Pattaya Travel Guide

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I’m going to Pattaya.  I’m going there.   I’m going there.   I don’t know why I want to go there. I just want to go to there (The lyrics of Pattaya by Super Glue).

We think this song should put us in the right mood to set off for Pattaya.

Staying home on your free day or at a weekend can be pretty boring.   If you don’t know where to go, we suggest that you go to Pattaya. It’s the liveliest place to visit.   It’s only a short journey from Bangkok.

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General info

"Pattaya" City is a self-governing municipal area in Chonburi province.  It is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand.   It is a beach resort popular with local and overseas tourists.  Over 90% of its incomes are from tourism.  Here you can find hotel accommodations to fit all types of budgets.  It is lively with all types of food and entertainments. Pattaya has the following beaches: Pattaya Beach, which is the main beach; Naklua Beach, which is on the furthest north; Jomtien Beach, which lies directly south of Pratamnak Hill; and Na Jomtien Beach, which is an extension of Jomtien Beach.

The name ‘Pattaya’ is derived the word ‘Thap Phraya', which is short for ‘the Army of the Phraya Tak (who later became King Taksin). Phraya Tak and his army marched from Ayutthaya to Chanthaburi and stationed in the area which is now known as Pattaya.  Later the place was named ‘Phatthaya’ after the name of the wind blowing from the southwest to the northeast at the beginning of the rainy season. Today the name is spelled ‘Pattaya’ and is known as such internationally.

Pattaya map guide

How to get to Pattaya

Lying only about 150 km. southeast of Bangkok, Pattaya is easy of access and a one-day return trip can be made quite conveniently. 

Road
You can take any of the following routes:

  • Bangna – Trad
    Drive along Burapha Withi Expressway until you reach Amata Nakorn. Keep on the left and take the bypass to avoid the traffic. Drive along and you will see the sign pointing to Pattaya.
  • National Highway route 34
    Drive along Bang Na-Bang Pakong Highway (National Highway route 34). Turn into Sukhumvit Road. Drive past Chonburi, Bang Saen, Si Racha until you get to Pattaya.
  • Motorway 7
    Take the Motorway 7 heading northeast. Turn left into Sukhumvit Road and drive along until you get to Pattaya. 

Minibus
There are many minibuses to Pattaya. You can pick one up from the Victory Monument, Mo Chit, Ekamai or in front of Ratchada 4. The fare is usually 100 baht.  

Coach
You can take a coach from either Mo Chit or Ekamai coach station. The fare is about 100 baht.        

Beaches on Pattaya

Pattaya Bay

Naklua Beach


 


 
Naklua Beach

Naklua means ‘sea salt mine’. Obviously, the beach was used for sea salt mining in the past. Once in Pattaya just take the Dolphin roundabout to get to Na Klua beach. It offers a quieter atmosphere in contrast with the bustling Pattaya beach. 

Pattaya Beach

Pattaya Beach

It comprises the north, middle and south part. The middle and south parts are quite lively; there are all amenities imaginable such as shops, entertainments, restaurants and bars. Accommodations for all types of budgets are available. 

Dong Tan Beach



Dong Tan Beach

It is ideal for those who are looking for a quiet retreat. There are plenty of high sugar palm trees along the beach, so it is suitable for a picnic or a rest. Those who are keen on sailing can take a course at a sailing club on the beach. Although it is not a busy place, some restaurants and small shops are still available. 


Jomtien Beach

Jomtien Beach

It is located about 3 km south of and is separated by a hill from South Pattaya. The beach itself is about 6 km. long. It is less busy than Pattaya beach, so it is ideal for those who don’t like bustling noises. Still, hotels, restaurants and watersports facilities are available.


Najomtien Beach

Najomtien Beach

Na Jomthien lies the furthest south of Pattaya. It is an extension of Jomtien beach. The beach itself is about 6 km. long and covered with fine white sand. The waves and wind are perfect for watersports. Many visitors come here to swim and engage in watersport activities.

Sightseeing and other activities 
Koh Larn

 

Journey to Koh Larn

You can take a ferry from south Pattaya Bali Hai pier. The fare is 30 to 50 baht. If you want to get there faster, you can take a speedboat and pay a higher fare, which is about 250 – 400 baht. You can also charter a speedboat for 2,500 -3,000 baht. You have to do a little bit of bargaining. Once you get there, there you can get around by minivan. If you want to move about more freely, you can hire a motorcycle for 300 baht per day.

