Pattaya is one of Thailand’s famed resort cities and can be found on the East Coast of the Gulf of Thailand. A vibrant city which is almost always flushed with tourists, there are several places to visit in Pattaya that will enthral you and bring you back for more. As a beachside city, it’s known for its beaches, but there are also plenty of other interesting sights here which will fascinate you and set you on your path to your dream vacation.
Pattaya is divided into three main areas – Naklua, Pattaya Beach and Jomtien. Each of these areas are characterised by their own unique atmosphere. Some of them are traditionally Thai while others have luxurious resorts. Here’s a list of some of the must visit places in Pattaya.
Nong Nooch Garden is one of the top Pattaya tourist attractions in the city. Designed like a beautiful theme park, the gardens can easily take up an entire day to see entirely. There are individually themed gardens such as a Stonehenge replica, a 17th century French garden and even a European renaissance garden.
A sight for sore eyes, the greenery around you will feel like a balm for your tired soul. Beautifully manicured gardens, orchid nurseries and gardens with succulent plants are some of the features of Nong Nooch making it one of the best places to see in Pattaya.
For a fun day out with the family, especially if there are children, don’t miss out on a visit to Ramayana Water Park in Silverlake area. Considered to be the biggest water park in Thailand, this is indeed one of the topmost Pattaya sightseeing options which can include the entire family.
There are around 50 water slides and a variety of attractions here along with a wave machine pool for added fun.
One of the most interesting places to see in Pattaya, if you are fond of architecture, is the Sanctuary of Truth. Built entirely out of intricately carved wood, this sanctuary depicts the cycle of life and the pursuit of spirituality.
The interesting fact is that it is neither a temple nor a palace and is not connected to any religion. Some of the carvings in the Sanctuary of Truth are elephants, mythological creatures, deities and even people. Since the wood has not been treated, several parts of the sanctuary have withered and rotted away and need to be replaced, thereby making the construction a constantly ongoing activity.
Pattaya sightseeing would be incomplete without a visit to Mini Siam. Featuring miniature versions of the seven wonders of the world, it also includes several famed international sights such as Statue of Liberty, London’s Tower Bridge, Wat Arun, L’Arc de Triomphe and Sydney Opera House. It is a fun, educational experience, especially if you have children with you.