Pattaya, a major beachside resort in Thailand, is best known for its nightlife. Located just 150 kilometers from the Thai capital, Pattaya is one of the top tourist destinations in Thailand. You cannot think of Pattaya and not think of the many clubs, discos, bars, go-gos, and massage parlours. The sheer number of nightlife hotspots only adds to the list of endless things to do in Pattaya. There are many places to visit in Pattaya apart from its street side barbeques, bargain boutiques, ocean-front restaurants, and thumping music will make you not wanna leave. Some of the top tourist attractions in Pattaya include Walking Street and Coral Island and must not be missed while touring this trendy city.
Pattaya sure beckons the nocturnal party animal in you! Here are some of the top things to see/do/visit in Pattaya.
Let's explore Pattaya points of interest and 15 best things to do in Pattaya:
1. Stroll along the Walking Street
When it comes to a perfect example of Thai nightlife, nothing beats the Walking Street in Pattaya. The street is 500 metres long and no vehicles are allowed here post 6 PM. Walking Street Pattaya is the biggest, hippest, and busiest party hotspot in the whole of Thailand and there is no denying that. Featuring the best and the densest concentration of bars, pubs, go-go bars, nightclubs, massage parlours, and restaurants, the Walking Street is thumping with neon lights, music, food vendors, and street performers.
2. Wander through the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is one of the biggest and largest gardens of its kind in South East Asia that is spread over the area of 500 acres. Home to many themed gardens like French Garden (inspired by the 17th century Palace of Versailles), Animal Sculpture garden (featuring animal sculptures like camels, kangaroos, lamas, leopards, and deer), Stonehenge garden (modelled after the famous English monument of the same name), and Butterfly Hill (bed for several butterfly species), this is one of the best things to do in Pattaya with family. A few other themed gardens found at Nong Nooch are Bonsai Garden, Desert Rose Garden, Italian Garden, Orchid Garden, Cycad valley and Bromeliad Display Garden.
3. Explore the Pattaya Floating Market
Pattaya may have many shopping malls but nothing beats the Pattaya Floating Market when it comes to shopping because no other place will give you such an authentic Thai shopping experience. The market is not too big, neither is it too small. You can easily spend a few hours here just wandering around and interacting with the local vendors. Most of the stalls here are set inside small boats, hence the name Floating Market. There are a few stalls that are built inside a building that is jut out over the water. Items that you can buy here include souvenirs, crafts, food, and drinks.
4. Spend an evening watching the Tiffany Cabaret Show
Mixing adventure and romance, the Tiffany Cabaret Show in Pattaya must not be missed and is one of the best things to do in Pattaya. Similar to that of a Moulin Rouge, this show features a dazzling stage, shiny costumes, and stunning ladyboys who would set the stage on fire with their jaw-dropping performance. A riot of sound, colour, and light is ensured when you buy yourself a ticket for Tiffany Cabaret Show.
5. Relax on the Jomtien Beach
A short drive south of the city, the Jomtien Beach is one of the most popular beaches of Pattaya. This is also one of the very few official gay-friendly beaches in Pattaya and hence receives many tourists all through the year. A great place to relax and sip on some beer. Popular activities at the beach include scuba diving, jet skiing, and parasailing.
6. Visit the Sanctuary of Truth
The construction of this incredible temple started in 1981 and is not expected to be completed by 2050. This temple may not have much of an historical importance, but the architecture of this place is worth checking out. Built entirely in wood, the detail and craftsmanship that the temple features are simply outstanding. Inside the temple you will find many ornate carvings and sculptures that are based on the characters and stories from the Buddhist and Hindu mythology. Featuring a Khmer architecture on the outside, the high peak of this temple reaches as high as 105 meters (344ft).
7. Day trip to Coral Island
Officially called Ko Lan, the Coral Island is located 7.5 kilometres (or 4.5 miles) off the coast of Pattaya and a visit to this island is one of the top things to do in Pattaya. For those planning to get out of the city, Coral Island is a perfect place to be at. This island can be reached by a boat and boasts much cleaner and quieter beaches. Apart from relaxing on its beaches, and swimming in its crystal-clear waters, the visitors can also enjoy many water-based activities. This island also has many great local restaurants and shops.
8. Get amazed at Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Located along the Beach Road, the Ripley’s Believe It or Not is a speciality museum that will take you back in time and change your perception about - Everything! Housed inside the Royal Garden Plaza, this museum features more than 300 exhibits that are set inside 10 individually themed galleries. The museum is inspired by Robert Leroy Ripley’s books “Believe It or Not!” and manages to balance the three elements - strange, shocking and beautiful.
9. Climb up to reach the Big Buddha
Due to its enormous size, the Big Buddha is one of the most striking landmarks of Pattaya. Its many beautiful colours and the fact that the statue is located on a top a hill attracts man visitors who, even though they hold different beliefs, come here to pray and enjoy some peaceful time. Having located on top a hill, you can also enjoy the surrounding city views. The Buddha statue features a sitting posture and stands (rather sits) at 18 meters (59ft) tall. Painted in gold, the Buddha has a regal appeal to it.
10. Walk around the Mini Siam and Mini Europe
As one of the best things to do in Pattaya with kids, a visit to Mini Siam and Mini Europe is a must. This park features many miniature local landmarks along with some of the best-known landmarks from Europe. As you make your way through the park, you will be impressed by the immaculate craftsmanship that they have put into making these structures. Some of the miniature replicas that you can view here are Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun Temple of Dawn, Eiffel Tower, Tower Bridge, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Statue of Liberty, and the Sydney Opera House among many others.
11. Get amazed at the Art in Paradise – Pattaya
Art in Paradise is yet another unique museum and one of the top things to do in Pattaya. This art gallery features many three-dimensional paintings that are interactive and super fun! Here the paintings are directly painted on the wall and the use of shading, borders and different colours create a trick eye image. The gallery features more than 100 such images.
12. Enjoy the city’s skyline from Phratamnak Hill
Phratamnak Hill offers one of the best vantage points to enjoy the views of the city of Pattaya. Here the visitors can come during the evening and enjoy the shinny and twinkly skyline of Pattaya as well.
13. Spend a day at the Pattaya Elephant Village
One of the top attractions in Pattaya is riding atop an elephant. At the Elephant Village, you can do just that. The elephant ride lasts for about an hour. You will cross the river on a raft to go on the other side where you can see how silk is made. Or you can pay a little more and enjoy an extended experience that includes feeding an elephant and even bathing one. The Elephant Village also has a small shop where you can buy souvenirs.
14. Enjoy breakfast with the Tigers at the Sri Racha Tiger Zoo
The Sriracha Tiger Zoo is located in Sri Racha, a city just outside of Pattaya on the Pattaya – Bangkok road. The zoo is home to tigers, crocodiles, dogs, and pigs. Apart from these animals, you will also find many ostriches, single hump camels, kangaroos and an aviary of exotic birds here. One unique feature of this zoo is that here you can enjoy your breakfast/lunch with the Tigers.
15. Enjoy a hearty lunch at Mum Aroi
Consistently topping the charts of the best seafood restaurants in Pattaya, you must come to Moom Aroi while in Pattaya. Their Thai-inspired seafood menu is extensive with many authentic dishes to try out. The restaurant is ocean-front and features a live band that will entertain you. On the table, you can enjoy fresh crab, lobster, shrimp and fish, prepared in a variety of styles.