Attraction in Thailand : Pattaya

Ang Thong
Bangkok & Neighboring city
Chai Nat
Hua Hin
Lop Buri
Nakorn Nayok
Phetchaburi - Cha Am
Rayong & Chanthaburi
Sing Buri
Suphan Buri

Pattaya is 147 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, and faces the Thai Gulf. Pattaya is Asia's premier beach resort, and caters with equal appeal to families, couples and single visitors. Pattaya's relaxing tropical ambience is synonymous with every ingredient for memorable holidays. Accommodation ranges from luxuriously appointed beachside hotels with superb convention facilities to simple guesthouses. Sporting opportunities abound both on land and water, and include some of the finest golfing, fishing and scuba diving anywhere in Asia. Theme and amusement parks, offbeat museums and lush botanical gardens offer numerous forms of leisure activities and cultural entertainment for all family members. And, after dark, Pattaya offers all the allure and magic of a truly vibrant nightlife with a spectacular variety of restaurants, nightclubs, bars, discotheques, cocktail lounges and cabarets. Pattaya can be brash, bold, beautiful and bucolic, and offers everything an authentic international beach resort can.

Local Culture

Within twenty years, Pattaya has been transformed from a sleepy fishing community into an international resort often referred to as the 'Thai Riviera'. Pattaya is literally a place where East meets west - both in color and character, and is probably the most cosmopolitan place in Thailand after Bangkok.

Major Beaches & Islands

Pattaya Beach

Some 4 kilometers long, this beach faces Pattaya Bay, the major venue from where boats visit Pattaya's offshore islands. The beach curves from north to south and is largely paralleled by a tree lined promenade and beach road, which is lined, in the northern and central parts, by hotels and restaurants. The northern section of the beach is largely tranquil, while the central and southern parts become increasingly lively, thanks to a juxtaposition of shops, department stores, boutiques, beauty salons, supermarkets, bars, discotheques, restaurants

Jomtien Beach

This 6-kilometer long, largely straight beach, some 4 kilometers south of Pattaya, is the most notable of several beaches south of the resort. The beach is popular with windsurfs and water-sports enthusiasts, largely because the area enjoys brisk and fresh breezes sweeping inland from the Thai Gulf, and because the seas are less congested with boats than is Pattaya Bay. Jomtien is also a major residential area with beachside hotels, bungalow complexes, condominiums and restaurants.

Ko Lan (Lan Island)

Some 15 minutes by speedboat from Pattaya Bay, Ko Lan is the largest of Pattaya's offshore islands and is a popular venue for water sports such as windsurfing, water skiing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Viewing coral reefs through glass-bottomed boats and parasailing are other popular activities. Island beaches are lined with souvenir stalls selling colorful beachwear and decorative handicrafts, food stalls and restaurants. Visitors seeking greater tranquility can travel to Ko Pai (Bamboo Island), some 35 minutes by speedboat from Pattaya Bay. Quiet, pristine beaches and clear waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling characterize this uninhabited island.

Botanical Gardens, Parks, Entertainment & Other Attractions

Mini Siam

Situated at kilometer 143 on Sukhumvit Highway, some 3 kilometers from Central Pattaya Road. This complex features miniature reproductions of major cultural and archaeological sites within Thailand, including Khmer shrines and the ancient capitals of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, and features a section of miniaturized major international landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, St Basil's Cathedral and the Statue of Liberty. The complex also has a go-kart track and a Thai restaurant.

Million Years Stone Park & Pattaya Crocodile Farm

Some twenty minutes from central Pattaya, this bucolic enclave features a landscape of native Thai flora, a fascinating collection of Bonsai trees, and massive ancient rocks (thus the park's unusual name) imported from Kanchanaburi province. Artfully landscaped with flowers and trees, the park contains a crocodile farm, a select collection of wild animals native to Thailand and nearing extinction, a pool containing giant catfish native to the Mekong River, and a restaurant. There are daily crocodile and magic shows.

