or other commodities.
Notwithstanding its reputation, the walkway is extensive enough to house large numbers of tourists. Because of the same have no qualms when it comes to waiting around to click pictures from the railings. From here you get to experience the picture-postcard backdrop of Naklua Beach, Pattaya Bay and Jomtien Beach. Other attractions of note include Wat Khao Phra Bat-a Buddhist temple and a monument erected in memory of the Founding Father of the Thai Navy.
Explore the picturesque Coral Island
If you want a much-needed respite from the claws of civilization, you must not miss out on the Koh Larn Island or as it is popularly known, the Coral Island. You will be welcomed by a pristine cerulean blue sea and long stretches of sand that will calm you and certainly take your mind off the high-rise buildings and the hustle and bustle of the city.
This small stretch of paradise is located towards the west of Pattaya Beach and exudes a truly tropical vibe. With a delightful host of activities including parasailing, speedboat riding and jet skiing. The unspoiled waters present a wonderful opportunity to go snorkelling if you are into the sport. Even if you don’t want to indulge in any water sports, the expansive stretches of sand have plenty of sun loungers for you to laze on.
If you had a long day, you can unwind and straighten out by going for s spa or massage- there are beach masseuses who offer calming, relaxing massages. If you want to try some other leisure activities, getting a henna tattoo or having your hair braided are highly suggested. If you want to grab some lunch, that is provided too- it is served at 1 pm and comes with a platter of boiled rice, soup and fresh fruits. If you are want to experience more of a happening beach milieu, it is recommended to visit the Pattaya Beach
Stand in awe at Art in Paradise
This gallery takes the old-style conventions of an art gallery and wholly subverts them. Here, you will witness the art being breathed into life by utilizing techniques of optical illusions and a play with perspective. This refreshing and awe-inspiring take on art shares its ground with remarkable three-dimensional paintings that will fascinate you like none other. These stunning images effortlessly trick the people into doing things that are not ordinarily possible- soaring into the sky on a magic red carpet, wending the brush to complete classic masterpieces are only some of the marvelous sights awaiting you.
This interactive art gallery is best suited if you want to have some fun with your family or friends. As you might have already expected, the visitors are actively encouraged to strike elaborate and creative poses alongside the artworks. Needless to say, this well thought out art gallery is a bit pricey- 500 baht for foreign adults and 300 baht for foreign children. If you feel inspired by the artworks, there is a stationery shop nearby from where you can purchase some cool art supplies. If you’re in the mood for coffee, there is a café in the very premise.
Be bowled over at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
With over 300 mind-boggling exhibits, a visit to the Ripley’s Believe it or not will leave you questioning whether truth is really weird and bizarre than fiction itself. It will simply challenge the way you perceive the world. Housed in the Royal Garden Plaza, the museum has a whooping ten themed galleries that take in from Robert Leroy Ripley’s books. Every exhibit is a gratifying amalgamation of beauty, bizarre and shocking- there is a good chance that you will leave the museum being sceptical of the world you thought you knew.
Other equally marvellous parts that will blow your mind like none other are the many fun rides, a wax museum. If you are planning to have a good aerial view of the city, try visiting the tremendously popular Sky Rider. Alongside that is the 12D Moving Theatre.
Join your hands in prayer at Buddha Mountain (Khao Chi Chan)
This gold-embossed engraving of Buddha is the largest in the world and is to be found on a solitary limestone hill in the south of Pattaya. It has been carved out of a limestone mountain using a laser and stands at a height of 130 metres and 70 metres in width. The area which it is in is popularly known among the locals as “silver lake” and is noteworthy for its natural beauty.
While Khao Chi Chan continues to be the most remarkable and most toured destination, over recent years, more and more attractions have been springing up. The car parking often tends to get filled up pretty soon as the region enjoys great passing trade. While you are here, if you want to grab a snack or drink, there are vendors who at every stop. A word of caution though-since the premise is also home to a Buddhist temple, remember to dress appropriately. Other than that, there are restrictions, including the entrance fee- it is completely free of cost.
