16 main attractions in Pattaya
Pattaya boasts a wide variety of interesting places that are suitable for both “wild” and family vacation. However, the city itself can hardly be called a typical tropical paradise. Rather, this is the capital of the sex industry of Thailand: there are hundreds of beer bars, go-go clubs and massage parlors. In short, lovers of everything “hot” will definitely find something to see in Pattaya.
Otherwise, everything here is oriented to the usual “beach” tourists of retirement age, which there are literally crowds. Tourist groups are moving in endless streams to and fro throughout the city during the day, so if you prefer tranquility, it is better to settle down outside the central area.
Temple of Truth
Temple of Truth.
The Temple of Truth is famous for the fact that not a single nail was used in its construction. It is an architectural creation unique in its kind, combining features of an art installation, a religious shrine and a cultural monument.
According to the idea, the four bodies of the temple were to unite under its arches the traditions of Thai, Khmer, Chinese, and Indian religions.
The idea for the construction of this striking temple complex belongs to Lek Wiriyapant, a Thai millionaire who decided to spend his fortune on this and several other interesting architectural projects (including the Ancient City in the Bangkok suburbs).
These projects were designed to preserve ancient building traditions and techniques that might otherwise disappear without a trace. The Temple of Truth, for example, continues to develop the tradition of hand woodworking even today, as construction, which began in 1981, is still incomplete.
Address: Temple of Truth, Pattaya-Naklua, Pattaya, Banlamung, Chonburi, Thailand.
Anek Kuson Sala Museum
Anek Kuson Sala.
This museum is visited by dozens of tourist groups a day. There are more than 300 curious works of Chinese art stored here – mostly bronze and brass statues depicting famous historical figures, as well as a variety of Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist deities.
The museum was founded by Sanga Kulkobkiat, a Thai citizen who grew up in China, and was conceived by him as a project aimed at bringing the cultures of the two countries closer together.
Address: Anek Kuson Sala Pattaya Pattaya, Banlamung, Chonburi, Thailand.
Khao Phra Bat Hill
View from Khao Phra Bat Hill.
On this hill there is a humble Buddhist temple and a monument to Admiral Uphakon, the founder of the modern Thai navy, which is highly revered by locals.
From here you can enjoy a wonderful view of the bay and the surrounding area of Pattaya, for which there are small cafes with terraces. At sunset, the view is especially gorgeous, but don’t expect to enjoy it alone. You can reach the hill from the south end of Woking Street.
Address: Khao Phrabat Thap Phraya Pattaya, Banlamung, Chonburi, Thailand.
Golden Buddha Statue and Temple Complex
Golden Buddha statue and temple complex.
The main attraction of the wooded hill located between Jomtien and South Pattaya is the huge gilded statue of the Big Buddha, which appeared here in the times when Pattaya was still a small fishing village.
This place can be reached from the south end of Woking Street.
Address: Wat Phra Yai, Pattaya, Banlamung, Chonburi 20150, Thailand.
Underwater World Oceanarium
Underwater World Oceanarium.
“Underwater World” Pattaya may not be as spacious as some other aquariums in the world, but it is home to many rare marine creatures from around the world.
Here, in the most modern oceanarium in Thailand, you can feed koi carps, see sharks and rays up close, touch some of the local creatures and see the largest collection of jellyfish in Thailand. There are regular special events for children – for example, “a night at the aquarium.
Address: Underwater World Pattaya Co., Ltd., Sukhumvit Road, ตำบล หนอง↪Lo_E1องปรือ Banlamung, Chonburi, Thailand.
The main attractions of this cute children’s farm are its inhabitants – goats, horses and cows. You can play tennis, shoot archery, spend time in the amusement park, and go climbing rope bridges afterwards.
Address: Greta Resort and Sport Club, นาจอมเทียน, อ.สัตหีบ, Chon Buri, Thailand.
Art Museum in 3D
Art in Paradise 3D gallery.| Photo: nabuhunso / Flickr.
