Pattaya is 147 kms southeast of Bangkok, facing the Gulf of Thailand. It is Asia’s premier beach destination attracting families, couples and single visitors. Pattaya’s relaxing tropical ambience offers every ingredient for a memorable holiday.
Here’s our list of the top 10 best attractions in Pattaya:
1. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
Nong Nooch Garden is set in a 2.4sq.kmb beautifully landscaped park and can easily make an all-day trip. The entire area is more like a theme park, with daily cultural shows, restaurants and accommodation as well as a vast area showcasing individually themed gardens. A leisurely stroll through the botanical park is like taking a journey around the world, through its many famous gardens, whether 17th-century French garden, Stonehenge, or European Renaissance garden.
2. Walking Street
Walking street is a red light district. Most of the nightlife action geared towards tourists is found in South Pattaya, with the densest concentration of bars, Go-Go bars, massage parlor and discos along the famous neon-drenched strip known as Walking Street . Unique and unruly, it's shut off to traffic during the evening, with raunchy shows, bar games, competing stereos and lots of booze 'all combining forces to make one huge party zone.
3. Jomtien Beach
Escape the bustle of the main city, but still enjoy Pattaya’s highlights by relaxing at Jomtien Beach. Sun yourself near the peaceful shoreline or take refuse in shade provided by trees at the beach’s edge. Water lovers can take advantage of all kinds of activities, including jet skiing, parasailing and windsurfing. When in need of refreshments, guests will find plenty of restaurants serving up local fare and fresh seafood.
4. Sanctuary of Truth
Billed as “the magnificence of heaven recreated on Earth”, this massive building is a study in Thai architectural styles. Every available space is intricately decorated with wooden carvings and the entire structure was built to pay homage to ancient religions and philosophies.
5. Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network Waterpark in Pattaya is larger and more spectacular than anything of its kind in the world, with 30 state-of-the-art water rides and slides and other attractions including mascots, entertainment shows, a first-class restaurant and aquatic fun for the whole family.
6. Four Regions Floating Market
Covering an area of 100,000sqm, the Four Regions Floating Market is separated into four sections – each representing and selling items from the four major parts of Thailand (north, northeast, central and south). Expect to find many eateries, fruit stalls, souvenir shops and some art galleries. There is also a cultural show every afternoon.
7. Flight of the Gibbon
Immerse yourself in the real Thai rainforest only about one hour from Pattaya. Flight of the Gibbon is a 3 km course of 22 zip lines and two abseiling stations built amongst the rainforest canopy in Chompoo National Park. Expand your Thai holiday to include a thrilling adrenaline rush.
8. Koh Larn
Situated to the west of Pattaya, Larn Island offers the tourists with beautiful sandy beaches, clear water, breathtaking landscape and stunning sunset. It is only 7.5 km and 45 minute ferry or 15 minutes by speedboat. There is a plenty of activities to enjoy include parasailing, jet ski, hiking, shooting, banana boat, fishing from pier or boat. There are also interesting activities underwater including snorkeling, scuba diving, diving in water-proof suit or take a tour in semi-submersible submarine.
9. Art in Paradise
Art in Paradise Pattaya is only one place in Pattaya & Thailand to present illusion art museum - the museum presenting Anamorphosis. Additionally, visitors can enjoy the museum interactively by taking photos of your posture with 3d illusion painting or even touching the painting.
10. Pattaya Elephant Village
The Elephant Village was opened in Pattaya in 1973 as a sanctuary for former working elephants. These elephants, through reasons of injury or ill health, can no longer be used as a part of the backbone of heavy work in the jungles of Thailand. Also because of their diminishing habitat, it is now longer possible to return them to the wild. Pattaya Elephant Village showcases daily life of elephants and their masters. Elephant rides around the village are recommended.