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Attractions in Pattaya in Thailand

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A famed international playground in the sun where the action is non-stop. Enjoy yourself to the max in a dazzling kaleidoscope of sports and entertainment.

Pattaya is a phenomenon. Once a tiny fishing village, it has developed into a renowned international playground. Colourful and alive with activities, it is unrivalled as a beach resort, offering more attractions in greater profusion than any other single destination in Southeast Asia.

Located just 150 km. southeast of Bangkok and facing a wide bay and a long majestic sweep of beach, Pattaya has been groomed for international visitors over more than three decades, and today it boasts the unique distinction of a beach resort with a city status. This near paradoxical situation holds the key to Pattaya's rare attraction - it has something for everyone. Whereas most other beach resorts rely simply on natural surroundings for their charm, Pattaya makes an all-out attempt to provide the best of everything in an exhaustive mix of facilities. To the basic ingredient of a superb coastal location, it adds just about every other amenity one can think of for recreation, entertainment, sightseeing and fun. Website:







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Pattaya Walking Street


Pattaya Music Festival


Pattaya Bay at Night


Pattaya Bay at Night




Water sports in Pattaya


Best at Hat Jomtien, where tuition is available for beginners. October. through June are the best months, with ideal water and wind conditions for windsurfing


Sailing is a year-round sport in Pattaya's waters, and the most popular craft to rent are Lasers, Prindles and Hobie Cats. For more information, visitors should contact their hotel travel desk or the Royal Varuna Yacht Club.
Tel.03825 0116, 03830 6290

Water Skiing

The most popular venues are the northern and southern parts of Pattaya Beach, Jomtien Beach and Ko Lan, while freshwater skiing is available at Lakeland Cable Ski at the 150.5 km. marker on Sukhumvit Road. Open daily 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Tel.03823 2690-2

Game Fishing

Expeditions are organised by many operators, with the waters around Koh Manwichai, Koh Rin and Koh Khram popular for the pursuit of marlin, king mackerel and barracuda.


This sport is widely available throughout the resort.



Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Both sports are popular around Pattaya's offshore islands. The resort has several dive shops, and beginners can take PADI open water certification courses.



Nightlife in Pattaya

Major hotels operate gourmet restaurants, cocktail lounges, discotheques and nightclubs, and such establishments are well suited to family entertainment. Nightlife beyond Pattaya's hotels is more liberated, with discotheques, transvestite cabarets, nightclubs, karaoke bars and open-air bars. Most of these attractions are located along Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya II Road, and in South Pattaya. Pattaya is famous for its transvestite cabarets: Alcazar and Tiffany both on Pattaya Road.
Alcazar Tel.03841 0225, 03841 0224-7
Tiffany Tel.03842 9642

Transvestite cabarets


Special events in Pattaya

Pattaya Music Festival

Held in March along Pattaya Beach and town, the jamboree includes the Walking Street Festival for three days and two nights and the Three-Stage Free Concert - the Red Stage for Pop, Rock and Country music, the Green Stage for Pop Jazz, and the Blue Stage for Indy, Hip-hop, and R&B music from 6.00p.m. till midnight.

Wan Lai Fair

This is the Eastern Seaboard's version of Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year, and is organised simultaneously with the Pattaya Festival in mid-April. Events include a floral float parade, water sports contests and a sandcastle-building competition.

Pattaya Marathon

Held in July each year, this is a fun activity that attracts hundreds of local and international runners.

Loi Krathong Day

This day is one of the most popular festivals in Thailand celebrated annually on the full-moon night of the 12th lunar month, usually in November. "Loi" means float and "Krathong" is a lotus-shaped vessel made of banana leaves. The festival is of Brahmin origins in which people offer thanks to the Goddess of the water. It is believed that the Krathong carries away sins and bad luck, and wishes are made for the New Year due to start soon.


Accommodation in Pattaya

Pattaya offers accommodation in all price ranges, from luxury resorts to basic bungalows. A list of accommodation in all categories can be obtained from the TAT Central Region Office : Region 3.
Tel:03842 7667, 03842 8750


Shopping in Pattaya

South Pattaya is the major shopping area , a long with Pattaya II Road. The best buys include souvenirs, gems and jewellery, silk, cotton, handicrafts and tailor-made clothing.

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