Traveling to Pattaya with family? Here are the top 20 kid-friendly spots
Perched upon a beach chair, imagine the sight of your children making sandcastles or running around in gay abandon while you sit back and unwind by a soothing landscape.
Did we catch you in the middle of a reverie?
Traveling to Pattaya with family? Wondering how to make your vacation memorable and exciting? We got you! We’re sure the first sentence made you crave for a relaxing vacation with your family and kids. Pattaya in Thailand is one such destination that allows you to explore a bevy of destinations and sports with your family.
The vibrant coastal city of Pattaya is constantly brimming with life and energy. For the same reason, it attracts a variety of tourists to its shores. While some people visit this city to satiate their wanderlust, others plan a vacation here to break away from the humdrum of everyday life. This city is one of the most popular destinations in every Thailand tour package as it caters to a variety of age-groups. We’ve compiled a list of the best 20 destinations in Pattaya that should definitely find a place on your itinerary.
1. The Sanctuary of Truth
This 105-meter tall museum will enrapture your heart with its intricate craftsmanship. The Sanctuary of Truth is a gigantic monument carved out of teak wood. The detailed carvings of elephants, people, and deities from mythology is a treat to look at! Step into The Sanctuary of Truth to experience philosophy, art, culture, faith, and a lot more.
2. Big Buddha
The Big Buddha seated on top of the Pratumnak Hill is not easy to miss! You can spot the grandeur and magnificence of this 18-meter tall statue making its way through the trees. The staircase leading to the temple will instantly catch your attention with the golden dragons on handrails and other mythical figures carved on it. There are several Buddha figures seated in different postures surrounding the main statue as well. While you’re marveling at the Buddha statue and figures, don’t forget to catch the stunning view from this point.
3. Coral Island
If you’re traveling to Pattaya with family and kids, Coral Island should definitely be on your itinerary. One of the many reasons your kids will look forward to this destination? An exhilarating boat ride! Coral Island is a 45-minute boat ride from Pattaya Pier. Surrounded by coral reefs and embellished with white-sand beaches, Pattaya’s idyllic ambiance is sure to give you a glimpse of paradise. Try scuba diving or parasailing or hop on a banana boat, there is no dearth of fun and adventure on this island.
4. Ramayana Water Park
Indeed, there’s nothing better than water parks to perk up your kids. Located about 15 kilometers south of Pattaya City, Ramayana Water Park is one of the biggest water theme parks in Southeast Asia. Exhilarating water rides, double wave pool, lazy river with mystical caves, activity pools, and a lot more! You’re definitely in for a ride (pun intended!) with this one.
5. Art in Paradise Pattaya
This museum lives up to its name and efficiently depicts what art in paradise would look like. Art in Paradise is a unique hands-on museum that bridges the gap between art and the spectator. Artists have created spectacular 3D paintings using a clever style of colors and borders.
Eagle darting through the wall, friends balancing on raging waterfalls, or the big blue whale devouring you- the paintings here will trick you into capturing a blizzard of photographs.
6. Tiger Park Pattaya
You heard it right! Tiger Park in Pattaya has created a natural environment for tigers to make them feel safe, happy, and comfortable. You can pet the tigers, play with them, or click photographs with these fierce yet friendly animals under the supervision of qualified handlers. Tiger Park also has a restaurant and Cafe Amazon where you can enjoy your buffet lunch while watching tigers play around you.
7. Pattaya Floating Market
Pattaya Floating Market is always bustling with tourists and locals, especially those who want to get their hands on authentic Thai crafts. This floating market finds a variety of vendors selling traditional Thai crafts, authentic Thai dishes, and souvenirs from boats and waterfront shops. You can also hire a man-powered boat to explore the culture and beauty of the surrounding Thai architecture and riverside life.
With 114 vendors sprawled across 100, 000 sqm area, this market is definitely going to keep you busy all day.
8. Jomtien Beach
Located about 2 km south of Pattaya Beach, Jomtien Beach is the perfect destination to explore along and lively beachfront. From beautiful gardens to cultural museums, Jomtien Beach has plenty of attractions for its visitors. The beach is quieter than Pattaya beach and allows you to spend uninterrupted leisurely hours with your family.
9. Mini Siam
Mini Siam in Pattaya offers you a chance to see famous sites across the world in one place. From the Temple of Emerald Buddha to the Statue of Liberty, Mini Siam has nearly 100 replicas of the iconic landmarks in the world. The area is divided into separate zones- Mini Siam and Mini Europe, by a narrow river. This global village makes for a perfect learning experience for you and your kids.
10. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
If you’re traveling to Pattaya with family, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum should definitely be on your travel itinerary. The museum houses 10 themed galleries that display over 300 quirky exhibits. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will entice you with its ‘strange, shocking and beautiful’ elements; a mask made from human skin, a shrunken human head, wax-figure of a four-eyed man are a few exhibits that have helped the museum garner attention and fame.
