Jomtien’s largest attraction is, naturally, it’s extremely long and lively beachfront. However, even several kilometres of sand and sea doesn’t fit onto our list of the 10 best attractions in Jomtien Beach – there are just too many better ones! Many of the things to see and do in Jomtien are unique in Thailand and some cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Any one of them is sure to provide you with some one-in-a-lifetime experiences as well as memories to cherish.
There is something for almost everyone in Jomtien, from fans of culture and history to those who admire natural beauty. You can find serenity and contemplation just a short drive from excitement and adventure; citadels of peace close to machines of war. All of the attractions are perfectly safe, though, and most are even family-friendly.
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The internationally-acclaimed Nong Nooch Gardens are home to 2.4sq.kms of award-winning landscaping designs and a dazzling range of beautiful plants. There are entire gardens dedicated to cacti, bonsais, topiary, tropical palms and over 670 species of orchid. One of the large landscaped gardens takes its inspiration from the grandiose designs of 17th-century France while another has a recreation of Stonehenge as its centrepiece. The complex is also home to regular displays of Thai culture, including dancing, boxing and drumming. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
- Location: 34/1 Sukhumvit Road, Na Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 870 9358
With its waterways, boat-borne vendors and stilted shops, Pattaya Floating Market is a pretty convincing recreation of the traditional variants in Bangkok. Unlike the Bangkok markets, though, the “Four Regions Floating Market” (as it is correctly known) has live shows and demonstrations of cultural arts. The wares on offer are also very different, with many more art, handicraft and clothing stores alongside a large number of restaurants and fruit stands. It is one of the best places in Pattaya to find souvenirs as well as an entertaining place to visit. With 114 vendors over a 100,000sqm area representing the four distinct regions of Thailand, there is more than enough to see and do to keep you busy all day. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
- Location: 451/304 Sukhumvit Road, Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 870 6340
Visible glittering in the sunlight from a distance, the image of Buddha carved into the side of a limestone hill and inlaid with gold has an appropriate name which translates as “the Buddha with brightness and sublimity”. Etched out of the side of what was once a source for construction materials with a laser, it is 130 metres in height and 70 metres at its widest point, making it is the largest carved stone Buddha in the world. The area it resides in – commonly known as Silverlake – is one of great natural beauty and is also home to a number of other attractions such as the Silverlake Vineyard. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
- Location: Na Jomtien
Although the older and more famous cabaret shows are found around Pattaya Beach, the options available in Jomtien are no less impressive. The Thai Alagkarn Show on Sukhumvit Road and the Colosseum Show on Thepprasit Road both offer an extravaganza of ostentatious outfits, creative choreography and spectacular song and dance routines. As with the other cabaret shows in Pattaya, the truly remarkable aspect of the show is that every one of the glamorous and extremely talented performers is, despite appearances, a man – or, at least, was at some point. Read More...
Underwater World is a great way to see the remarkable sea life which resides in the waters around Pattaya, particularly if you are not a scuba diver (and even if you are and aren’t keen on Pattaya’s less-than-ideal underwater visibility). The 100-metre acrylic tunnel gives a unique perspective on more than 200 species of water-dwellers, including sharks, stingrays, sea otters and turtles. The live feeding shows are particularly popular, as is the option to don a wetsuit and swim with the residents or get a feel for them in the touch pool. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: 22/22 Sukhumvit Road, Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 875 6877
A combination of five-star restaurants, hotel, theme park and water park, the 240-metre tower at the heart of Pattaya Park is an iconic element of the city’s skyline. The three restaurants at the top of the tower have unbeatable 360-degree views over the area and the option of zip-lining down to the amusements below, which include a rollercoaster and Viking ride. The water park has a large swimming pool and a great selection of slides and whirlpools and a private beach is just steps away. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
- Location: Thappraya Road Soi 12, Phratumnak
- Tel: +66 (0)3 836 4110
Turning a lot of heads along Sukhumvit Road, Mimosa is a combination of shopping mall, cabaret show and romantic hang-out spot, all set in a European-style town. The so-called “City of Love” is based on the French city of Colmar, with its Renaissance-era buildings recreated as more than 300 shops and restaurants selling souvenirs, clothing, jewellery and traditional Thai handicrafts. Its musical fountain is the centrepiece for a 45-minute cabaret performed three times per day while street performers can be seen at any time. There is also a small selection of rides and attractions in the Funland Amusement Park zone, making this a great, family-friendly place to visit. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: 28/19 Sukhumvit Road, Na Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 823 7318
Both a place of worship and a cultural museum, Viharn Sien (also known as “Anek Kuson Sala”) is the home of a remarkable collection of religious artefacts from the Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist sects. Statues and sculptures both inside and out depict characters from Chinese mythology and history, as do tapestries, urns, paintings, brassware and 2,000-year-old artefacts from the tomb of the Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Suang. In addition, part of the second floor is devoted to an exhibition showing Thai cultural artefacts while the third floor holds a collection of Buddha images. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: 1000 Huay Yai, Na Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 823 5250
Cable skiing is, without doubt, the safest watersport in Pattaya, as well as amongst the most enjoyable. The cable over the lake follows a square pattern at the speed a boat would need to travel to allow you to waterski. A rope is hooked onto the cable at one end while you hang on tight to the other end. The sudden acceleration catches a lot of people by surprise and even experienced skiers sometimes end up in the lake after just a few metres, but the ability to swim to the side, climb out and immediately try again makes learning quicker and easier, as does helpful advice and tuition from the staff and other patrons. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
- Location: 297/6 Sukhumvit Road, Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 823 2690
Pattaya Shooting Park
There’s much more to Pattaya Shooting Park than just firing guns at paper targets. It is, in fact, the city’s premier adventure centre. Available activities include zip-lining, horse riding, kayaking, archery, fishing and rock climbing. The shooting range has a selection of handguns, shotguns and rifles to choose from and there is also a clay pigeon shooting range. The shooting academy based at the centre allows visitors to actually qualify in gun-handing instead of just blowing holes in targets and is a testament to professionalism of the instructors and the attention to safety.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
- Location: 1/6 Huay Yai, Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 890 7808