Thais come here to take chic selfies in front of incredible 3D paintings of dinosaurs, waterfalls and even an elephant on a toilet.
Address: ART IN PARADISE Pattaya Sai 2 Rd, Pattaya, Banlamung, Chonburi, Thailand.
Jomtien Beach | Photo: clayirving / Flickr.
Located ten minutes from Pattaya, Jomtien Village is a popular vacation spot for those who prefer quiet evenings by the water. Its sandy beach with palm trees gives a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
Restaurants and cafes along the beach offer a variety of Thai cuisine, fresh seafood, and cocktails overlooking the sea.
GPS coordinates: 12°53’24.5″N 100°52’28.3″E.
Coral Island | Photo: Renju George / Flickr.
Coral Island Ko Larn, located near Pattaya, is the perfect escape from noisy beach parties. The island is a four kilometer strip of white sand with six large beaches, washed by the crystal blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
You can go here on a day trip, but you can stay very long on Coral Island, because it has everything you need for a quality and interesting vacation, including affordable accommodation and all kinds of entertainment: snorkeling, kayaking, hiking and, of course, sitting in the bars until midnight.
Address: Pattaya Coral Island, Banlamung, Chonburi, Thailand.
Mini Siam Park
Mini Siam | Photo: Pictoluck / Flickr.
This wonderful park offers 1:25 scale replicas of Thai landmarks in miniature. Walking past the miniature Wat Aruna, Ayutthaya or Victory Monument, you will feel like a real monster from the movie “Godzilla”.
In the second part of the park, called Mini Europe, visitors will see miniature replicas of the most famous landmarks from around the world, such as the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Address: Mini Siam The miniature World in Pattaya, Sukhumvit Road, Pattaya, Banlamung, Chonburi, Thailand.
Walking Street. Photo: Roman Lashkin / Flickr.
What to visit in Pattaya for those who love vibrant nightlife? Of course, the so-called “walking street”! You just have to visit this place at least once in your life.
As dusk falls, the traffic closes off and the place instantly becomes a 500-meter carnival mix of loud music, neon lights, cheap booze, and the most unbridled fun.
Pubs, taverns and go-go bars take up most of the street, and the street performers do everything to attract tourists – from unusual ping-pong shows to flashy kick-boxing performances.
Address: Walking Street, Pattaya, Banlamung, Chonburi, Thailand.
Naklua Fish Market
Naklua Fish Market | Photo: lynhdan / Flickr.
This bustling market is best visited in the morning, when fishermen are just bringing in their catch. Local stalls offer a wide range of fish and seafood: perch, shrimp, oysters and clams, crustaceans, and more are sold here every day.
Prices at this market are much lower than anywhere else in the country (feel free to haggle), and you can have local chefs prepare your fish on the spot.
The nearby Lan Pho Park is the perfect place to enjoy freshly fried seafood with a view of the ocean.
Address: Naklua Fish Market Pattaya-Naklua, Pattaya, Banlamung, Chonburi, Thailand.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
A huge park, named after its founder, Nong Nooch Tansaki, annually visited by more than 800 thousand foreigners from all over the world.
Here you can stroll through picturesque theme parks including a topiary, a 17th century French garden, a European Renaissance garden, and even a separate exotic plant garden.
When strolling through Nong Nooch, don’t forget to check out the magnificent orchid garden, which is sure to awaken a desire to plant a few vibrant flowers in your own vegetable garden as well. The Thai Cultural Hall regularly hosts shows with traditional Thai dancing, sword fights, kickboxing and elephant shows.
You can rent a bicycle here or use the door-to-door transport. The most convenient option to visit this place is considered a half-day tour from Pattaya. This four-hour tour includes a tour of the gardens and a round-trip transfer directly from your hotel door.
Address: Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens, Na Chom Thian, Sattahip District, Chonburi, Thailand.
Wat Yanasangvaram Temple
Wat Yanasangvaram Temple | Photo: Amstrong White / Flickr.
