Pattaya is a famous seaside resort. The bright sunshine and beautiful sandy beaches attract tourists from all over the world. There are many exciting water sports including water skiing, diving, and sailing. Read on to discover the top 10 things to do in Pattaya.
1. Visit Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
The world is so big that nothing should be a surprise. Ripley's Believe It or Not! is a good example of that.
The museum displays all kinds of strange collections from all over the world in an interesting way.
The owner, Robert Ripley, was an adventurer. He collected thousands of strange objects and treasures and made records of what he saw and experienced when he traveled around the world. These interesting items and records are in the Ripley's Believe It or Not! collections.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Pattaya is the 25th museum of its kind. It features more than 300 exhibits including a lopsided room, a real shrunken human head, the skull of a cannibal, a wax figure of a four-eyed man, and two-headed cats.
Location: Royal Garden Plaza, 218 Moo 10 Beach Road
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2. Go to Pattaya Floating Market
Pattaya Floating Market is a primitive floating market on the Chao Phraya River. It combines the characteristics of the floating markets in eastern, western, northeastern, and southern Thailand, where you can experience the local customs and culture.
Peddlers wearing a bamboo hat row a wooden boat, shuttling along the river selling all kinds of tropical fruits and snacks. Wooden houses line the riverbanks where there are also shops selling delicate handicrafts, restaurants, and bars.
Visit the market in a rowing boat and walk among the wooden houses when you return, tasting delicious snacks and seeing a wide variety of products. Occasionally, you can hear the locals singing.
Location: 451/304 Moo 12 Sukhumvit Road, Nong Prue
3. Visit the Sanctuary of Truth
The Sanctuary of Truth is representative of the wooden architecture in Thailand. It is a temple but also a work of religious art. The whole temple is built from wood without using a single nail. The artistic wood carvings in the Sanctuary of Truth is fabulous.
Located by the sea, the Sanctuary of Truth looks like a sailboat moored on the shore from a distance. It was funded by Lek Viriyahphan, a wealthy Thai businessman, and the construction began in 1981. It is still under construction, however, and is expected to be completed in 2025.
Because of its all-wood construction, it will be destroyed over time. Some old buildings need to be repaired and new parts need to be finished.
The completion of the Sanctuary of Truth is a huge project so some people say it will never be completed — but this doesn't make it any less spectacular.
Location: 206/2 Moo 5, Soi Naklua 12, Naklua
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4. Enjoy a Lively Time on Pattaya Beach
Pattaya is a coastal city. A trip to the beach is a must. Pattaya Beach is popular among visitors because of its soft sand and various water sports including windsurfing, parasailing, motorboats, and pneumatic boats.
The south of the beach is a busy commercial area where you will find restaurants, bars, clubs, hostels, and clothing shops. It is suitable for young people who like a lively atmosphere.
The north of the beach is quieter. There are many beautiful beach hotels and resorts.
5. Relax on Jomtien Beach
Jomtien Beach is the longest beach in Pattaya. Compared with the busy atmosphere at Pattaya Beach, Jomtien Beach is more peaceful. It is popular among expats in Thailand.
There, you can spend a leisurely day on the beach, enjoy sunbathing, splash in the clean sea, taste the delicious seafood snacks, and enjoy some water sports, such as jet skiing and windsurfing.
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6. Take a Trip to Koh Larn
Being 9 kilometers away from Pattaya, Koh Larn is the biggest island nearby. There are several beaches around the island, which are full of beach chairs and colorful sun umbrellas. This offers visitors comfortable places to enjoy a quiet time on the island. You can relax in the peaceful atmosphere with a cool drink.
There is also a lot of entertainment on the island. Clean and uncluttered parts of the sea around the island are good places to dive, swim, and snorkel. Riding in a motorboat across the vast sea adds more excitement to your trip.
Location: Visitors can take a ferry from Pattaya Pier to Koh Larn, which is a 40-minute journey.
7. See a Mini Thailand at Mini Siam
If you don't have enough time to travel around Thailand, then Mini Siam will help you quickly discover the historical relics and architectural style of Thailand.
Mini Siam displays miniatures of more than 100 attractions in Thailand at a scale of 1:25. Sometimes, there will be performances to show visitors how to weave and how to make silverware.
Location: 387 Moo 6 Sukhumvit Road
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8. Spend a Magical Time at Art in Paradise
At Art in Paradise, numerous 3D artworks are displayed in a series of optical illusions and other clever tricks. You can become part of these artworks and take interesting photos.
Next to each piece is a small picture showing you how to take a satisfying photo with it — or you can use your imagination to create more interesting pictures. Both adults and kids will like exploring this gallery.
Location: 78/34 Moo 9 Pattaya Second Road, Nong Prue
9. Experience Pattaya's Special Culture in Walking Street
In the daytime, Walking Street is no different from any other. But at night, it shows its difference. Surrounded by neon lights and loud music, the street is full of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.
Walking Street gets busy after 6pm so don't go there any earlier if you want to experience the nightlife.
Location: South Pattaya Beach Road
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10. See the Big Buddha at Wat Phra Yai
Pattaya is a coastal city. The religious atmosphere in Pattaya is not as intense as it is in Bangkok. When you visit the Big Buddha, however, you will remember how much of a Buddhist country this is. The Big Buddha sits on top of the highest mountain in Pattaya. There, you can get a full view of the city.
Location: Phra Tamnak Road
The Best Times to Visit Pattaya
November to March is the best time to visit Pattaya. There is little rain during this period and the weather is comfortable with an average temperature of 15–18°C.
June to October is also good. Although this period is the rainy season, the rain won't last too long and it is less crowded.
April and May are the hottest seasons in Pattaya. The average temperature hits 30°C.
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