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Top 15 Things to Do in Pattaya

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Top 15 Things to Do in Pattaya

Pattaya has pretty much something for everyone, whether it be partying, enjoying waterparks or watersports, visiting some weird but interesting sites or just relaxing on the beach.

There is just so much to do and we can’t emphasise that enough! If you’re travelling with kids, there’s 2 waterparks and a number of fun museums to keep the kids entertained. If you’re in Pattaya to party, that’s exactly what you can do all night long!

However, when visiting Pattaya, it’s important to consider what you’re looking for. Pattaya is quite touristy which means there’s a lot of things to do, but also be prepared for busy beaches and party filled streets. Most backpackers tend to stay away from Pattaya, while families or retired workers often have a great time dedicating a full week or more at one of the nearby resorts.

If you’ve decided that Pattaya sounds right up your street, then continue reading to see some of the best things to do.

Don’t have time to read the whole article? Here are our top 3 activities to do in Pattaya:

#1 Visit Koh Larn for some wonderful beaches

Koh Larn or Coral Island in Pattaya
Aerial view of Koh Larn, also known as Coral Island

Sitting just 7km off the coast of Pattaya in the Gulf of Thailand, you will find Koh Larn or Coral Island; a small mountainous island that boasts 6 spectacular beaches and a number of intimate coves.

How you chose to spend your time on Koh Larn is completely up to you! Spend the day lounging on the powdery white sand in between dips in the azure sea or take part in some adrenaline-pumping watersports.

There are a number of beachside restaurants on the island offering amazingly fresh seafood that can even be brought to your sun lounger!

You have 2 options to reach Koh Larn; a 20-minute speed boat for around 300 baht return or a 30-40 minute ferry for 30 baht. If you opt for the speed boat, these leave from Pattaya beach or if you choose the ferry, you’ll need to travel to Bali Hai Pier.

To get the most out of your trip to Koh Larn and avoid having to do any planning, you can join a full day tour with snorkelling and other water activities. You can book this via Klook.

New to Pattaya? We’ve written this compact Pattaya city guide to show you the best areas to stay, restaurants you don’t want to miss and many more tips for your visit to Pattaya!

#2 Explore Pattaya’s Floating Market by longtail boat

Floating Market in Pattaya
Longtail boat in Damnoen Saduak, also known as the Pattaya Floating Market

Open every day from 8am to 9pm is Pattaya’s floating market, split up into 4 sections. Each section represents a different area of Thailand, meaning you’ll find food and crafts unique to that region.

If you haven’t had time in your itinerary to visit all of Thailand, the floating market is a great place to get a brief insight into what each region has to offer.

Contrary to popular belief, not all of the stores are actually floating. The market features a combination of floating rafts, boats and stilted stalls along the banks of the river.

Across the 100+ shops, you’ll be able to find goodies such as delicious food, deserts, clothes and souvenirs. The best way to explore these shops is to organise a longtail boat and visit them as you float along. Do keep in mind that Pattaya is a popular tourist destination and so the floating markets will be no different.

#3 Watch one of Pattaya’s many live shows – Kaan, Pattaya, Alcazar

Alcazar Cabaret show in Pattaya
Live performance at Alcazar Cabaret show

After admiring the glorious sunset, why not try one of Pattaya’s hilarious and famous live shows.

Two of the most popular Ladyboy shows in Pattaya are Alcazar and Tiffany’s. Both located on Pattaya 2nd road, there are slight differences between the two.

Tiffany’s show is slightly more established and extravagant than Alcazar, but both still have amazing casts that are too big to count, elegant staging and beautiful music.

Shows are held daily between 5:30-9:30pm and prices start from 850 Baht.

Another show to add to your list is the Kaan Show. The show combines world-class technology with a fascinating storyline and unbelievable acrobatics, martial arts and street dance.

Shows are held Tuesday-Sunday 1-9pm and prices start from 900 baht.

#4 Party the night away in Pattaya

Nightlife in Pattaya
Neon lights lightening up the party street packed with bars and clubs in Pattaya

As we mentioned earlier, Pattaya is famous for partying! The Walking Street is the party hub, packed with bars, clubs, go-go bars and restaurants, each one trying to be brighter and louder than the next.

