If Pattaya's bustling nightlife, exciting shopping facilities, and other daytime activities, should still not be enough to keep you busy round-the-clock, then Pattaya offers a wide range of exciting tourist attractions that cater to whatever your taste may be.
If you're staying in Pattaya for a fortnight only, then you shouldn't even plan on visiting them all; they're simply too plentiful, some of their features redundant, and not even all worth a visit. Some places, however, have become traditional favourites with tourists and deserve to be on every first-time visitor's must-see list.
Tourist attractions listed on this page have not been arranged in alphabetical order but randomly; in general, those worth visiting "most" have been placed nearer to the top than others. Just scroll down for a virtual sightseeing tour of Pattaya to find those tourist attractions which appeal to you most.
We believe the extensive compilation below comes as close to complete as possible. If there should be a certain attraction that you particularly enjoyed during your stay in Pattaya and which is not listed here, please contact us about it and we will add it to this page asap.
Alcazar & Tiffany Cabaret: Ladyboy Shows
Thai ladyboy shows might be a matter of taste, but if you fancy Las Vegas-style cabaret shows performed by female impersonation artists, then you should definitely not miss these two places. Their daily shows are performed by more than 100 professional female impersonators, so-called katoeys, most of which have undergone at least a partial "sex reassignment."
Both Tiffany and Alcazar cabaret theatres have been in business for more than 20 years now and are renowned worldwide for their fantastic and professional ladyboy shows. Both theatres are located on Pattaya 2nd Road, not far from the Central Festival Center and Big C. They feature state-of-the-art light and sound technologies and have capacity for over 1,000 visitors each. Regular televised beauty pageants such as the "Miss International Queen" contest are additional attractions for visitors.
The entry fee for both cabaret shows is around 500 Baht, with shows starting at about 18h, 19.30h and 21h every evening. For more details, picture galleries or online reservation, you can visit Tiffany's website at www.tiffany-show.co.th (English).
A new place in town for transvestite cabaret shows (opened only in 2013) is the Colosseum Show on Thepprasit Road in South Pattaya.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
"Suan Nong Nooch" (pronounced "noot"), some 15 kilometers south of Pattaya on Sukhumvit Road, started off as a traditional fruit plantation in 1954 and was designed on 1,500 rai/600 acres of land. Inspired by the beauty of world-renowned gardens abroad, it was later redesigned as a tropical garden of ornamental flowers and plants, initially meant for botanical observation. In 1980, the garden was opened to the public and soon turned into one of Pattaya's most popular tourist attractions.
Apart from the biggest botanical garden in Southeast Asia, Nong Nooch features a variety of attractions like elephant riding, an exotic zoo, animal shows, as well as a fascinating Thai cultural show with dance performances and Muay Thai demonstrations.
The highlight of every visit, however, is probably the truly amazing elephant show which is great fun for spectators and performers alike, it seems. You can watch the jumbos play a game of football, basketball, bowling and darts. Some elephants turn out to be real hobby artists and paint images with their trunks, while others have specialized in a special kind of foot massage. Most amazing, however, is that this entertaining show doesn't only provide great fun for the audience, but that the impressively skilled and specially-trained elephants seem to enjoy the show performance and the various challenges themselves just as much as the visitors, and display a great sense of humour and ambition! Entry fee 400 Baht for foreigners, 200 Baht for Thai nationals. More info on their website www.nongnoochtropicalgarden.com
Sanctuary Of Truth (Prasat Satchatham)
The Sanctuary of Truth - at the bottom of Naklua Soi 12 in Naklua - is a gigantic wooden construction designed according to ancient Thai ingenuity and architectural styles. Adorned with wooden carvings and sculptures that portray Eastern philosophy and cosmology, this impressive seafront structure has become one of Pattaya's most favourite tourist attractions. Thai cultural dance performances, elephant trekking, Muay Thai fighting, horseback riding/horse carriage etc. are also provided for visitors.
Admission fees vary from around 450-1,200 Baht for foreigners depending on what package you choose, with generous discounts for Thai nationals. More info on their website www.sanctuaryoftruth.com.
