Pattaya is famous for its naughty nature and there are plenty of delights of this type to sample. Beneath all the hedonism, however, is a city perfectly set up for tourists, with everything for cultural attractions to adventure sports to while away the days with. The beach is also never far away for those simply looking to take the weight off.
Sun worshippers can get the sand between their toes and the water up their nose at Pattaya Beach, which offers a good selection of water sports but can get quite packed during the busiest season. Jomtien Beach is generally quieter and the water is nicer for swimming. It is also Pattaya’s gay-friendly beach and boasts a number of sailing clubs where boats can be hired.
Just a short ferry ride away is Koh Larn, although it seems miles away from Pattaya’s party heart. Here visitors will be treated to crystal-clear waters, golden sand and an ultimately chilled-out vibe. More on Koh Larn.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is a good giggle for those looking to be entertained without too much hard work. It can be found in the Royal Garden Plaza on Beach Road and boats a number of quirky exhibits. The Museum of Bottle Art also provides something a bit different with its showcase of miniature world-attractions, and everything from Dutch windmills to Thai temples magically materialising within bottles.
Thrills seekers should not miss the Flight of the Gibbon canopy tour at Khao Kheow Open Zoo. The network of fool-proof jungle zip-lines has been voted Thailand’s best attraction for a number of years, while the zoo allows visitors to observe tigers, monkeys and other wild animals in a relatively free-range setting.
Built to reflect the grandeur of the Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Sanctuary of Truth Temple is stunning and serene. Mini Siam is also worth a look with its collection of miniature landmarks from around the world.
Adrenalin junkies will struggle to find more of a thrill in Pattaya than bungy-jumping. Those who lose their nerve can watch others from the bar, while international experts are on hand to advise all those willing to take the plunge. The 50-metre jump is by a small lake in Jomtien. Nearby, Pattaya Kart Speedway offers a quick release for all those needing to burn some rubber, with three tracks catering for everyone from newbie racers up to professional go-karters. More on Pattaya activities.
Tiger Wood wannabes will be in their element in this golfing paradise. With more than 20 international-standard courses to choose from, the hardest part is deciding where to go first. Green fees generally range from around 300 baht to 2,000 baht, with additional charges for buggies and caddies. More on golf in Pattaya.
Pattaya is notorious for having one of the naughtiest nightlife scenes in Thailand, with Walking Street in the south of the city the best place for girlie bars and nightclubs. Tiffany shows can also be good fun , as the unusually skilled drag queens put on a much better display than in most other Thai tourist destinations. More on Pattaya attractions.