Pattaya Park

This beachside water amusement park is located between South Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. Colorful water slides; whirlpools and shallow pools suitable for small children make the park popular with families. Restaurant facilities, a fast food corner, changing rooms and lockers number among facilities, and there is easy access to the beach should visitors prefer to swim in the sea. The 240-meter high Pattaya Park Tower that contains a revolving restaurant overlooks the park. The tower offers an exhilarating view of Pattaya and two novel ways, the Pattaya Park Sky Shuttle and Pattaya Park Tower Jump, of reaching the ground.

Pattaya Elephant Village

Situated on the Siam Country Club Golf Course road, the village features trained elephants demonstrating time-honored forestry skills, enjoying themselves playing football, re-enacting wild elephant a small course at the Asia Hotel. In most cases, clubs, shoes and other equipment can be rented, and green and caddy fees are eminently reasonable. During weekdays, there are few courses that need to be booked in advance.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum

Located next to the Royal Garden Resort Hotel inside Royal Plaza Garden. This museum is second of its kind in Asia - features a high technology theater adapted from a pilot-training simulator, permanent and special displays of oddities such as animal freaks and unusual human feats, based on the popular cartoon feature of the same name which is featured in newspapers throughout the world.

Nong Nooch Orchid Wonderland

This artfully landscaped botanical garden and country resort, located at kilometer 163 on Sukhumvit Highway and contains a splendid collection of native Thai flora, including hundreds of varieties of orchids, ferns, flowering plants and exotic blooms. The enclave contains numerous Thai-style residences, an ornamental lake, a large auditorium wherein daily cultural performances are presented, featuring folk dances, martial arts and traditions, followed by the most entertaining of all elephant shows imaginable, an hilarious form of pachyderm burlesque.

Bottle Art

The world's sole Bottle Art Museum at Km 145.3 on Sukhumvit Highway has more than 300 displays of miniature bottles.



Numerous sporting opportunities include participant and spectator sports on land and water. Major land sports include golf, tennis, go-karts, squash, badminton, bowling, jogging, paintball and motor racing. Popular water-sports include windsurfing, sailing, water-skiing, fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Opportunities for less easily definable activities, including bungee jumping and parasailing, are also available.

Land Sports


Golfers can enjoy challenging rounds at 9 scenic 18-hole courses.


Tennis can be enjoyed at 14 Pattaya hotels, where preference is given to hotel guests. Certain hotels have tennis coaches.


Go-karts are available at the 400 and 700-meter track Pattaya Kart Speedway, at Mini Siam, K.R. Go-kart, and the 1,080-metre track for professional drivers at the Bira International Circuit.


Squash can be enjoyed at the Cherry Tree pub on the Siam Country Club Golf Course road, the Dusit Resort Pattaya and Ambassador City, Jomtien.


This game of skill, strategy and daring can be enjoyed every day at the Paintball Park, which is located near the Pattaya Kart Speedway.


The Pattaya Badminton Court on Soi 17 is open 24 hours daily.


Three alleys cater for bowlers, the Pattaya Bowl on Pattaya Road 2, an alley in the Royal Jomtien Hotel, and the OD Bowl in South Pattaya.


A jogging track is an integral part of the pleasantly landscaped Pattaya Fitness Park located near the summit of Pattaya hill. Certain hotels have jogging tracks. Jogging is also enjoyable along the promenades facing Pattaya Bay, and along Jomtien Beach.

Motor Racing

The Bira International Circuit at Km 14 on Route 36 to Rayong periodically stages international motor and motorcycle racing. The 2.4-kilometer track is ideal for Formula 3 racing. There are daily opportunities for speed enthusiasts who enjoy driving their own two-wheeled or four-wheeled vehicles around the challenging track for nominal fees.


Snooker can be enjoyed at the Pattaya Bowl, AR Snooker, Dice Cafe Hall and the Royal Place Hotel.


