Visiting Thailand? I’ll bet Pattaya’s on your list of cities to visit. The beaches are wonderful and the nightlife is electrifying, but there’s a lot more to this resort city than that. Whether you want a beach day, a cultural experience, or a thrilling theme park adventure, Pattaya’s got something for you. Here are a few fantastic places you should consider visiting in Pattaya:
Pattaya Beach is certainly popular, but it’s also significantly more crowded. If you’re looking for a more peaceful beach experience, head a little bit further down to Jomtien beach. It’s a lot quieter and a perfect place to spread your beach blanket and settle down for a tan. You can even hire a jetski or a banana boat if you are looking for a little fun in the water. When your tummy starts grumbling, just order from one of the many restaurants along the beach and enjoy the Thai seafood fare while you wiggle your toes in the sand.
This gorgeous wooden temple is probably one of the most well-known landmarks in the area. It’s a wonderful example of ancient Thai architecture and a great place to view some martial arts shows, cultural shows, and much more.
Mini Siam can be compared to a Thai Legoland. It’s a theme park with replicas of some famous landmarks all around the world, ranging from the Eiffel Tower to Bangkok’s Victory Monument. Don’t expect to drop by on a whim - book a tour in advance, as this is a popular spot to visit.
What’s a trip to Thailand without a venture to a floating market? The Four Regions Floating Market is a great place to spend a couple of hours. You could walk along the river and admire the vendors floating around on little boats, hawking produce, flowers, food, and more. You could even enjoy a tour on a boat yourself, floating through the river, only to stop to observe something or purchase some goods.
On a particularly hot day where you don’t feel like being outdoors, why not hit up Pattaya’s aquarium? There is plenty of gorgeous fish on display. You can even participate in some activities like swimming with sharks and stingrays or helping to feed the fish. If you intend to catch one of these shows, check the schedule beforehand so you don’t miss anything.
Pattaya Park Tower
The Pattaya Park Tower is a theme park and a gorgeous viewpoint, making it fun for the whole family. There are waterslides, roller coasters, and peaceful rides up to the top of the tower that offers an unforgettable view of the area.
You don’t have to travel to Napa Valley to enjoy a vineyard experience. Pattaya is home to the Silverlake Vineyards, a wonderful place to walk through the gardens, sample some wine, and even take an ATV ride!
The Walking Street is a must visit. When the sun goes down, this particular road comes alive. Bars, clubs, restaurants, and street vendors clutter the streets, and you’re sure to hear the beckoning cries of the girls outside. There is plenty of cheap booze and cute souvenirs, so be sure you have room in your bag for this venture!
Big Buddha Hill
If you want to stop by something a little bit more cultural, consider the Big Buddha Hill. Known to locals as Wat Phra Khao Yai, this intricate temple is home to a large golden Buddha statue up at the top. It is an astounding 18 meters high, and the hike to the top of the hill is quite worth it - you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic view of the Pattaya Bay. Aim to visit around sunset, and bring a loved one to hold as the sun goes down.