Pattaya is a resort city from where you can travel to any place in Thailand and make your holiday more exciting. However, there are also many things to do in the city.
Of course, we want to spend our long-awaited holiday at the seaside. There is a big choice of free beaches stretching along the Pattaya coastline - crowded and quiet, clean and not well-maintained, small and wide. You can read more about Pattaya beaches here: https://online-pattaya.com/pattaya-beaches
It often happens that after first two days at the beach, it becomes unbearable to stay under the scorching sun. And you start thinking - what else can I do here? To discover Thai authentic culture go to night markets - there are lots of them in Pattaya. There you will find everything you need for your rest in Thailand:
At some markets you can come across tents where Thai masters offer manicure, pedicure, Thai massage, tattoo, braiding.
You can spend some of your free time in the shopping malls where it is cool and comfortable. The most popular shopping and entertaining centers are Harbor, Central Festival, Mimosa. Beside numerous brand stores, beauty salons, mobile service departments, food courts you can find a wide range of varied entertainments.
If you miss winter while being in the hot Thai summer, you can go to the skating rink in the Harbor shopping center.
In Central Festival Cinema you can watch films in English. In the Mimosa shopping center you can see a transvestite show of the same name, visit a haunted house and a labyrinth attraction.
Thailand is famous for its gemstones which you can buy at comparatively low prices. You can learn more about the available range of jewelries and gems by booking a free transfer to the Gems Gallery.
Thai traditional medicine is well-known for its healing power, that is why many tourists frequently visit pharmacies and shops which offer preparations and Thai remedies.
There is also a Duty Free shop in Pattaya. If you do all the shopping in advance, you can save your time on the day of your departure.
Do not miss a splendid opportunity to try famous Thai massage. There are hundreds of massage salons in Pattaya, however, it is not so easy to find a good massage therapist. When choosing a good massage service, it is better to ask local people as they have surely found some professionals during their live in Thailand. Many tourists like Jomtien Complex by Tanavan, especially the treatment by a middle-aged Thai woman who works there.
The statue of Big Buddha is placed in Pratumnak Hill from where opens a magnificent view over the Pattaya seaside. There is a small temple near the Buddha statue. The Sanctuary of Truth is situated in the north of Pattaya. Its construction is not finished yet. The temple is built from wood only.
Wat Yan Complex is situated to the south of Pattaya. Here you can learn more about buddhism, clean the karma by climbing up 300 steps and just have a rest. In the territory of the complex there are about 40 temples which are all built in different architectural styles.
Karen Village of long-necked women is now a completely tourist place where you can learn about the culture and way of life of the Karen people.
The sacral place for Thai people which is also popular among tourists is Khao Chi Chan Mountain (Golden Buddha Mountain). It is situated 15 km away from Pattaya.
If you like art or just want to see some art exhibitions, you can go to 3D Gallery, Van Gogh Gallery or Believe It or Not Museum of wax sculptures.
Bali Hai Pier is situated in the center of the city. From here ferries and speed boats take tourists and locals to the nearest islands for a tour. From Bali Hai you can get to the nearest island - Koh Larn. At the Bali Hai Pier you can take pictures of the famous signature “Pattaya City”.
Ocean Marina Yacht Club is very beautiful at the dawn or sunset. Nice territory, palms, green flower-beds, snow-white yachts on the smooth mirror-like surface - all this creates an impression of a VIP holiday.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is a nice garden with varied landscapes, flowers and plants. You will make very beautiful pictures there. By the way, you can take wonderful photos in a number of hotels - Centara Grand Mirage and Siam Siam which has a swimming-pool on the roof.
You will have a lovely time with your family in Silver Lake which is situated to the south of Pattaya:
In 2017 in Sukhumvit Road was opened a Tiger Park. Here you can pet and take pictures of tigers of any age - from babies to grown-up big animals. The tigers are kept in special cages and are well looked after. Every visitor can go inside a cage for 15 minutes to take photos and videos and play with the tigers under the watchful eye of zookeepers.
You have wide choice of the extreme attractions in Pattaya:
In the evenings Pattaya changes its looks - the central streets are lit with red light and Thai music can be heard everywhere. All tourists are drawn to Walking Street. You can read more about Pattaya nightlife in the next article.
So there are many more entertainments in Pattaya besides a beach holiday.