Lay your eyes on the elephants at Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
If you love to witness the charming display of elephants in the city, Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is where you should come to. They particularly promote ethical handling and treatment of the animal and can be quite engaging especially if you have a little one along with you. The English speaking guides will help you better understand the elephants’ life and personal history of every elephant that has been housed in this small animal village. If you are lucky, you can gladly witness incredible live actions such as bathing and feeding these mammoth elephants.
Eat Chinese at Leng Kee
Positioned strategically in Chinatown, this restaurant that serves delicious seafood and Chinese cuisine is an absolute favourite among the tourists and locals alike. When you are in the area, do consider paying a visit to Leng Kee and trying out their very famous ‘Golden Good Luck Noodles’
Have a taste of mango sticky rice from Mae Sai Thong
Hailed as the best place in Pattaya to have a taste of the delectable mango sticky rice, the Mae Sai Thong is a must-visit. You can order a take-out or dine inside the eatery. Although it is a relatively busy shop, the service is top-notch.
Go shopping at the flagship Central Festival
Probably the most famous destination for shopping in Pattaya, this flagship shopping centre is definitely worth your time and money. If you are looking for inexpensive stuff, you will be disappointed. The majority of shops at Central Festival is swanky designer stores like Armani and Calvin Klein. This huge mall extends over many floors and is quite the catch if you have money to splurge on. It houses thousands of outlets from which you can shop till you drop. If you want to catch a movie, head on to their multiplex. To grab some food, head over to their food section where you will be met with possibly every cuisine you know of.
Wander endlessly in Mini Siam And Mini Europe
Housing miniature statues from all over Thailand and Europe, the Mini Siam and Mini Europe will make up for a great visit. Situated on the outer Pattaya City, you will definitely lose track of time while you are here. In the evenings, these statues are lit up and make up for an absolutely wonderful sight.
Knock your socks off at Flight Of The Gibbon
Although this is not exactly in Pattaya and is flanked by the city and Bangkok, the Flight of the Gibbon is positively an excellent alternative for fun and adventure. This must not be missed especially if you are visiting with family. While indulging in the escapade, you can take in the absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous views of the jungle. What makes this place really stand out is its faultless safety record- you need to have no qualms while enjoying yourself. The service rendered is top-notch. Spanning across three kilometres and 22 zip lines, you will definitely enjoy the ride.
Relive history at Anek Kusala Sala
Although it was formerly constructed to foster an alliance between the Chinese and Thais, Anek Kuysala Sala has now transcended into a museum that showcases a beautiful blend of both the cultures. Spanning across two floors, the museum houses over 300 artworks that include statues of famed historical fugues and religious deities are the main highlight of this museum. In addition to that, you can bear witness to the brass and bronze sculptures of common men of those times.
Devour delicious seafood from Mum Aroi
Situated in the fishing village of Naklua, Mum Aroi serves some of the most delicious seafood dishes you will ever taste. Another big highlight of this restaurant is that it serves food with a view. This makes it very much in demand among tourists and locals alike, and oftentimes, is jam-packed in the evenings.
Have a glimpse of the marine world at Underwater World Pattaya
If you are someone who loves to know more about the effervescent sub-aquatic life, the Underwater World is where you should be. Featuring a great number of aquariums and a wide variety of aquatic life, the explorer in you is definitely in for a feast. A tour around will help you observe the natural habitat in which these swirl of multi-coloured marine life wading around. In short, an excursion to this place is a blend of entertainment and pleasure.
Escape the heat at Frost Magical Ice of Siam
If you want to experience a justly enchanting experience of observing snowfall and frost surround you in the tropical Pattaya, this is where you ought to plan your visit. The temperature is freezing and is very well below the 0 marks. The freezing igloos inside make up for an enjoyable experience in the midst of blazing sun that awaits you outside of this place. The many ice sculptures are equally worthy of your time and can make the whole experience feel surreal.