Koh Larn (Coral Island)
If you've come to Thailand for white-sand tropical beaches and diving in crystal-clear waters, and are somewhat disappointed by Pattaya's rather mediocre, noisy and overcrowded beaches, then a day trip to Koh Larn (aka "Coral Island") provides anything you've come here looking for.
Koh Larn has six popular beaches, all with fine white sand and unpolluted waters, where you can enjoy sunbathing in a picturesque tropical environment. Although Koh Larn island has become increasingly "touristy" in recent years and has become exceedingly popular with noisy East Asian day-trippers, who overcrowd the beautiful beaches and restaurants especially during the high season, it's probably still your best option for a relaxed day at the beach.
Various water/underwater activities like banana boat and jet-ski riding, scuba diving, snorkeling or submarine rides, are available around Koh Larn. Overnight stays in bungalows are also possible.
For getting to Koh Larn, you can book fully arranged day-trips via any travel agency in Pattaya for approx. 500 to 600 Baht, which price includes minibus collection from your hotel, ferry, lunch and soft drinks. A cheaper yet slightly slower alternative is to board one the regular ferries departing from the Bali Hai Pier at the southern end of Walking Street. A one-way trip costs 20 Baht per person and takes 30-45 minutes.
Speedboats can be chartered from anywhere along Pattaya beach and Jomtien beach; expect to pay between 2,000 and 3,000 Baht. Smaller and less tourist-oriented islands (e.g. Koh Phai, Koh Sak, Koh Khrok) can be reached from either the mainland beaches or Koh Larn. Pattaya Scuba Diving
Million Years Stone Park & Crocodile Farm
Just a 15-minutes drive from the city centre of Pattaya, the Million Years Stone Park & Crocodile Farm has become one of Pattaya's most popular tourist attractions since its opening in 1992 and can be reached conveniently by Baht-bus. Fully-arranged day trips including minibus transfer can be booked via any travel agency in Pattaya.
Apart from grotesque rock formations, Pattaya's own Crocodile Farm features an exotic zoo with an abundance of wild animals, including tiger and snake shows. but is most notably famous for its thrilling crocodile shows held several times a day. www.thaistonepark.org
Pattaya Floating Market
Sukhumvit Road, Jomtien (south of the junction with Soi Chaiyapruek)
Pattaya's own Floating Market opened to the public in November 2008 and claims to be to be the biggest floating market in the eastern region, featuring 111 boutique-shops selling native food and specialties from all over Thailand. Designed to resemble Bangkok's famous Floating Markets, the entire compound covers an area of 67 rai (~100,000m²). The Pattaya Floating Market opens daily from 10am to 11pm. While entry to the market used to be free in the first years, the admission fee for non-Thai nationals is now reportedly 200 Baht/person, at least for foreign tourists. Others again report that entry is still free ...
There are about 80 boats on standby to ferry visitors around the extensive network of canals and wooden bridges, where freshly cooked Thai delicacies are available from the water vendors. Stalls sell the usual souvenir and handicraft touristy bits, though usually cheaper than in the "tourist traps" on Pattaya Beach Road, and vendors are less pushy and friendlier, too.
The compound also features rice farming, sunflower fields, a wood carving museum, and outdoor cultural performances like Thai classical dance or martial art demonstrations.
Pattaya Park (Tower & Water Park)
The Pattaya Water Park, part of the Pattaya Park hotel in Jomtien Beach, with its giant water slides and whirlpool, a fitness centre, jogging tracks, sauna and much more, can be a great alternative to the beach. It offers a full range of water sports and a scuba diving centre nearby.
With a total height of 240 metres, the Pattaya Park Tower is the city's most visible landmark. On the top 55th floor, you can enjoy an ultimate view over Pattaya's coastline. On floors 52-54, several revolving restaurants are awaiting visitors, where you can enjoy an international buffet lunch or dinner along with breathtaking views over the ocean.
