Top 10 Things to Do in Pattaya
Pattaya Must-see Attractions
The Pattaya area of Thailand’s eastern seaboard is host to a beguiling range of attractions. The range includes anything from ancient Thai traditions to modern adventures. You can find the simple pleasures of the nation’s most lively party street or be humbled by unique religious treasures. Explore nature, art, science and culture in ways you would never have imagined. Enjoy the raw beauty of the rainforest canopy or the glitz and glamour of the cabaret stage.
Our list of the 10 best attractions in Pattaya is just a sample of the amazing variety you can find in the area. These are the absolute must-see features which every itinerary for every visitor should include. Many of the items on our list are unique in Thailand while some are unequalled in the entire world.
1Walking Street South Pattaya
The sights and sounds of Walking Street are quite unlike anything else in Thailand. Other towns and cities try to claim to have their own version, but nothing comes close to matching the 500 metres of fun which is found at the end of Pattaya’s Beach Road. Taking its name from the fact that it is closed to vehicle traffic after 18:00, almost every building on both sides of the road – as well as many in the side streets around it – is a nightclub, beer bar, restaurant or go-go bar to the extent that the road is almost completely deserted during daylight hours as virtually everything is shut. At night, however, the road comes alive with neon lights, thumping music from different genres, food vendors, street performances and party animals from around the world. Read More...
2Sanctuary of Truth Banglamung
- Opening Hours: Closed to road traffic 18:00 - 02:00. Bar opening times vary
- Location: South Pattaya
This one-of-a-kind teak structure is a truly awe-inspiring sanctuary to a philosophical truth, which tells of the importance religion, philosophy and art has played in human development and the folly of neglecting morality and spiritual contentment in the pursuit of materialism. It is a beautiful and humbling demonstration of human endeavour and skill, particularly when you realise that none of the wood being used has been treated or chemically protected. This means that, as one section is completed, another has succumbed to the tropical conditions and must be replaced. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
- Location: 206/2 Soi Naklua 12, Naklua
- Tel: +66 (0)3 836 7229
There are other cities with famous cabaret shows, but only Pattaya’s takes such great pride in the fact that every single one of the showgirls is, in fact, a show-guy! Otherwise known as the “ladyboy shows”, for obvious reasons, they are so popular that Pattaya has four different venues and hundreds of dancers. Based in grandiose buildings, the performances exemplify extravagance, glitz and glamour, with ornate costumes, elaborate choreography and huge song and dance routines. The shows and individual acts depict elements of Thai and various Asian cultures. Read More...4Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden Na Jomtien
The 2.4sq.kms of Nong Nooch are full to bursting with some of the most remarkable flowers, displays and landscaped gardens in Thailand, if not the world. The team behind them have repeatedly won international awards for their designs, which include 17th-century-French-style gardens, a recreation of Stonehenge, creative topiary displays and gardens created exclusively with cacti, bonsais and tropical palms. It is also the home of over 670 native and hybrid species of orchid, an excellent elephant talent show and regular displays of classic Thai dancing, boxing and drumming. Read More...
5Pattaya Floating Market Jomtien
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
- Location: 34/1 Sukhumvit Road, Na Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 870 9358
Correctly known as the “Four Regions Floating Market”, the sub-sections of this 100,000sqm development represent the four major areas of Thailand – the north, northeast, central and south. This representation comes in the form of shops and stalls selling souvenirs, fruits, food, art, handicrafts, postcards and clothing as well as regular cultural shows and demonstrations. Some of the 114 vendors do indeed float, selling their wares from traditional boats and canoes. The rest are built into a sturdy stilted village, with covered walkways and stout bridges connecting them. Read More...
6Art in Paradise North Pattaya
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
- Location: 451/304 Sukhumvit Road, Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 870 6340
Art in Paradise takes the traditional assumptions of what an art gallery should be and completely ignores them. Instead, the art is brought to life and the visitors can become part of it through the use of optical illusions and playing with perspective. Stand in the right position and take a picture from the right angle – all of which are clearly marked out for you – and it looks like you are flying a magic carpet in the desert, crossing a rickety bridge in the jungle, swimming with dolphins in the ocean or putting the finishing touches to famous masterpieces. Read More...
7Ripley’s Believe It Or Not South Pattaya
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: 78/34 Moo 9, Pattaya Second Road Soi 1, North Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 4500
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! contains over 300 exhibits which will boggle the mind. Telling only true stories and facts, the surprising and shocking displays prove that the truth really is stranger than fiction. Alongside this museum of the marvellous are several fun rides, a waxworks museum, a 12D Moving Theatre and the extremely popular Sky Rider – the yellow and white balloon which can be seen rising above Pattaya Beach, offering unique views of the city and the surrounding area. Read More...
8Wat Phra Khao Yai (“Big Buddha Hill”) South Pattaya
- Opening Hours: 06:00 – 23:00
- Location: 3rd floor, Royal Garden Plaza, Beach Road, South Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 841 1285
The so-called “Big Buddha” certainly deserves its name, being the biggest in the region at 18 metres in height. Positioned nearly 100 metres above sea level, it watches over Pattaya and Jomtien Beaches from its position on the hill dividing the two. The temple complex around the highly detailed golden seated Buddha creates a reflective mood in its many visitors thanks to its many bells, burning incense, numerous smaller statues and impressive views over the area. Not just tourist attraction, the site is an active temple, with locals frequently visiting to pray. Read More...
9Flight of the Gibbon Chonburi
- Opening Hours: 06:30 – 17:00
- Location: Phratamnak Hill
Located in the protected rainforests of Chompoo Wildlife Sanctuary, this 3km zipline course allows you to experience life in the Thai jungle canopy, rushing from tree to tree. The course is made up of a sequence of lines between 24 treetop platforms, one of which is over 300m long. There are also two hanging sky bridges and two rappel descents to add to the adventure. There is an educational aspect to the experience, too, as guides will show the fascinating and beautiful wildlife and plants along the route. Read More...
10Khao Chi Chan (“Buddha Mountain”) Na Jomtien
- Opening Hours: 06:00 – final booking
- Location: Khao Kheow Open Zoo, 235 Bang Phra, Sriracha
- Tel: +66 (0)5 301 0660
The largest stone engraving of Buddha in the world looking down on you from the side of limestone hill is a very humbling experience. Etched with a laser into the side of what used to be a resource for the construction industry, the 109-metre-high image was then marked out in gold. It was completed in 1996 to mark the 50th anniversary of His Majesty the King of Thailand’s accession to the throne and has since become a popular attraction for Thais and foreign visitors alike. It serves as the focal point to a number of other attractions in the immediate area, such as its reservoir and scenic beauty, commonly known as Silverlake. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
- Location: Na Jomtien