A seaside resort town in Thailand, Pattaya boasts a combination of tropical beach vibes, mega shopping and buzzing nightlife. Pattaya is a slice of paradise that appeals to all travellers, thanks to its turquoise waters, lush vegetation and endless entertainment.
Things to do in Pattaya
The Sanctuary of Truth is a must-see landmark. This 100-metre-tall, hard-carved wooden wonder houses beautiful religious artwork displays. Test your bargain-hunting skills at the Pattaya Floating Market, where you can purchase local handicrafts and sample Thai fare from boats turned into market stalls.
Kids will go crazy for the teddy bears at the Teddy Bear Museum and the waterslides at the Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark. When you work up an appetite, satisfy your stomach at one of Beach Road’s many restaurants, before partying the night away on Walking Street.
Take a scuba diving or snorkelling excursion at one of the nearby islands such as Ko Larn, Ko Krok and Ko Sak. Looking for an outdoor adventure? Climb the hill at Wat Phra Khao Yai, otherwise known as “Big Buddha Hill”, where an 18-metre-tall Buddha sits 100 metres above sea level.
After a day of adventure, relax and soak up rays on Pattaya Beach, take a leisurely stroll along the peaceful Jomtien Beach or see the colourful French, Italian and Stonehenge-inspired garden displays at Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden.
The best way to get around central Pattaya is on foot, while taxis are available for journeys across the city. Songthaews and tuk-tuks offer a low-cost option, and motorbike rentals are also a popular option. If you are driving, be prepared for relaxed road rules and traffic.