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Things to do in Pattaya

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Welcome to Pattaya

Just a 2.5-hour drive from Bangkok, Pattaya is one of Thailand’s most easily accessible seaside resorts and—with its long sandy beaches, palm-fringed promenades, and lush tropical gardens—it is deserving of its popularity. While Pattaya’s tourist boom might have afforded it a reputation as a hedonist getaway, behind the strip of go-go bars, massage parlors, and cocktail bars, there are plush resorts and pristine beaches to tempt even the most discerning traveler. The beaches and buzzing nightlife might be the main draw, but it’s worth taking the time to explore Pattaya’s other attractions. The hilltop Wat Khao Phra Bat temple, with its gigantic golden Buddha, affords spectacular views over Pattaya Bay; the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is bursting with vibrant orchids and exotic plants; and Pattaya Floating Market is one of the liveliest in the country. For adventurous types, the Flight of the Gibbon at Khao Kheow Open Zoo should be top of your list, while nearby Jomtien Beach is a hotspot for water sports including windsurfing, parasailing, and scuba diving. Off the coast, there are several possibilities for island day trips, with Koh Si Chang, Koh Samet, and Koh Larn island all just a short boat ride away.

Top 15 attractions in Pattaya

Coral Island (Koh Larn)

With crystal clear water, plentiful coral reefs, and beautiful stretches of fine white sand, Thailand’s Coral Island (Koh Larn) is a veritable paradise. Take a day trip to this popular spot—about 4.5 miles (7 km) off the coast of Pattaya—to enjoy beaches and a variety of water sports, including scuba diving and snorkeling.More

Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum)

Thailand’s answer to Barcelona’s La Sagrada Família cathedral, the Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum) was begun in 1981 and is scheduled for completion around 2050. The wooden structure is a whopping 345 feet tall (105 meters tall), hand-carved by artisans using traditional techniques, and full of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures.More

Pattaya Floating Market

At the Pattaya Floating Market, traditional thatched huts perched on stilts over the water house vendors selling handicrafts, Thai street food, and souvenirs from around the country. The market’s four areas represent the culture and architecture of Thailand’s four main regions: north, northeast, central, and south.More

Mini Siam

Home to miniature replicas of both top Thailand sights and global landmarks, Mini Siam is a family-friendly Pattaya attraction. Travel through Thai history on the Mini Siam side, where you’ll see to-scale versions of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Bridge on the River Kwai, and then admire the Eiffel Tower in Mini Europe.More

Pattaya Beach

The 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) stretch of sand known as Pattaya Beach ranks among the area's liveliest beaches. The crescent-shaped coast remains lively day and night, with the party atmosphere of the bars and restaurants of Beach Road to one side and a host of water sports—wind surfing, jet skiing, parasailing, or banana boating—to the other. The popular beach also serves as a departure point for diving expeditions to Pattaya's offshore coral islands.More

Pattaya Water Park at Pattaya Park Beach Resort

Head to the beachside Pattaya Water Park to cool off from the hot Thai sun. The classic water park features everything you need for a day of fun in the sun, including a lazy river, wading pool for toddlers, water slides, a whirlpool, and private beach access for swimming in the Gulf of Thailand.More

Frost Magical Ice of Siam

Nobody goes to Pattaya for the snow, but Frost Magical Ice of Siam, a wintry theme park kept at a temperature of 14°F (-10°C), features plenty of ice. Inside the chilled dome, enjoy ice carvings themed around the Arctic, an ice bar, an ice slide, and even an ice tuk-tuk. Outdoors, view white-sand sculptures inspired by Thai culture.More

Underwater World Pattaya

Take a walk beneath the water as sharks and rays glide overhead at Underwater World Pattaya. This walk-through aquarium highlights the diverse range of marine creatures found in Thai waters, from shallow rock-pool dwellers to colorful coral and deep-ocean fish. More than 2,500 critters are on display, representing some 200 species.More

Ripley's Believe it or Not! Pattaya

Sometimes known as Ripley’s World, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Pattaya combines seven distinct attractions. The classic Ripley’s “Odditorium,” with 10 galleries of bizarre exhibits, is the star of the show. But you can also enjoy waxworks, two spectacular mazes, a haunted house, a shooting ride, and a “9D” multisensory moving cinema.More

Pattaya Teddy Bear Museum

Home to a collection of more than 2,000 teddy bears spread across 13 different themed zones, the Pattaya Teddy Bear Museum (also known as Teddy Island) is exactly what it sounds like. Unlike at traditional toy museums, though, where exhibits are kept behind glass, here visitors are free to pose with the bears. There’s a well-equipped gift store, too.More


