Pattaya is 147 kilometers southeast of Bangkok facing the Gulf of Thailand. It is Asia’s prime tourist destination drawing family, couple and single visitors to experience its enticing nature as well as vibrant ambiance it has to offer. Different parts of Pattaya offer distinguished atmospheres to suit a wide range of preferences. Family travelers may prefer a quiet atmosphere of Jomtien. Worldly known as entertainment city, Pattaya offers a variety of vibrant nightlife for fun-loving visitors with a number of nightclubs, bars, pubs and shows in South Pattaya and something in between will also find the likes easily here. Accommodation ranges widely from 5-star hotels to easy-going guesthouses located throughout the town. Myriads of sports and activities on land, in water or even in the sky are available including golf, fishing, jet ski, kite surfing, and paragliding. Sightseeing opportunities are plentiful such as museum, theater, gardens, zoos, amusement parks and many more.
Coral Island is one of the closer Pattaya islands about 7.6 kilometers west of Pattaya Visiting Coral Island opens up a world of possibilities including great banana boat rides, jet skiing and parasailing. There is spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling as well as submarine rides for you to enjoy as well. Coral Island has something for everyone which is why it is one of the most popular of the Pattaya islands. Children love the submarine ride and swimming in the waters off the beautiful beaches. Adults enjoy diving, sunbathing and walking along the shore. The entire family can enjoy banana boat rides and other great water sports while visiting Coral Island.
The Jomtien Beach is located about 2 kilometers from south Pattaya. This beach and the area has become more and more popular for swimming, water sports and activities because it has a long straight coastline and there are less boat anchored in the area. There are many good hotels, bungalos, guest houses and many restaurants. A lot of tourists come to this area and enjoy the scenery and the beach. Chairs are available to sit and to have food and drink, or to go swimming. Water sports such as wind surf, water scooter, para sail, speed boat riding, even water skiing are possible.
The Million-Year Stone Park and Crocodile Farm is at number 22/2 Moo 1, Tambon Nong Pta Lai, Bang Lamung, which is located approximately 9 kilometers from Pattaya City. This is an other popular attraction with Thai and foreign tourists. Covering a large area, the compound comprises rock gardens and a botanical of rare plants and beautifully landscaped grounds. Interesting sights include, for example, fossilized plants over a million years in age, 200-year-old Thai style bonsai, crocodile pools and a collection of rare animals such as albino bears, elephants and horses. Crocodile round-ups, magic performances and animal shows run 6 times a day from 11.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m.
Located at Km. 143 on Highway No. 3 is a wonderland of miniature replicas of such outstanding architectural works as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Democracy Monument, the Bridge over the River Kwai, Prasat Hin Phimai, etc. Replicas of places of world significance are also displayed in the miniworld area. These include the Tower Bridge, Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Trevi Fountain.
Located on Phonpraphanimit Road on the same directions as Phanaraks Park and Siam Country Club Golf Course, which is off of Highway No.3 at Km. 145, the Pattaya Elephant Village showcases daily life of elephants and their masters. It also offers stage shows, which demonstrate how to catch wild elephants, elephants-at-work in the jungle, elephants playing football, a grand war, and elephants’ parades. Elephant rides around the village are recommended. The one-hour-long elephant shows are held at 2.30 p.m.
Located at 235/ 14 Mu 5, Tambon Nong Pru, turn left off Sukhumvit adjacent to the traffic light intersection at Central Pattaya for 800 meters on to Noen-phlup-wan Road, the farm is on the right hand side. The farm offers a wide array of orchids such as catteleyas, vandas, daedrovium, escosanda, pompadours. Visitors can also purchase cut flowers or plants.
Situated on the third floor of the Royal Garden Plaza, Beach Road. A display of Mr. Ripley’s collection of curious objects from every comer of the world. Some of them being the actual item, others are replicas. These extraordinary objects are divided into over 250 categories, such as optical illusions, peculiar lifestyle of unusual people and devices of human torture from ancient time, etc.
A new tourist attraction in town is the largest and most modern ocean aquarium in Asia, boasting a 100-meter-long, 6.4-centimeter-thick acrylic pedestrian tunnel through an underwater environment filled with dozens of marine species. Located just 200 meters south of Tesco Lotus in South Pattaya, the new theme park covers a total area of 12-rai and is housed in a structure similar to a large circus tent. The aquarium itself houses more than 4,000 marine animals, comprising more than 200 different species from the region as well as some rare creatures from overseas. Top in the Visitors must-see list is the rare shovelnose ray, a hybrid between a shark and a stingray.
Located approximately 18 kilometers south of Pattaya, the Garden can be reached by taking a left turn from Sukhumvit Road at the Km. 163 marker. The Garden is a sprawling recreation park in a typical Thai setting. A group of traditional Thai pavilions and gardens of different flowering plants are positioned around the beautifully landscaped site. Daily cultural and elephant shows are available for tourists
The Pattaya Park at Chomthian features a large water park with giant sliders and a tower with a revolving restaurant, which offers a panoramic view of Pattaya. Visitors can enjoy many instruments, which offer excitement and a great fun.
on Sukhumvit Highway, Kilometer 150.5, about 5 kilometers from Pattaya City. This is another venue for amusement and recreational sports that Pattaya has to offer. It comprises an enormous fresh water lake, with cable skis, a sport that is fast-going popularity.
Glowing colorful neon signs illuminates this renowned street of Pattaya at night. The Walking Street, an entertainment area that has 100 beer bars, more than 30 go-go bars, sport bars, discos, cabaret shows, massage parlors, and a wide range of ethnic restaurants as well as seafood line up in the main street and many more in the side-Soi leading towards Pratamnak Road. It starts from the south end of Beach Road to Bali Hai Pier. The street is free from vehicles from 06.00 pm. – 02.00 am. The legal closing time is 02.00 am.