What comes to mind when you hear the word Pattaya? A busy and bustling area in Thailand? A unique beach resort that is offering fun and whimsical experience? The area is known for its nightlife and ladyboys? Everyone has their own opinions about the place but there are tons of interesting things to expect from the place. It is a guarantee that you will have memorable and unforgettable experiences when coming to this area.
Are you travelling alone? Or are you travelling with your family, including kids? No need to worry! Pattaya has all kinds of attractions and different destinations, perfect for single travellers or family. Pattaya has gained its reputation is one of the most popular beach resorts in Thailand. It has a colorful reputation and names. Is it difficult to reach the place? Not at all! It is only 200 kilometres away from Bangkok, making it accessible and easy to reach. Looking forward to enjoying the warm temperature, the sound of waves, and the opportunity to sunbathe as long as you like? You should come to this area! For sure!
Tourist Destinations in Pattaya
When it comes to tourist destinations, you can say that Pattaya has it all. Whether you want to engage in nature exploration or religious learning, you can find them all in this area. No need to worry, there are best spots for everyone. If you are travelling with your loved ones, and you want to make sure that everyone is having a blast, you should come to these spots. The spots are generally big and huge so everyone should be able to find their own favorite activity.
1. Tropical Nong Nooch Botanical Garden
This village park isn’t only pleasing to the eyes, but it also offers a great chance for the kids (as well as the adults) to learn more about the plants and the greeneries. If you want different kinds of family activities, you got yourself a great spot. Explore the themed gardens with their colorful surroundings. Besides the greeneries, you can also see the live shows. If you want to see sword fighting or elephant show or even Thai kickboxing, you can go to the Thai Cultural Hall. Want to have a fun day exploring around? Rent a bike for each of you.
2. Ramayana Water Park
This is one of the largest water parks in entire Thailand. With 21 themed rides, this water park is perfect for all kinds of ages. The kids can enjoy the gentle slides with safe water, while the adults can enjoy the more challenging spiral slides. Want to Zumba or engage in the water polo? Interested in the volleyball or fish feeding activity? You will find them all in this water park!
3. Pattaya Underwater World
The Underwater world isn’t big but it has an impressive collection of sea creatures. Not to mention that the aquarium is pretty modern. You can actually touch some of the creatures especially in the touch pool or feed the koi fish. Kids can take part in sleepover camps and other kids’ activities so it is the combination of fun and learning at the same time.
4. Ripley’s Believe It or Not
You will find more than 300 collections in this museum chain of the weird things in the world. The museum is divided into 10 subject areas so it will make exploration easier. As if the museum weren’t enough, you can still explore the Moving 4D Theater or Tussauds Wax Work – if you still have the energy.
5. Jomtien Beach
If you don’t really like the crowd in the heart of Pattaya, you can go 4 kilometres away and arrive at Jomtien Beach. It may be crowded but not as packed as Pattaya. The beach stretches for 6 kilometres and it offers many fun activities, such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, swimming, and parasailing. Not far from the place, you can find Cartoon Network Amazone, which is perfect for your kids. It is a water park with fountains, spiral slides, and wide pools.
6. Naklua Fish Market
Looking for fresh seafood? You should visit Naklua, which is a small town not far from Pattaya. It is on the northern side of Pattaya, and if you take the taxi, it is only 10 minutes away. Not only you will find fresh seafood, but you can also have the seller barbecue it right away for you. The area has some restaurants, selling the freshest foods. Fresh fruits and other local foods can also be found there.
7. Coral Island (Kohn Larn)
Step aside from Pattaya and go for 45 minutes (by ferry) to Koh Larn. The island has some beautiful white sandy beaches and the atmosphere is quieter and more peaceful. You can also stay on the island, especially at Tawaen and Samae resorts. The place is known for its water sports as well as the quieter surroundings. Keep in mind that it may not be the perfect option if you are seriously into the crowd and noise of Pattaya.
8. Floating Market Four Regions
If you have never been to a floating market, then it’s your best chance! This is a market that is taking place on floating boats.The market has several categories and sections, and you can find almost anything there – not only foods. You can find clothes, arts and crafts, and also souvenirs. Interested in the exotic cuisine such as crocodile meat or scorpions? You have come to the right place! However, you will have to rent a boat first if you want to explore it around.
Historical Tourist Destinations
If you are into history, you should visit some of these places. You can witness the majestic construction as well as learning more about the history. Each of the spots has its own unique signature style – and it’s a sure thing that you won’t find it elsewhere.
1. Sanctuary of Truth
This is a unique construction that is constructed from wood. It represents the pure Thai architectural form and style. Every corner has the beautiful and intricate wooden carving decoration, paying homage to the traditional philosophies and religions. It has some of the universal themes, such as human relationship, Utopia, and the cycle of life. However, you can also enjoy speedboat ride, horseback ride, elephant trekking, and cultural show.
