Pattaya is termed as the resort city of Thailand as it is endowed with the vigor and vivacity that attracts thousands of tourists every year. If you think you know (what to expect) from the city on your Pattaya sightseeing tour, here’s our two cents – get ready to be surprised! Your expectations might change the course once you start exploring Pattaya.
Your days will be spent relaxing and rejuvenating at beaches and evenings will be over the moon amid effervescent nightlife. On one hand, you will bask in the excitement of adventure parks and on the other; you will calm your senses in the serenity of holy places. Furthermore, as a tourist in Pattaya, you will visit a plethora of sightseeing places including zoos, museums, seafood markets and gardens.
Your local sightseeing in Pattaya will take you to numerous tourist destinations, bring along the opportunity to shop, be adventurous, and get in touch with your spiritual side.
Your Pattaya tour package should make you discover every nook and corner of the region. It should include all the sightseeing places in Pattaya that are famous among the tourists, and then some which aren’t. Here are some places that you must visit when in Pattaya: –
1. Coral Island
Break away from the hustle and bustle of Pattaya city and visit Coral Island on a Pattaya sightseeing tour. It is a mountainous island situated just 7 kilometres away from Pattaya Beach and considered to be Pattaya’s best sightseeing place. A half-an-hour drive will take you to this place where you are free from the clamour of civilization. You can relax looking at lush green vegetation, walk through narrow roadways paved with bricks, and swim through coral reefs. This island has two main beaches namely Long Beach and Banana Beach. On both the beaches, you can go for water sports like snorkelling, canoes, banana boating, and scuba diving.
2. Pattaya Beach
Sit on the sparkling sand as you enjoy the touch of sea waves and splashes of water on Pattaya Beach. But does this place warranty its inclusion as a local sightseeing attraction in Pattaya? You bet. This place is more than just sea and sand; it is a sightseeing place where you can dine at a seaside restaurant, have a drink at a floating beachfront café, go shopping and enjoy thrilling water sports like banana boat ride, jet skiing etc. This 4-kilometre long, crescent-shaped coastline lets you indulge and immerse in its exuberant and lively surroundings.
3. Walking Street
For party animals, a Pattaya sightseeing tour has a surprise waiting known as Walking Street. If you love to drink and dance, you cannot leave Pattaya without witnessing its happening nightlife at Walking Street. The ebullience of the street will pull you towards it and during the entirety of your stay at Pattaya, you will not be able to resist yourself from visiting the Walking street every day. This 500-metre stretch is closed for vehicles after 6 PM, making it easy for pedestrians to walk the street. On either side of the street, you’ll find nightclubs, go-go bars, and beer-bar and restaurants aplenty.
4. Floating Market
Pattaya sightseeing is centred around unique experiences. One such experience is waiting for you at the Floating Market. One of the best sightseeing places in Pattaya that are always flocked by tourists, the reason why Floating market sees such enormous footfall is that it brings to display crafts, culture, and architecture of four regions of Thailand-Northern, Southern, Central and North-Eastern. So, hire a man-powered boat and capture the visuals of mesmerizing Thai architecture. Also, stop beside shops and water vendors and fill up your shopping bags with sculptures, handicrafts, silverware, and textile products.
5. Cartoon Network Amazone Water Park
Your Pattaya Sightseeing tour is bound to take you to Cartoon Network Amazone Water Park. This gigantic fun zone of Thailand is just a 20-minute drive away from Pattaya Beach. A family picnic spot, this water park has something for every age group as it is strategically sectioned to include water rides and slides for smaller children, teens, and fully grown adults. Major attractions of this sightseeing place in Pattaya, apart from its water rides, are the 10 entertainment zones displaying the Cartoon Network characters like Ben10, The Powerpuff Girls, Gumball and Darwin. You will also get to see Disney-style mascots and several entertainment shows in here.
6. Underwater World
Snorkeling and scuba diving at beaches is not the only way to capture the visuals aquatic life of Thailand. If you are not much of an adventure lover but want to catch a sight of colourful aquatic life of Thailand, you must visit the Underwater World. Your eyes will be left wide open on viewing over 2500 marine animals from Thailand as well as overseas, swimming through the water. Over 200 species pervading the 100-metre acrylic tunnel makes the Underwater World a sightseeing place in Pattaya that cannot be given a miss. Here, you can feed fishes, get close to sharks, and feel the texture of sea creatures.
7. Art In Paradise
A lover of art has to visit this sightseeing place in Pattaya for its incredible way of displaying art. At the Art in Paradise, conventional paintings are completely transformed to carry a modern look. The 3-dimensional art form used to create these paintings makes them look alive and interactive. Dropping the usual idea of exhibiting the art, artists here, through clever use of shading and bordering, have directly painted the walls. At Art in Paradise, there are over 100 paintings with which you can click some laugh-out-loud photos and gather some unforgettable memories.
8. Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Many of us must have heard the strange worldly stories at TV show Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Now is the time to be a spectator to some. Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not during your Pattaya sightseeing tour and be an eyewitness to some of unusual tales and facts. Gathered from different and remote regions and exhibited very artistically at this Museum, some of the exhibits that will seek your attention while some will leave you befuddled; we are referring to the likes of the mask made of human skin, a real shrunken human head and a wax figure of a four-eyed man. Some of the other attractions of this place are The Infinity Maze, Ripley’s 4D Moving Theatre, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, and Tussauds Wax Museum.
9. Sanctuary of Truth
When you are out for sightseeing in Pattaya, Thailand’s most beautiful temple, the Sanctuary of Truth cannot be missed. At the Sanctuary of Truth, you will wallow in studying the influence that religion, philosophy and art have on human life. Till the time you are inside this structure, the pacified ambience of this place will bowl you over. Entirely made out teak wood, the facade of the Sanctuary of Truth is jaw-dropping. The carving of elephants and deities from mythology are quite a spectacle too.
10. Khao Chi Chan
Khao Chi Chan, also known as The Buddha Mountain, has gathered a lot of fame because of the splendid image of Buddha carved on the limestone hill. The 109-metre tall and 70-metre wide Buddha image, engraved in gold, is a visually appealing sight and for this reason, this place must be added to your Pattaya sightseeing tour. Besides this impressively large image of Buddha, the other attraction of this place is the natural beauty surrounding the mountain and a temple where you will spot saffron-robed monks.
11. Tiffany Cabaret Show
Your Pattaya sightseeing is incomplete unless you discover its nightlife to the core. While we have already romanticized Walking Street, there’s a lot more in terms of Pattaya nightlife that is waiting in the wings. The Tiffany Cabaret, one of the best cabaret shows performed at the Grand Theatre, will leave you enraptured. It is performed by lady-boys dressed in costumes like ball gowns, swimwear, and elaborate head-dresses.
12. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
Splendid natural beauty can be found at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden. For the admirers of colourful flowers and beautiful flora, this place is heaven. It has over 670 native and hybrid species of orchids placed in orchid’s nursery, species-specific gardens, tropical palm gardens, bonsai, and topiary gardens. Some of the other attractions of this place for sightseeing in Pattaya are the 17th-century French garden and the European Renaissance garden. Here, you will also get to enjoy the shows at Thai Cultural Hall, Classical Thai Dance, and Muay Thai.
Pattaya has something for everybody. It is a family vacation spot, a happening place for a bachelor’s party, and a honeymoon destination. That is why a customizable Pattaya tour package is the way to go to explore this beautiful place!