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Things to Do in Pattaya

Just a 2.5-hour drive from Bangkok, Pattaya is one of Thailand’s most easily accessible seaside resorts and—with its long sandy beaches, palm-fringed promenades, and lush tropical gardens—it is deserving of its popularity. While Pattaya’s tourist boom might have afforded it a reputation as a hedonist getaway, behind the strip of go-go bars, massage parlors, and cocktail bars, there are plush resorts and pristine beaches to tempt even the most discerning traveler. The beaches and buzzing nightlife might be the main draw, but it’s worth taking the time to explore Pattaya’s other attractions. The hilltop Wat Khao Phra Bat temple, with its gigantic golden Buddha, affords spectacular views over Pattaya Bay; the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is bursting with vibrant orchids and exotic plants; and Pattaya Floating Market is one of the liveliest in the country. For adventurous types, the Flight of the Gibbon at Khao Kheow Open Zoo should be top of your list, while nearby Jomtien Beach is a hotspot for water sports including windsurfing, parasailing, and scuba diving. Off the coast, there are several possibilities for island day trips, with Koh Si Chang, Koh Samet, and Koh Larn island all just a short boat ride away.
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Coral Island (Koh Larn)
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Coral Island, or Koh Larn, is a picture-postcard island off the coast of Pattaya. The popular day-trip destination is set up for underwater diving in the surrounding coral, glass-bottom boat tours and beachfront relaxing at one of several beaches on the island.

Activities like sea-kayaking and parasailing are also catered for, and buffet lunches are served on the sand.

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Pattaya Floating Market
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Traditional market buildings perched on stilts over the water offer a refreshingly different place to shop at the Pattaya Floating Market. The thatched huts are filled with stalls selling Thai handicrafts, delicious street food, and souvenirs.

The Mud House Village and Old Market have joined the attractions here, along with a woodcarving museum, flower fair, and agricultural demonstrations. Dance troupes dressed in traditional finery regularly perform at the floating market, along with shell dancers and sea boxers.

Traditional boats ferry visitors around the market’s canals, past boat vendors selling Thai food from around the country. It’s an especially picturesque sight at dusk.

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Underwater World Pattaya

Underwater World Pattaya

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Nongnooch Garden Pattaya (Nong Nooch Tropical Garden)

Nongnooch Garden Pattaya (Nong Nooch Tropical Garden)

Intricately sculpted knot gardens create a world of beauty at the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden. Elephant and Thai cultural shows are held in these lovely botanical gardens, which include notable collections of palms and orchids. The elephants play football and basketball, and Thai dancers and actors re-enact historical events and Muay Thai boxing.

A resort adjoins the 240-hectare (600-acre) gardens, so if you run out of time you can easily spend the night here. There’s also a range of different cuisines to choose from at several restaurants.

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Upside Down Pattaya

Upside Down Pattaya

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