25 Best Things to Do in Pattaya
Whenever people think of Pattaya they immediately think of ladyboys, risqué shows and drunk tourists. This does not even begin to touch upon the many things that this city in Thailand has to offer. Pattaya is a place that has beautiful temples and beaches but it also has so many activities to get involved in that it is impossible to get bored.
There are a large number of expats living in Pattaya which has led to the city changing over the years, but this has only led to an increase in wealth being brought into the city, with the increased wealth business men have seen an opportunity to create attractions that appeal to holiday makers which is why Pattaya is one of the enjoyable places to stop at for a few days.
With so much to do let’s get started to the top 25 things to do in Pattaya:
1. Party The Night Away In Walking Street
When it comes to the sights and the sounds that you experience in Walking Street you will be amazed, no other street in Thailand even comes close (despite what the tourist guides may tell you.) Walking Street is 500m long and as the name suggests there are no vehicles allowed in the street after 6pm. The street as well as many side streets are full of bars, nightclubs, go-go bars, restaurants and beer bars. During the day the road is almost deserted but when darkness falls the neon lights, loud music and an army of girls hit the streets.
2. Relax Yourself At Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
If you are interested in flowers, trees and landscaped gardens this is a great place to spend a peaceful afternoon. The garden covers a space of 2.4 Square kilometers and have some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. The gardens have won many awards for their designs and will continue to do so because of the excellent condition the garden is kept in. It is not just flowers and trees though, there are also over 670 species of orchid and even an elephant talent show.
3. Experience The Pattaya Floating Market
There are various floating markets In Thailand but this one in Pattaya has something different about it. The actual name of the market is the ‘Four Regions Floating Market’ the reason for this is that the market is split into the four regions of Thailand, The north, northeast, south and central. Each section of the market sells products that represent that part of the country. Not all of the stalls are floating, some are in boats which move around the canals and some are stilted properties that stand at the sides on the banks. To experience the best of the market you should hire a small boat and discover all that is on offer.
16. Feast at Leng Kee
Leng Kee is a Chinese restaurant in Pattaya, it opens twenty four hours a day and is the only restaurant that serves Seafood and Chinese, Established for many years it is a favorite among the expats and Chinese locals. The restaurant sits in the thriving Chinatown part of the city and all year long it serves its main menu, the exception being Chinese New Year when it turns vegetarian and serves up a speciality known as ‘Golden Good Luck Noodles’
17. Swim And Then Dine At Pattaya park
Situated at a beach resort Pattaya Park is the only water park in Pattaya, you can spend your days here having fun on the various different water slides and flumes. Children will love it but there is also some rides that will get the adults off their sunbeds as well. Once you have finished at the waterpark it is time to dress yourself up and head up the Pattaya Park Tower, it is the highest seaside tower and revolving restaurant in Thailand, from the 55th Floor you can look out over Jomtien Bay or Pattaya City.
8. Sunbathe At Ban Amphur Beach
Ban Amphur is a quiet fishing village that happens to have a beautiful beach with gorgeous sand and lots of palm trees. The beach is quiet and uncrowded with ample parking unlike many of the other beaches in Pattaya, because it is a fishing village the various seafood restaurants that are located in the fishing harbor sell the most delicious and fresh fish imaginable. Tourism has not yet caught up here as much as so many places so prices are still quite low and the area uncrowded.
19. Have Mango Sticky Rice At Mae Sai Thong
You can get mango sticky rice all over Thailand and it is hugely popular with tourists and locals, not many places selling just that one item make it onto Lonely Planet though. Mai Sai Thong is the exception to this and is said to be the best place in Pattaya to eat mango sticky rice. Mango’s ripen in the hot-dry season but this little food stand next to the day market has managed to find suppliers of ripe mango all year round ensuring a steady to supply to their many happy customers.
20. Take Time To Reflect At The Sanctuary Of Truth
Rising 105 meters into the sky and made from teak wood which has been carved in the most intricate wat The Sanctuary of Truth is a beautiful sight to behold. This is not a Buddhist temple as you may expect, it was designed by a business owner as a place to go and reflect on oneself. Every part of the building both inside and out has incredibly detailed carvings that need to be seen to be believed, the building itself is still a work in progress which some say will never be finished. There are so many beautiful buildings across Thailand but this one has to come near the very top of the list.
21. Chill Out For A Weekend At The International Music Festival
Each year in March Pattaya holds an annual music festival, musicians from all over Asia fly in for the event which lasts three days and is set over several different stages. The festival is set up along the Pattaya Beach Road which is closed off to cars during the event. You will get a chance to witness a very wide range of music from hip-hop to rock, with both local and international artists getting involved. The event has been free to enter in the past and is expected to continue in the same vein.
22. Shop Till You Drop At Central Festival
The biggest and most important shopping destination in Pattaya is called Central Festival, you will not find any cheap stalls selling tat here, instead you have a range of designer shops to choose from, Armani, Calvin Klein and French Connection are just some of the famous brands tol have shops here. Split over many floors and housing hundreds of outlets you can spend many hours moving between the floors. There is a ten screen cinema as well as a bowling alley to play in if the shopping becomes too much. Hungry? There is a large number of restaurants with every cuisine possible to choose from, thus making sure there is something for every taste bud.
23. Stop for Margaritas at Tequila Reef
When in Pattaya it may not be the first thing that crosses your mind to go for a Mexican, but you might feel the need for a margarita after a long day in the Sun, The margaritas at Tequila Reef are famous throughout the city and people crowd in for the ‘hand shaken’ Specialties. There are many varieties and styles available and drinks can be ordered by the glass, pitcher or Grande glass.
24. See Things In Miniature At Mini Siam And Mini Europe
Located just outside Pattaya City is Mini Siam and Mini Europe where you can wander endlessly around the gardens looking at statues from all over Thailand and Europe, however they now have the statue of liberty so perhaps a name change is on order soon. The statues have been crafted at a scale of 1:25 and if you go In the evening they are all lit up which makes for some great photographs.
25. Take A Cooking Class
Now that you have been to Thailand and eaten original and authentic Thai cooking maybe you will want to learn how to do it for yourself at home. With supermarkets everywhere selling ingredients from Thailand you just need to learn the basics and you are on your way. Pattaya plays host to many cooking schools each taking the time to show you how to make the Thai classics such as Green Curry and Pad Thai. Normally set over a half day slot the classes allow you to sit down for lunch or dinner afterwards and relax with a drink and the food you have just created.