Sky and Speed Shuttle to the top floors are also available. And for those courageous enough, what about a thrilling "Tower Jump"? More info on their website www.pattayapark.com
Pattaya's Elephant Village originally opened in 1973 as a sanctuary for former working elephants and only later became one of Pattaya's most popular tourist attractions. A 90-minutes elephant show starting daily at 14.30h includes demonstrations of ancient elephant training techniques, bathing, traditional roundup methods, and a spectacular ceremony with a specially-trained "war elephant." The admission fee for the show is 650 Baht.
One-hour elephant trekking through undeveloped bush and forest, rafting or combination treks are also available (1,200-2,000 Baht/person). Trips can be booked at any travel agency.
For more info please visit www.elephant-village-pattaya.com
Koh Samet Island
If Pattaya and Jomtien fail to satisfy your desire for a tranquil and relaxing beach vacation, Koh Chang is too far away for you, and a day-trip to Koh Larn was just long enough to give you a taste of what a tropical beach in Thailand can be like, then Koh Samet might be just the place to go for you. With a length of seven kilometres and a maximum width of three kilometres only, this T-shaped island isn't popular only with visitors from Bangkok, but also a favourite tour destination for Pattaya tourists.
Samet island is located just seven kilometes offshore the fishing village of Ban Phe in Rayong province. Ban Phe can be reached from Pattaya in 90 minutes (minibus transfer recommended, can be booked at many travel agencies). Ferries to Koh Samet leave regularly from the Ban Phe pier; the crossing takes around 30-45 minutes.
As Koh Samet is a Marine National Park, visitors have to pay an entry fee upon arrival: 400 Baht for foreigners, 40 Baht for Thais.
Most visitors from Bangkok and Pattaya - with its overcrowded, noisy and commercial beaches - esteem Samet island as a tranquil retreat with picturesque white sand beaches and crystal-clear shallow waters. Those who seek more challenging activities than just sunbathing and swimming can enjoy a boat trip around the island, go deep sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling for coral in the shallow waters, or hiking in the tropical back-country. Excellent seafood and barbecue restaurants can be found right at the seafront along the beaches at the east coach, and provide a perfect scenery for romantic sunset dinners.
Koh Samet is still very much a natural resort with no proper roads being constructed yet and just a track and footpaths around the island's coastline. Except from 24h electricity and running water available now, a couple of minimarts and souvenir shops, the island's's infrastructure is not really developed yet. Even though Koh Samet is no longer an undeveloped backpacker's paradise with cheap and shabby huts at deserted palm-lined beaches, and the island can be pretty overcrowded during the high season and over the weekend, Koh Samet still resembles what most tourists may expect of a tropical paradise island.
Day trips to Koh Samet can be booked at most travel agencies in Pattaya, but it is highly recommended to stay for at least one night in order to fully recover from Pattaya's exhausting nightlife! Most of the accommodation consists of bungalow developments along the beaches on the East coast (Hat Sai Kaew, Ao Phai, Vongduan etc.) with room standards and prices varying from low/budget to first class. Resorts & Bungalows on Koh Samet & Rayong
New tourist attraction and shopping arcade with a European-style design/architecture. Opened only in early 2013, Mimosa is located on Sukhumvit Road (opposite the Ambassador Hotel in Najomtien) and has become popular exceedingly with family vacationers and local tourists. Also features a ladyboy show.
