Beautiful Things to do in Pattaya
Pattaya is another island destination of Thailand located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand. It is the most visited island of the country only after Bangkok city. In 2016, this city was visited by more than 30 million travelers from across the globe, and 27% of it constitutes the Chinese population. Infact, the city runs its livelihood on tourism and allied services alone.
Pattaya is famous for its nightlife and derives a shady reputation because of its sex tourism industry. Nevertheless, it is not totally closed for the other travelers seeking unique experiences. Pattaya is easily accessible by a fantastic road network, and is 100 km from the Bangkok City. Here are top 15 things to add to your to-do list while you are exploring Pattaya islands.
1. Pattaya’s Mini SIAM
The Mini SIAM is a collection of more than 100 miniature replicas of the landmarks from around the world and is essentially divided into two sections – Asia and the rest of the World. It features miniature of world famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc DE Triomphe, Sydney Opera House, St. Petersburg Church and the Statue of Liberty.
2. Floating markets
Those of whom have been to Pattaya before, or for that matter even the new visitors, floating market is something that one’s eye cannot miss out on. In olden times, the water was considered as the most vital survival element, and due to that, most well known civilizations are seen to have settled across the water sources. The floating market has all its shops floating on river waters and the only way to access them is by boats. The market is filled with traditional shopping centers where you can bargain for traditional clothes, handicrafts, paintings, Thai Silk, fresh vegetables, fruits and fruit produces. If you have not tasted Dragon Fruit before, now is the time. It is mouth watering and delicious. The market is also an ideal place for trying multiple local cuisines.
3. Ripley’s Believe it or not Museum
Ripley’s believe it or not is among the most popular American TV shows hosted on the NBC. While you are in Pattaya, why not see the unbelievable in person! It features several entertainment series such as the ‘Believe it or not’, the 4D Moving Theater, Haunted Adventures, Louis Tussaud’s Wax works, Scream in the dark and the Infinity Maze.
4. The Sanctuary of Truth
The Sanctuary of Truth is a religious escape to the deeper perspectives of the traditional Buddhism and Hinduism beliefs. A gigantic wooden construction, it covers an area of more than 2000 square meters. The top of the building is 105 meters in height and is designed to withstand extreme variations of seashore weather conditions. The wooden construction reflects the ancient Eastern philosophy and knowledge and teaches its visitors the basic principles of humility, cycle of living, life’s relationship with universe, and common goal of life towards Utopia.
5. Art in Paradise
Art in Paradise is one of its kind optical illusion galleries in Pattaya. Fully interactive, it sports 10 3-dimensional galleries to tweak and challenge your visual capabilities. They also have branches in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The 360° tour takes you across myriad 3D paintings with illusions of depth and distances; sure to intrigue you to no end.
6. Pattaya ATV Adventure
ATV Lovers, Ahoy! Hop on for a fun filled adventure and explore the enchanting countryside of Pattaya. The ATV tours are conducted in the outskirts of the city and are available in two versions – fun and extreme. The first route is a 28 kms drive and lasts for 2 hours and the extreme tour is a 42 kms trip lasting 4 hrs of adrenaline rushing experience.
Zip lining may not have been a sport that many have heard of before, but it is certainly a sport that is thrilling for all ages. The zip line rappels and descends you from a sloping height at breakneck speeds. In this case, you not only enjoy the thrill, but you also pass through the varied natural beauty and the rare species of the Thai tropical rain forests such as the hornbills and the forest gibbons.
Thai boxing or Muay Thai is the most popular close contact martial art practiced all over the world. Its infamous popularity is because of the fact that it is played without any body guard unlike other close contact sport and applies a range of techniques that are also used in MMA fights. If you are Thailand, you cannot afford to miss out on a live Muay Thai show. The martial art also has a spiritual significance among the Thai people as it was used by the Thai soldiers for protecting the royal elephants during war.
Flyboard is a sport that was invented in the year 2012 by Franky Zapata, and is a latest addition to the extreme water sports. Get set for a propelling action as the water jet spins you over the waves for that extreme adrenaline experience.
The Khao Kheow Open Zoo is the outcome of responsible and sustainable travel which aims at the preservation of the animals and provides them with a protective environment. The zoo features animal species from across the globe. The zoo takes you through vivid wildlife experiences such as the Forest and Wildlife Tour, the Biodiversity experience and the Night Safari. It is the best way to educate the value of the environment to the future generations.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is a tropical garden that is among the world’s most beautiful botanical gardens. Experience the vivid colours of Thai culture with the live Thai Cultural Shows, elephant shows and Safaris, that will keep you engaged all day. The garden also displays the performance car collection, mini zoo, waterbirds and other attractions.
Koh Samet Island or the Paradise Island is 45 minutes drive by ferry from Pattaya and is 70 kms long stretch of sun and sand coastline. The nearby Hat Sai Kaew or the Diamond beach is the longest beach on the island. They offer vast stretches of powdery white beaches and jade blue waters and are best for a tranquil getaway.
Chantaburi is a small industrial island on the East Coast and is famous for its sapphire mines, rubber plantations, pepper and pineapple tapioca plantations, fish byproducts and several other local produce. Visit the island and find out how they mine, fine cut and polish sapphires, topazes and spinal rubies found in abundance on the island.
Travel through the Gulf of Siam and pay a visit to the lesser touristy Koh Sichang Island, also known as the Chinese Land in Thailand. The ferries to Koh Sichang start from the Bali Hai pier as early as 08:00 am. The visit takes you on a spiritual journey of the Saan Chao Pho Khao Yai, a Chinese Temple, which holds the best kept secrets of the 3000 year old Feng Shui philosophical system. Nestled on the mountain top, you visit several natural caves on the way. It is believed that visiting the cave helps you to instill the sense of peace, harmony, happiness and prosperity in your lives.
Pattaya is among the most preferred destinations for adventure sports and one such adrenaline rushing sport is bungee jumping. After a quick briefing, you climb up 197 metres to the diving point, to the highest bungee jumping site in Thailand. This challenge literally confronts you with your deepest fears and you feel all the adrenaline rush as you swing down the air, and hang suspended mid air, above the ground.
Trip Notes :
- Though late nights might seem alluring, it is best to avoid it, especially alone.
- Respect the local customs – it is modest to ask before clicking pictures to avoid intimidation and embarrassment.
- Thai people are considerably slow in speaking English. Do not be surprised if they take some time to reply and respond as fast as you do. Be patient!
- Responsible Travel – Dispose the garbage responsibly at the tourist sites.
- Safety – Stay away from unknown vendors at the sight seeing areas. Consider asking your hotel or ask for tour guide authentication when considering traveling to the sites.
- Being infamous as a red light district, expect criminal activities and regular police raids at these sites. You should avoid getting caught at wrong places at a wrong time.
- Preserve your personal documents such as passports, visa, cash and valuables safely. Best, carry limited cash and keep a scanned copy of all documents on email.
- Stay away from drugs
- Bargaining is a common practice here with the Tuktuks. So go ahead and try your bargaining skills. Also, it is a good idea to use Public Transport Network. Consider picking up the latest MRT maps from the airport.