Things to Do in PATTAYA – Ancient Tourist Attractions & Modern Adventures


Pattaya is home to some of the best attractions. Ranging from centres of ancient Thai traditions to arenas of modern adventures, you can simply enjoy the various pleasures the city offers, letting you explore art, nature, science and culture in ways you would have never imagined.

Some of the main attractions of Pattaya are:

1. Jomtien Beach:

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Located in Chonburi province, Jomtien Beach is known for its beach side hotels, high-rise condominiums and restaurants. It offers golden sand, and sparkling rays mix with clear blue waters. Water sports like jet skiing, scuba diving, and parasailing attract visitors from all over. Some of Pattaya’s finest beachfront restaurants are found here, and rare attractions like botanical gardens, thrilling water parks as well as religious and cultural sites are a short distance away.

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2. Sanctuary of Truth: The Sanctuary of Truth is a gigantic wooden structure, bearing sculptures and carvings that reflect traditional Hindu and Buddhist motifs. The 105-meter-tall building stands by the seashore, withstanding the wind and sunshine on a sandy strip jutting out over Rachvate Cape. Every inch is covered with delicate hand carved facets and intricate carvings, making it a contemporary masterpiece of ancient Thai ingenuity.

3. Coral Island

Just 45 minutes away from Pattaya Pier is Coral Island. Also known as Koh Larn, it is surrounded with captivating turquoise seas and white-sand beaches.

The Pattaya coastline can be viewed from this island. It’s the perfect spot for a good old snooze in the sun for the lazy ones, whereas water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and more await the adventurous ones. The Pattaya coastline provides a beautiful view of the hilly interior along a series of roads and well maintained footpaths.

4. Art in Paradise:

Art in Paradise offers three-dimensional interactive paintings, closing the divide between art and spectator. With clever use of shading and borders, the artists have painted these stunning illusions directly on to whitewashed walls creating images that trick our eyes. Friends balancing over raging waterfalls, animals smashing through walls, polar bears stealing a sip of coconut and other such optical illusions provide the prefect photo opportunity.
The gallery has various themes, from wild animals, nature, and past civilisations to reproductions of classic art with witty additions such as bright pink nail polish on a pre-Raphaelite beauty, or a pencil added to the Mona Lisa making the holder Leonardo Da Vinci … for a second, at least.

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5. Ripley’s Believe it or not:

‘Ripley’s Believe it or not’ is a phrase known by all. But are you aware of its namesake museum in Pattaya? The ‘Ripley’s Believe it or not’ museum is a world famous family-oriented walk-through tourist attraction that originated in the U.S.A. The Pattaya branch features over 10 individually themed galleries with more than 350 fascinating and interesting real exhibits, including real human shrunken head, primitive torture devices, a mask made of human skin, a wax figure of the four-eyed man and even a Titanic constructed of more than 1,000,000 matchsticks.
Fascinating? Definitely! A ‘must go’ destination.


6.Buddha Engraving at Khao Chi Chan:

Khao Chi Chan is a mountain bearing a Buddha image carved into its northern face using laser beams. The Buddha sits cross-legged with one hand resting on his knee and the other in his lap. The grounds in front of the mountain house a temple, a scenic lake with water lilies blooming, and a beautiful and serene stone garden. Inlaid with gold, it is the world’s biggest carved Buddha image and was engraved to celebrate the late King Bhumibol’s 50th Coronation Anniversary.


7. Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark:

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Cartoon Network Amazone is the perfect place to spend your summer holidays. The waterpark is filled with cartoon characters, making it a must visit for children. Nine different theme parks bring out everyone’s inner child with thrilling and entertaining activities like an artificial sea, water slides, glow riding, and rafting. The park features all-time favourite Cartoon Network characters like Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, and Johnny Bravo who take part in engaging live shows.


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8. KAAN Show:
Inspired by famous Thai literature, including Ramayana, Prince Apai Mani, Krai Thong and much more, the KAAN show seamlessly combines epics into one blockbuster of imagination and wonder. A hybrid of live action, cinema, and stage performance skilfully combined with world-class technology, the 90-minute show brings new definition to storytelling.


9. Frost Magical Ice of SiamThis 30,000-square-meter ice park is filled with internationally acclaimed sculptures and carvings of both ice and sand. The art is inspired by Thai literature, landmarks and culture, and showcased in arenas with a range of temperature that dip below the freezing point. The park is separated into two zones; one houses sand sculptures of forest creatures and exquisite plants; the other is an icy dome filled with the largest collection of ice sculptures in the ASEAN countries and chilled to a constant -10 degrees C. In Frost Village, the shopping and dining zone, patrons can enjoy drinks in ice-carved glasses – an experience that is both literally and figuratively cool!


10. Nong Nooch Garden:
A beautifully landscaped tropical garden, Nong Nooch has long been a must-visit stop for everyone who goes to Pattaya. Apart from the wide variety of tropical plants and ornamental flowers, the area is fully equipped with accommodation, a swimming pool, restaurants, and banquet and seminar halls for the tourist’s convenience.

A daily Thai cultural show and elephant show within the theatre are a popular activity, and have recently been joined by a ‘Dinosaur Valley’ showcase that houses life size replicas of Jurassic-period giants.


11. Ramayana Water Park: A simply huge water-based theme park, it offers 21 exhilarating water slides with mind boggling twists and turns. Two unique zones are specially designed for children, and fun engaging activities are available throughout.


12. Mini Siam: This miniature park takes visitors around the world with nearly 100 replicas of famous sites. A small stream separates the two distinct zones of Mini Siam and mini Europe. This entertaining attraction gives visitors a boards eye view of the world on a scale of 1:25.



13. Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum: Missed the opportunity to go to Madame Tussauds in Bangkok? You can cover to up by taking in Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Pattaya instead, courtesy of Madame Tussaud’s great grandson. The museum exhibits about 70 wax models of famous people in nine themed zones, with a small screen listing information about the celebrity portrayed.

Whether it’s the nightlife, the climate, the reasonable prices, the Thai culture or the warm friendly people, there is always something here in Pattaya that leaves visitors with a longing to return. If Thailand is the land of smiles, this place will definitely leave you with great, big, grins!


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