Big, bold, and glitzy, with an exterior modeled on the Roman Colosseum and plenty of marble, the Colosseum is one of Pattaya’s top cabaret venues. Transgender performers deliver a family-friendly show three times a night in one of the city’s largest theaters, with a lounge bar. Costumes are fabulous, and the lighting is spectacular.More

Nongnooch Garden Pattaya (Nong Nooch Tropical Garden)

Made up of a series of carefully manicured themed botanical gardens, plus a “Dinosaur Valley” with lifelike models that children will love, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is a popular day trip tour for vacationers staying in Pattaya, Southern Thailand. The gardens also host elephant shows and Thai cultural displays with colorful costumes.More
Upside Down Pattaya

Upside Down Pattaya

Fronted by a house balanced on its roof, Upside Down Pattaya is a quirky attraction that’s too small to count as a theme park. Pose for photos inside the upside-down house, where floors work as ceilings and vice versa; spin on an astronaut-style gyroscope; explore the labyrinth; enjoy the leaning castle; or brave the wobbly bicycles.More
Pattaya Dolphin World

Pattaya Dolphin World

Home to a number of rare Irrawaddy “smiling” dolphins, Pattaya Dolphin World is best-known for its dolphin shows. Besides four daily live performances, the site offers a petting zoo, a toy museum, horse-and-carriage rides, and a short all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) circuit, as well as a restaurant and a bar.More
Alangkarn Show Pattaya

Alangkarn Show Pattaya

The Thai Alangkarn Theater troupe entertains up to 2,000 guests on the huge modern stage, complete with parading elephants, fireworks, a laser show, and historical reenactments during the Alangkarn Pattaya Show extravaganza. The facility also includes a 1,000-seat restaurant for dinner shows and a cultural market.More
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All about Pattaya

When to visit

November through February is the most popular time to visit Pattaya, but don’t be fooled by locals calling it the "cool season"—temperatures rarely drop below 70°F (21°C). It’s also the high season, so expect crowds and prices to match, especially during flagship events such as the Lantern Festival (Loy Krathong Festival), Maya Music Festival, and Wonderfruit. If you can withstand the climbing temperatures and humidity, it’s less crowded March-May, and Thai New Year (Songkran) festivities in April are legendary.

Getting around

Many central attractions and beaches are reachable on foot, and the bumper-to-bumper traffic often means that it’s quicker to walk. If you need to go further afield, Baht buses, Pattaya’s version of the songthaew, are the cheapest way to get around and stop at all the main points of interest. Alternatively, download Grab (Southeast Asia’s answer to Uber) or flag down a taxi—just make sure the meter is on.

Traveler tips

You’ll need your own transport or to take a taxi to reach Ban Amphur beach, around 9 miles (15 kilometers) south of Pattaya. Local families and expats frequent this stretch of golden sand, and it’s a welcome relief from the tourist-packed urban beaches. Snag a shady spot beneath the palm trees and tuck into some fresh seafood from the beachfront restaurants.

People Also Ask

What is Pattaya best known for?

Pattaya is best-known for its beaches, nightclubs, high-rise hotels, and shopping malls. A two-hour drive from Bangkok, it’s a popular weekend getaway from the capital. Some of its bars and clubs are open 24 hours so the city is a much-loved nightlife destination.

How many days is enough for Pattaya?

Many travelers find that two or three days is enough time in Pattaya, depending on their interests. Beach activities and water sports, museums, temples, shopping, and nightlife can be fit into a couple of days in Pattaya, but travelers with more time can find plenty to do.

What are the do's and don'ts in Pattaya?

The do’s and don’ts in Pattaya are similar to elsewhere in Thailand. Do watch your belongings to avoid petty crime. Don’t speak negatively about the Thai king or royal family. Don’t point with your feet, or turn your back on a statue of Buddha. Do wear modest clothing in temples.

What can couples do in Pattaya?

Couples will find plenty of things to do in Pattaya. Spend time together at built-up Pattaya Beach, try water sports, enjoy an evening out dining and drinking (and perhaps dancing), and visit popular attractions such as Underwater World or Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

Which beach is best in Pattaya?

Many travelers consider Pattaya Beach to be the best beach in Pattaya, as it’s a bustling 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) stretch of sand with beach chairs. Other great beaches include those on Coral Island, just off the coast of Pattaya, as well as Dongtan Beach, Jomtien Beach, and Bamboo Beach.

Where can I go for free in Pattaya?

You can go to Pattaya’s many beaches for free, including Pattaya Beach, Jomtien Beach, and Paradise Beach. In some places you’ll pay to use beach chairs and other facilities, but sitting on public stretches of sand and swimming costs nothing. Another free place to check out is Pattaya Walking Street.


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