“Discover Thainess” has become the new motto of Thai Tourism. This fascinating blend of Indian, Chinese and uniquely Thai elements have combined to capture our hearts and imaginations like no other place on earth.
From Chiang Mai to Phuket, you could spend a lifetime exploring the treasures of Thailand. If you really want to understand what Thai culture is all about, get to Pattaya. The white sand beaches and nightlife will make you wish you never had to leave.
Ready for the trip of a lifetime? Here’s everything you need to check out in Pattaya, Thailand.
What It’s All About: The Nightlife
Sure, Pattaya has beaches and family friendly activities but the true heart of Pattaya lies in its nightlife. The number of discos, clubs, bars, go-gos, and “massage parlours” will leave your head spinning. Plan to spend at least one night strolling down Walking Street. You don’t need to spend a single baht to have the night of your life there. Simply wandering the streets is a true adventure.
But there are plenty other things to do in Pattaya!
Your Time in the Sun: The Beaches
Need a bit of a breather after a long night out on Walking Street? Head down to one of Pattaya’s amazing beaches. Pattaya Beach is the most central option. While it’s often crowded, it’s a great place to grab lunch and try your hand at one of the countless water sports options. If you are looking for the ultimate day of relaxation, head to Koh Lan. This gorgeous island, also called Coral Island, is a quick boat trip from South Pattaya. From there, you can admire the crystal clear waters from a glass-bottom boat, go out snorkelling or just lounge in the sun.
Soaking in the Culture
The Sanctuary of Truth or Prasat Sut Ja-Tum is one of the most stunning religious sites in Thailand. The entirely wooden building (made without a single metal nail!) is picturesquely situated on the sea. The Sanctuary features four wings that are dedicated to Thai, Khmer, Chinese and Indian religious iconography so it’s a great place to learn about Asian culture.
Grabbing Some Souvenirs
If you are on the hunt for some Thai handicrafts head to the Pattaya Floating Market. Grab some fresh fruit from one of the countless vendors there then take in all that this massive market has to offer. If you are looking for something a bit more kitsch, don’t miss Mimosa, a complete replica of the French city of Colmar. If you just need a basic stock up or simply want to take in the AC and pleasure of a Western-style mall, get to Central Festival Pattaya.
Getting Back to Nature
For a breathtaking view of local flora, spend the afternoon at Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden. Ready to get to know the wildlife of Thailand a bit better? Go to Sriracha Tiger Zoo and then over to Pattaya Elephant Village.
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