10 Things to do in Pattaya
Pattaya is a city located in Thailand’s eastern Gulf Coast. Famous for its beaches, Pattaya used to be a small fishing village back in the 1960s, now it may be likened to a modern beach city with a plethora of resort hotels, shopping malls, bars and 24-hour clubs among many other attractions.
Over a hundred thousand tourists visit Pattaya annually to enjoy the picturesque surroundings and enjoy the culture and cuisine of this beach little town.
Some of the tourist attraction sites include relics of the ancient Thai traditions to modern adventures and activities. You can find the simple pleasures of Pattaya’s most lively street party, or learn about the unique religious treasures. You can also explore nature, art, science and culture in Pattaya in certain ways you would never have imagined.
Perhaps you may be visiting Pattaya for the first time, and have no clue what activities to engage in or attractions to visit. Not to worry, here is a list of ten things you can do in Pattaya.
1. Visit the walking street
The Walking Street is a very popular place in Pattaya, Thailand. The idea behind the walking street is completely different from anything you’ve probably seen.
Virtually all infrastructure on this street represents a bubbling nightlife which has become quite customary in the city over the past decade. From nightclubs, night bars, to dinner restaurants. The walking street is as weird as its name. During the day, the street is mostly empty as almost every business on this street is shut down. At dusk, the walking street comes alive with loud and beautiful music, lights and amazing performances by performers.
2. Visit the sanctuary of truth
The sanctuary of truth is quite an amazing piece of art. It is simply a breathtaking representation of philosophical truth, and it teaches the importance of art and religion, among other things on how these have impacted humanity as a race. It also teaches the disadvantages of neglecting morality and spiritual contentment in the pursuit of materialistic things. The sanctuary of truth is truly a representation of the versatility of art.
3. Visit the Pattaya floating market
The Pattaya floating market also known as the ‘Four Regions Floating Market’ is divided into sub-sections which each represent the four major areas of Thailand – the north, northeast, central and south. The representation comes in the form of shops and stalls selling food, fruits, art, handicrafts, postcards, clothing and even souvenirs. Regular cultural shows and demonstrations also take place in the Pattaya floating market.
The adjective ‘floating’ is not a mere marketing gimmick as the market does indeed float. The stalls and vendors sell their wares from traditionally made boats and canoes. The floating market may be likened to the settlement of Ganvie in the Benin Republic.
4. Visit the water parks
Pattaya is well known for its numerous water parks. It is home to a choice of outstanding water parks, including the largest water park in Thailand, with more than a dozen slides and rides between them. The biggest and best water parks are Ramayana Water Park and Cartoon Network Amazon Waterpark. They are located just about 20 minutes away from Pattaya City.
Each park has good restaurants and a lot of helpful facilities for visiting families.
5. Visit the Buddha Mountain (Khao Chi Chan)
Have you seen the largest engraving of Buddha in the world? The image carved no the Buddha Mountain is embossed with gold and was carved out of the side of a limestone mountain. The engraving is about 120 meters tall and 70 meters wide further buttressing the fact that the city of Pattaya is indeed a painter’s canvas. The Mountain is remotely located in a place popularly known as ‘Silverlake’.
6. Visit the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
If you are interested in flowers, trees, landscaped gardens, and all sorts of vegetative covers, then the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is a great place to visit and spend the day. The garden not only covers a space of 2.4 Square kilometers, it also has some of the most beautiful flowers in the world.
The Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden has won many awards for its designs and will continue to win more awards due to the excellent condition in which the garden is kept. It is not just occupied with only flowers and trees though; there are also over 670 species of orchid. It also organizes an elephant talent show.
7. Visit the Ripley believe it or not museum
For tourists who have not heard of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not, it represents a number of merged museums that pride itself in holding some of the most strange truths known to humanity. This museum is located in Pattaya and houses over 250 relics of stories of strange stories untold.
. When you visit the museum, one of the more endearing works is a 1937 Jaguar which happens to also be a motorboat. It is also a replica of the unfortunate Titanic, and it was made from a million matches.
8. Visit the Pattaya Orphanage
For tourists who love charities, visiting the Pattaya Orphanage is the best option. The Pattaya Orphanage was founded over fifty years ago and it has continued to do good works for the less fortunate. In the 1970s, the orphanage was founded by a priest called Father Ray when a local gave their child to Father Ray as they were unable to look after the child themselves. Word began to spread among the people and the orphanage started.
9. Visit the Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
Tourists who love animals, especially elephants would really love to visit the Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. However, unlike other elephant jungle sanctuary, the Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary does not allow visitors to ride on the elephants, as it is seen to be a form of animal cruelty.
10. Visit Ban Amphur
Ban Amphur is a quiet fishing village; it has a very beautiful beach with beautiful sand and lots of palm trees. Tourists who are traveling to Pattaya for relaxation purposes should take time out to visit this place. The beach is very quiet and uncrowded unlike many of the other beaches in Pattaya. This is because it is a fishing village. Various types of seafood restaurants are located in the fishing harbor to keep your taste buds on a rampage. They sell some of the most delicious and fresh fish you have ever tasted.