15 Best Things To Do in Pattaya, Thailand

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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  1. Walking Street

    # 1 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 12390 times in trip plans
    Walking Street

    Tags: Bar, Disco, Streets, Nightlife

    Address: Thailand, Walking Street Pattaya, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Infamous for its red light area, the Walking Street in Pattaya is the place to be to enjoy Thailand’s nightlife. With the densest concentration of bars, massage parlours, Go-Go bars and discos, ...Read more

  2. Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens

    # 2 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 11075 times in trip plans
    Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens

    Tags: Garden, Park, Botanical Garden, Nature

    Address: 34/1 Moo 7 Na Jomtien, Sattahip District, Pattaya, Chonburi 20250, Thailand.

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The Nong Nooch Botanical garden is a beautiful park in Pattaya. The gardens have a huge variety of exhibits and beautiful exotic flowers from all over the world that attract an array of insect and bir...Read more

  3. The Sanctuary Of Truth

    # 3 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 11048 times in trip plans
    The Sanctuary Of Truth

    Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site

    Address: 206/2 Moo 5, Soi Naklua 12, Naklua, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    A serene, calm and meaningful tourist destination worth a visit is the Sanctuary of truth in Thailand. This tall structure made of wood houses within it an amazing representation of the culture and ar...Read more

  4. Pattaya Beach

    # 4 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 8399 times in trip plans
    Pattaya Beach

    Tags: Bar, Outdoors, Beach, Restaurant

    Address: Pattaya, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Having a 4 kilometres long crescent coastline, the Pattaya Beach is more than just sea and sand. It is the place to be to enjoy speedboating, jet skiing, parasailing, diving and a lot more. You will a...Read more

  5. Big Buddha

    # 5 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 8042 times in trip plans
    Big Buddha

    Tags: Religious Site, Landmark, Statue

    Address: Bang Lamung District, Chonburi Province, Thailand

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Located at the very top of Pratumnak Hill you’ll find an enormous 18 metre tall Buddha statue. This Big Buddha is the largest statue in the region and is situated within the premises of the Wat ...Read more

  6. Tiffany's Show

    # 6 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 4556 times in trip plans
    Tiffany's Show

    Tags: Art And Culture, Entertainment, Performance, Stage Show

    Address: 464 Moo 9, Pattaya 2nd Road, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20260, Thailand

    Timings: 05:00 pm - 11:00 pm Details

    Tiffany’s Cabaret Show has the honor of being one of the 4 best shows performed all over the world. You can certainly get an idea of its grandeur and magnitude from it. This show was where the t...Read more

  7. Wat Yanasangwararam

    # 7 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 6238 times in trip plans
    Wat Yanasangwararam

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Garden, Architecture

    Address: Near kilometre 160 exit of Sukhumvit road, about 20 kilometres south of Pattaya, Thailand

    Located around 20 kilometres south of Pattaya, the Wat Yansangwararam temple complex is an enormous one. The complex is spread across an area of 145 acres and houses several buildings of different arc...Read more

  8. Pattaya Floating Market

    # 8 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 8375 times in trip plans
    Pattaya Floating Market

    Tags: Art And Culture, River, Market, Arts And Crafts

    Address: 451/304 Moo 12, Sukhumvi-Pattaya Road,Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150

    Timings: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

    Thailand like many other Asian countries is famous for its floating markets. This old tradition has found an interesting popular take in Thailand. This traditional attraction has been turned into a cr...Read more

  9. The Million Years Stone Park

    # 9 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 3543 times in trip plans
    The Million Years Stone Park

    Tags: Garden, Park, Wildlife Park, Sculpture

    Address: 22/1 Moo 1, Nongplalai, Banglamung, Pattaya City, Chonburi 20150, Thailand.

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm are together an amazing tourist attraction in Pattaya. It is a very pretty park with amazing flowering plants, pretty sculptures and a huge rang...Read more

  10. Jomtien Beach

    # 10 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 4555 times in trip plans
    Jomtien Beach

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Walking Area

    Address: Jomtiensaineung Road, Bang Lamung, Chon Buri, Thailand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Jomtien or Jomtien Beach, on road signs and road maps also often written Chom Tian, is a town located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand about 165 km southeast of Bangkok in the province of Cho...Read more

  11. Alcazar Cabaret

    # 11 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 3871 times in trip plans
    Alcazar Cabaret

    Tags: Art And Culture, Entertainment, Performance, Stage Show

    Address: 78/14 Pattaya Road 2,Na Kluea, Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Thailand

    Timings: 05:00 pm - 11:00 pm Details

    Most people come to Pattaya to experience and understand their vibrant and surprising culture. A part of this amazingly eclectic culture is the grand and prestigious shows featuring Trans-people. The ...Read more

  12. Mini Siam

    # 12 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 6211 times in trip plans
    Mini Siam

    Tags: Garden, Entertainment, Architecture , Sculpture

    Address: 387 Moo 6, Sukhumvit Road, Pattaya City Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi, 20150, Thailand

    Timings: 07:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    Situated on the major highway, Sukhumvit Road is the Mini Siam. This road is known to house a lot of the major tourist attractions from Pattaya. Mini Siam is a popular tourist attraction in Pattaya. I...Read more

  13. Elephant Village

    # 13 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 4956 times in trip plans
    Elephant Village

    Tags: Safari, Wildlife Safari, Entertainment

    Address: 48/120 Moo7, Muang Pattaya, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

    Timings: 10:30 am - 04:00 pm Details

    The Pattaya Elephant Village is a great place to interact with these funny animals. The elephants are extremely well trained and domesticated. They put up a grand show with the animals doing awesome t...Read more

  14. Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum

    # 14 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 6944 times in trip plans
    Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum

    Tags: Museum, Statue, Specialty Museum

    Address: 218 Garden Park Royal shopping center. Plaza. , Room No. C 20-21 Moo 10, Pattaya beach. Tambon Nong Prue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20260., Pattaya, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

    Timings: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

    The Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum in Pattaya is part of a chain of museums which display really bizarre memorabilia from all over the world. The Ripley’s collection is one of the most ...Read more

  15. Art In Paradise

    # 15 of 259 Things To Do in Pattaya | Added 2427 times in trip plans
    Art In Paradise

    Tags: Art Museum, Art Gallery

    Address: 78/34 Pattaya Sai 2 Rd. Pattaya, Nongprue, Bang Lamung, Chonburi Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

    Timings: 09:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    An interactive art museum, the Art in Paradise is a fun place to visit. On display are spectacular three-dimensional paintings that are super funny and intriguing. Through clever use of shading and bo...Read more

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