"Underwater World" on Sukhumvit Road in Jomtien (between Tesco Lotus and Soi Wat Boon) showcases the rich variety of marine life found around the region. Over 2,500 animals, including sharks and rays, can be watched closely from a 100-metre-long underwater tunnel with acrylic windows. Visitors are promised to be taken on a "voyage to the bottom of the sea". Open daily from 9am to 6pm. Admission fee: 500 Baht (foreigners), 300 Baht (children), 250 Baht (Thais). www.underwaterworldpattaya.com
Pattaya Dolphin World
Pattaya Dolphin World & Resort, off Sukhumvit Road in Najomtien (next to Phoenix Golf Course)
45-minute dolphin show at an entry fee of 500 Baht for foreign tourists. For an extra fee, visitors can also swim with dolphins and feed dolphins. While the show itself is nothing special, it's still a good venue for family vacationers with kids. Other extra attractions like pony rides, shooting rage etc. are also open to visitors. www.pattayadolphins-world.com (Thai language only)
Sri Racha Tiger Zoo
Sri Racha Tiger Zoo - located in Sri Racha north of Pattaya - features hundreds of Bengal tigers in the tiger playground (along with pigs and dogs!), 100,000 crocodiles, elephants, and many other exotic animals. Daily tiger, crocodile and elephant shows. More info on their website www.tigerzoo.com.
Buddha Mountain, Wat Yansangwararam
Khao Cheejan (Buddha Mountain) and the Wat Yansangwararam temple complex (Wat Yan) are located approx. 15 kilometres south of Pattaya off Sukhumvit Road (just before the entrance to Nong Nooch Garden). The "Wat Yan" temple complex is under the patronage of His Majesty the King and features a variety of architectural styles. Medidation courses, for those interested in exploring the spiritual aspects of Buddhism, are held daily at 6h and 18h.
The impressive Khao Cheejan Buddha mountain is located just a few kilometres southeast of the temple complex and displays a laser-carved and gold-plated monumental Buddha image. About 130 metres tall and up to 70 metres wide, it is rated as one of the biggest Buddha images in the world. An outstanding landmark in Pattaya's countryside, it is visible over a long distance.
Even if Buddha images and temples aren't of special interest to you, the beautiful hilly landscape and peaceful atmosphere make the Khao Cheejan area a perfect destination for an afternoon trip, particularly a motorcycle ride around Pattaya's green countryside.
Khao Kheow Open Zoo
Approx. 35 kilometres north of Pattaya near Chonburi city, the Khao Kheow Open Zoo may be a bit far off but is definitely worth a visit. As the name says, Khao Kheow is an open zoo on a huge 1,200-acres parkland area where animals can roam freely. The atmosphere here resembles rather a safari experience, not that of a traditional zoo where the animals are held in cages.
Khao Kheow features around 8,000 animals of 300 different species, including tigers, elephants, monkeys, kangaroos, elephants etc. and can be described rather as a "wildlife bank" than a "zoo" as many of the featured animals are on the list of endangered species. Other attractions include elephant trekking, animal shows and a special "night safari".
Because of the immense size of the zoo, having one's own vehicle is most convenient for getting around. Alternatively, you can use the auto tram or rent a bicycle or golf cart. If you wish to stay overnight, accommodation is also available.
Khao Kheow is sponsored by Queen Sirikit of Thailand and charges an admission fee of only 70 Baht for Thai visitors and 100 Baht for foreigners, or 300 Baht including two free shows.
Flight Of The Gibbon
Located at the Khao Kheow Safari Park (see above) near Chonburi, this is Thailandís most highly rated Zipline Canopy Tour and provides the "real Thai rainforest adventure" just an hour from Pattaya. Soar above the jungle canopy on Asiaís #1 Zipline Canopy Tour, with three kilometres of ziplines woven into the jungle eco-system - an extreme adventure like no other on this planet!
The price of 3,599 Baht per person includes a free tour of the Khao Kheow Open Safari Park, a guided tour of the wildlife and vegetation along the course, air-conditioned van shuttle from Pattaya, free snacks, lunch etc. More details on their website: www.treetopasia.com/thailand-holiday/bangkok
Cartoon Network Amazone Water Park Najomtien Soi 52, Bang Saray (20-minute drive from Pattaya, just off Sukhumvit Road)
Cartoon Network is now bringing the ultimate in family entertainment to Pattaya. The Cartoon Network Amazone water park just outside Pattaya, scheduled to open its doors to paying customers on July 31st, 2014, will be the first Cartoon Network-themed water park in the world. With an ever-growing number of family vacationers visiting Pattaya, this brand-new theme waterpark just south of the beach resort is sure to become a popular attraction particularly for families with young children.