Like all of Thailand’s major temples, the Wat Yansangvaram Temple (often referred to as Wat Yang) gives visitors a chance to experience not only the architectural traditions of Thailand, but also the values of that society. This majestic temple, surrounded by sprawling gardens with palm trees, was built in 1988 to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The main complex houses precious Buddhist relics, and on the right side of the path leading to the temple, you can see a lake with colorful Chinese pavilions that collect various antiques and ancient artifacts.
Temple Wat Yansangwararama stands on a hill, and to get here, you have to climb 299 steps, which are guarded on both sides by golden snake-nagi.
Address: Wat Yannasangwararam Worawiharn Provincial Waterworks Authority, Rural Road, Pattaya, Banlamung, Chonburi, Thailand.
Ramayana Waterpark | Photo: Holiday Photos / Flickr.
The largest water park in Thailand offers travelers of all ages and sizes 21 water attractions for all tastes and colors – from thrilling spiral slides and crazy free-fall rides to mini waterfalls for the youngest vacationers.
Other attractions include a pool with artificial waves, a children’s park Aquasplash with fountains and even a green maze. There’s even a “lazy” river running through mysterious caves and bubbling geysers.
At Ramayana you can play water polo, feed the fish and try your hand at zumba, among other things.
Address: Ramayana Water Park Pattaya, Ban Yen Rd, Na Chom Thian, Sattahip District, Chonburi, Thailand.
Region Four Floating Market
Four Regions Floating Market | Photo: Karen / Flickr.
The only floating market in Pattaya is divided into different sections selling goods from the four main districts of Thailand.
Here they sell souvenirs, arts and crafts, clothing and much, much more. At the Four Regions, you can enjoy the local exotic cuisine – after all, it’s not every day you get to try fried scorpions, freshly cooked crickets or crocodile meat.
The best way to experience this quaint place is to rent a boat, but keep in mind that you’ll have to pay to enter.
Address: Floating Market in Pattaya, Sukhumvit Road, Pattaya, Banlamung, Chonburi, Thailand.
Attractions in Pattaya
Pattaya is a well-known among Russian vacationers tourist resort in Thailand. Many people know and love the city for its picturesque beaches, views and a vibrant nightlife. But Pattaya is considered the largest center of Thailand, which gathered a variety of attractions, bearing natural, religious and cultural value. In this resort city you can explore the greatest works of architecture of Thailand.
Big Buddha or Big Buddha Hill is the main attraction in Pattaya. Absolutely every self-respecting traveler simply must visit the main sanctuary of the resort town.
Big Buddha is considered a very interesting tourist site, because it is versatile. Here you can learn about the religion of Thailand, learn more about the cultural values and traditions of the locals, as well as just take a picture at the beautiful object of Pattaya.
This attraction is actually considered a whole ensemble of architectural monuments, at the head of which is the statue of the Big Buddha. It stands out for its gilded appearance, although it was originally conceived in white.
Anyone can visit the statue of Buddha at any time of the day or night. To get to the Big Buddha, you must overcome 120 steps upwards. The visit is free, but fees may be charged for prayers, releasing birds and other extras.
The statue of the Big Buddha is located at the intersection of two major streets in Pattaya – Pratumnak and Thappraya. You can reach the monument by cab or tuk-tuk. The most expensive way to get to the monument is from the northern part of town, 180 baht. Get in a cab or tuk-tuk, you just need to say Big Buddha and the driver will take you to the right place.
Mini Siam Park.
This is one of the most fascinating places in Pattaya with most of the famous sights of the world and Thailand represented in the form of small miniatures. On a scale of 1:25 you can see hundreds of monuments of the world’s greatest architecture.
Thematic areas of the park that are definitely worth visiting:
- A collection that is dedicated to Thailand itself. It is considered the ancestor of the entire park and was created more than 20 years ago.
- A collection of architectural monuments from all over Southeast Asia (Cambodia, China, Japan, Vietnam and many other countries).
