Pattaya Thailand: Top 10 Things to Get Excited About
There is a lot on offer in Pattaya, Thailand. Some people think of Pattaya and think only of their famous red-light district and notorious nightlife, but there really is so much more to this amazing city, including art, culture, nature, wildlife, and lots and lots of fun. Here’s our list of the top ten things to get excited about in Pattaya, Thailand.
1. Pattaya Floating Market
The Pattaya Floating Market is an incredible cultural experience, where the four regions of Thailand come together to present their cultures and traditions. Stalls set up on stilts above the water sit side-by-side, as well as shop-boats floating along the water. It’s best experienced by renting a small boat and floating through the market yourself. Definitely a unique way to experience the cultures of amazing Thailand, through incredible food, small trinkets and souvenirs, and even live shows to enjoy as you float by.
2. Art in Paradise
Art in Paradise Pattaya is an incredible “Trick Art” museum, filled with larger-than-life paintings begging for kids and adults alike to come and pull wacky poses in everything from pregnant bellies to petri dishes. You could easily use up a whole day in this awesome museum, and being so inexpensive means that it’s a day well spent, time-wise and money-wise. Crowds can get a little heavy on the weekends, so if you want to avoid queuing for a picture in front of the best exhibits, a weekday is the best time to go.
3. Walking Street
The place to be to experience all Thailand’s night-life has to offer, the Walking Street in Pattaya, Thailand is amassed with lights, music, parties and fun. Every kind of bar you can imagine is found on the Walking Street, from Karaoke to Sports bars to Discotheques, there’s a party for every person who decides to venture down. While you’ll be able to drive down during the day, from 18:00 the road is closed to motor vehicles, but bus and motorcycle services are provided at each end of the road after a long night of fun on Thailand’s party-packed road.
4. Wat Phra Khao Yai (Big Buddha Hill)
Built back when Pattaya was just a humble fishing village, the 18 metre Buddha on the hill is hard to miss, even through the trees. Attracting tourists and Buddhists alike, people come from all over to marvel the Buddha’s intricate designs. The sight to see is easily accessible through public transportation for a good price, and although entry to the temple is free, you’ll be blessed by a monk for making a small donation either at the bottom of the ornate steps or next to the huge smiling Buddha himself.
5. Flight of the Gibbon
Explore a rainforest canopy right from within at Flight of the Gibbon, by zipping through the trees from platform to platform and soaking in the incredible sights around you. This once-exclusive attraction is now open to all who want to enjoy, and you can “fly” through the treetops experiencing the eco system at the top of the rainforest first hand. And just when you think you’ve gone high enough, you’ll get the chance to climb even higher above the trees, and plunge down to the forest floor. Although quite pricey compared to other attractions available in Pattaya, it’s an experience you’ll never forget, and you certainly won’t ever regret.
6. Buddha Engraving at Khao Chi Chan
Surrounded by endless natural beauty sits the Buddha on the side of Khao Chi Chan. Created as a tribute to His Majesty the King of Thailand for his Golden Jubilee, this 109-metre-tall engraving has become a religious site for saffron-robed monks, and an awe-inspiring sight for cultural tourists. This sight of awe and peace sits just thirty minutes from the centre of Pattaya, and there are no fees or restrictions surrounding the mountain, so getting up-close-and-personal isn’t an issue at all.
7. Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sajjatham)
The Sanctuary of Truth is a work in progress, but you wouldn’t know it. Creators have coined the phrase “The Magnificence of Heaven Recreated on Earth” to describe, and it feels very true. The intricate wooden sculptures that cover every inch of the building reflect the “Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy”. The website states “With in this complex, visitors will understand Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, Cycle of Living, Life Relationship with Universe and Common Goal of Life toward Utopia”. There is much to be learned from visiting this epic creation of man, perfectly placed right on the edge of land and sea.
8. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
This vast, beautiful Botanical Garden covers an astounding 500 acres of land, and was originally purchased in 1954 with the intention of developing fruit plantations. But, much to our pleasure, the owners decided instead to plant tropical plants and create a wildlife conservation project. It’s also a major scientific centre dedicated to cycads – a seed plant with a long fossil history – and the garden has a collection of almost every species. The garden is split into many divisions, paying tribute to France, Stonehenge, Orchids, and Cacti and Succulents in their own space. A true beauty just a stone’s throw away from Pattaya Thailand.
9. Wildlife Parks – Tiger Park & Elephant Sanctuary
Pattaya Elephant Village has been operating since 1973 providing sanctuary for former working elephants, and offers a unique experience for all visitors to make friends with these huge, friendly mammals. Offering training shows, short rides, a cultural show, and ox-cart rides, there’s much to do in the Elephant Village, and entrance fees paid contribute to the survival and welfare of all the elephants in the sanctuary.
At Tiger Park Pattaya you can cuddle up with these gorgeous, giant cats, where the animals feel safe and natural. Operating for more than thirty years, you can feel safe getting close knowing that the trainers really know the tigers they raise, and you can feel happy knowing that they do all they can to give these beautiful animals the best possible life. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
10. Places to stay
There are many places to stay in Pattaya, but with so much to do it’s great to stay central. Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya offers everything you might need and want for a perfect holiday in Pattaya. It’s really a Rock Star experience, and only three minutes away from the beach, and the most amazing swimming pool. Great for families, couples and groups alike, and just around the corner from all the best bits of Pattaya Thailand.
As you can tell, there’s so much to do in this incredible city; you’ll never run out of things to get excited about. From nightlife to nature, and from art to architecture, endless adventures await in Pattaya Thailand.