Millions of tourists come here every year to admire exotic nature and beautiful sunsets, get acquainted with Asian culture, see vivid performances in numerous cabarets and clubs, play golf, and visit famous discos and bars.
There is only one beach in Pattaya itself. It bears the same name Pattaya Beach, but tourists also like to relax in the neighboring areas: Jomtien, Naklua, Wongamat, Pratumnak, and others.
Pattaya Beach is the most popular and most visited beach in Pattaya. It is always noisy and fun here. But swimming in the center of the resort will not work because the water is rather dirty. However, lovers of outdoor activities will be delighted with the local cuisine served in the coastal cafes.
Na Jomtien Beach
Na Jomtien Beach is a quiet and peaceful beach where you can find privacy. It is located just 15 kilometers south of Pattaya. The water and sand conditions on the coast are much more welcoming than in the center, where you can not only sunbathe but also swim.
Wongamat Beach is a small beach, 1.5 km long, very quiet, and cozy. It is located in the northern area of Naklua. The road is far away, so the noise of cars does not bother me. The beach is a great place to relax and enjoy exotic landscapes. If you stock up on snacks and drinks in advance, you can spend a lot of time on this beach, sunbathing or playing with children.
Of all the mainland beaches in the vicinity of Pattaya, Militari Beach has gained the greatest fame, which has become an excellent alternative to a trip to Koh Lan. The military beach or Sai Kaew Beach is located on the territory of the naval base. For entry, a pass is issued at the checkpoint, the entry fee is 100 baht (2.7 euros) for adults and 50 baths (1.35 euros) for children. Foreigners are required to leave the secure facility before 18:00.
Sai Kaew Beach can be compared to island beaches in terms of transparency of the water, therefore it is also often called the Blue Lagoon or Azure Bay. The water is always clear here, and the beach is not crowded. There are cafes, and restaurants on the beach, and you can rent a bungalow right on the beach. There are no large hotels and buildings nearby since the area is considered a protected area.
Travel attractions in Pattaya
Pattaya is one of the most interesting holiday destinations. The zest of the resort is in the numerous entertainments that are designed for people of different ages, gender, wealth, and horizons.
Walking street is the most famous street in Pattaya and the main place for entertainment. There are many bars, nightclubs, souvenir shops, and massage and tattoo salons. The street is located in the city center along the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. This street, unremarkable during the day, becomes a pedestrian street from 19:00 and is closed to traffic.
It is believed that Walking Street is a street for adult entertainment only, but families with children, people of retirement age, and married couples come here. This place is not suitable for everyone, but it is worth going and seeing the legendary place of Pattaya.
Temple of Truth
The Temple of Truth (Prasat Mai) is a wooden temple that has been built since 1981. Its peculiarity is that the building is built without nails. It is decorated with carved figures and ornaments of mythological and religious heroes. Completion of construction is scheduled for 2025. The temple is located in the north of Pattaya, at Cape Rachwate.
Nong Nooch Park Garden
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Park grew out of an ordinary orchard. Its vast area is divided into different thematic zones: in addition to exotic trees and flowers, there are areas decorated in European style. There are also many attractions for children, colorful shows with animals, and a petting zoo. Bungalows for rent on the territory of the garden. The park is located south of Pattaya, 20 km from the city center.
Khao Kheow Zoo
Khao Kheow Zoo is one of the oldest and largest zoos in Thailand. It is home to 8 thousand individuals and 300 species of animals. The territory is divided into thematic zones: savannah, deer, birds, butterfly gardens, felines, monkeys, penguins, sea animals, etc. It also hosts animal shows several times a day, such as an elephant bath or a penguin parade.
Underwater World Pattaya
All sea inhabitants are gathered here, and a contact pool is open, where you can get to know exotic animals better. The tunnels for walking around the aquarium repeat the shelf of the Gulf of Thailand.
Central Festival Pattaya is a large shopping center. They sell clothes, cosmetics, and perfumery, baby products, electronics, photographic equipment. The Big C supermarket occupies two floors. Also, the complex has restaurants, cafes, a cinema, and an area for entertainment and games.
Royal Garden Plaza is not only a shopping mall but also a popular meeting place in Pattaya. It consists of 3 floors. There are cafes and restaurants, numerous shops, a cinema, slot machines, and a museum of unusual things.
The cost of rest in Pattaya is lower than in other resorts in Thailand. With an average budget, you can fully relax, allowing yourself to go to cafes, sightseeing, and other entertainment. Most of the costs are taken up by flights and accommodation.