Pattaya is a very well known city by the beach in central Thailand. Pattaya is approximately 147km, 1hour and 47minutes, or 91miles south of Bangkok, Thailand. Every year Pattaya attracts visitors in the millions.
Pattaya is famous for the following:
- Tourist Attractions
The absolutely number one thing that Pattaya is famous for is their nightlife. Very few other places in the world can touch it and that’s not an easy thing to do.
It’s wild, it’s bright, it’s loud, it’s crazy, it’s…Pattaya.
Gogo bars, beer bars, touts, vendors, taxis, motorbikes, music, festivals. Pattaya has it all and then some. Let’s just say that there are a lot of things to do in Pattaya for adults.
People come from not only all over the world, but also all over Thailand to visit Pattaya. You think Bangkok’s wild? Many students from prominent Bangok universities go to Pattaya on the weekends to have their fun. Believe me, I’ve seen many of them (wink wink).
So, to get it out of the way…the nightlife is primarily based around Pattaya’s prostitution scene. This isn’t a big surprise, but it’s not quite as seedy as it seems. I might as well also add that over the recent years the city of Pattaya has really tried to change their image by creating a lot more family friendly atmosphere.
You’ll see beautiful women and ladyboys all over town at the various bars, gogos, and clubs. You’ll also see thousands of tourists from the UK, China, Japan, Korea, Russia, and Australia to name a few. You’ll see whole families walking around together to take in the spectacle that is Pattaya.
During the night the world renown Walking Street shuts down to traffic and opens up for people to walk around to check out their favorite bars, find a date for the night, find some amazing street food, or just do some people watching. Walking Street is the most famous street in Pattaya and quite possibly even in all of Thailand.
Pattaya isn’t really known for it’s nice beaches, just that it’s a beach town and no matter where you are in town you’re not far from the beach. The main beach is of course Pattaya Beach, which is on Beach Road.
Not far is Jomtien Beach, which technically isn’t Pattaya, but it might as well be. For all intensive purposes they’re pretty much the same place. Jomtien Beach is definitely the nicer of the two, as well as being larger and cleaner.
A boat ride away is Koh Larn island which has six (6) main beaches. It’s beaches:
- Samae Beach
- Tawaen Beach
- Tien Beach
- Nual Beach
- Tonglang Beach
- Tayaiy Beach
There are a few other beaches, but they’re very small. I doubt you’ll have time to see them all in one day anyways. Most people come for a day trip, but they do have rooms on the island if you’d like to stay overnight.
You can get to Koh Larn by ferry or speed boat. The ferry will take about an hour, so make sure to bring sunscreen and your patience. A speed boat only takes about 10 minutes, but be ready for a rough ride. Try to sit in the back if you can because if you’re up front you may get beat up pretty bad.
A bit further to the south of Jomtien there is Bang Saray and Sai Kaew beaches. Both are nice, clean, and a little bit more laid back than Pattaya and Jomtien.
The city of Pattya is entirely built upon tourism and solely set up for visitors from other countries and other places in Thailand. Everything in town is eye candy and is meant to stimulate and titillate. Part of it is all the great attractions. They have a lot and they’re just about all pretty awesome. Even when I was living there I always had something to do no matter what. Here are just a few of the great places to visit and interact with while in Pattaya.
Sanctuary of Truth
The Sanctuary of Truth is a giant temple built out of nothing but wood. It’s right on a beach in the northern part of Pattaya and great for photoshoots and kids. It’s price is mid-range and they have food and refreshments as well as being about to walk around and inside it.
Mini Siam is a park with vert detailed miniatures of well, Siam, as well as Europe. It’s good for a walk around and pictures with your date or family.
Pattaya Floating Market
The Pattaya Floating Market was built to rival the world famous Bangkok floating market you see in movies and pictures. Pattaya’s version is smaller and more laid back. It is literally just what it sounds like, a floating market. There are plenty of souvenirs, food, and photo opportunities which is right up tourist alley.
Art in Paradise
This is a really cool little art museum that uses a lot of visual tricks to make for some very interesting pictures. It’s main draw is that the art is interactive and uses the visitors to help create the illusions.
Big Buddha Temple
A beautiful, giant, golden statue of Buddha that sits above the city of Pattaya. This is a most go place for photo opportunities of not only the Buddha statue and temple, but also some great views of Pattaya.
That is only a taste of the tourist attractions, so that will have to be it’s own entire post.
My personal favorite reason for staying in Pattaya is the close and easy access to some of the best food in the world. Not only do they have famous Thai food, but because they cater to so many countries there is delicious food from all over the world.
Pattaya is home to some of the most amazing seafood restaurants in the country, with many of them being right on the ocean.
They have giant lobsters, tiger prawns, whole steamed or fried fish. They’ve got fresh markets where all the seafood restaurants in town get their menu from daily to always ensure you’ve got the best options.
My number one go to is always going to be the street food because it’s so cheap and delicious.
Sweet roti, khao man gai, pad thai, guay tiew, grilled corn, bugs, fresh coconuts. I could go on and on…I will actually. This deserves it’s own post.
You can come to Pattaya and eat from nothing but street vendors your entire stay and you’ll go home happy.
Many restaurants cater solely to certain countries and groups that holiday in Pattaya. Most are ran by expats from those countries so you’re sure to get as about an authentic experience as possible without being back in your own country.
They’ve got Chinese, Japanese, Korean, fish and chips, American BBQ, Italian, Indian, and even Mexican!
Some of the best times to visit Pattaya are when they have food festivals. There will be vendors lined up all down Beach road. Also, anytime there’s a music festival half the town is also full up with vendors from all over Thailand selling their wares. It’s a truly amazing site.
A lot of average tourists don’t know it, but those in the golfing world know that Pattaya has some of the most beautiful and diverse golf courses in Thailand.
Laem Chabang Country Club
The Laem Chabang Country Club is considered by some to be the best golf course in Thailand. It was designed by the greatest of all time himself, Jack Nicklaus. It has been home to a number of professional golf tournaments over the years and is easily accessible to the general public.
Bangpra Golf Club
The Bangpro Golf Club is one of the first courses to ever be built near Pattaya. It was actually a joint venture between Thailand and Japan. Although old it’s still beautiful and plays well. It also has very competitive prices.
Chee Chan Golf Resort
The Chee Chan Golf Resort is truly a site to behold. It’s plays in front of a giant Buddha wrapped in gold leaf set into a mountain overlooking the course. This is one of those guaranteed instagram worthy backdrops for your golfing holiday.
Pattaya is famous for a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The above are the most well known outside of Pattaya, but if you come here just once you’ll have your own favorite places and memories that are famous to you.