2. Anek Kusala Sala
It is a museum displaying Chinese artworks – over 300 items of them. The museum was founded to celebrate Thai and Chinese friendship. The artworks mostly depict Taoist and Buddhist themes. The museum has two stories, where the bigger statues are located on the upper floor. When you come to this place, it’s like walking back in the ancient time – or so people say.
3. Sukhawadee Mansion
This is a construction considered as an important legacy to the Thai Kingdom. The construction alone is pretty unique with pastel colors – standing out even from afar. The combination of impressive construction and signature styles are the winning elements of the place. The mansion has ‘Thailand’ signature all over – once you see the mansion, you will automatically say ‘It’s so Thailand!’ Keep in mind, though, that cameras aren’t allowed here. It has restaurants, cafes, and even meeting rooms.
Religious Tourist Destinations
Despite the modern facilities and atmosphere, Pattaya still retains some of its greatest heritage in the religious aspect. With the majority of the Buddhist community in the country, it is not a surprise to see some of the greatest and most beautiful constructions with religious flair.
1. Khao Chi Chan
In English, it means Buddha Mountain. It is about a big Buddha engraving on the limestone hill. Originally, the hill was used for construction but it was finally closed. A laser was then used to carve the rock in 1996. The project was implemented to celebrate the King’s 50th reign. Since then, the area is known as Buddha’s biggest engraving in the world. People also like to pray there, believing that their prayers will be heard and made come true if it is done on the spot
2. Big Buddha
It is a unique Buddha statue perching on the top of the Pratamnak Hill. What’s unique is that the statue is made of gold and it is super tall – try 18 meters tall. There are steep stairs to climb, decorated with Naga snakes (also from gold) on both sides. Many people come here to marvel at the statue and also pray for prosperity, happiness, and also health. If you manage to climb up the hill, you will see the beautiful scenes of Pattaya and also the bay.
3. Wat Yansangwararam
Wat means temple so this temple is about Thai signature architecture and design. The temple was built in 1988 during King Bhumibol Adulyadej reign. It was built to commemorate his 42nd years of reign. The temple is constructed as the main complex with Buddhist relics surrounded by a beautiful garden – you can even find a lake with a Chinese pavilion there!
Pattaya Food and Tourist Destinations
Travelling to Pattaya won’t be satisfying if you don’t indulge in the culinary exploration. Pattaya is known for its exotic signature dishes so you should head to some of the most popular culinary spots. Be ready to enjoy some mouthwatering meals as well as experiencing a lot of new things.
1. Mae Sai Thong
Thailand is often associated with mango sticky rice. It is a signature dish that isn’t only unique but also tasty too. Although you can find mango sticky rice in every place in Thailand, the one in Mae Sai Thong is claimed to be the best. Somehow, the sellers manage to get mango supply ready all through the year, so you can have it anytime that you want.
2. Leng Kee
It is the name of a Chinese restaurant located in Pattaya which opens 24/7. You can find both Chinese foods and seafood here – and they are all quite tasty. They only serve the vegetarian menu during Chinese New Year (which happens once a year) known as the Good Luck Golden Noodles.
3. Mum Aroi
It is actually a restaurant that is located in Naklua village. The restaurant is right next to the sea. While you can enjoy the tasty foods, you can also get the magnificent sea view. The restaurant itself is pretty big and wide, and it serves wine in the evening too. Sounds like a great place to chill, right?
4. Tequila Reef
Into Mexican food? Or looking for the nice margarita to refresh your day? Come to this place and enjoy the varieties of beverages although the margaritas are definitely the most popular option. Another cool thing is that you can order the margarita by a pitcher, glass, or even Grande glass.
Night Life and Tourist Destinations
Pattaya is a busy place, and it is also popular for its nightlife and entertainment. Even after it gets dark, you can still find a lot of exciting places to roam and explore.
1. Central Festival
Are you into shopping so much and willing to spend money on branded items? Go to Central Festival and shop till you drop! This mall has a bowling alley as well as cinema. If you are hungry, simply go to the restaurants or the food court.
2. Walking Street
You can shop while sightseeing here. The stalls are lively with tons of street performances and shows – singers, street performers, and many more. If you are hungry, simply choose any of the street food vendors and you are ready to go again.
3. Tiffany Cabaret Show
Ready to be entertained for an hour? You can enjoy the show with different kinds of themes and costumes. The ticket isn’t exactly cheap but it is worth it. You just have to see it by yourself!
Transportation to Pattaya
Pattaya is easy to reach. If you travel by air, you can go to U-Tapao Airport. The options are limited but it is only 30 kilometres away. If you choose the complete options, go to Suvarnabhumi Airport which is 121 kilometres away. There are also taxis and buses that serve the destination to Pattaya. Mind you, though, that it takes more than 2 hours to reach Pattaya from Bangkok by the road. If you choose the train, there are trains to Pattaya from Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station.
Pattaya has its own wonderful options and magical atmosphere – perfect for you and your family. Just be sure to plan everything thoroughly and always recheck your itinerary before going.