Pattaya, due to its beaches, is now the second most popular center of tourism in Thailand after Bangkok. It’s a place of hedonism and haughtiness, nightlife and sleepless parties, not to mention sun-splashed sands and tropical beauty.
Tired of the crowds on Pattaya Beach? Then head a little further south to Jomtien beach. This six kilometer stretch of sand is a haven, since it is not as small or as crowded as Pattaya beach, and therefore much more peaceful. A number of activities and watersports are available, including jet skiing, parasailing, and windsurfing. There are also plenty of restaurants along the beach serving fresh seafood and other Thai fare.
If there was ever a Pattaya landmark to inspire the awe, this is it. An intricately carved temple made entirely of wood, the structure is a study in Thai architectural styles. The spot is also a hotspot for Thai kickboxing, cultural shows, and elephant rides.
Something of a Thai answer to Legoland, the Mini Siam exhibit is a small-scale replica exhibition of some of the most famous structures in the world, including the Statue of Liberty, Arc de Triomphe, Bangkok’s Victory Monument and others. Bookings should be made a day in advance since tour schedules are limited and very popular.
This floating market is the only one of its kind in Pattaya. Traders, farmers, and fishermen in boats float along the water offering a variety of fresh produce, flowers and more. Take a tour on a boat through the market, or stop and bargain for something, whether it’s local spices, handicrafts or colorful veg and fruit.
The first modern aquarium in Thailand houses an extensive display of tropical fish. Visitors can go swimming with the sharks and stingrays here, feed the fish from bottles and watch their shows. Most activities are scheduled in advance, so check with the office before you plan your trip.
An amusement park and tower view rolled into one, the Pattaya Tower Park is an enjoyable experience for young and old alike. Enjoy the roller-coaster, water slides, and a ride to the top of the Pattaya Park Tower to see the sights of the region from high up.
Pattaya Park, 345 Jomtien Beach, 20150, Thailand, +66 38 364 129
A famous landmark in eastern Thailand, the Silverlake Vineyard is the only one of its kind in the region. Take a tour of the vineyard, sample their wares, and if that isn’t enough, there are also on-site ATV rides, cycle rides and elephant rides.
The walking street is a tourist feature that captivates visitors in Pattaya. See and experience a myriad of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and the so-called “very friendly” girls. The walk opens for tourists after 6pm on all days of the week. Check out the market for some interesting mementos to take back with you from your Pattaya experience and don’t expect to escape without a hangover.
Wat Phra Khao Yai or Big Buddha Hill is just south of Pattaya and has a huge golden Buddha sitting atop its summit, with a Buddhist shrine located at the spot too. The enormous golden colored image is 18 meters high and was constructed in 1977. The image can be seen from a long distance and the top of the hill reveals some of the most beautiful views of the Pattaya Bay going.
Set in a 2.4-square-kilometer park, this entire area is designed like a theme park with various displays showcasing wonders, like the Stonehenge garden, the 17th-century French garden and more. A number of orchid nurseries and tropical areas are also on display, making for a fine place to take a stroll away from the crowds.