Pattaya the Guide
Pattaya is known for its nightlife, numerous parties and sex tourism. Pattaya is no longer the old American air base of the 1960s. It has since grown a lot. It wants to redeem itself and offer a new, calmer, more romantic image. A dream far from reality?
The communicators are working on it, but the reality remains. However, in addition to this sulphurous image, travellers can discover activities and sites that deserve a little stop, a little break before leaving for new Thai regions or cities.
- Name in Thaï :พัทยา
- From Bangkok : 147 km
- Population : 105 000 habitants
- Province : Chonburi
- Main activities : tourisme
- High Season: November - May
- Number of days: 2 or 3 days.
- Main interest : seaside resort known especially for its nightlife.
Pattaya : its train station
Pattaya has a small railway station. You can go by train either to Bangkok or to Plu Ta Luang. All the infos.
Direct bus from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya
Many travellers arriving at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport want to go directly to Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. This is possible with direct buses. All the information.
Pattaya : What to see - What to do
Pattaya : Big Buddha Temple
The Big Buddha Temple (วัดพระใหญ่) - Phra Yai - is located on the hill Khao Phra Tamnak which is between South Pattaya and Jomtien. A small temple to discover during a short !
The Sanctuary of Truth - ปราสาทสัจธรรม
The Sanctuary of Truth is a temple built of wood in its entirety. The Sanctuary or Prasat Sam Ja-Tam is a subtle blend of different traditional styles: Thai, Hindu, Khmer, etc. It contains sculptures and images from mythologies from all over Southeast Asia. The building is very imposing with a peak height of 105m. It is a must-see monument in the region.
Open every day from 08:00 to 18:00. Entrance fee: 500 baht adult/250 baht child.
Nong Nooch Botanical Garden
The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is one of the oldest private botanical gardens in Thailand. It is also one of the largest with 242 hectares dedicated to the different plants and species found throughout Southeast Asia. There are many orchids, palms, cacti, etc. It is a very family-friendly destination. There are dance shows and (unfortunately) elephant entertainment.
It is especially the place to see life-size dinosaurs.
Entrance fee: 500 baht for foreigners. 300 baht for foreigners with a work permit. 360 for children between 90 and 120 cm. Open every day from 08:00 to 18:00.
Koh Larn/Koh Lan
Located 45 minutes from Pattaya, Koh Lan is a small island where you can enjoy several beaches. It is the destination which makes it possible to make a break from the agitation of Pattaya. The island is large enough for families or party people to live together. It is an excellent destination for those who do not have much time and want to taste the pleasures of the Thai islands.
Beware, in high season, it is very crowded! It’s possible to sleep on site, but it’s best to book several days in advance.
Discover Pattaya's Batman House: Urbex Graffiti Paradise
With its imposing presence in the bustling center of Pattaya, the Batman House, once a thriving nightclub, now stands abandoned. This colossal structure has captured the attention of graffiti artists and urbex enthusiasts alike, drawing them from every corner of the globe.