Some great bars to check out include Hot Tuna, V20 Ice Bar and the Horizon Rooftop Bar if you’re after a more relaxed vibe.

Can’t handle the evening humidity, why not cool down at one of the Hard Rock Cafe’s foam parties? Every Saturday night on Beach Road, you’ll find a party filled with scantily dressed people, madness and foam!

Pattaya is also famous for a naughtier and darker nightlife, but we’ll let you look into that…

#5 Wander around Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden in Pattaya
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Graden

Sometimes it’s nice to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens really allow you to do that.

The carefully designed gardens are flourishing with a wide variety of flowers, plants, cactuses and even a few mammoth sculptures scattered around. It’s great to wander in and around the gardens but make sure to get a view from a vantage point to truly admire the ornate designs and patterns created by the plants.

Nong Nooch isn’t just a botanical garden, it can also be considered an amusement park of some sort with a dinosaur village, a car museum and cabaret shows.

It’s a great place to spend a few hours, especially if you have kids, and there’s plenty of restaurants to quench your hunger after all that walking.

Adult and child tickets cost 500 and 300 baht respectively, however if you book online with Klook you’ll not only save yourself the hassle of buying the tickets on the day, but also save yourself some money! Adult tickets are just 336 baht and child 240 baht.

#6 Ride the slides or rent a cabana at Ramayana Waterpark

Ramayana water park in Pattaya
Watersplash at Ramanaya Water Park

Pattaya really is a great place to let your inner child out, and that theme continues at Ramayana Waterpark.

You’ll find Thailand’s largest waterpark just 20 minutes south of Pattaya. The waterpark even runs a transfer service for 120 baht to make getting there hassle free.

There’s over 50 attractions to keep you entertained throughout the day, including a ton of water slides, a lazy river and a double wave pool, to mention a few.

Whether you have kids or not, it’s a fun way to spend the day. You can even opt to hire a private cabana to retreat to for some relaxation after some rides on the slides.

Entrance is 1190 baht for an adult and 890 baht for a child, however if you book your tickets online via Klook, you’ll pay 890 baht for an adult and 800 baht for a child!

#7 Go on an adventure at the Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark

Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark in Pattaya
Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark

The fun continues at the Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark, which offers 10 different cartoon-themed zones, 25 exhilarating rides and an opportunity for you to practise your surf skills.

As well as splashing about with your favourite characters, they also put on 22 live shows for you to watch throughout the day.

This waterpark is still a lot of fun but aimed more at kids compared to the Ramayana Waterpark, so keep this in mind when deciding which one to visit. Similar to the other waterpark, it’s also only a 20 minute drive from Pattaya.

Tickets are also slightly more expensive; 1,890 baht for an adult and 1,290 for a child but this does include food and a locker.

#8 Explore the Sanctuary of Truth

Temple of Truth in Pattaya
Wooden artwork at The Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth is actually not a temple like most people believe, but instead is an intricately carved teak wood building not attached to any religion.

The distinctive 105-metre structure based on the headland near Wongamat Beach was built by a businessman to celebrate Thai craftsmanship. And it certainly does!

Both inside and out, stunning stories and themes are told through the delicate carvings, adding to the reflective atmosphere which exudes from the building.

You can visit the Sanctuary of Truth from 8am-6pm. Adult and child tickets cost 500 baht and 250 baht respectively.

To save some money, you can book in advance on Klook and instead pay 385 baht for an adult ticket and 185 baht for childs.

#9 Admire the Buddha carving at Khao Chi Chan mountain

Khao Chi Chan Mountain in Pattaya
Laser carved image of Buddha in Khao Chi Chan Mountain

Before turning into a stunning spectacle, the limestone Buddha mountain was used to supply raw materials. Then in 1996, lasers were used to carve and etch the figure of a Buddha sitting cross-legged on the side of the mountain.

The carving was then filled with gold, which now creates the beautiful image you see today. In front of the image, you will also find a small temple where monks reside.

Once you’ve finished admiring the view, the gardens and benches which surround the mountain are a wonderful place to sit back and admire the scenery (or people watch)!

You can visit Buddha mountain at any time and there’s no entrance fee.

