Pattaya Beach Attractions
What to See in Pattaya Beach
Pattaya Beach attractions include more than just the beach activities and nightlife the city is famous for. There are world-renowned shows, remarkable cultural and religious sites, unique museums and exhibits and excellent views. From the weird and wonderful to the thrilling and exciting to the calm and contemplative; there is something to see and do for whatever mood you are in.
Be sure to check out our comprehensive index of attractions in Pattaya Beach and get the most out of your holiday by planning well in advance. Just browse through the listings below and see what tickles your fancy. Visiting the Big Buddha and the Pattaya Viewpoint on Phratamnak Hill are considered to be musts, but Pattaya is your oyster!
All Attractions in Pattaya Beach
Alcazar Cabaret Show
Found close by the Tiffany Show, Alcazar is also close in terms of its reputation and quality. Although less well-known, Alcazar is actually generally thought to be the better show, featuring stunning performances from the all-ladyboy cast of dancers and singers in extravangant costumes and awe-inspiring sets. The 70-minute show is a fantastic, family-friendly journey around and out of this world. With the help of state-of-the-art light and sound systems, it provides good old-fashioned glitz, glamour and entertainment on a grand scale, as well as a memorable night out.
- Opening Hours: 17:00, 18:30, 20:00 and 21:30
- Location: 78/14 Pattaya 2nd Road, North Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)81 781 1703
- Tour Available: Alcazar Cabaret Show
Art in Paradise is a fun and fresh take on an art gallery that has closed the divide between art and spectator with three-dimensional paintings that are interactive and laugh-out-loud funny. Through clever use of shading and borders, artists have painted directly on to walls to create stunning images that trick our eyes into thinking animals are smashing through walls, friends are balancing over raging waterfalls and polar bears are stealing a sip of our coconut. The gallery has over 100 individual art pieces in ten themed sections, covering optical illusions, wild animals, nature, past civilisations and reproductions of classic art with witty additions such as bright pink nail polish on a pre-Raphaelite beauty, or a pencil added to the Mona Lisa so you can be Leanardo Da Vinci… for a second, at least. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:00
- Location: 78/34 Moo 9, Soi 1, Pattaya 2nd Road, North Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 4500
- Price Range: 500 Baht for Adults, 300 Baht for Children. (Thai Citizens 150 Baht)
While Bali Hai Pier and the area around it has a host of activities such as fishing and diving trips, it is as a gateway to Koh Larn which is its real attraction. The largest and most popular of Pattaya’s nearby islands, “Coral Island” has several of the white sandy beaches its name suggests, which are ideal for relaxing on, swimming or snorkelling off or walking between across the island’s hilly interior. A regular passenger ferry runs between the pier and the island every 30 minutes and takes about as long to get there while a chartered speedboat can do the same trip in about ten minutes. The fare for the ferry is very cheap, however, while the speedboat can cost over 1,500 baht. The pier is also the only way to access the floating restuarants in Pattaya Bay.
NOTE: Both the ferry service and the speedboats have suffered from accidents in the past. Guests are advised to take appropriate safety precautions. Read More...
- Opening Hours: All day
- Location: Southern end of Walking Street, South Pattaya
Hundreds of talented performers in extravagant glittering costumes perform elaborate dance routines, comedy sets and dramatic songs at the world-famous cabaret shows around Pattaya. Possibly the most unbelievable fact about them is that there is not a single female amongst the dozens of high-kicking dancers up on stage. The family-friendly ladyboy shows use amazing choreography to present Thai culture, world history and a lot of questions along the lines of “is that stunning dancer really a man?” Read More...
Dozens of parasails can be seen scudding around the sky over Pattaya Bay throughout the day – so many, in fact, that it is a wonder they never get tangled up in knots! Those adventurous enough to take a short boat trip out to one of the metal pontoons in order to be strapped into the harness and fastened to the back of a speedboat are rewarded with a thrilling ride and a unique view of the city and the bay, sometimes from very close up as the boat drivers stop their engines and allow the parachute to dip into the water before shooting them back into the sky. Vendors selling the experience can be found along the southern end of Beach Road, with rates starting at about 500 baht for a short trip.
