Some of the best things to do in Pattaya include attractions that range from ancient Thai traditions to modern-day adventures. In this area of Thailand’s east coast, you can find the simple pleasures of the country’s liveliest party zone or be humbled by unique religious treasures. Discover nature, art, science, and culture in ways you never imagined. Enjoy the natural beauty of the rainforest canopy or the glitz and glamor of the cabaret stage.
The Walking Street in Pattaya City offers sights and sounds quite different from anywhere else in Thailand. While “walking street” generally means a traditional street market in most other cities in Thailand, that is certainly not the case here. There’s hardly anything in the country that can match the 500 meters of fun at the end of Pattaya’s Beach Road.
Sanctuary of Truth:
The Sanctuary of Truth is a unique teak structure in Pattaya and an awe-inspiring monument of philosophical truth. It tells of the importance religion, philosophy and art have had in human development and the folly of neglecting morality and spiritual gratification in pursuing materialism. Overall the complex is a beautiful and humbling display of human endeavor and skill, especially when you realize that none of the wood used has been chemically treated or protected. This means that by the time one section is completed, another has often succumbed to tropical conditions and needs to be replaced.
Pattaya Floating Market
One of the best things to do in Pattaya is to visit the floating market, the Four Regions Floating Market. The four central regions of Thailand—the north, northeast, mid, and south—are represented by the sub-sections of this 10-hectare development. This portrayal takes the shape of stores and stalls offering trinkets, fruits, cuisine, artwork, handicrafts, postcards, apparel, and souvenirs, as well as frequent cultural performances and exhibits.
Some 114 merchants do, in fact, float, peddling canoes and old-fashioned boats to peddle their items. The remaining ones are constructed into a solid stilted hamlet connected by covered walkways and strong bridges.
Nong Nooch Tropical
The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Pattaya features more than 200 hectares of landscaped areas filled with tropical colors. It has some of the most remarkable flowers, displays, and landscaped gardens in Thailand, if not the world. The team behind the gardens has repeatedly won international awards for their designs, including 17th-century French-style parks, a replica of Stonehenge, creative topiary, and gardens designed exclusively with cacti, bonsai, and tropical palms. It is also home to more than 670 native and hybrid orchids.
Big Budha Temple:
Pattaya’s so-called Big Buddha Temple certainly deserves its name as, at 18 meters tall, it is the tallest in the region. Standing nearly 100 meters above sea level, the statue watches Pattaya and Jomtien beaches from its perch on the hill separating the two. Known locally as Wat Phra Khao Yai, the temple complex creates a reflective mood among its many visitors thanks to its many bells, burning incense sticks, numerous smaller statues, and stunning views of the area.
Pattaya water parks are among the best family activities in Pattaya. Pattaya is home to a selection of exceptional water parks, including the largest in all of Thailand, with dozens of slides and attractions in between. The biggest and best, including Ramayana Water Park and Columbia Pictures Aquaverse (formerly Cartoon Network Amazone Water Park), are about 20 minutes from Pattaya City. Each park has its restaurants and a variety of helpful family facilities.