Bali Hai pier

Beaches of Ko Larn

Tawaen beach

Tawaen beach

It is approximately 750 m. long and is located on the furthest north of the island. It is a white sand beach with crystal clear blue water. Restaurants and gift shops are available. You can hire a deckchair to laze about just like in Pattaya or Bangsaen.

Sangwan Beach  It is small beach within a walking distance from Tawaen beach. The beach itself is 150 m. long. It is more suitable for sunbathing or lazing about than swimming.

Naon Beach  A 250-meter long beach which is situated in the south of Ko Lan. It is a private beach with luxurious hotels. Many foreign tourists come here for sunbathing.

Samae Beach

Samae Beach

Samae beach is 700-meter long. It lies on the south of the island.  Its fine white sand and serene setting make it ideal for swimming and sunbathing. A solar power station is located here.

Thien beach



Thien beach

It is a more peaceful beach on the west of the island. It has soft clean white sand, crystal clear blue water and tranquil surroundings. Watersport facilities such as jet skis and banana boats are available. Visitors enjoy relaxing activities such as swimming and sun bathing.

Ta Yai Beach

Ta Yai Beach

It is the nearest beach to walk to. It is pretty much deserted like Thien beach. Although it contains more pebbles than other beaches, its water is nice and clear. 

Prasat Satchatham (The Sanctuary of Truth)



The Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth is a large wooden structure located by the sea at the end Ratchawet Peninsula. Its exquisite Jaturamuk architecture portrays human civilization as having been achieved and nurtured by religious and philosophical truths. Its construction takes 29 years. Opens daily from 0800 hr. to 1800 hr. Admission fee: 500 baht. Here, you can engage in the following activities:

  • horse/elephant riding or horse-drawn carriage riding around the building;

  • ATV or speedboat driving;

  • watching wood carving demonstration;

  • watching dolphin show; it starts at 1130 hr. or 1530 hr.;

For further details visit www.sanctuaryoftruth.com

Si Racha Tiger Farm

 


 

 

Si Racha Tiger Farm

Animal lovers who are fond of animal shows should come to Si Racha Tiger Farm. This farm raises the largest number of Bengal tigers. It also raises crocodiles, elephants and pigs. The highlight is of course the tiger show which features tigers leaping through rings of fire or walking on their two feet. You can even be closer to a tiger by having a photo of you and a tiger taken. There are 3 sessions of tiger shows, starting at 1100 hr., 1330 hr. and 1530 hr. If you miss a certain session, you can equally enjoy watching a crocodile show or a pig show while waiting for the next tiger show session.

Opens daily from 0800 hr. to 1800 hr.
Admission fee:
For Thai citizens: 150 baht for an adult; 75 baht for a child
For overseas visitors: 450 baht for an adult; 250 bath for a child
For further details visit www.tigerzoo.com
   

The Bottle Art Museum

 


The Bottle Art Museum

It is located in Kingston Park, Sukhumvit Road, opposite the Mini Siam. It is the only museum in the world that presents architecture buildings shown in bottles of different shapes and sizes.  These high-quality bottle artworks are created by a Dutch artist Mr. Peiter Bij Deleij
Opens daily from 0830 hr. to 1730 hr.  Admission fee: 100 baht for an adult and 50 baht for a child.
For further details visit  www.bottlemuseum.net  

Mini Siam



 


Mini Siam

Mini Siam offers replicas of famous attractions around the world and important historical sites around Thailand, such as Democracy Monument, Prasat Hin Phimai, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Statue of Liberty, etc. 

Opens daily from 0700 hr. to 2100 hr. 
Admission fee: 120 baht for an adult; 60 baht for a child
For further details visit   www.minisiam.com

The Million-Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm

 



The Million-Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm

The Park has an area of over 40 acres. It is located on Na Klua beach 4 km. from Sukhumvit Road. The landscape of the Park is very attractive. Along the pavement lie amazing giant stones of various shapes and forms. The ages of these stones are more than a million years. It is an ideal spot for taking photos. The Crocodile Farm offers breathtaking crocodile show in which performers wrestle with a crocodile while putting their legs, arms or even heads inside the crocodile’s mouth. At the end of the show, visitors can sit on the back of a crocodile to have their pictures taken. Although its name indicates only a crocodile farm, it looks like a small zoo as tigers, bears, elephants and zebras can also be seen.

