Much more than a long stretch of sand, the Pattaya City of today is a thriving, cosmopolitan city in which local Thais and people from every corner of the earth converge. Proof of this vibrancy, are the growing list of international events which take place here. These range from age-old cultural festivals like Songkran and international ladyboy beauty contests, to full-length marathons and wind surfing competitions!
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Burapa Bike Week
Also known as Pattaya Bike Week, this event is actually generally only a weekend. For anyone who likes big motorbikes and choppers, it is like Christmas in mid-February, with hundreds of local riders attending, endless stalls selling parts and accessories, big-name manufacturers in attendance and live rock music. It all gets very noisy, but there’s a great, friendly atmosphere and no entry fee. The preceding week includes minor celebrations around Pattaya, including local motorbike club chapter anniversaries.
- Location: Pattaya Sports Arena, Soi Chaiyapruk 2, East Pattaya
MAYA Music Festival in Pattaya
The MAYA Music Festival in Pattaya combines Thai traditions and culture with western dance music to create one of the largest and most popular music festivals in Thailand. It features two striking stages with big-name DJs spinning Electro House, Progressive House, Trance and Pop music on one and local live bands playing on the other. After Read More...
- Opening Hours: 15:00 – 02:00
- Location: Krathing Lai Junction, Banglamung, about 10 km north of Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)85 225 9225
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/mayamusicfest
Honda LPGA Thailand 2017
Siam Country Club plays host to as many as 70 female golfers from Thailand and around the world, including many stars of the sport, every February. The four-day tournament grown in scale rapidly since it was first held in October 2006 and is now a highlight of the LPGA tour, with a prize fund of US$1.6m. Tickets for spectators start at 300 baht each for the first two rounds, then 400 baht for the third and 500 baht for the final round, or you can pay 800 baht for access to the whole competition.
- Location: Siam Country Club Old Course, East Pattaya
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/lpgaThailand
Miss International Queen 2017
Miss International Queen is the largest beauty pageant for transgender women in the world and has been held annually in Pattaya since 2004. It is returning to the Tiffany’s Show Theatre on 10 March 2017. Functionally the same as any other international pageant around the world – with the same swimwear and evening gown rounds, among others – the main requirements are that all contestants must have been born male and must be between 18 and 35 years old. There are prizes for six sub-category winners as well as two runners up. The winner takes home US$12,500 and the title of Miss International Queen.
- Opening Hours: 21:00 – 23:30
- Location: Tiffany’s Show Theatre, North Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 1700
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/MissInternationalQueen
Pattaya Music Festival
Held annually in March, the festival has a few international Asian and European bands attend with over 100 Thai pop, rock, and indie groups performing on three stages. CDs, magazines, music instruments are put up on to sale. Other events like procession in the streets of Pattaya are also held during the festival. It attracts over 100,000 music lovers from all over the country each year. Admission is free.
Songkran and the Wan Lai Festival
Songkran, Thailand's wildest celebration, is a festival that takes place every year from April 13th -15th to commemorate the arrival of the New Year on the Buddhist calendar. Initially it was a family celebration in which scented water was poured on the hands of elders and grandparents.
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Top of the Gulf Regatta
The annual Top of the Gulf Regatta is one of the biggest sailing events in Thailand. It attracts a unique array of boat classes to Ocean Marina Yacht Club, just south of Pattaya, for four exciting days of racing on the Gulf of Thailand. It is the only multi-class sailing event in the area, featuring Read More...
- Location: Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Na Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 823 7427
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/topofthegulfregatta
The Pattaya Marathon is an international event attracting runners from all over the world as well as hundreds of local runners. Held in July of each year it features a full marathon, a half-marathon, a quarter marathon and a wheel chair marathon. To beat the heat the event usually begins at 04:30. In spite of the early hour, Pattaya's streets are lined with spectators cheering on the competitors.
Chonburi Buffalo Races
Pattaya is a part of Chonburi Province, an area that traditionally honours the water buffalo during October. Water buffalo are paraded around the centre of Chonburi town dressed in silk and satin and competitions are held to determine the healthiest and best decorated animals.
The most popular events, however, are the buffalo races, attracting spectators from all over Thailand. It is amazing to see how fast the massive beasts can actually run. There is also a popular beauty contest - no, not for buffaloes - but for young women to determine the most attractive 'farm maiden'. It's all great fun and popular with both locals and tourists from nearby beach resorts.
Pattaya International Fireworks Festival
Pattaya Bay is set ablaze every year in the last weekend of November as teams from around the world show off their pyrotechnic expertise. Immense 20-minute fireworks displays launched from floating barges just off shore see thousands of rockets propelled into the air, often with a musical accompaniment. There are also DJ performances and live music on Beach Road. You can naturally see the displays from anywhere on Pattaya Beach as well as the rooftops of Central Festival and Mike Mall, among others. Grandstands are set up at the junction between Beach Road and Pattaya Klang, but this is also where the biggest crowds gather. There is no charge for watching the shows.
- Opening Hours: 20:00 – 23:00
- Location: Pattaya Beach
King’s Cup - Jet Ski World Cup 2017
Scheduled for the long weekend holiday around the King of Thailand’s birthday in early-December, the King’s Cup sees as many as 18 competitors per race, each on a powerful watercraft, tearing up the waves a short distance off Jomtien Beach. There are five days of races from a variety of classes, with entrants from around the world. From humble beginnings in 1996, the event now sees grandstands and exhibition tents set up along a large stretch of the waterfront. While there is an entry fee for getting into the race area, you can still watch the action from the beach nearby for free.
- Location: Jomtien Beach
- Tel: +66 (0)2 910 0258-9
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/JetSkiWorldCupGrandPrix
Wonderfruit Festival Pattaya
The Wonderfruit Festival Pattaya is a five-day eco-friendly music and arts extravaganza on the outskirts of the city. Combining Thai, Asian and western cultures, the fantastic performances and wide-ranging workshops give it a Western-style festival vibe, similar to Glastonbury in the UK or Woodstock in the US, though with significantly less mud!
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- Location: The Fields at Siam Country Club, East Pattaya
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/wonderfruitfest/
Pattaya Countdown 2016
When it comes to counting down to the New Year, Pattaya doesn’t just start from 10 seconds. Instead, there is an annual celebration starting from 29 December and lasting until the early hours of 1 January, with nightly live music performances finally culminating in an impressive fireworks display. Primarily Thai-centric and featuring local bands, international visitors are welcome to enjoy the great festival atmosphere. It should be noted that the entire southern end of the Walking Street does get completely packed with people up to an hour before the final countdown, so it is advisable to arrive early for a good view of the festivities.
- Location: Bali Hai Pier, South Pattaya