NOTE: We strongly advise guests not to rent a jet ski from Pattaya Beach due to many scams.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:30
- Location: Beach Road, South Pattaya
Found in the shadow of the iconic 240-metre tower in the Phratamnak area of the city, Pattaya Park is a fun-filled, family-friendly place with three distinct areas. Enjoy dinner with a 360-degree view from one of three restaurants at the top of the tower before zip-lining down to an amusement park with a rollercoaster, Viking and tower shot. Cool off with a visit to the Water Park, with whirlpools and slides. A private beach is also just a few steps away. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
- Location: Thappraya Road Soi 12, Phratamnak
- Tel: +66 (0)3 836 4110
It was the area’s picturesque natural beauty which first attracted visitors to Pattaya and, while the charming little fishing village may have evolved into a colourful cityscape, the scenery still attracts large numbers of people. The best views across the bay are from the hills to the south of the city, from which the “Pattaya City” sign flashes in vibrant colours. Both the sign and the very popular viewpoint at the top of Khao Pattaya are easy accessed along tarmac roads and provide picture-postcard scenery at any time of the day or night. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Viewpoint open 07:30 – 21:00. Sign access 04:00 - 22:00
- Location: Phratamnak Hill
Housed on the third floor of Royal Garden Plaza, the Ripley’s museum features more than 300 exhibits inside 10 individually themed galleries inspired by Robert Leroy Ripley’s books “Believe It or Not!”. Designed to balance among the three elements – strange, shocking and beautiful – the museum will blow your mind away with objects and people you never thought existed on this planet. And if you leave the museum doubting whether what you’ve just seen actually exist in real life, you haven’t seen enough of the world yet. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:00 – 23:00
- Location: 3rd floor, Royal Garden Plaza, Pattaya Beach Road, South Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 871 0294
Siriporn Orchid Farm
Thailand is famous for its beautiful orchids, and this is the perfect place to see some of the most exquisite varieties, including catteleyas, vandas, daedrovium, escosanda and pompadours. Cut flowers and plants are also for sale.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
- Location: 235/14 Moo 5, Nernplubwan Road, East Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 9013
Suan Chaloemphrakiat (Fitness Park)
Dedicated to commemorate the 60th birthday of HM The King (5th December 1988), this small park at the foot of Pattaya Hill boasts a vast variety of indigenous plants, a jogging trail and a variety of other fitness facilities. On any given day - especially in the morning and late afternoon - the park is filled with a large number of people burning calories or getting fit.
- Opening Hours: 06:00 – 20:00
- Location: At the foot of Phratamnak Hill, Phratamnak Road
There can be few sights in Pattaya quite as bizarre as a two-metre-tall realistic model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex being cuddled by three teddy bears dressed as cavemen. A curious combination of adorable and baffling, the Teddy Bear Museum (also known as Teddy Island) contains about 1,000 stuffed animals, ranging in size from little Christmas helpers no bigger than your hand to a three-metre-long giant panda. The family-friendly indoor exhibition takes the form of a journey through history and fantasy, entirely acted out by cuddly toys. The majority of the dioramas can be at least touched, if not interacted with, making it extremely popular with younger children. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
- Location: 436/49 Moo 9, Pattaya Beach Road Soi 1, North Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 841 1285
Encounters with ladyboys in Pattaya typically follow a predictable pattern: you either get groped or relieved of your wallet. The truly blighted, may even experience both. Not so at Tiffany's, the seafront city's world-famous and 30 year-old ladyboy cabaret extravaganza. Here, three times each night, a surgically and hormonally-enhanced army of transgender performers put on a show that shatters that fearsome reputation. With painted nails, delicious pouts and feline grace, not only do they look ladylike, they even act it. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00, 19:30, 21:00 (also 16:30 and 22:30 on public holidays)
- Location: 464 Moo 9, Pattaya 2nd Road, North Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 1700
- Tour Available: Tiffany Cabaret Show
You can’t talk about Pattaya without mentioning Walking Street. Closed to vehicle traffic in the evenings, it consists of half a kilometre of nightclubs, beer bars, go-go bars, restaurants and fun, with a couple of tailor’s shops thrown in for good measure. With live music, bright neon lights, exotic girls enticing you into their establishments (sometimes literally dragging you) and great drinks offers available, a walk down this street is an assault on the senses. If you have an open mind, a sense of humour and a fistful of baht, though, some unforgettable nights can be found there. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Closed to road traffic 18:00 - 02:00. Bar opening times vary
- Location: South Pattaya
The hub of many cultural and religious events in Pattaya, Wat Chaimongkol is a grand royal temple facility at the end of South Pattaya Road. Its colourful, exotic buildings house, among other venerated images, a standing Buddha statue found amongst 350-year-old ruins in Ayutthaya; the extensive parking space is home to a bustling market on special days, making it a great shopping and cultural attraction. Foreign visitors are welcome to share in celebrating the Buddhist holidays scattered throughout the year, which is the best way to experience the fascinating Buddhist culture.
- Opening Hours: 08:30 – 16:30
- Location: South Pattaya Road
Pattaya's "Big Buddha" sits about 300 feet above sea level, looking out over Pattaya Bay from the top of Phratamnak Hill. The 18-metre-tall statue is the largest in the region and is the centrepiece of Wat Phra Yai, which was established in the 1940s, when Pattaya was still little more than a fishing village. The temple is now extremely popular with tour groups and climbing the long staircase to see the various gold-painted statues and enjoy the fantastic view across Jomtien Beach is considered one of the must-do activities when visiting Pattaya. The steps are not steep or tall, making the statue still accessible for small children or older visitors. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:30 – 17:00
- Location: Phratamnak Hill