To quote from the Cartoon Network Amazone website: "Here you can splash out with all of your favorite Cartoon Network friends ... Explore 10 themed zones catered to suit the preferred experience of every guest. Blast down heart-pounding high-speed water rollercoasters, enjoy a relaxing meander down the Riptide Rapids river, or splash about at Cartoonival, the world's largest aqua playground boasting 150 different water features. And there's always the Megawave pool if you feel like some beach-inspired action ..." Cartoon Network Amazone promises an "awesome experience no matter what your age" and "a full day's fun for the entire family." Please visit their website for more details!
Buddha Hill: Golden Buddha Statue, Pratamnak Hill
Pattaya has its very own golden Buddha statue on the top of Pratamnak hill (Pratamnak Road, on the way to Jomtien Beach). The road itself also gives a panoramic view of Pattaya bay.
On a hilltop on the other side of Pratamnak Road, you'll find the best viewpoint over the Pattaya city area, with a fantastic view over Pattaya's coastline, Koh Larn, and as far as Laem Chabang. This is a favourite spot for hobby photographers, so don't forget to bring your camera!
Alangkarn Theatre/Cultural Show
Thai Alangkarn Theatre and Restaurant, located on Sukhumvit Road (Jomtien), is a state-of-the-art theatre designed in modern Thai style and can seat up to 2,000 visitors at a time.
The Thai Extravaganza Show (held daily at 18.30h except Wednesdays) claims to be more than your average Thai cultural show, by presenting Thailand's ancient culture and performing arts in a "panoramic concept with the combination of multi-dimension techniques of presentation" such as pyrotechnics, a huge video screen, multi-colour laser shows and more.
For reservation, pictures and more details, please visit their website.
Mini Siam, located off Sukhumvit Road in North Pattaya (opp. the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital) opened in 1986 and showcases miniature replicas and scale models of important historical sites, famous temples and sacred places from all over Thailand. Built on just 29 rai of land, the theme park is separated into a "Mini Siam" and a "Mini Europe" section.
The "Mini Europe" park displays reproductions of world-famous European and American sites like the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower or London's Tower Bridge. If you don't have the time for a trip around the world or visit all of Thailand's famous monuments, then Mini Siam can provide you with a miniature impression of what you miss. Particularly interesting for kids and Thai girlfriends who want to view beyond Thailand's trunk!
Ancient City (Muang Boran)
Located in Samut Prakan (on the outskirts of Bangkok), this 320-acres "world's largest" outdoor museum with reconstructions of Thailand's most famous sites, historical landmarks and monuments, might be a bit far off for tourists who stay in Pattaya for a fortnight only. As the entire compound covers a huge area, you'll definitely need to bring plenty of time and should plan on a full-day trip in order to explore all parts of this "miniature Thailand" with focus on Siam's ancient history, culture, architecture and arts. Provided you've got the time though, this impressive theme park is definitely worth a visit, possibly in combination with a Bangkok trip? For a location map, photo galleries etc. please visit their website.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum
Located on the third floor of the Royal Garden Plaza shopping centre (between Pattaya Beach and Second Road), Ripley's Believe It Or Not is the "world's most unusual museum" with more than 300 "stranger than fiction" items including a model of the tallest man in the world, a 4-D movie theatre, a wax museum, a "haunted house", African fertility symbols, and an "Infinity maze."
For more details on their current program, please visit www.ripleysthailand.com.
Monkey Training Centre
Located on Soi Chaiyapruek 1 in Jomtien (near Sukhumvit Road) this "Monkey Training Centre" features demonstrations of traditional monkey training methods (e.g. monkeys trained to harvest coconuts) and presentations of their enormous skills; also cock fighting and snake shows. Daily shows at 9h, 11h, 12h, 14h, 17h. Admission fee 250 Baht.
International Snake Show
39/4 Moo 5 Soi Nernplubwarn, off Sukhumvit Road, Central Pattaya
For more info, call 038-731 586 or email email@example.com