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Pattaya is one of the most famous cities in all of Thailand. Every year thousands of people spend their vacation in the notorious city. The vibrant nightlife with its many bars undoubtedly plays a major role for most visitors. Many confidently refer to the Pattaya seaside resort as Sin City of Thailand.

Tips and sights in Pattaya

Due to the media, Pattaya doesn’t have a really good reputation. Lovely ladies offer their services here in abundance. I would like to prove to you that there is another way to explore Pattaya. Here I show you 8 sights and activities that make Pattaya worth seeing for everyone.

How to get to Pattaya

From Germany, it is best to fly to Bangkok and from there continue by bus or taxi to Pattaya. From a few destinations abroad, e.g. from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, you can also get directly to U-Tapao Airport, which is the nearest to Pattaya. There are of course many other connections within Thailand. More information can be found at Skyscanner.

Furthermore, there are still several ways to reach Pattaya, be it from Isan, the east of Thailand or Bangkok. Large coaches, minivans or taxis drive regularly to Pattaya. Whether you want to travel from Khao San Road, directly from the airport or your Bangkok hotel to Pattaya, there are many options. Everything you need to know regarding times, tickets and prices, you will find out at 12go.asia.

Accommodation on Pattaya – our hotel tip

Pattaya offers many accommodations in all price categories. A great place to stay is the At Mind Exclusive. The location is good and the beach road of Pattaya can be reached from this hotel in less than 10 minutes on foot. The rooms offer everything you need and are very modernly designed, so that you immediately feel comfortable. You can find more hotels in Pattaya on this page.

1. Walking Street (Nightlife)

The Walking Street is the epicenter of the nightlife in Pattaya. Countless visitors come here every night in search of pleasure. Several beer bars and A-Go-Go clubs have settled here. But there are also very good restaurants, discos and even an ice bar.

Walking Street in Pattaya during the day
The Walking Street during the day

During the day, it’s like a different world in the Walking Street. A visit to the Walking Street is definitely a must. Whether you like it or not, is up to you. Everyone has to find out for themselves! Of course, a visit to the Walking Street of Pattaya is only partially family-friendly.

The Walking Street in Pattaya at night
…and at night

2. Sanctuary of Truth – Prasat Sut Ja-Tum

The old temple complex of “Prasat Sut Ja-Tum” was commissioned in 1981. The great location and the beautiful carvings make the Sanctuary of Truth a special attraction among the sights of Pattaya.

Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya

However, the temple is still under construction today and is expected to be completed in 2025. Good things do take time. And that is especially true in Thailand. It is open daily from 10.00 A.M. to 6.00 P.M. and admission costs currently 500 baht per person.

Impressive wood carvings in the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya

If you haven’t planned to stay in Pattaya, you can also visit the Sanctuary of Truth as a day trip from Bangkok.

3. Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai)

The Big Buddha gracefully towers over Pattaya. It is particularly popular not only with tourists. The locals also come here to find their spiritual center, meditate and enjoy the peace.

Big Buddha, Pattaya

You can see this especially in the early morning. Those who have made the admittedly somewhat tedious climb to the Big Buddha will be rewarded with a magnificent view of Pattaya.

View of Jomtien from the Big Buddha, Pattaya
View of Jomtien from the Big Buddha

You can also visit Pattaya’s Big Buddha on a few day trips.

4. Wat Yansangwararam

The Indian-style temple, just over 20 Kilometers south of Pattaya, is an important center for the Thammayut-Nikai monks and a popular tourist attraction. In addition to a school, the facility also houses a hospital. The tower of the temple is accessible and offers nice views over the Gulf of Thailand in good weather condition. Entrance is free.

The Wat Yansangwararam near Pattaya

5. Buddha Mountain (Khao Chi Chan)

Located only a few Kilometers from Wat Yansangwararam, you can visit the Buddha Mountain – a really spectacular attraction in Pattaya. A combined visit to these two “temples” is therefore a good idea.

The Buddha Mountain near Pattaya

Here, a 130-meter-high Buddha figure was burned into the rock using a laser. The artwork was then gilded. It is said to be the largest portrait of the Buddha on earth and for this reason alone the mountain is one of the top sights around Pattaya.

6. Jomtien Beach

Jomtien is a family beach on the south end of Pattaya. In high season it can get quite crowded and cramped. The beach is quite nice, but on the other hand it is not one of the dream beaches of Thailand.

The waterfront at Jomtien Beach
The waterfront at Jomtien Beach

In addition to countless hotels and the huge Pattaya Park Tower, this is also home to the largest hotel in Asia with around 4,000 rooms. Watching what is going on at Jomtien Beach is an experience, however. If you are in Pattaya, you should also take a look at Jomtien Beach.

7. Koh Larn

The small island in the west of Pattaya is always worth a day trip. The water on Koh Larn is a lot cleaner than on the city beaches of Pattaya. This is not the only reason why many visitors come here for snorkeling and diving.

The island of Koh Larn near Pattaya

Koh Larn has a total of 6 beaches with beautiful white sand that invite you to relax. The ferry to Koh Larn runs from the pier at the very end of the Walking Street and the crossing takes between 30 and 45 minutes. Cost is 30 baht per person.

View over Koh Larn and Pattaya
View over Koh Larn and Pattaya

You can find out more about the island and a day trip there in our blog article about Koh Larn.

8. Nong Nooch Botanical Garden

The Nong Nooch Botanical Garden is a 25-minutes ride outside of Pattaya. In addition to a beautifully landscaped garden, sports cars can also be admired in a salon in the middle of the park. Furthermore, an elephant show is included in the admission price. The Nong Nooch Garden is always worth a visit and suitable for the whole family.

Pattaya's Nong Nooch Botanical Garden

About the Author

Marvin mainly travels through Southeast Asia, mostly Thailand, as a backpacker and Flashpacker. On his blog Flashpacking4life you can find great tips, food guides, travel reports and free travel guides to download. It is also worth following him on Facebook.

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Pattaya: Tours and Tickets

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Photos: photo 7 (Wat Yansangwararam) – Asim Verma/shutterstock.com and photo 12 (Nong Nooch Botanical Garden) – pimuk wattanapongsakul/shutterstock.com