The second most frequently visited city of Thailand, Pattaya, offers some of the best holiday experiences to the tourists. Around 150 km away from the capital city of Bangkok, Pattaya is the perfect weekend getaway, not only for the Thai people, but also for travelers who make Bangkok their base city. With a wide range of attractions, shopping, dining and entertainment options, Pattaya is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations for travelers. Due to its proximity and easy accessibility, Pattaya has topped in the holiday itinerary for people planning their holidays in Thailand.
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Whether it is indulging in the spirituality at the temples, experiencing an adrenaline rush in trying many adventure activities, escaping from the bustling city to visit the nearby islands, soaking in the tranquility at the beaches, relishing the authentic Thai delicacies , watching the high production shows in the theatres, enjoying shopping in the malls, street markets or floating markets, visiting quirky museums or taking endless rides in the water parks, everything is available in Pattaya. Whether you are travelling in group, as a couple or solo, Pattaya offers beguiling exciting experiences for everyone. From the most luxurious to budget friendly, the city has a plethora of attractions for each one of you.
If you are visiting Pattaya for two days, here is the city guide that will help you in planning your itinerary for the next 48 hours. Find out here.
When in Pattaya, indulge yourself in the beach to unwind and relax. There is no better way to start your beach time than the popular Central Pattaya Beach, which is a crescent-shaped beach and four kilometres long. Walking on the beach or relaxing on those beach chairs, relishing the Thai cuisines and watching people parasailing is the perfect way to spend time at this beach.
You can also try some of the adventure activities like jet skiing and the classic banana boat rides. If you are looking for a quieter beach time, you must head to the famous Jomtien beach which is only a few km south of the city centre, dotted with beautiful palm trees. One can enjoy the popular adventure sports like windsurfing and kite boarding there. Jumtien beach in Pattaya can be an ideal place for a peaceful and relaxed beach holiday experience.
Take Fun Rides at Water Parks
Pattaya boasts a number of water parks and theme parks in and around the city. It has some of the most amazing rides for the adrenaline junkies as well as for the excited kids. The water parks are one of the top attractions for the family vacationers. These parks are mostly jam-packed on the weekends wherein family and friends spend quality time together. During my recent visit to Pattaya, I visited the Cartoon Network Amazone Water Park and Ramayana Water Park.
Cartoon Network Amazone Water Park
The Cartoon Network Amazone water park is world’s only cartoon network themed water park located in Chonburi in Thailand. Named as one of the top water parks in Asia by the Trip Advisor 2017, this theme water park is a paradise for people who simply love those crazy and adventurous rides. Only 20 minutes from Pattaya City, this water park is one of its kind in the country.
The park has 10 themed entertainment zones dedicated to famous cartoon characters like Girls, Gumball, and Ben 10 which all feature on the famous children’s channel Cartoon Network. They have rides specially designed for the kids based on their age groups as well as for adults. It also houses the world’s first Cartoon Network-themed rooftop restaurants named Foodville and Toonalicious inside the park.
If you like to surf, you must try their exciting Surfarena, specially designed for the adults where the flow rider wave simulator produces perfect waves for you to surf on.
Another most interesting spot in the park is the MegaWave Pool where you can plan quality time with your family. It also plays host to the late night Cartoon Network Amazone Water Park events and concerts.
Ramayana Water Park
The Ramayana Water Park is Thailand’s biggest water park, having 21 water rides, over 50 attractions in total, and 350 highly trained professionals. The Ramayana Water Park is one of the main attractions in Pattaya and the perfect place for spending quality family time. The water park has some of the most exciting rides and attractions for both adults and kids. They have a wide range of attractions like double wave pool, lazy wavy river, relax pool, activity pool, and kid’s aqua splash, river walk, Lake Island, etc. Apart from that, one can also indulge in activities like beach volleyball &football, water polo, volleyball, Zumba, etc. The park also houses a café, shopping facility, relaxing massages and provides high-speed Wi-Fi throughout.
Visit Underwater World
If you are in Pattaya, visiting the Underwater World is a must. More than 105 meters long, the large clear acrylic tunnels, surrounded by the sea creatures, make you feel as if you are diving deep into the sea. There are three zones – Corel Reef Zone, Shark, Stingray Zone and Giant of Siam Zone.