Unknot your muscles and relax at a Spa
If the hubbub of the city has started to wear you off, it is a great plan to ditch the commotion and getaway to enjoy a calming and rejuvenating spa. You will realistically never be in short of such establishments that render spa services in Pattaya. You can also ask for a facial massage and deep stone massage that will help you get the grunge off your skin. If you want to experiment further, it would be a great option to indulge in the time-honoured Thai massages coupled with acupuncture that will provide you with a feeling like nothing else.
Enjoy the wholesome and levitating experience at Kaan Show Pattaya
If you are looking for a seamless fusion of live-feat, captivating narrative, stunning stage presentation, and top-notch technology, it does not get better than Kaan Show Pattaya. They undeniably make up for an exceptional show with their state-of-the-art audio-visuals that will literally make you want to linger there even after the performance is over. If you are concerned about the language barrier, don’t worry. You will face no such problem for the performances are mainly non-verbal. Rest assured; this larger than life Thai classic folk performed by exceptionally talented artists will awe you beyond all words.
Experience thrill like never before at Pattaya Dolphin World
If you are a nature lover, you definitely would want to go onboard and experience the magnificence of nature at Pattaya Dolphin World. Undoubtedly, this place is replete with fun-filled activities against the backdrop of nature to provide you with a memorable time with your loved ones. If you are visiting with family and you can a little one in your company, they will certainly adore splashing around in the pool and watching the amusing stunts of dolphins. Even if you are an adult, the amusing antics will fill you with a great sense of joy. In a nutshell, the Pattaya Dolphin World is a remarkable place to let go of your worries and unwind in the clear cerulean waters.
Catch the iconic Muay Thai Boxing
When you are in Pattaya, we recommend trying out one of their popular activities- the Muay Thai boxing match. Generally, live fights are conducted every week along with cultural shows that present you with a wonderful opportunity to understand and learn more about the city’s unique cultural fronts.
These matches generally are conducted in well-constructed, air-conditioned stadiums that can house approximately 500 or more people at once. These glamorous combats are gaining grounds and are transforming into chartbusters among the locals. In recent times, the number of tourists thronging the stadiums is increasing exponentially.
Ditch the scorching heat at Pattaya Night Bazaar
The hot and humid climate of the city makes shopping quite of a sweaty affair. This is where Night Bazaar begs to differ-with air-conditioned insides, you will be at your comfortable self while indulging in some retail therapy. But don’t be fooled, we did not simply recommend shopping at the Night Bazaar to escape the blazing temperature; the commodities here are reasonably priced and the quality of the products are great too. With a little bit of bargaining, you can grab home the best deals.
Grab a cocktail from the swanky Horizon Bar, Hilton
If you want to go on a date or have a night out with your mates, the poshness of Horizon Bar will mighty impress you. With an array of enjoyable activities, this fashionable bar is a choice of the elite. With remarkable views of the city, this modish place is also famed for its delectable fusion cuisines and cocktails.
Get your heart rip-roaring at Pattaya Park Tower
If you want to take in the sweeping allure of Pattaya in all its original glory, consider going to the Park Tower. Flanked by Pattaya and Jomtien, you will positively never get enough of the absolutely gorgeous views you are offered from atop. You can try clicking some photographs from the 55th floor, from where you get the best views of the city while enjoying the feel of the wind breezing over you.
If you are an adrenaline junkie, you can very well indulge in the spine-tingling roller coaster rides that will get your hair raising. The thrill-seekers will definitely adore the jump from one tower to the next. Even if you do not want to go all-out on an adventure, you can mellow down and take in the breathtaking views of the waterpark in the tower.
Catch a special Pattaya Cruise Tour
Explore the thrilling exquisiteness of Pattaya’s marine beauty in a cruise. The cerulean water gleaming in the sunlight against the milieu of equatorial forest and plush green highlands will fill with awe and you simply would not get enough of this enthralling beauty.