- The so-called Mini-Europe zone with the greatest sights of France, England, Germany and Russia.
- Some outstanding architectural structures of the United States and Africa. For example, there is an interesting mini replica of the Egyptian pyramids.
Mini Siam Park is open daily from 7:00 to 22:00. The price of admission ticket – 300 baht, children in 2 times cheaper. Park is well located in the heart of Pattaya on Sukhumvit Street. If you are resting in the northern part of town, you can get to the park on foot.
Cab services will cost between 100-200 baht, depending on what part of Pattaya you will be coming from. Using public transportation, you will need to change trains and take two tuk-tuks, a total trip will cost 30 baht.
The Temple of Truth
Flawless panorama of the sea coast, exotic nature, a feeling of purity and tranquility – the location of one of the famous temples of Pattaya can be described as that.
For over 30 years, local residents are engaged in the construction of the Temple of Truth, and all because they build it without using nails. At least according to a legend. Thais assure that the end of construction will have to 2026, but skeptics and tourists, who have already visited this religious site, are convinced of the opposite. The temple is already beginning to gradually deteriorate and requires restoration.
Temple of Truth as conceived by the architect and the owner of the idea – a kind of house of religions and cultures of all neighboring countries of Thailand, including China, Cambodia and India. The structure rises almost 110 meters above the ground and is decorated with carved wooden ornaments, which are dedicated to various religious heroes and mythology.
The easiest and fastest way to get to the temple is by cab, which will bring you directly to Cape Rachvat. This is where the Temple of Truth is being built. The cost of tickets for a visit is quite high at 500 baht, and for children – 250 baht. You can visit this temple daily from 7 am to 7 pm.
Park of million-year-old stones
At a distance of 9 kilometers from Pattaya is another fascinating place to visit – the Millennium Rocks Park and Crocodile Farm. This attraction also includes:
- landscape park;
- a nature preserve;
- A paleontological center and a museum;
The most convenient way to visit this place is to buy a tour at any tourist agency in Pattaya. You can also get to the garden by cab, the cost of the trip may be up to 400 baht.
The park of ancient stones works for its visitors seven days a week from 8 am to 6:30 pm. Admission price for adults is 500 baht, children 300 baht. For extra cost you can have your photo taken with the animals, have a guided individual or group tour, feed elephants or crocodiles.
The Underwater World Pattaya is an aquarium located on Sukhumvit Street in central Pattaya. In close proximity to it are built two large shopping centers of the city – Tesco Lotus and Quitlet Mall.
In the oceanarium you can see a great variety of the world of marine animals, which includes more than 200 representatives of the World Ocean. Sharks, rays, piranhas, Amazon fish, sea turtles, rare and endangered fish species – all can be seen within the walls of the oceanarium.
The highlight of the Oceanarium of Pattaya is the recreation of the atmosphere of the Gulf of Thailand. Visitors are allowed to touch sea animals such as stingrays, starfish and hedgehogs.
Every day the oceanarium opens its doors to visitors at 9 am, and ends at 6 pm. For vacationers with children, this is an ideal place for an informative and entertaining time. Tickets to the oceanarium cost 500 baht, and for children under the age of 7 years – only 300 baht.
Khao Kheow Zoo
A distinctive feature of this popular zoo in Thailand is considered to be the habitat of animals in natural conditions, without cages. At Khao Kheow Zoo you can see and touch more than 100 species of exotic animals: deer, porcupines, giraffes, rhinoceroses, monkeys, gibbons, hippos, and many other amazing animals.
Khao Kheow belongs to one of the largest zoos in the world, because it has a huge area for the maintenance of their animals – more than 800 hectares of free land.
In addition, the zoo did not stop only at the demonstration of exotic animals. On its territory every day there are exciting shows with the inhabitants of Khao Kheow, and also operates a scientific department, which is engaged in research and monitoring of endangered species of fauna.
