Stretching 500 kilometres along the Gulf of Thailand and only a few hours drive from Bangkok, the East Coast of Thailand has long been the favourite getaway destination for both residents and visitors to Thailand. Attracting more than 3 million tourists from all over the world annually, Pattaya offers the highest standard of hotels, excellent weather, restaurants, sports, entertainment and shopping facilities. In recent years, Pattaya has become home to an ever expanding number of businesses and business-related service institutions, underlining its evolution from a tiny fishing village to a pivotal player in Thailand's social, cultural and economic scene. The city still retains much of the charm and tranquility of the past while offering all the vigour, multicultural diversity and conveniences of a modern city.
Pattaya is located southeast of Bangkok along the East Coast of Thailand. The Royal Cliff Hotels Group and PEACH are situated between south of Pattaya and Jomtien beach, on a secluded headland overlooking Royal Cliff Bay and the Gulf of Thailand.
Pattaya has a wealth of scenic, cultural and entertainment attractions and venues, with new developments emerging all the time. There are 21 golf courses in or near the Pattaya area and ample outdoor activities including tennis, go-kart (some of the fastest go-karts in Asia), horse-back riding, clay pigeon shooting and many more. Below are selections of some of the popular favourites.
One of the famous attraction in Pattaya. Alangkarn features a complete shopping area with traditional Thai products from local craftsmen throughout the country and many exciting traditional Thai games. Visitors will also find a restaurant offering sumptuous food from all four regions of Thailand and international favors.
Pattaya beach is situated alongside the city centre, adjacent to the core of Pattaya's abundant shopping, food and entertainment areas. Another popular beach in Pattaya is the Jomtien beach. This is located in the south of Pattaya. A wide array of water sport activities can be found on both beaches, including jet-skis, parasailing as well as speedboats.
This tiny fishing village is located along the Sattahip-Ta Rua Phanich Sattahip route, turning left just before one reaches the Sattahip commercial pier. There is a small beach with crystal clear waters. Chong Sarmaesarn is another ideal place for diving and fishing. Several islands dot the area such as Koh Samaesarn, Koh Raed. Koh Chuang, Koh Charn which all come under the supervision of the Royal Thai Navy. Daytime sightseeing is permitted but overnight lodging is prohibited.
Situated on Pornprapanimitr Road on the same directions as Phanaraks Park and Siam Country Club Golf Course. The Elephant Village is a popular tourist spot for Thai and foreign guests alike. Elephant jungle rides are also available.
Located at Tambon Bang Phra, the open zoo operated by the Dusit Zoo Authority (Khao Din Wana) in Bangkok, covers a vast area of around 3,000 rai and has a large number of animals such as deer, bulls monkeys, gibbons, hippopotami, bears, kangaroos, elephants and peacocks etc. Visitors can stroll around the grounds and observe the animals closely. There is also a large aviary with hundreds of varieties of birds covering an area of around 5 rai that visitors can also enter for close viewing.
The Koh Larn group of islands is comprised of Koh Larn, Koh Krok, Koh Sak the largest being Koh Larn. Koh Larn situated to the west of Pattaya Strait, about 7.7 kilometers from the shore, covers an area of about 4 square kilometers. There are beautiful beaches, clear water and an abundance of coral. Visitors can view the coral either from a glass-bottom boat or by diving down directly. Also a well-known beach is Ta Waen Beach located in the northern part of the island, a 750 meters stretch of white sand with many stalls and shops. Sightseeing boats mostly dock in this area. There are also Laemtien Beach and Samae Beach on the south-western side, each beach spanning a length of 700 and 100 meters respectively. Both are regarded as beautiful and interesting spots, especially Laemtien Beach which has remained exceptionally clean and tranquil. There are now a few stores servicing visitors. Ta Pan Beach on the western part of the island is 500 meters in length with make-shift holding available. On Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, sightseeing boats usually dock along this beach all the way to Laemtien where there is coral. On the southern part is Nual Beach which is 450 meters in length. On this beach is a hotel which accommodates a large number of tourists. This is another good place for viewing coral. Popular activities on Koh Larn include swimming, coral viewing, para sailing, water scooter etc.
