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6 Things To Do When Visiting Pattaya in Thailand

6 Things To Do When Visiting Pattaya in Thailand

Pattaya is a beautiful holiday destination in Thailand. Based on the east coast of the gulf of Thailand, it has mountains as a backdrop, a bright, turquoise sea, palm trees and golden sand. It’s idyllic. Pattaya has many places to visit, with a variety of things to see and do: stunning scenery, golf-courses, temples, nightlife, statues of Buddha, and beautiful gardens. You could consider the following things to do when you visit Pattaya.

1. Visit the Beach

Pattaya beach is the ideal beach to go to if you want a lively, popular beach where you could have a go on jets skis, a speed boat, or parasailing. There’s a wide variety of beach bars to visit. It has four kilometers of sand. If you want a quieter, more family-oriented beach, then Jomtien Beach could be a better option for you. This has six kilometers of sand, the beach and water are clean. If you fancy a seafood snack, there are vendors who will sell it to you. If you enjoy snorkeling then the little island of Ko Samae San is a wonderful place to do this. The island is clean and the sea is turquoise with great visibility to see marine life.

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 2. Play Golf

Pattaya has over 20 golf courses; for the keen golfer it is a perfect location. If you’re someone who enjoys having the challenge of a new golf course to play on each day, this will make Pattaya perfect. The golf courses have stunning, tropical scenery, surrounded by lush greenness, mountains, palm trees and lakes. The golf courses have been designed by professional, well-known golfers and designers, and the courses have been used for professional competitions such as the PGA. Rayong Green Valley Country Club is extremely picturesque. There’s even a St. Andrews Golf Course that replicates the one in Scotland. Two golf courses have been designed by Japanese designers, the Wangjuntr course, and then there’s the Crystal Bay course. If you are planning for your golf holidays in Thailand, Pattaya should be on your list.

3. Visit the Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum)

This is extremely stunning to look at; beautiful detailed and intricate wooden temple with a unique construction that does not have a single nail. If you’re interested in art or architecture, you will definitely appreciate this. It contains ornate carvings and statues from Hindu mythology. It’s located right next to the sea. If you have children visiting with you, they can be entertained by feeding the fish there. It’s a relaxing, tranquil place that will have you in awe at the craftsmanship that has gone into it. At times, performances and dancing takes place there. If you choose to, there is an additional elephant ride and foot massage deal on offer at the temple. It’s possible to purchase ice cream nearby too. (Please note it may be under reconstruction right now, so double-check before you go.

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4. Nightlife

If you enjoy nightlife, Pattaya’s clubs and bars will be just the place for you to visit. The streets are incredible busy and lit up with almost as many neon signs advertising bars as Las Vegas! The most well known street in Pattaya for nightlife is Walking Street in the south of Pattaya, which is full of clubs, bars, discos and live-music bars, etc…  If you want to party the night away, then this is an ideal location for you. If you enjoy eating out, Pattaya has a variety of restaurants to dine at, including seafood, Thai, Italian, Indian, American, etc. There’s also a lot of good street food available at all hours.

5. Big Buddha (Wat Phra Khao Yai)

Big Buddha in Pattaya
    Big Buddha Statue In Pattaya

    Big Buddha is indeed a very big Buddha; it’s a huge golden statue on a mountainside. Because of where it’s situated, you will get beautiful views of Pattaya and see the sea and the skyline. It’s possible to take a songtheaw, which is a shared taxi to get to and from the location. As well as the Big Buddha, you’ll find other sculptures, temples, monuments and statues to see. It is a sacred and religious site where it’s possible to take some time to relax for reflection and meditation. It’s necessary to wear suitable clothing that covers legs and shoulders. Folklore states that by visiting the Buddha, it will bring the visitors happiness and love.

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    6. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens

    The gardens are magnificent with lots of little topiary in beautiful greens, reds and yellows, and many statues and pots.  It’s a place where you’ll manage to take lots of interesting photos with the family. Many statues of elephants and tigers are placed around the gardens. The gardens contain several temple-like structures.

    In the gardens, other cultures are represented, for example a French garden, and an Italian garden. In one of the gardens, there’s a large collection of cars that include classic and sports cars, which is quite unexpected. It is recommended to take at least three hours to explore the gardens.

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    There are a variety of very affordable restaurants and stalls around. The gardens do have shows taking place: one is an elephant show, the other is about Thai culture. You can take an elephant ride or go on a sight-seeing bus if you feel the weather is too warm to walk around in. It’s even possible to feed animals bananas.

    With so much to see and do, Pattaya is a must-see place to visit in Thailand. This place will allow you to create some wonderful experiences, memories, and photographs to remind you of your trip.

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