Thailand has many tourist destinations that can tempt you to grab your passport and fly there. And, among many jewel tours in Thailand, Pattaya is located in Chonburi province and being one of the most intriguing for foreign tourists; which making this city as one of the most visited cities by foreign tourists in Thailand.
There are few things that make this city which located about 147 kilometers from Bangkok is so compelling. This city is famous as popular beach resort and certainly does have a myriad of tourist options for all types of travelers.
Starting from the wave of coconut trees on the beach to the festive of waving girl (read: ladyboy) cabaret, those excitements you can get in Pattaya.
In other words, in Pattaya you can experience the festive sensation in the middle of the wild but without leaving the comfort as tourists. Therefore, in Pattaya you are guaranteed not to be bored.
However, there is always a first for all things. If you have never set foot in Pattaya and still have not got a picture of Pattaya and its charms, peek first at various tourist destinations that can represent a piece of Pattaya’s elegance.
1. To start the tour in Pattaya, start it by stepping your foot on the beach.
Pattaya is popular as one of the largest beach resorts in Asia, and that’s one of the factors that makes Pattaya so tempting. Uniquely, the beach in Pattaya is not famous for its super soft sand nor because of the crystal clear sea water around the coast; instead because of the many activities that can be done on the beach and at the surrounding areas.
Besides enjoying the jet skiing and diving or snorkeling, the various entertainment facilities around the beach will further immerse you in the sparkling world of the night. That’s a piece of beach charm in Pattaya that you can try.
Although the beaches in Pattaya can not be called as the best and the most beautiful in Thailand, there are some beaches that worth a visit when stepping your foot in this city. Here are some of them.
- Pattaya Beach, full of charm at daytime and so seductive at night.
Among all the beaches in Pattaya, Pattaya beach is the most vibrant beaches which are surrounded with varies facilities ranging from resorts, shopping centers, to bars.
Don’t be so surprised if this beach is popular among tourists who seek pleasure in the sea during the day and love the sparkling glitz of the night.
- Jomtien Beach, perfect beach for quieter crowds.
Jomtien Beach is only about 3 kilometers from Pattaya beach, and is one of the two big beaches in Pattaya (the other big beach is Pattaya beach).
The atmosphere on this beach is not as crowded as Pattaya beach, but various complementary facilities are available to meet the needs of tourists.
Windsurfing lovers must try to boost adrenaline by wind surfing at Jomtien beach, because this is the best place to do windsurfing throughout Thailand.
- Na Jomtien Beach, a populer beach that offers privacy.
Not far from Jomtien beach, there is a 6 kilometer long beach which offers a quieter atmosphere than Pattaya beach and Jomtien beach, that is Na Jomtien beach.
If you want to relax on a popular beach without having to be afraid of completely losing privacy, Na Jomtien beach is what you are looking for.
- Naklua Beach, ideal for lovers of beach ambience and the life around it.
Located on the north side of Pattaya beach, Naklua beach is not only offers sea and beach sand. The atmosphere at Naklua is different from other beaches because once, in that place, the inhabitants lived from fishing and harvesting salt. Therefore, the atmosphere of the township of fishermen is still preserved in some corners of Naklua.
To get some inspiration activities in Naklua, you can try to explore the city area. You can visit the fish market in the morning, the night market at night, or taste a variety of fresh seafood culinary at a local restaurant while getting acquainted with other tourists who are also interested in local life at the unique Naklua.
- Wong Amat Beach, for those of you who want to relax in the sun.
From all the beaches in Pattaya, Wong Amat beach is touted as the cleanest beach and also quite secluded. Want to enjoy the sun with ease? From Pattaya beach, go towards the north and you will find a little paradise in Wong Amat beach.
- Koh Larn, Coral Island with its beautiful beaches, the heaven on earth in Pattaya.
Well, Koh Larn is actually not a beach, but the name of the island which is about 7 kilometers from the coast of Pattaya. Although located not on the mainland, the island is really worth to stop by for the beauty of the atmosphere.
In terms of beaches, the island that is often referred to as the island of Coral has 6 large beaches, namely Samae, Tien, Tawaen, Tonglang, Naul, Tayaiy, and also some small beaches; And those all offer a similar sensation: white sandy beaches and clear blue sea water.
For maximum experience on Koh Larn beach, you can rent beach chairs for an average price of 100 baht, but bring food and drinks from other places for a little savings. You can also rent a motorcycle so you can explore the island freely, and the price is about 200 baht just for the day.
