10 Reasons to visit Pattaya right now
Halfway between Pattaya and Bangkok lies Khao Khiew Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to a vast rainforest and the longest and highest zip-line in the world. Plenty of shows are available on premises such as the animal conservation show, the after dark safari and the wild animals show where you’ll get a chance to meet exotic animals such as skunks, raccoons, wild boars, eagles, macaws, and orangutans.
Lest we forget that Pattaya is a vibrant entertainment precinct. Whether you’re looking to sip refreshing cocktails, listen to live music, dance the night away or experience the astonishing and legendary Tiffany Cabaret, Pattaya sets the stage for it all.
Three years of pandemic resulted in a deep cleanse of Pattaya’s beaches and seawater. Gone are the days of crowded beaches, poor water quality and trash found half-buried in the sand. Most beaches in Pattaya are now nothing short of spectacular. As such, there has never been a better time to go island hopping. Sail away to Koh Lan or Koh Krok and snorkel with exotic fish among colourful aquatic flora beneath the waves or feel your heart racing as you jet ski or hop on a banana boat ride.
Unlimited tee time
With over 20 scenic courses to choose from, Pattaya has become Thailand’s premiere golf destination. In fact, several championship courses were designed by some of the best names in golf such as Sir Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus. Try the original course at Siam Country Club or the championship course at Laem Chabang International Country Club.
A pulsating paradise is within grasp when you stay at Avani Pattaya Resort which is conveniently located just a couple of minutes' walk to the beach. What’s more, a range of adrenaline-pumping activities are available near the resort, from skydiving and paragliding to bungee jumping and flyboarding.
Venture to North Pattaya and witness an impressive Khmer-style temple built entirely out of wood by Thai craftsmen. Known as The Sanctuary of Truth, this majestic architecture is a cultural monument and religious shrine. Embellished by symbolic Chinese, Hindi and Buddhist sculptures, the castle pays tribute to the seven creators of the kingdom including Heaven, Earth, Father, Mother, Moon, Sun and Stars.
Offering both beachside relaxation and urban exploration, it’s easy to shop til you drop as some of the best shopping malls in Thailand are branched in Pattaya. Think Central Festival Pattaya Beach, Terminal 21 Pattaya, The Avenue and Royal Garden Plaza. The latter is a massive mall just a few steps away from Avani Pattaya Resort with top restaurants, fashion boutiques, entertainment venues and a food court full of international cuisines.
Whether you’re travelling with your significant other or bringing the kids along for the ride, there is plenty of family fun for everyone. Enjoy an exhilarating day out at Ramayana Water Park where colourful, serpentine slides spiral around the park, including a heart-stopping freefall as well as gentle slides for the little ones. Head over to the Royal Garden Plaza where the unbelievable comes alive at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! or meet your favourite celebrity at Louis Tussaud’s wax museum.
Muay Thai or kickboxing is Thailand’s beloved national sport and the top fighters from around the world travels to Bangkok and Pattaya to train and showcase their talents. Get up close and personal with local and international Muay Thai fighters at Max Muay Thai Pattaya where boxing matches are held every Monday to Saturday.
Na Jomtien is a lively up-and-coming neighbourhood in Pattaya with no shortages of new cafes and bars. Head over to Papa Beach café if you prefer a quirky Balinese-styled café with an iconic mermaid photo backdrop, to Tutu Beach café if you prefer a drink on relaxing beanbag chairs right by the sea or to Cave Beach Club if you prefer a laid-back Balinese-style beach club with indoor and outdoor seating. When you’re ready to shake things up at night, try Under the Sun, the latest photogenic bar painted in red which also dubs as a playground with swings and slides. Prefer a beachfront bar? View Mare won’t disappoint. No matter where you’re seated, you can clearly see the beach and listen to the sound of the waves. There’s even a fire twirling show, too.