They have recently added a new zone called the Jellyfish zone, which apparently has the biggest collection of jellyfish in Thailand in an aquarium like this. They also have a Touch Pool Zone, where you can actually touch the star fish or other harmless sea creatures. I really liked the sea turtle open pool which allows you to actually see Sea turtles up close.
Another favorite of mine was the Magic Tank which will amaze you with its mystical gravity interactive concept. I had the best time visiting the underwater world as it was my very first visit. This is a must visit place for the kids and one of the top attractions in Pattaya.
Watch the Kaan Show
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This is a new addition to the must watch shows in Pattaya apart from the famous Alcazar Show and Tiffany’s Show. The cinematic brilliance with high production drama, the Kaan Show will take you to the world of imagination with its exceptional stage performances by their artists along with the world-class technology.
The 75 minute show gives you an extraordinary theatrical experience with some of the most thrilling moments during the show. The high voltage drama with sky high entertainment is something unmissable in Pattaya. The show is performed at SINGHA D’LUCK Cinematic Theatre, located on Thepprasit Road, Pattaya, Chonburi province. The Kaan show is definitely one of the worth watching shows in the city with your family and friends.
Indulge in Shopping
When in Pattaya, shopping in their amazing street markets is mandatory. There are a wide variety of options available from luxury malls, street markets to the floating market. There are night markets also. From the most expensive clothing brands to the local products, Thai silk, handicrafts, local Thai food, paintings, fresh fruits, electronics, cosmetics, toys, novelties, souvenirs, etc., practically everything you get in Pattaya. One of the prominent shopping streets, known as Soi Buakhao Market, which comes alive only on Tuesdays and Fridays, is situated in the heart of Pattaya city . If you are in Pattaya on these days, don’t miss visiting this vibrant street for some local shopping experience. Just like the famous Chatuchak Market of Bangkok, the Thepprasit Market is the weekend market in Pattaya, housing more than 500 stalls, selling clothes, shoes, jewelry, plants, handbag, mobile phones, watches, cosmetics, pets, etc. There are also malls like Royal Garden Plaza, Outlet Mall, Central Festival Pattay where you can shop from the most high-end to the local products. You can also visit Mimosa, which is a chic shopping area and a new addition to Pattaya’s shopping scene.
Relish Local Thai Cuisines
I relish Thai cuisines like anything. So whenever I am in Thailand, I never shy away from sampling best of the Thai food in the finest restaurants and also on the streets. The best part of travelling to the popular tourist destinations like Pattaya in Thailand is that you get a wide array of options based on your taste buds. My absolute favorite is Green Thai Curry and Sticky Rice. Also, I can have Sticky Rice With Mango for dessert each day.
From tropical fruits, chicken satay, sausages, salted fish, steak, papaya salad, to fresh coconut, you will lose count of the variety of food it offers on the streets. So, whenever you are in Pattaya, don’t miss sampling some of the most delectable food on the streets. You can also opt for fine dining experiences in some of the most high end Thai restaurants for an unforgettable dining experience.
Get Traditional Thai Foot Massage
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Getting a Thai foot massage done is always on the list whenever I am travelling to Thailand. After a super tiring and hectic day, exploring numerous attractions in and around the city, getting a traditional Thai massage done is the perfect way to unleash the tiredness. It is an ideal way to feel rejuvenated. It hardly costs 200 Baht for an hour long massage. There are numerous Thai massage parlours to choose from.
Pattaya is well connected via Highway 7 (Motorway) and Highway 3 (Bangna-Chonburi route). From Bangkok, you can hire private taxis to reach Pattaya. The distance between Bangkok and Pattaya is around 150 km and it usually takes about two hours, but it varies depending upon traffic.
You can also opt for buses that run frequently from the Eastern Bus Terminal located adjacent to the Ekkamai BTS station on Sukhumvit Road. There are A/C buses that leave in every thirty minutes each day. You can also take buses from the Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit) & Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) respectively.
Were to stay
There are a wide variety of accommodation options ranging from super luxurious to the budget friendly ones. You can consider Homes Pattaya as your accommodation in the city as well. I stayed in one of the most popular luxury hotels named Avani Resort & Spa Pattaya. The centrally located luxury hotel is my recommendation if you are looking for a luxury stay in the city.
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