2. After satisfied exploring the beach, it’s time to know the life in the Pattaya sea by exploring the Underwater World Pattaya.
Do not expect that you have known the life in the Pattaya sea just by stepping on the sand and trying out the waves in the ocean. To get to know the life in the ocean of Pattaya and also the real Thailand, you must stop by at the Underwater World.
This first modern aquarium owned by Thailand is not an ordinary aquarium that simply displays marine biota in large tanks. There are many attractions and special activities that involve visitors, from feeding the fish to diving courses, which will certainly make you more familiar with life in the sea of Pattaya.
3. Getting bored with the sea and beach atmosphere? Pattaya Park is here to save your day.
Compared to other beaches in Thailand, the beaches in Pattaya may not fit into the privileged category. But if you have already stepped your feet to the beach, and also if the Jomtien beach is your choice to spend time in Pattaya, do not hesitate to stop by at Pattaya Park.
This place is a landmark of Jomtien, a park with a variety of fantastic facilities that can change your mood. For example, a 240 meter high observation tower with 360-degree views around Pattaya.
Or a family game area with various rides for various age ranges. And not to forget also the waterpark with a giant waterslide that will cool the day after a hot sunbath in the blazing sun.
4. Not merely beach and waterpark, Pattaya also have Nong Nooch Tropical Garden & Cultural Village which is too awesome to be missed.
For those of you who do not like beach tours and are not interested in seeing the fish in the aquarium, Pattaya has many other tourist options that you can visit. From the marine-themed tours and life, let’s move to get to know the beauty of Nong Nooch Tropical Garden & Cultural Village.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden & Cultural Village is a 2.4 square kilometer park which designed with beautiful and varied landscapes, making this park too amazing for you to be missed while in Pattaya.
Uniquely, Nong Nooch does not look like a park, but resembles a theme botanical park because in this place you can see so many beautiful plants.
There are various types of thematic parks that will take you ‘tour’ to parks in France and Europe, restaurants, to cultural performances. If you are interested in visiting this park, prepare to walk for a long time because this park is too wide to be explored on foot.
Alternatively, you can also rent a bike and exercise while enjoying the garden atmosphere.
5. Tour to Thailand will not complete if you do not visit the temple. And Pattaya also has some temples that wasteful to be ignored.
Thailand is one of the countries that popular with its temple tours. And, although Pattaya is known as a beach resort with glamorous nightlife, you can still find magnificent temples to visit while you are there. Let’s peek at the following cheeses:
- Wat Phra Yai and giant Buddha statue.
Wat Phra Yai (“wat” in Thai means “temple”) is one of the most popular temples in Pattaya. The temple is located on top of Pratumnak hill (between Pattaya beach and Jomtien beach) and has the largest Buddha statue in the region.
One of the sections that make this temple so fascinating to tourists is because before reaching the temple area you must climb a series of stairs flanked by a golden dragon statue that extending along the side of the stairs.
Besides the 18-meter-tall Big Buddha statue, another attraction of this temple is in the vicinity of the Big Buddha statue, and there are also many small Buddha statues with various poses, which attract tourists to pose and take photos on every statue.
- Wat Yansangwararam, a temple dedicated to King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Among all the temples in Pattaya, Wat Yansangwararam is one of the most special because this temple is dedicated to King Bhumibol Adulyadej in commemoration of 42 years of royal power (in year 1988).
Because this temple is dedicated to the king, this temple is made with magnificent design and a distinctive Thai architectural style, and you have to go through 299 steps before reaching the temple on this hill.
- Wat Chaimongkol, a magnificent temple with an exotic architectural style.
Located on the South Pattaya Road, this temple has a different architectural style because it is designed to resemble the architecture of the palace temple, with the serene temple complex ambience.
If you want to escape from the hectic atmosphere in Pattaya without having to go too far from the city, Wat Chaimongkol is perfect for you guys. Psst, while in this temple, do not forget to see the 350-year-old Buddha statue which is found in the ruins of Ayudhya.
6. Although it’s not a temple, Sanctuary of Truth is also worth a visit because this place represents all the elements of philosophy in ancient Thai culture.
When seeing the Sanctuary of Truth building, you may be confused. Is this place a temple, a palace, or something? In fact it is rather difficult to determine the function of this place is, but certainly, this place was built with the aim to maintain and perpetuate all the values of trust and also the original philosophy of Thailand.
Throughout this building you can see various carvings depicting beliefs as well as ancient philosophies in Thailand, which are still interesting to be enjoyed even if philosophy is not your field.
