The Pattaya region of Eastern Thailand is a showcase of the variety you will find in this country. From ancient Thai religious sites to the most modern clubs and attractions, Pattaya is one of those unique places you can just get lost in.
From the rain forest canopies and cultural ruins to the cabaret stage and downtown glitz, Pattaya is definitely a unique adventure that every Thailand visitor should experience. Here’s a list of the top five things things to do in Pattaya, Thailand that should absolutely be in your itinerary.
Imagine a massive street party that happens after dark and you have a pretty good idea of what South Pattaya’s Walking Street is all about. It’s a 500 meter stretch of bars, restaurants and clubs that is closed to vehicle traffic at 6pm. Then, the lights come on and locals and tourists alike party in the streets until the wee hours of the morning. There is not much to see on Walking Street during the daytime hours, as most business are closed, awaiting nightfall to open again.
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
Nong Nooch Garden is a gorgeously landscaped nature area that covers over 500 acres of grounds. Nong Nooch has a number of themed gardens, including Stonehenge and European Renaissance – with plants and foliage native to those areas. It also features thousands of plants, flowers and shrubs that are native to Thailand as well as cactus gardens, lotus gardens and orchids.
The beautiful greenery isn’t the only attraction at Nong Nooch. The venue also features a restaurant, elephant rides, gorgeous Thai statues and cycling paths.
Art In Paradise
Art In Paradise is a modern twist on traditional art galleries. It is home to more than 100 3D art pieces divided in ten different sections. The pieces were created by master artists to create optical illusions depicting nature, science and architecture – as well as reproductions of some of the classics – including the Mona Lisa. Gallery visitors have an immersive experience with the art pieces by becoming part of the backdrop, which makes for some really cool photo ops! Admission prices to Art In Paradise vary, with a child’s admission costing less than adults. Be advised that Thai citizens get a substantial discount on admission prices, compared to foreign travelers.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not has made a business of the truth being stranger than fiction and have dedicated their brand to creating showcases of the strange and bizarre in countries around the world. The Pattaya location of Ripley’s is no different. In fact, it has lots of perks that other locations don’t – like a 12D movie theater, on-site wax museum and the ever-popular Sky Rider – a giant yellow balloon ride that takes visitors high above the city for some fantastic aerial views. There are 300 exhibits in the Pattaya Ripley’s – divided into ten themed areas so be sure to check out all of them when you go.
Flight Of The Gibbon
If you have a sense of adventure and feel the need to venture off the beaten path away from the common tourist draws in Pattaya, the Flight Of The Gibbon may be just the experience you seek. Flight Of The Gibbon is a 3 km course of more than 20 zip lines zigzagging across the rainforest canopy in Chompoo National Park, just outside Pattaya. The guides at Flight Of The Gibbon are knowledgeable and attentive. They provide safety training sessions before guest embark on their adventure and provide them with top of the line gear to ensure their safety and comfort during the excursion. The zipline park is also connected to the Khao Kaew Safari, one of the best and largest animal sanctuaries in Thailand. During the trip, zipliners will learn about all the local flora and fauna they may encounter on their excursion and experience the true beauty of Thailand in a way that is unsurpassed by any other attraction in the country.