Thursday, February 16, 2012

5 Things to do in Pattaya

Pattaya Things to Do

This article on the 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 an 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 sightseeing in this city which is about two hours drive from Bangkok.

5 Things To Do In Pattaya

Pattaya Thai Alangkarn Theater
Elephants on stage and in action at the show

1. Experience the Thai Alangkarn Theater Show in Pattaya

This is one of the most interesting Thai Cultural Theater Shows in Pattaya. The name of this show is called Thai Alangkarn and it is a must-visit if you like theaters with something different to offer.

The attraction 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 which is pretty surreal when you see them perform.

Thai Alangkarn
Address: Tambon Na Chom Thian, Amphoe Sattahip, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20250, Thailand
Phone: +66 38 256 007

Pattaya Tiffany Show Girl
Tiffany Show Girl

2. See the 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’s Eve in 1974 and now, Tiffany’s Show is a household word in Thailand and Asia as well as around the world.

The Tiffany’s Show in Pattaya 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.

This attraction is absolutely good fun for singles, couples or even families. See more pictures of the Tiffany Show in Thailand on my Facebook Page.

Tiffany's Show Pattaya
Address: 464 Pattayasaisong Rd, Muang Pattaya, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Phone: +66 38 421 700
Ticket price: 650-1050 THB

Photo of Pattaya Walking Street
Restaurants at the Pattaya Walking Street

3. Explore 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 tourists during weekends too. But security here is amazing as there are many Thai policemen seen patrolling the area.

From stylish and catchy seafood restaurants, live music bars, cabaret shows, gogo bars, clubs, discos, shopping, and even an Elvis Show. Read my previous review on Pattaya Walking Street.

Pattaya Walking Street
Address: Muang Pattaya, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

Pattaya Koh Larn Beach
Koh Larn Beach, Pattaya

4. Visit Koh Larn Island in Pattaya

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.

Koh Larn Island
Access: Tour companies in Pattaya

Pattaya Ripley's Believe It or Not
Ripley's Believe It or Not in Pattaya

5. Explore the Shopping and Attractions in Pattaya

Apart from the above, there is an 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 alive once night falls and you can expect thousands of locals and tourists 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 Lookout 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. 

Final Thoughts on Things to do in Pattaya

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.

Please 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.

But for the very adventurous and ambitions traveler, there are quite a number of unique things that you can do in this fascinating city of Thailand.

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.

6 comments:

Scott - Quirky Travel Guy said...

I would probably do all of these if I made it over there, spending as much time on the beach as possible.

The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen) said...

This place looks great! Would love to see the elephants and walk along the beach. Thanks for the tips!

stresssik said...

this is the better place to release my stress... haha

evan said...

nice place, better for relaxation and remove stress..thanks for ur tips

Michael Figueiredo (StruxTravel) said...

Pattaya looks like a lot of fun! I hope to make it there someday. :)

David Jr said...

Scott - It's one of those places that every traveler should experience in Thailand.

Ellen - You're most welcome. Lots to see and do here apart from the 5 listed.

Stresssik/evan - In a way, yes, great place as they have numerous spas too.

Michael - Do it on the off peak season, less crowds :)