There is much more to Pattaya than just once-in-a-lifetime parties and a raging nightlife. This renowned beach resort town in Thailand has both adventurous and rustic sides to it that are equally fascinating. It is only when you dare to dive within and unearth its precious secrets you will realize the significance of Thai traditions and the raw beauty of its modern escapades that leave you with memories for life. Here is a list of the best things to do in Pattaya and why it garners travelers all round the year.
Top 10 Attractions to Visit and See in Pattaya
1. Sanctuary of Truth
If you are an ardent architectural fan, you will love the Sanctuary of Truth. Designed to pay homage to ancient religions and philosophies, the Sanctuary looks as though a vision from heaven has been recreated on Earth. This sanctuary consists of a huge wooden building embellished with delicate hand carvings that is a study in Thai architectural styles. Visitors can enjoy a wholesome trip here as a range of activities are organized such as horseback riding and elephant trekking. You can also witness Thai boxing; Thai cultural shows and even ride with a speed boat.
2. The SKY Pattaya Rocket Ball Ride
If you are an adrenaline junkie and love to test your brave side, every once in a while you must check out the SKY Pattaya Rocket Ball Ride. An exclusive string is connected to a couple of steel towers. The ends of this string are fixed to a confined vehicle that is made of steel. Two riders are accommodated in this vehicle. It flips and tosses you right through the air while the riders inside it spin and bounce continuously. So it’s best to ensure that you are mentally capable and physically strong enough to attempt this ride.
3. Khao Kheow Open Zoo
With over 8,000 animals roaming freely at this Wildlife Reserve, the Khao Kheow Open Zoo is definitely a sight to behold. It is an internationally recognized and one the most ethical zoos. You can either walk or drive through the observation areas and check out the animals in an up close and personal manner. You can even choose to hire their tram service and go on a night safari.
4. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
If you are looking out for something weird, quirky yet fascinating, you just cannot miss the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. With over 300 exotic, mystical and bizarre items up on display from all round the world, you are up for a hair-raising experience. Be it a replica of the Titanic put together with million matchsticks, humans with four eyes, primitive torture devices and masks made from human skin, the museum does not disappoint.
5. The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
Home to some of the most glorious flowers and landscaped gardens that consist of bonsais, tropical palms and cacti, the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is 2.4sq.kms long and has won rave reviews and international awards for its innovative topiary displays, 17th Century French style gardens and a recreation of Stonehenge.
6. The Pattaya Floating Market
Also known as the Four Regions Floating Market, this floating market is the first and only market of its kind in Pattaya where over 100 vendors sell their wares from the floating canoes and traditional boats. Travelers can experience local living and also treat themselves to mouth watering Thai fare. If roaming through the markets gets repetitive, you can take a boat ride tour and visit the traditional Thai houses and rice fields.
7. Underwater World Pattaya
This attraction is not like your regular visit to an aquarium as at Underwater World Pattaya, visitors can spend an entire night with the animals, dive with rays and sharks and feed koi fish from bottles. It is Thailand’s first modern aquarium and it also allows otter and shark feedings. If you want to indulge in snorkeling and diving, you need to make your bookings in advance.
8. Cartoon Network Amazone
If you are traveling with kids, even the little ones can have a fun time, especially at Cartoon Network Amazone. The young ones and young at heart can have a blast at the world’s first cartoon network themed amusement and water park. With live shows from characters, such as Johnny Bravo and the Powerpuff Girls, and fun-filled rides such as the Banana Spin, Alien Attack and Mega Wave, you are sure to have the time of your life here.
9. The Bottle Art Museum
The first exhibition of Art in the Bottle was put together in Thailand by Peter Bedelais. With over 300 pieces of miniature art put together in bottles, you will be baffled as well as amazed as you check out tiny replicas of Thai houses, Buddha images, Chinese palaces and windmills that are kept on display. You will surely be tempted to purchase one and bring it home with you.
10. Art in Paradise-Pattaya
If you are someone who is artistically inclined, you will simply fall in love with north Pattaya, where you will find an art experience that is one-of-a-kind and totally unique-the art of illusion. This museum showcases Anamorphosis art and visitors can interact with the artifacts at the museum by touching and taking pictures with them. This will surely take your vacation pictures to a whole new level as the 3D paintings will capture your fancy and leave kids mesmerized. Make sure you take your camera along or you are sure to regret it.
Pattaya really has the best of all worlds rolled into one. Be it partying the night away in Walking Street that is replete with go-go bars, nightclubs, beer bars and restaurants, escaping the hustle of the main city by exploring Jomtien Beach, witnessing displays of the world’s international sites at Mini Siam or having a gala time at Pattaya Park, there is never a lack of things to do or a dull moment when at Pattaya. You are sure to have a wonderful time when at Thailand’s most colorful city as it is a convenient place to let your hair lose and have a good time.