A tourist hub since the 60’s, Pattaya has plenty to keep you entertained. Whether you want to take to the water, shop at the floating markets, or checkout the neon lights of Walking Street.
One of Thailand’s most popular and well-known tourist destination, Pattaya is a beachfront town that receives over 4 million annual visitors. From local Thai families to international travellers, Pattaya offers visitors a crazy mix of the traditional and the modern. Situated on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Pattaya includes multiple neighbourhoods and areas and is built around Ao Pattaya, a wide, crescent-shaped bay that holds fame as being one of Thailand’s first beach resort in the 1960s. Jomtien Beach, the most family-friendly area, makes a pleasant retreat for those looking to escape the crowds of Central Pattaya and the busy beaches, however those seeking to lounge on the sand will find plenty to stay occupied. Activities on offer are both water- and land-based, including golf, horseback riding, bungy jumping, windsurfing, jet skiining, sailing, SCUBA diving and so much more! Extending further out from the city, visitors will find nature and cultural diversions such as the Elephant Village, where demonstrations of training methods and ancient ceremonial re-enactments are performed daily. The private Sri Racha Tiger Zoo features tigers, crocodiles, and other animals in daily shows, and the Vimantaitalay submarine offers 30-minute trips underwater to see coral and marine life. One of the most visited and highly recommended trips is a visit to the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, 15 kilometres south of Pattaya, a 500 acre botanical garden and orchid nursery that is also home to tigers and an variety of bird species. Pattaya is also home to the Million Years Stone Park, Pattaya Crocodile Farm, Pattaya Park Beach Resort Water Park, Funny Land Amusement Park, Siriporn Orchid Farm, Silverlake Winery, Underwater World Pattaya, Bottle Art Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, the Cartoon Network Amazone water park, and Underwater World. If you are seeking further cultural enlightenment, the Sanctuary of Truth can be found by the sea and is a large wooden structure dating from 1981 that is conceived from the idea that “human civilisation owes its existence to religious and philosophical truth”. For tasty food, hand crafted souvenirs, inexpensive electronics and brand name clothing, visit Thepprasit Market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Speak to a friendly My Thailand holiday expert today to plan the perfect stay in Pattaya, organise your itinerary and create a memorable Thailand getaway.