Tip: Take your kids to the 12D Moving Theatre where they can plunge into the world of virtual reality with special effects and technology.
11. Underwater World
Underwater World offers you a peek at the vast and magnificent world of marine animals. This place will greet you with a ‘Touch Pool’ where you can touch the skin of bamboo sharks, sea cucumbers, turtles, starfish, and lobsters. With over 2500 marine creatures, this aquarium displays a surreal image of underwater life. Enjoy the live feeding shows and admire these vibrant colored creatures all around you as you take a stroll down the 100-meter tunnel.
12. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
The internationally acclaimed Nong Nooch Tropical Garden and Cultural Village houses award-winning landscaping designs and a splendid collection of plants. This place will keep you engaged with its daily cultural shows, restaurants serving Thai delicacies and parks dedicated to individual plant species. These include orchid nurseries, tropical palm gardens, bonsai and topiary gardens. Due to its vast area, people usually rent a bicycle to explore this garden’s landscape and attractions.
Popularly recognized as ‘The Extravaganza Show’, Alangkarn is a cultural mosaic that narrates the story of Thailand’s history through theater, musicals, and circus-style acrobatics. The Alangkarn Show comprises lavish stage sets, exhilarating fireworks and laser show to give the audience a glorious experience of Thailand.
14. Frost Magical Ice of Siam
Frost Magical Ice of Siam is the first ice dome in Pattaya. It houses about 300,000 sqm of sculptures, carvings and exhibits made out of ice that display the rich culture of Thailand. If you are travelling to Pattaya with family, this place offers a great opportunity to learn about urban legends and tales.
15. The Admirallica
It’s time to hop on to the pirate’s cruise!
The Admirallica is a pirate-themed cruise in Pattaya that will welcome you on board with a crew dressed in colonial-era costumes. Its Pirate theme has been accentuated with interiors incorporating rope ladders and crow’s nests. The cruise has a ‘Treasure Hunt Pirate’s Day Tour’ every Saturday which involves a pirate show, disco with a foam party, and some fun pirate games.
16. The Teddy Bear Museum
Your kids are definitely going to hop, jump and dance for this one!
The Teddy Bear Museum, also known as the ‘Teddy Island’ is the first of its kind in Thailand and Southeast Asia. The museum contains around 1,000 stuffed animals that will take you through a fun experience of history and fantasy.
The museum features around 12 zones, some of which are The Dinosaur Zone, The Fossil Zone, The Eskimo Zone and Santa Town. It is advised to spare at least two to three hours to behold and explore every zone.
17. Tuxedo Illusion Hall
The Tuxedo Illusion Hall hosts exciting shows that will blow your mind with unusual magic, tricks, and illusions. The show is brilliantly conducted by Mr.Tuxedo who is proficient at the art of deception.
While some acts will crack you up, others will mystify you. Very often, Mr.Tuxedo picks someone from the audience to assist him in his acts and tricks. So, you never know, you might be on stage, performing some magic tricks if you visit this place.
Also, don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the witch cellar and wizard house.
18. Baan Teelanka (Upside Down House)
Ever wondered what it would be like to walk on the ceiling? Or how would your furniture look if it were placed upside down?
Baan Teelanka beckons you to experience all of it more! Thailand’s first and only upside-down house is a quirky three-story house. It also includes a 3100 square foot garden maze that takes about 15-20 minutes to navigate. Once you’ve explored all the rooms in the house, the staff also helps you click some exciting pictures in this bizarre house.
If you’re traveling to Pattaya with family, this spot is going to be one of your favorites.
19. Million Years Stone Park & Pattaya Crocodile Farm
The Million Years Stone Park features crocodiles and a large collection of fossilized trees. You can enjoy a few leisurely hours in this park and explore its brilliant landscape that is embellished with natural objects.
The crocodile farm hosts eight daily shows where the handlers get playful with the crocodiles. It also allows you to interact with their fierce inhabitants. Yes! You can feed the crocodiles with a chicken on a fishing pole. Now that definitely requires some grit.
20. Rubber Land
Located in Central Pattaya, Rubber Land acquaints you with the wonders of rubber- Thailand’s key economic crop and source of national pride. And fret not, it does that in a fun and endearing way.
The place contains four main zones- the first two take you through industrial processes and a rubber forest through a 3D projection mapping. This is followed by ‘Rubber in Life Zone’ which contains life-like versions of everyday items. The last zone-‘Rubber Fantasy’ contains spiral slides and other exhilarating elements.
The kid-friendly destinations mentioned above will help you experience the myriad facets of Thailand on your trip to Pattaya with family. So, what are you waiting for? Get your itinerary ready and revel in the unparalleled beauty of Pattaya!