The town of Pattaya has developed a colourful reputation over the years. Located less than 200 kilometres from Thailand's capital city of Bangkok, it's a convenient place to enjoy the sand, sun, and sea. It draws tourists from all over the world an is one of the top tourists' destinations. It is considered as a destination for bachelors best known for its glittering nightlife and never-seen-before parties. Not only this it has a lot to offer to the couples and families as well. You’ll be spoiled for choice picking between chilling out at the secluded islands and beaches, Pattaya city tours and sightseeing, enjoying cultural programmes, indulging in a range of adventure and watersports and of course the nightlife.
Here are few things in Pattaya you wouldn’t want to miss.
The sprawling park at Nong Nooch Village offers a variety of activities for all the family. The entire area is more like a theme park, with restaurants and accommodation, daily cultural shows, as well as a vast area showcasing individually themed gardens. A walk through the botanic park Is like a journey around the world’s famous gardens. Due to its vast landscape, it’s unlikely that you will hit all the attractions within Nong Nooch Garden by walking alone. It’s a good idea to rent a bicycle and explore the garden at a leisurely pace. It is also home to 670 native species and hybrids all in one place – the largest collection in the country.
Tiffany's Cabaret Show takes place in a grand theatre that, with its huge faux-marble lobby, manages to be almost as amazing as the dazzling costume. A show which attracts most of the tourist who comes to visit Pattaya. The shows present a combination of dance, music, and drama with popular Thai and English songs. Scenes include a traditional Korean fan dance, homage to China's Imperial past and progress, a Bollywood musical take on the Indian Raj, Siam's history told through graceful Thai dance, Broadway show tunes, and slapstick burlesque.
On the very top of Pratumnak Hill, between Pattaya and Jomtien Beach, you are sure to have a view of the enormous 18 meters tall Buddha popping up through the trees. Climb the steep stairs, decorated on both sides with golden Naga snakes, watch the statue up close and admire the several smaller Buddhas surrounding it. Many tourist and locals come here to pray for health, wealth and happiness. You can also enjoy beautiful views over Pattaya and the bay from the top of the hill. If you're not up for a long walk up the hill, you can catch a taxi up and save your energy to climb the stairs to the statues. Another popular activity while visiting Big Buddha Hill in Pattaya is to ring the line of bells with a big stick, which is supposed to call good luck to whoever completes the task.
It is a little piece of paradise away from the hustle and bustle of Pattaya. Several white-sand beaches stretch along the shores of the island, with restroom facilities, food stalls, and plenty of water sports like- banana boat rides, parasailing, and underwater Sea Walking are some of the most popular sports one can enjoy. You can also rent a motorbike and go along the beach. Many shops and restaurants can be found along the beach but remember that prices tend to be a little higher than normal.