Opens from 08.00 hr. to 18.00 hr. The entrance fee is 80 baht. 

The Elephant Village

 


 


The Elephant Village

The journey is quite simple. From Central Pattaya drive along Sukhumvit 63. Turn into Nuern Plub Warn lane and drive on for about 5 km. Turn right and soon you will see the entrance to The Elephant Village. The Elephant Village was opened in 1973. It is supposed to be a sanctuary for former working animals which are either injured or ill. There are 3 elephant shows per day. Each show features elephant bathing and care. The highlight is a 3-and-a-half hour elephant ride around the village.

Opens from 0800 hr. to 1730 hr. Admission fee: 650 baht. Elephant ride fee: 2000 baht/person/ 3 hours.

For further details visit www.elephant-village-pattaya.com

Siriporn Orchid Farm

It is near The Elephant Village. Those who love orchids should not miss the opportunity to visit this farm. The owner Ms. Siriporn Pongsang raises many species of orchids. The best time to visit the farm is in the rainy season when the all sorts of brightly colorful orchids are blossoming. The farm offers cuts and pots of orchids and other plants that you can purchase to plant at home.

Admission fee: 20 baht. 

Art in Paradise



 

 


Art in Paradise

It is another great place to visit because it is the first anamorphosis art museum. The artworks are the creation of a Korean artist Shin Jae Yeoul.  The museum has an area of 5,800 square meters. In the building, there are many rooms for presenting many different kinds of 3D paintings. Visitors can take photos of themselves and 3d illusion paintings in all kinds of interactive poses, which is really fun.

Opens daily from 0900 hr. to 2100 hr. Admission fee: 150 baht for an adult; 100 baht for a child.  

Tiffany Show and Alcazar Show They are located on Pattaya 2 Road. Both of them are world renowned transgender cabarets. Visitors enjoy watching transgenders in extravagantly beautiful costumes perform toe tapping dance to music with special lighting & effects in wonderfully detailed scenery. 

The Ripley Believe It or Not Museum  It is located in the Royal Garden Plaza in Pattaya. This museum features Mr. Robert Ripley’s collection of many bizarre events and items such as human head shrunk to the size of 3 inches, jewelry made of human hair, 4-eye man and waxworks. Some of them are dummies while some of them are real, but overall thrilling.  

Walking Street

 



Walking Street

The street is free from vehicles from 1800 hr. – 0200 hr. Here, you cannot find any local goods. There are only entertainments such as pubs, bars, gogo bars, gay clubs, discos, cabaret shows, massage parlors, restaurants, etc. Visitors come here to enjoy lively and bustling nightlife. 

Underwater World


 


 


It is the largest and most modern ocean aquarium in Asia. Through a 100-meter-long, 6.4-centimeter-thick acrylic pedestrian tunnel visitors can experience underwater environment filled with dozens of marine species. The highlight is fish feeding during which you can watch variety of fishes swarming for food.

Admission fee: 250 baht for an adult; 150 baht for a child
For further details visit www.walkingstreetpattaya.com
  

Pattaya Park


Pattaya Park

The Park is located on the north of Jomtien Beach. Its highlight is a 55-story-and-240-meter-high tower from which you can gaze at the beauty of the coastline and Pattaya City. Fun Park is another attraction; it has many options for fun and excitement such as Swing Viking Ship, Slalom Roller Coaster, Family Swinger, Demolition Derby, Musical Carousel and Monorail. Water Park also offers exciting experience of splashing through the water slides by the beach.

Admission fees: 100 baht for Tower; 150 baht for Fun Park
For further details visit www.pattayapark.com
  

Mini Siam Go Kart


Mini Siam Go Kart

The Mini Siam Go Kart Racing is one of the oldest go kart racing circuit in Pattaya. It is located on the way into Pattaya City on Sukhumvit Road. It is ideal for those who love speed. 