And, in this place you can also enjoy various cultural performances of Thailand, as well as outdoor activities such as horse riding and elephant ride.
7. For the adrenaline challengers, test your guts by trying various adventures at Flight of the Gibbon.
Well, Flight of the Gibbon is not located right in Pattaya, because this place is located between Pattaya and Bangkok. But if you claim as adrenaline junkie, Flight of the Gibbon is a must-try attraction because it is very easy to be reached from Pattaya and Bangkok.
So, what is Flight to the Gibbon? In short, this place is a track like the flying fox with a total of 3 kilometers of tracks built between the jungle at Chompoo National Park.
You can feel the sensation of gliding from the heights, pass the luxuriance trees while looking at the various fauna that may hide among the trees, and of course, the activity will spur your adrenaline! Flight to the Gibbon is claimed to have a 100% safety record, so do not have to worry about the safety and security issues at this track okay!
8. But if you prefer indoor tours, here are some places in Pattaya that you can try.
There is always a suitable tour for everyone in Pattaya, including if you prefer indoor tours.
- Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, a museum that will surprise you ‘till the end.
The museum is located on the 3rd floor of Royal Garden Plaza, Pattaya beach and become a place that will test your beliefs and perceptions of the world.
There are more than 300 showpieces that featured in 10 thematic galleries and will take you for a strange, surprising, yet beautiful world at one time. Certainly, visiting this museum will obviously provide many memorable stories to share with friends and relatives after you arrive home.
- Art in Paradise, a galeri that will trick your eyes.
Getting bored with the common museums and galleries? Then you must stop by at Art in Paradise. This gallery has 10 thematic areas filled with various art objects, precisely 3-dimensional paintings, which will give the effect of optical illusion when captured by the camera lens.
Yup, you are allowed to pose and take photos in various artworks in this gallery. So, free your imagination and have fun in this unique gallery.
- Teddy Bear Museum Pattaya, the museum for Teddy bear lovers.
Who does not like Teddy Bear? At least, who does not know Teddy Bear? This bear can be the most popular bear in the world, especially for children and women.
If you are one of the Teddy Bear admirers, in Pattaya there is a special museum for the cute bear, that is the Teddy Bear Museum of Pattaya.
This museum often called as Teddy Island, and you can see the Teddy bear was adventuring in various thematic zones, ranging from adventure in the world of dinosaurs to the world of the fairies.
9. To experience a local excursions, stop by at the Pattaya Floating Market and experience the thrill of shopping at the floating market.
Are you a shopping lover? Do you want to try a different shopping experience than usual? Stop by at the Pattaya Floating Market. As the name implies, this market is a floating market. The merchants will peddle a variety of merchandise, ranging from food, drinks, fruits, to a variety of authentic Thai souvenirs on the boat.
To further maximize your adventures, it is recommended to rent a rowing boat and feel the thrill of tracing on the sidelines of the merchant’s boat while doing bargaining activities.
10. To end the day, it’s time to drown in the night life in Pattaya.
Pattaya may be known as Thailand’s most famous beach resort. However, to be honest, one of the main attractions of Pattaya is not the whereabouts of the beach; rather the glittering nightlife in Pattaya.
In the afternoon, there are many tourist destinations options can be visited in Pattaya. But once the sunlight began to dim out, Pattaya will become even more luminous because of the many lights that illuminate the nightlife there. Here are some activities you can do in Pattaya at night.
- As an introduction to the night world in Pattaya, you can start by walking down the Pattaya Walking Street.
There is no other way to see the excitement of the night in Pattaya besides to walking down Pattaya Walking Street. This street is actually an ordinary road that runs between Soi 13 to Soi 16. However, after 18:00 local time, this road will be closed for vehicles and only pedestrians can take a leisurely stroll on this road.
At that time, nightclubs, bars, restaurants and many other amenities will start turning on the lights and turning the night on Walking Street.
The atmosphere will be more lively because of the many street performers who show off, food traders, and the lovers of nightlife that will enliven the atmosphere at Walking Street.
- You are not yet acknowledged as Pattaya’s night travellers if you have not seen the cabaret show
Cabaret show is not a rare show in Thailand. But in Pattaya, you can see a very special cabaret show because even though the performers look so tantalizing, yet they are ladyboys!
In Pattaya there are hundreds of talented performers, all of whom are ladyboys, and they are scattered in several theaters. To complement your tour in Pattaya, there is no harm to set aside a few hundred baht to creep in the ladyboy cabaret show in Pattaya.
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