5 Things to do in Pattaya, Thailand is a random compilation for those planning to go there for a holiday. As Pattaya is well known as a lively coastal city, there is abundance of things to do there and this article highlights just some of the things a common person can do while on holiday in Pattaya. Also to highlight that Pattaya is also one of the main areas for Medical Tourism in Thailand as they have some of the best dentist and other medical procedures available. You have also the best of entertainment, island, shopping and sight seeing in this city which is about two hours drive from Bangkok.
Elephants on stage and in action at the show
1. Thai Alangkarn Theater Show in Pattaya
This is one of the most interesting Thai Cultural Theater Shows in Thailand. Called Thai Alangkarn, it is a must-visit if you like theaters with something different. It is also situated at km.155 Sukhumvit road, Na-Jomtien, Sattahip Chonburi with an area of 32 acres. This massive project includes a prototype Hexa stage Theater with 2,000 seats in tiers, Cultural Rostrum and a Restaurant with 1,000 seating capacity. The highlight of the show is the use of live elephants in a mock up war. For more information, visit the Thai Alangkarn Theater Website.
Tiffany Show Girl
2. Tiffany Show in Pattaya
This is also another must-see show as it is the Original Transvestite Cabaret show in Pattaya and Thailand which is now in its 37th year running! Amazingly, it originated as a one man show performed for friends on New Year’ Eve in 1974 and now, Tiffany’s Show is a household word in Thailand and Asia as well as around the world. Tiffany’s Show in Pattaya, Thailand has also been voted No.4 in the Top 10 Best Shows to see around the world in 2001. The incredible, talents of the transvestite, transgender community, all drawn from the provinces of Thailand are showcased in a show full of exotic spectacular scenes, the latest technical lighting and sound playing 3 shows nightly every night of the year. Good fun for singles, couples or even families. See more pictures of the Tiffany Show in Thailand on my Facebook.
Restaurants at the Pattaya Walking Street
3. Pattaya Walking Street
Famous or infamous, the Pattaya Walking Street is a place that everyone must visit, minus the children. This entire main street is closed off to traffic in the evening and becomes one carnival street with all kinds of entertainment offered in this one kilometer long street. If you have to bring your kids, make it a morning or afternoon visit. Expect hoards of tourist during weekends too. But security here is amazing as there are many Thai police men seen patrolling the area. From stylist and catchy seafood restaurants, live music bars, cabaret shows, go go bars, clubs, discos, shopping and even an Elvis Show. Read my previous review on Pattaya Walking Street.
Koh Larn Beach, Pattaya Thailand
4. Koh Larn Island in Pattaya, Thailand
Koh Larn is a beautiful island which is located about 7km off the coast of Pattaya Beach and can be done within a day trip if you go there in the morning via ferry. The Island is about 4km long and about 2km wide and has about a thousand residents most of whom live in the main village called Naban. There are many activities here for visitors to enjoy, some include para sailing, snorkeling, jet ski, banana boat, swimming in tropical waters, and there is even a shooting range located here. If you want to explore the island, you can do so on foot as there are temples and shops in the village area. Usually tourist come here to utilize the main beaches as there are about 8 beaches throughout Koh Larn. The main beach where the ferry drops you off is usually packed with tourist so if you like it less crowded, it is best to take a local taxi to a more secluded beach around the island. See more pictures of Koh Larn on my Facebook Album.
Ripley's Believe It or Not in Pattaya, Thailand
5. Shopping and Attractions in Pattaya
Apart from the above, there is abundance of shopping malls, local restaurants, unique attractions like Ripley's Believe It Or Not and Louis Tussaud's Waxworks Museum. Walking around Beach Street (the main seaside street) you can also visit Pattaya City Walk for some local art and craft, food and culture. The entire stretch comes very alive once night falls and you can expect thousands of locals and tourist around this area. For beach lovers, there is the main Pattaya Beach across the street where you can rent a deck chair and just bake in the sun. For a great view, you can take a taxi to the Pattaya Bay Look Out Point where you can see the entire bay area. Near Jomtien Beach, there is also the Pattaya Water Park for some family fun and for pampering, there are quite a number of world class spas like Oasis Spa.
Overall, I would recommend Pattaya to the adventurous travelers as there is so much to do there. If you are booking a 3D/2N trip, you could probably do quite a lot in that short time. Take note that if you are a serious nature person or someone who likes less crowded places, then this is not your cup of tea. Also, for the very adventurous and ambitions traveler, there are quite a number of unique things to do in this city. Pattaya is also very different from Bangkok in my opinion and again, worth a visit if you have never been here so enjoy the 5 Things to do in Pattaya, Thailand.