Pattaya Viewpoint (Khao Pattaya View Point) on Pratumnak Hill is the best viewpoint in the region and the place to visit day or night to get that classic shot of Pattaya’s sweeping, crescent bay. Be warned though, this is anything but an insider’s tip so expect to share your view with an almost ceaseless conveyor-belt of package tours and the local traders who follow them touting cheap souvenirs and expensive refreshments. This might sound off-putting but the reality is tours will usually stop for 10 to 15 minutes and once they have been called back to the bus, the view point becomes quiet and peaceful – perfect for enjoying the stunning scenery.
Despite its popularity, the esplanade is long and wide enough to accommodate large numbers so there is no waiting around to find a position against the railings for a picture-postcard backdrop. The main view looks north and has uninterrupted views of Pattaya Bay right up to the headland separating Pattaya beach from Naklua beach, but there are also views south looking out over Jomtien Beach and straight out to sea.
To reach the view point, drive south from Central Pattaya, past Bali Hai Pier, but don’t take the bridge next to Easy Karts race track. Instead, exit under the bridge and turn right up the hill. The view point is on Rajchawaroon, the first right hand turn at the top of Pratumnak Hill. Alternatively, you can negotiate with a songtaew (baht bus) to take you there and back – there is no fixed price for this trip but expect to pay a few hundred baht for the return journey.
Other things of note on the hilltop include Wat Khao Phra Bat, an interesting temple which is claimed to house a relic of Buddha and a monument to Kromluang Chomphonkhetudomsak, the founding Father of the Thai Navy, which is revered by many Thai people who leave wreaths and burn incense in his honour.
Any time day or night, this hillside viewpoint offers panoramic views of Pattaya and Jomtien but it is best visited in late afternoon or early evening when the changing lights enhance this already amazing sight, and best of all, it’s absolutely free.
- Opening Hours: 07.30 - 21.00
- Location: Soi Rajchawaroon, Pratumnak Hill