#10 Tour both Thailand and Europe at Mini Siam

Mini Siam in Pattaya
Mini Siam displaying major landmarks of Thailand

Got too many places in the world to see and too little time? Well, Mini Siam (kind of) lets you see the major landmarks from around the world, mainly Thailand and Europe, in a few hours.

The world can often feel like a big place, but here you feel like the giant as you get to wander around, admiring the craftsmanship that’s gone into creating these mini sculptures.

The displays and sculptures range from Thai temples like Wat Arun, to global landmarks such as London Bridge, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Angkor Wat and many more.

The park is open from 9am-6pm and entrance costs 250 baht for adults and 120 baht for kids.

#11 Watch the sunset at Pattaya Viewpoint

Viewpoint Pattaya Beach
Glistening lights of the city seen at Viewpoint overlooking Pattaya Beach

Viewing a city from above normally always evokes a new sense of admiration for a place, especially when the sun is setting and the city lights come alive.

You’ll need to head to the top of Pratumnak Hill which looks out across Pattaya Beach and further north, as well as Jomtien beach and the wide ocean.

The walk from Pattaya Beach area will likely take you around 45 minutes or you can catch a songthaew to the top for around 100 baht each way.

A word of warning though, the viewpoint is packed with tourists, so if you’re looking for an intimate and peaceful view of the city, this isn’t the one.

#12 See the Big Buddha at Wat Phra Yai

Big Buddha in Wat Phra Yai
Stairs leading up to the Big Buddha in Wat Phra Yai

Further down Pratumnak Hill from Pattaya viewpoint, is Wat Phra Yai. It may be worth combining the two if you want to do both.

The big Buddha built in the 1940s is the largest in the region, standing at an impressive 18 metres!

The large Buddha is certainly the centrepiece of the site but there’s plenty more to explore as it’s surrounded by a number of small statues and a striking staircase with golden dragons as handrails.

Entry to the temple is free and a songthaew, if you don’t want to walk, will cost around 200 baht for a round trip.

#13 Explore the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum

Ripley's Believe or Not museum in Pattaya
Ripley’s Believe or Not museum in Pattaya

First originating in the US, there are now a number of Ripley’s Believe It or Not museums around the world that showcase ‘the strange, the shocking and the beautiful.

The one based in Pattaya definitely does that! It features over 10 themed galleries containing over 350 exhibits including a mask made from human skin and a replica of the Titanic made from over 1 million matchsticks. We don’t even want to think about how long that took to make!

A ticket to just the Believe It or Not Museum will cost you 500 baht or 336 baht on Klook. There’s also a whole host of other attractions which you can add on to the experience including an infinity maze, waxwork museum, a haunted adventure and a 12DX moving theatre.

#14 Wrap up warm at the Frost Magical Ice of Siam

Frost Magical Ice of Siam in Pattaya
Visitors walking around Frost Magical Ice of Siam

North-east of Pattaya is something you probably wouldn’t expect to find in a country frequently reaching 40 degrees celsius – a world made out of ice.

The outside of Frost Magical Ice of Siam gives you a taste of what’s in store indoors. Bordering both sides of the path you walk along, are huge sand sculptures all in white, giving the impression of snow.

Once inside the Siam Heaven, also known as the Ice Dome, the temperature drops to well below zero to keep the ice sculptures of polar bears, penguins and igloos frozen. There’s even an ice tuk-tuk!

It’s a nice break from the scorching sun, but make sure to bring some warm clothes! If you don’t have any, winter clothing can be hired there.

The Frost Magical Ice of Siam is open from 9am to 9pm and tickets can be purchased in advance for a cheaper price of 280 baht via Klook.

#15 Zipline in the jungle canopy at Flight of the Gibbon

Ziplining Pattaya
Ziplining at flight of the Gibbon

Not too many people can say that they’ve ziplined and swung like a monkey in a virgin rainforest. If this is something you’d like to tick off your bucket list, then Flight of the Gibbon allows you to do just that!

The course includes a combination of ziplines, double ziplines, abseils, skybridges and spiral staircases, all whilst surrounded by nature.

The company offers a package for 4,199 baht which includes transfers, lunch, 2 hours on the adventure course and a tour around Khao Kheow Open Safari Park.