Thailand is one of the most beautiful and culture-rich countries in Asia. Pattaya City in itself is immensely beautiful and truly depicts Thai culture in all its grandeur, offering a plethora of breathtaking tourist sites.
Pattaya is located on Thailand’s eastern seaboard, which is an emerging economic region for the country, and is therefore perpetually undergoing makeovers to cater to the likes and dislikes of the many tourists that flock to this tropical paradise.
The tourist attractions here promise to quench your every thirst, whether you’re an adventure junkie or on a religious pilgrimage. From Asia’s longest cable ride tour over Thailand’s rainforest, and magical evenings at world famous cabaret shows, to the un-matched nightlife at Walking Street (the reason behind Pattaya’s ‘sin city of the East’ tag), there’s something here for everybody.
If you are planning on visiting Pattaya City in the near future, you’d be well advised to jot down the following landmark tourist destinations that will ensure you go back home with many exciting and life-enriching stories to tell.
Walking Street is located at the end of Pattaya’s famous ‘Beach Road’. Every city in Thailand claims to have their designated areas for fun and thrill-seeking tourists, and at Pattaya, you will find it all on Walking Street. Once you get here, you soon realise that these could possibly be the most memorable 500 meters you’d have ever walked. With night clubs, pubs, go-go bars, restaurants, street artistes, etc. spread along its entire length, Walking Street promises to treat your every sense.
The Sanctuary Of Truth
The Sanctuary Of Truth is a famous religious monument in Pattaya City, that was constructed as a memorandum of a spoken truth in olden times. It was built to demonstrate the beauty and bluntness of the truth. Located at 206/2 Soi Naklua 12, Naklua, it is open for tourists between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm.
The Cabaret Shows
You have probably come across cabaret shows in other parts of the world, but none of them can compete with the unique shows you will see in Pattaya City. What sets the cabaret here apart, is that the artistes who perform are the world famous ‘Lady-Boys’ (transgenders), known for their flawless beauty and jaw-dropping talent. With their gorgeous appearance and elaborate costumes, it’s not uncommon to find onlookers second-guessing their gender.
The Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
The Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is a one-of-its-kind garden located on 34/1 Sukhumvit Road, Na Jomtien, Pattaya City. It covers a massive area of about 2.4 square kilometers and houses the rare Southeast Asian, Tropical American and Central African species of Cycads – several foreign conservation agencies work in collaboration with the garden officials to protect this endangered and ancient plant group. This should be on the must-visit list of every nature enthusiast. The Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden opens its gate to the public from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Pattaya Floating Market
The Pattaya Floating Market is also known as ‘The Four Regions Floating Market’, as it represents the cultures of the four chief areas of Thailand – south, north, north eastern and central. Here, you can buy items from all four regions, including exotic Thai food and fruits, artifacts, handicrafts, clothing and souvenirs. You can visit the Pattaya Floating Market between 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Art in Paradise
Art in Paradise is a famous art gallery located on 78/34 Moo 9, Pattaya Second Road Soi 1, North Pattaya. It contains the finest pieces of art from across the globe. The gallery promises to tantalise your imagination with its thought provoking masterpieces. It is open to the general public from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Snorkeling and wreck diving
Snorkeling through wreckage sights and coral islands are a must-do at this tourist destination. With all inclusive day trips, starting at a mere 1000 baht, it would be a shame to miss out on this awesome experience. Diving training courses are also available at select diving schools in the beautiful city of Pattaya, so be ready for a truly memorable sea-escapade.