It is situated about 1 kilometer from the junction leading to Bang Saen. It is a market famous for Chonburi's local handicrafts and souvenirs, such as food, hor mok, kao lam (gluttonous rice baked in bamboo), sweetened banana, taro chips and sweetened-fruit preserves.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is a sprawling recreation park in typical Thai settings. Groups of traditional Thai houses and gardens of different plants are dotted around the beautifully landscaped site. A zoo and a butterfly garden are also in the compound. There are daily cultural and elephant shows attracting crowds of delighted visitors.
Usually held at the middle of April to promote tourism and Pattaya's reputation. Floral floats are paraded along the streets. The Miss Pattaya Beauty contest is held as well as traditional aquatic sports competitions and construction of sand castles. A spectacular fireworks display takes place on the beach and fire crackers are also set off. Simultaneously, there are arts and cultural performances, exhibitions and souvenirs for sale.
Thailand's latest floating market is the Four Regions Floating Market in Banglamung District of Chonburi, a short distance in the south of Pattaya. The market is split up into four distinct areas which represent the four regions of Thailand. There are over one hundred shops selling quality souvenirs and handicrafts as well as delicious Thai food.
The museum is situated on the third floor of the Royal Garden Plaza along Beach Road. Mr. Ripley's collection of curious objects from every corner of the world can be viewed here. Some of them being the actual item while others are replicas. These extraordinary objects are divided into over 250 categories, such as optical illusions, peculiar lifestyles of unusual people and devices of human torture from ancient times, etc.
The vineyard covers an area of 400 rai with 12 kinds of grapes, 11 of which are for fresh consumption and the others for making wine. Visitors can taste and purchase fresh grapes, preserved ones and pure juice as souvenirs. The vineyard is open everyday without entrance fee. The vineyard provides ATVs for rent.
Just 30 minutes drive from Pattaya, this grand tiger zoo, located on an over-100-acre piece of land, boasts not only over 200 Bengal tigers but also 100,000 crocodiles and various kinds of animals in the natural atmosphere. It also offers you many amusing acitvities and amazing shows.
This is originally the Zoological Museum and Marine Aquarium of the former Srinakharinwirot University Bangsaen (Burapha University, at present). In 1980, the University proposed a cooperative project to the Japanese Government for a construction of new facility to replace the Zoological Museum and Marine Aquarium.
This not-to-be-missed attraction is at No. 22/2 Moo 1, Tambon Nong Pla Lai, Banglamung. Covering an area of close to 100 rai, the compound comprises rock gardens and a botanical garden of rare plants and beautifully landscaped grounds. Interesting sights include fossils of plants over a million years in age, 200 years old Thai style bonsai, crocodile farm and a collection of rare animals such as albino bears and elephants. Crocodile round-ups and magic and animal performances are also a major attraction.
The Sanctuary of Truth is located at Ratchawet Cape, Tambon Naklua of Pattaya City in a 24 acres area. It was first built in 1981 by Mr. Lek Wiriyaphan, the owner of Muang Boran (the Ancient City) in Samut Prakan province. The Sanctuary of Truth is wholly made of wood. It is considered one of the most distinguished architectures in Thailand. This wooden castle is built in an archaic Chaturamuk style. The top of the stupa (prang) is 105 meter high. The four sides of the face roof are built in Ayutthaya style decorated with Chofa, Bai Raka and Thepphachao (gods). It presents the story of Ramayana and Mahapharata. The Sanctuary of Truth or the highly carved wooden castle will stand in Pattaya as a memorial to reflect religious belief, especially in Buddhism, of mankind.
Visitors are taken on a "voyage to the bottom of the sea without getting wet". The centre features a 100 meter-long tunnel with acrylic windows.
ADFEST 2017 marks an important milestone as Asia’s most celebrated and recognized regional creative festival as it celebrates its 20th anniversary at the award-winning Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall.
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