Pattaya has a range of attractions, successfully appealing to the diverse interests of its visitors. While the city is well-known as a party place (with good reason), there is also something for those who like adventure, beauty, curiosities, culture or just a place in the sun. There are many family-friendly things to see and do alongside the wilder side of the city, which has achieved world renown, as well as several ways to enjoy the scenic beauty of a remarkable cityscape, sandy beaches and glorious sunsets. Our list of the 10 best attractions in Pattaya will help even regular visitors to find something new and unique in the city.
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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
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...
A gallery with an interactive twist, Art in Paradise uses tricks of perspective to create optical illusions which bring the art to life. Remember to take a camera with you so that you can become part of the art, putting the finishing touches to classic works, swimming with dolphins, soaring with eagles or being just a grinning disembodied head in the middle of the table. Try to keep a straight face while you tower over your seemingly miniaturised friends or explore the world together by jumping into huge and amazingly detailed murals. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: 78/34 Moo 9, Pattaya Second Road Soi 1, North Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 4500
Inspired by the Robert Leroy Ripley books of the same name, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! includes over 300 exhibits which will stretch your powers of comprehension to the extreme. Showcasing the surprising, the shocking and the stunning, the museum shows you objects and people which prove that truth really can be stranger than fiction. Besides the museum itself, there are also fun rides, a waxworks museum, a 12D Moving Theatre and a very popular Sky Rider tethered balloon ride which rises over the city to provide some of the best views of the area. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:00 – 23:00
- Location: 3rd floor, Royal Garden Plaza, Beach Road, South Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 871 0294
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, Beach Road Soi 1, North Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 841 1285
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...
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: Pratumnak Hill
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
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 Pratumnak 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, Phratumnak
- Tel: +66 (0)3 836 4110