Khao Kheow Zoo is open every day from 8 am to 6 pm, but even this time is not enough to see and touch all its inhabitants. Since the zoo is located 60 kilometers from Pattaya, the best way to get to him by rental car. Travel time is about 50 minutes. If you do not have your own transport, it is most profitable to buy a guided tour to the zoo in Pattaya – the price ranges from 800 to 1000 baht.
The cost of admission ticket for all categories of citizens is the same and is 300 baht, but this price already includes a fascinating jungle safari and visit the presentation with the zoo pets.
Nong Nooch Garden
Most tourists are convinced that Nong Nooch is just an ordinary botanical garden with exotic and tropical plants. But how they are mistaken, because not enough and one day to see all the interesting objects in the garden. In Nong Nuch you can see:
- A huge fleet of the most exclusive and expensive cars, of which there are more than 50 pieces.
- The 250-hectare garden has huge and fascinating sculptures everywhere, which are made of corn and flower pots.
- The park is equal to the area of more than 300 soccer fields, there is also a garden of huge stones, and a special area with entertainment shows for guests Nong Nooch.
- Collections of cacti, palms, tropical butterflies and orchids are simply mesmerizing in its beauty and species diversity.
The cheapest way to get to the garden is by tuk-tuk, which stops on Sukhumvit Road near the turn to Nong Nooch. Then you need to walk, but not more than 20 minutes. The cost of the ride is only 20 baht.
The price of admission is 500 baht, but children under the age of 2 can visit for free. The garden is open every day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Pratamnak Hill Viewpoint
The observation deck on Pratamnak Hill is open to the public every day near the Big Buddha statue. It is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Entrance is absolutely free, but through travel agencies can arrange an individual or group tours.
It is from this observation deck you can make the most beautiful pictures against the background of the resort town, because from it you can see every corner of Pattaya. Especially mesmerizing panorama in the evening hours, when the dark city is decorated with lanterns and other lighting devices.
The observation deck is not located here by chance. On Mount Pratumnak is the highest elevation in Pattaya, where the city’s television tower is also built. In addition, near the site is another sacred place for the locals – a monument to Admiral Krom, who founded the national navy.
On the territory of the observation deck built another Buddhist temple in Pattaya – Wat Khao Phra Bat. Here you can take pictures with the statue of Buddha or go through a blessing ceremony with a local monk.
Wat Yang Temple
The full name of the temple complex sounds like Wat Yansangvaram, but for ease of pronunciation, it is simply shortened to Wat Yang. Around the temple grounds are insanely beautiful, very much greenery, well-groomed paths, fountains, flowerbeds and a pond.
The main shrine of this attraction is an imprint or cast of the foot of Buddha. To get to the footprint must climb a hill to which the temple lead to 300 steps. Once you get to the top, you will see not only the religious value, but also an amazing view.
Wat Yang temple welcomes visitors all year round and every day. Opening hours of the temple from 8:00 to 16:00, visiting the temple is free. Pay only for climbing to the footsteps of the Buddha – 50 baht.
The Rock of the Golden Buddha
A few kilometers from the temple of Wat Yang is another attraction in Pattaya – the Golden Buddha Rock. The rock is lined with golden slabs that repeat the outline of the silhouette of the Buddha during the sculpture.
An interesting fact is the size of the Buddha image. It is considered the largest in the world. The height of the gold lining is over 100 meters, and the width is almost 70 meters. The date of the image is 1996, which was the fiftieth anniversary of the reign of King Rama 4 in Thailand.
The temple and the cliff can only be reached by cab or with your own car, as they are located 20 kilometers from Pattaya, where public transport does not go. The cost of a trip varies with ordinary cab and tuk-tuk drivers from 300 to 500 baht.
Pattaya sightseeing map
This map shows you the exact location of all the above attractions. Click on the icon and the name of the place will appear on the left.
Pattaya’s attractions are varied and versatile. They will be interesting to visit, both young people and couples with young children. Thai culture is one of the most religiously saturated in all the land, and it found its manifestation in the architectural monuments of Pattaya.