Four-Region Floating Market

 



Four-Region Floating Market

It is on Sukhumvit Road. It is easy to find. Just look for the road signs. The market has an area of 36,800 square meters, and it is divided into 4 regions (northern, central, northeaster and southern region) to offer a perfect blend of distinctive traditions. There are plenty of shops where you can buy gifts, clothes, ancient toys, products of each region, etc. You can take a paddle boat to cruise around the compound if you don’t mind the heat. Water vendors on paddle boats offer a wide range of freshly cooked delicious traditional Thai dishes.


Pattaya Dolphin World & Resort

 


 


Pattaya Dolphin World & Resort

It is easy to find. Go to the south via the Sukhumvit Road past the Four-Region Floating Market, and look for the road signs. The resort offers the first and the largest dolphin show in Thailand. The show features finless porpoises and bottlenose dolphins performing cute and intelligent feats. The highlight is swimming with dolphin –for persons aged more than 4 who know how to swim. You can engage in other activities such as shooting, riding, swimming and climbing. The resort is filled with spectacular natural, cultural and historical attractions such as Traditional Thai arts, cuisine and so on. It is perfect for a family retreat.

Opens daily from 0800 hr. to 1800 hr.
Admission fee: 300 baht for an adult; 150 baht for a child
For further details visit www.facebook.com/pattayadolphin

Nongnooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Nongnooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Located at km.163 on Sukhumvit Road, this 2-km2 garden, it is the center for rare tropical flowers and plants as a wildlife conservation project which is open to the public. Apart from beautiful and exotic botanical garden, it also offers elephant show, Thai cultural shows, mini zoo, etc. It is ideal for children outing.

Opens daily from 0800 hr. to 1700 hr.
Admission fee: 150 baht for an adult; 75 baht for a child;
250 baht for an adult (entrance and shows); 125 baht for a child (entrance and shows)
For further details visit http://www.nongnoochtropicalgarden.com/
  


Silverlake Vineyard

 


 

 


Silverlake Vineyard

It is ideally located next to Chi Chan mountain.  The project was initiated by Surachai Tangjaithrong and his wife Suphansa Noengphirom. The surroundings are quite pleasant that the vineyard is often used as the shooting site for many TV shows and comedies. Visitors can taste excellent wine here. You can go on a tour around the vineyard at the price of 50 baht. The restaurant here serves delicious steaks and pizzas.

Opens daily from 0900 hr. to 1900 hr.
For further details visit http://www.silverlakethai.com/
  

Mimosa City of Love



 

 

Mimosa City of Love

Mimosa is a new tourist attraction not far from Pattaya city.  It is located on Sukhumvit Road opposite the Ambassador City Jomtien Hotel. It was officially opened on 14 February 2013. It is the City of Love that makes you feel like being in Palio--the only difference is the architecture. Mimosa’s pleasant atmosphere makes it ideal for those who like to take photos. There are many shops and restaurants.

At nighttime, the highlights include Musical Fountain and cabaret show (of romantic love story) that is quite similar to Tiffany show. At the end of the show, visitors can take photos with the dancers – the fee is 20 baht. The show times are 1830 hr., 1945 hr. and 2100 hr.
Opens daily from 1000 hr. to 2200 hr.
Admission fee: 50 baht; free for students and senior citizens  

Restaurants
Being a tourist spot, most restaurants in Pattaya offer a variety of cuisines, including Thai and international dishes. For the time being we will recommend 2 restaurants. If you would like to add more to the list, we will be pleased to hear from you. 

Lung Swai Restaurant

Lung Swai Restaurant

Located at the end of Jomthien beach, Lung Swai is a large seafood restaurant that can cater about 500 customers. It serves fresh and delicious seafood at reasonable price.  Those who dine here will surely want to repeat their memorable experience. When you are in Pattaya don’t miss the opportunity to eat here. This restaurant is highly recommended. 

The Glass House Restaurant & Bar


The Glass House Restaurant & Bar

Located on Na Jomthien beach near the Ambassador Hotel. It offers a relaxing and romantic atmosphere which is ideal for couples and friends. The sunset here is stunningly beautiful. The restaurant offers variety of Thai and western dishes as well as bakery products at affordable price.

 

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Editted on 6 Jun 13 10:17
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