Visiting Pattaya? Then here is a list of must-see places which should be included in every itinerary to enjoy all that the beautiful and bustling city has to offer to the visitors:
- Walking Street
While all towns in Thailand has their own version of walking street , nothing matches up to the 1km of sheer fun and enjoyment that the Pattaya walking street has to offer. The street is closed down for vehicles from 6 an makes way for nightclubs, pubs and restaurants from which one can choose. Because of its popularity, the area remains crowded throughout the week and offers visitors an unparalleled experience of it kind.
- Sanctuary of Truth
This is an awe-inspiring wooden structure which stands for religion, philosophy and art and demonstrate the unique beauty and craftmanship of human creation. Neither a temple nor a place, it is regarded as a place of appreciation of philosophy, faith, art and culture irrespective of any particular religion. Must visit place for those who are a connoisseur of art and culture.
- Tiffany’s Cabaret Show
If dazzling costumes, sweeping ball gowns, plumes of feather and spectacular performance impresses you, then Tiffany’s Cabaret Show will be something you will appreciate. Scenes from Bollywood, Korean Traditional fan dance, Siam’s story, Broadway tunes are performed in the hour long show which is a concoction of dance, song and skit.
- Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
Designed in the form of a theme park, this 2.4sq.km garden offers daily cultural shows and boosts in being home to more than 670 native species and hybrids of orchids. The skywalk is also a popular part which takes your through topiary garden, European garden, palm garden, butterfly hill and Stonehenge garden. You can paddle boat, or rent a cycle or simply take a stroll in this beautiful garden.
- Pattaya Floating Market
The Four Region Floating Market covers an area of 100,000 sqm and is separated into 4 sections North, Northeast, Central and South which sells the popular items of these regions. The shops sell authentic Thai food, desserts, souvenirs etc. It offers a first hand experience of visiting a Thai floating market in the country.
- Wat Phra Khao Yai (Big Buddha Hill)
The 18 metre tall structure of Buddha located on Pratumnak Hill is the main attraction of the Wat Phra Yai temple which was built in 1940. It is a beautiful work of art with painted mosaic walls, striking staircase with golden dragon handrails, structures of 7 headed mythical snakes called Nagas emerging from dragon’s mouth. It is a popular place for both young and old visitors despite the fact that a visit there requires some walking.
- Water Parks
Water parks are extremely popular in Pattaya and a perfect destination for family fund day which especially appeals to the younger members of the family. Visitors can choose from either spend their time in lazy wave pools or try out the high speed slides , water skiing and pretend to be on the popular Total Wipeout show. Some of the popular water parks are Pattaya Park, Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark, Splashdown Water Park, Ramayana Water Park etc.
- Pattaya Viewpoint
Located on top of Pratumnak Hills, Pattaya Viewpoint offers a panoramic view of the crescent bay of Pattaya. The best time to visit this place is in the late afternoon or early evening as the changing life enhances the beauty of the view and allows you to take breathtakingly beautiful pictures.
- Coral Islands
If overcrowded, city lined beach does not suit your taste, then Coral island is a place which you must visit. Situated 7.5 km west of Pattaya Beach, this beautiful island situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city with nothing but clear blue waters and pristine beaches serves a great retreat for those looking for a time away from the din of the city.
- Buddha Mountain
This is the largest engraving of Buddha in the world. The gold embossed image was carved out of the side of a limestone mountain with a laser. It is 130 metres in height and 70 metres wide. Khao Chi Chan is reached by following Sukhumvit Road south from Pattaya and turning left on Ban Yen Road, which is about 500 metres after the turn-off for Wat Yansangwararam and a short distance before the Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark and Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens. Follow the road for six kilometres and you will be unable to miss this unforgettable attraction.