5 Awesome Things To See and Do in Pattaya, Thailand

Pattaya has quite a raunchy reputation in Thailand. Known as the sex capital of the country with hundreds of bars, massage parlors and clubs, Pattaya is trying to change this shaky title. Receiving around 10 million tourists yearly the city is offering mega shopping centers, amenities, cultural and action-packed attractions. Here is an exciting list of 5 things you can do in Pattaya with your friends or with your family. Other than staying at the cheap and beautiful hotels, let me help you out with some activities to keep you entertained within this small but thriving beach city.

Walking Street in Pattaya | via Nuk2013
Walking Street in Pattaya | via Nuk2013

Walking Street
Found at the end of Pattaya’s beach road, this street is 500m of fun and excitement. Many countries and cities claim  to have their own version of this street but let me assure you, you have probably never seen something quite like this before. The street closes to vehicles at 6pm and that’s when the neon lights come out and the dancers take it to the street. A word of caution – do not go there with children under 18, but to all those who enjoy nightlife this is a cultural experience that you shouldn’t miss.

Sanctuary of Truth | via HolidayGenius
Sanctuary of Truth | via HolidayGenius

Sanctuary of Truth                                                                                                                        The Sanctuary of Truth is a large wooden structure that was built in accordance with ancient Thai ingenuity. Every inch of the structure is carved with the aim to show its visitors ancient life, human responsibility, cycle of living and achieving Utopia. With four wings, each wing is designated to a specific culture; Khmer, Indian, Thai and Chinese religions respectively. The structure stands mightily with its peak being 105m tall and the sea giving a breathtaking view and comforting breeze.

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden | via MakeMyTrip
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden | via MakeMyTrip

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
The team behind the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden has won various awards for their creative designs. It has the most beautiful displays of flowers and landscape gardens. They have a recreation of Stonehenge, exclusive displays of Bonsai, Cacti and Tropical Palms, alongside regular shows of elephant riding, Thai dancing and Thai boxing and drumming. A perfect place to spend the day with your friends and family.

CN Amazone Waterpark in Pattaya | via SightSeeingGroup
CN Amazone Waterpark in Pattaya | via SightSeeingGroup

Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark
This is one of the largest waterparks in Thailand and features 30 state-of-the art rides that are sure to give you the thrills. Large mascots, a comprehensive food court, and 10 entertainment zones. What more can I say about water parks than Have a Splash!

Coral Island, Pattaya | via PattayaCentral
Coral Island, Pattaya | via PattayaCentral

Coral Island
Close your eyes and imagine beautiful blue waters, pristine white beaches and relaxation on the beach. Now add a load of tourists and voila! You now have the very reputable Coral Island. The name was derived from the color of its sand which matched that of white corals. Coral Island is a short boat ride away from Pattaya and despite the amount of tourists, it is a truly a nice place to hang out – especially if you like water sports.

So there you have it guys! If you are planning to visit Thailand, give Pattaya a go and check out these attractions – I can vouch for a culturally unique, enriching and amusing experience.

Aashi Morakhiya

Featured image via Bangkok.com

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