Situated 93-miles (150-kilometers) southeast of Bangkok, Pattaya has long been thought of as a kind of naughty little sister to the Thai capital. The massage parlors, go-go bars and late-night discos have been the main draw since the 1960s, when American servicemen stationed in Vietnam came here to let off some steam. There can be no denying that this after-hours culture is still very much a part of life in Pattaya as a stroll down Walking Street after dusk will attest. However, recent attempts by authorities to make it a more well-rounded travel destination have seen a more sophisticated side to this city emerge.
Blessed with a chain of gorgeous, curving beaches, the city offers plenty to the tourist looking for some quality beach-side rest and recreation. Stake out your place in the sun from the sea of sun lounges on Pattaya Beach. Rent a Jet Ski, take to the sky by parasailing or book a dive or snorkeling trip to the nearby Kho Larn Island. Alternatively, settle back with a good book at one of the more serene stretches of sand nearby. Dongtan Beach and Crescent Moon Beach provide a couple of havens where you can escape the crowds and beach vendors.
Climb aboard an elephant for a jungle safari at the Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary, an ecologically sound center with a focus on education and rehabilitation. Another must-do is the spectacular Sanctuary of Truth, a hand-carved, wooden complex which integrates the symbolism from Asia’s main four religions using traditional Thai artisanal techniques. If you’re looking for souvenirs, then take a wander around the Pattaya Floating Market, where you’ll find handicrafts and cuisine from each of the four main regions of Thailand.
Traffic can be chaotic and may intimidate the first time visitor. Confident drivers can rent a car, jeep or moped to get around. Otherwise, hail one of the songthaews, or Baht Buses (shared taxis), which run a number of set routes throughout the city. Prices are the same for locals and tourists, and with lots of them cruising the city streets, wait times are never long. The streets also teem with taxis and motorbike taxis, so getting around is never a problem.
Shopping, Beaches and Family-Friendly
Marvel at a golden Buddha image carved into a mountain and admire breathtaking landscapes of fields, lotus-filled ponds and vineyards.
Action packed water-sports, exquisite boutique hotels, relaxing days in the sun and legendary night life make this beach favorite with sun-lovers the world over.
Enjoy magnificent sunsets and watersports, family entertainment, Thai cultural shows and striking views from a lookout at this sweeping beach resort.
From international restaurants to late night go-go clubs, Pattaya’s most famous road should be your first stop if you’re looking to party.
Walk amid magnificent gardens, enjoy boating on scenic lakes, ride on an elephant’s back and watch Thai cultural shows at this family-friendly theme park.
Enjoy a stroll or boat ride around this traditional water-based market, where you’ll find delicacies and handicrafts from every region of Thailand.
The Kaan Show marks a new era in the history of Thailand’s entertainment industry. This is a world-class stage performance combining live action and cinema in a purpose built theatre like no other.
One of the Safest and most modern outdoor track in all Asia! Digital timing system - Panoramic terrace - Snack bar We have 4 different kart models on 2 Tracks to suit your needs depending on your age and height Racing Track : 800m Beginner track: 350m Make sure to fit the qualifications to be able to drive your selected kart Fast Kart(from 15 years old & 1.
Tiffany's Show Pattaya has been voted number 4 in the TOP TEN BEST SHOWS to see around the world, so it has come a long way since it began in 1974 as a one man show performed for friend's on New Year's Eve in Pattaya! Every year the coveted Miss Tiffany's Universe beauty pageant is held.
Experience the first-ever transvestite cabaret show in Southeast Asia. Be amazed by more than 100 professional performers in dazzling costumes presenting creative impersonations through songs, dance, and tales of romance and adventure.
Step into one of Thailand's newest and grandest temples for a journey through the world of Buddhist and Hindu magnificence amid spectacular Khmer-style design. With its vast dimensions and intricate motifs, the Sanctuary of Truth offers a look at the engineering marvels and rich culture of Thailand.
Indulge in a day of leisure on the idyllic shores of Coral Island, just a boat's ride away from Pattaya City. After getting dropped off on the beach, the rest of the day is yours to spend snorkeling, enjoying tasty Thai dishes, swimming, or just soaking up the rays on the sand.