A handgun and rifle range with 19 fully equipped and air-conditioned galleries is open daily at Tiffany's on Pattaya 2 Road.

Horse Riding

Available at the Horse Sport Center at Km. 11 on Route 36 (near the Bira International Circuit). Mountain and jungle rides are made on Australian thoroughbreds. Riding lessons are offered.


Water Skiing

The most popular venues are the northern and southern parts of Pattaya Beach, Jomtien Beach and Ko Lan Island. Freshwater water-skiing is available at Lakeland Cable Water Ski at Kilometer 150.5 on Sukhumvit Highway.


Jomtien Beach is the major center for windsurfing. Tuition is widely available for beginners. The Pattaya Windsurf Club on Jomtien Beach regularly stages board competitions. October through June is the best months for windsurfing, thanks to ideal water and wind conditions.


The most popular rentals are Lasers, Prindles and Hobie Cats. Sailing is a year-round sport in Pattaya's waters. Visitors wishing to avail themselves of knowledgeable information regarding sailing rentals and seasonal conditions should contact their hotel travel desk, or the Royal Varuna Yacht Club at Tel: 251-115.

Game fishing

Many operators organize expeditions. Waters surrounding Manwichai, Rin and Kram islands are popular for the pursuit of marlin, king mackerel, barracuda and other Gulf denizens.

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving and snorkeling are popular around Pattaya's offshore islands, particularly those furthest from Pattaya Bay, namely Ko Pai, Ko Manwichai, Ko Luam and Ko Rim. Neophyte divers can take open water certification courses organized by several local dive shops.


This sport is ubiquitous throughout the resort, is featured at several hotels with their own private beaches, and is perhaps best enjoyed at Ko Lan where floating 'take-off and landing' platforms mean flight occurs exclusively above the sea.

Freshwater Water Sports

These can be enjoyed at the Ban Bung Sailing & Para motor Center some 4 kilometers off Sukhumvit Highway (from Km 150) where there are facilities for, among other activities, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and fishing.


Major hotels operate gourmet restaurants, cocktail lounges, discotheques, nightclubs and supper clubs, which offer excellent food, drinks, music and international entertainment. Such establishments are ideally suited to family entertainment. Nightlife beyond Pattaya's hotels is more liberated and exciting. Discotheques, transvestite cabarets, nightclubs, coffee shops, karaoke bars, open-air bars and restaurants with live music and entertainment compete for attention. Most such establishments are located along the Beach Road, Pattaya 2 Road, and in South Pattaya, which is also the resort's major shopping area. Up-to-date listings of entertainment and shows are available in local English-language tourism publications.


South Pattaya is the major shopping area for beachwear, souvenirs, films, tapes, pharmaceuticals and liquor. The resort's major gems, jewelry, silk, cotton and handicraft shops, tailors and boutiques are located in the vicinity of, or adjacent to, major beachside hotels. The Pattaya 2 Road is also a favorite haunt for shoppers, with several handicraft and Thai silk shops. Department stores and allied bazaars in Central Pattaya offer other shopping experiences.


Some of Thailand's choicest seafood is found in hotel buffets and several specialty restaurants. Steakhouses, coffee shops and fast food outlets provide attractive alternatives. Gourmets and gourmands alike find satisfaction in numerous restaurants featuring regional Thai cuisine and French, Swiss, German, Italian, English, Scandinavian, Indian, Arabic, Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean food.

Pattaya's Annual Festival

Each year, usually during April, the week-long Pattaya Festival is celebrated with a wide range of entertainment spectacles, including parades, beauty contests, concerts, food festivals, fireworks and an exciting calendar of sporting events, including Grand Prix and go-kart motor-racing, sailing regattas, windsurfing competitions, power boat racing and fishing contests. Special exhibitions and shopping opportunities abound as Pattaya celebrates in a style befitting its stature as Asia's premier beach resort.