Pattaya’s well-developed gay bar scene may keep you occupied. But if you fancy a change of scenery, we recommend these interesting sights and activities as well as Pattaya’s world-famous cabaret shows.
Unlike other floating markets in Thailand, Pattaya Floating Market does not actually float. The 27-acre site (opened in 2008) is a very large lake within which ‘islands’ of shops & cafés have been built on stilts – all connected by wooden walkways.
The style of each of the island buildings reflects, to a degree, the architecture of Thailand’s four regions.
A bit touristy but still a well thought-out and an interesting place to visit, with opportunities to buy authentic art & craft products, sample some pretty good regional Thai food and watch Thai dance & martial arts displays.
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This huge temple-inspired, wooden structure is located by the sea on Naklua Road, North Pattaya.
The Sanctuary of Truth contains carved wood sculptures that have been inspired by ancient Thai civilisations.
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The beautiful 500-acre Nong Nooch Garden features themed botanical gardens and many walks. Of particular note are the Cactus, French and Roman gardens and the floating oasis.
Inside, visitors can enjoy watching traditional Thai dance and the very popular Elephant Show. The newly opened Dinosaur Valley is also worth seeing.
Located about 18km south of Pattaya. Open daily from 8am-6pm.
You don’t need to be a guest to have a fun day out at the ‘Lost World’ Water Park which is located at the beachfront Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort.
Features a massive pool, rafts, slides and a gym. Pretty good restaurants, too. Just turn up, pay and play. 500 baht entrance fee.
Next to the gay beach. New hotel. Modern facilities. Includes breakfast. Was $216 USD. Now $68 USD. | click here
Walk to gay bars & the beach. Fabulous pool. Great value for money. Includes breakfast. Was $121 USD. Now $36 USD. | click here
Central location. Popular choice. Near the gay scene. Includes breakfast. Was $39 USD. Now $28 USD. | click here
Walk to Jomtien Beach & gay bars. Very affordable & convenient location. Includes breakfast. Was $121 USD. Now $21 USD. | click here
Next to the gay beach. Beautiful setting. Adults-only pool. Includes breakfast. Was $243 USD. Now $64 USD. | click here
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A small tropical island located 7 km offshore from Pattaya. Koh Lan is just 4 km long and 2 km wide.
The island has 6 white sandy beaches with clear blue water. The most popular beaches are Hat Ta Waen, Laem Thian and Thong Long.
Koh Lan has plenty of restaurants and beach bars, making it a great day-trip destination from Pattaya. There are regular ferry boat services to Koh Lan from Pattaya (45 minutes each way).
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weekend 06:00 pm - 21:00
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Located about a 45-minute drive from Pattaya, the Khao Kheow Open Zoo covers over 2,000 acres of forest landscapes and contains over 8,000 animals and over 300 birds species.
Part of the zoo is used for recreational areas and research facilities for breeding endangered species. Transfer options for Bangkok and Pattaya and several tour packages are available – visit the website for details.
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A beautiful temple, set within 147 acres of peaceful landscaped grounds located about 15 km south of Pattaya. The compound features international pavilions and a scenic lake.
The large chedi contains the sacred relics of the Lord Buddha. Proper clothes are required (no shorts) to enter the temple. Great for a one-day excursion or a picnic. No admission fee.