Pattaya is147 kilometres southeast of Bangkok, and faces the Thai Gulf. Pattaya is Asia's premier beach resort, and caters with equal appeal to families, couples and single visitors. Pattaya's relaxing tropical ambient is synonymous with every ingredient for memorable holidays. Accommodation ranges from luxuriously appointed beachside hotels with superb convention facilities to simple guesthouses. Sporting opportunities abound both on land and water, and include some of the finest golfing, gamefishing and scuba-diving anywhere in Asia. Theme and amusement parks, offbeat museums and lush botanical gardens offer numerous forms of leisure activities and cultural entertainment for all family members.And, after dark, Pattaya offers all the allure and magic of a truly vibrant nightlife with a spectacular variety of restaurants, nightclubs, bars, discotheques, cocktail lounges and cabarets.Pattaya can be brash, bold, beautiful and bucolic, and offers everything an authentic international beach resort can.
Nong Nooch Village:
The sprawling park at Nong Nooch (pronounced
"nung nut") Village offers a little bit of everything on the
spectrum. There's a magnificent orchid garden that will awaken the inner
horticulturist in everyone, and a zoo that's fun for all ages. Guests can also
see Thai boxing matches, cockfights, and an elephant show (the latter two being
of dubious ethical quality). Door-to-door transportation can be arranged
through the park or a local tour company.
Escape the bustle of the main city, but
still enjoy Pattaya's highlights by relaxing at Jomtien Beach. Sun yourself
near the peaceful shoreline or take refuge in shade provided by trees at the
beach's edge. Water lovers can take advantage of all kinds of activities,
including jetskiing, parasailing, and windsurfing. When in need of refreshment,
guests will find plenty of restaurants serving up local fare and fresh seafood.
Sanctuary of Truth:
Billed as "the magnificence of
heaven recreated on Earth", this massive building is a study in Thai
architectural styles. Every available space is intricately decorated with
wooden carvings and the entire structure was built to pay homage to ancient
religions and philosophies - a reaction to modern egotistical behaviors and
attitudes. While visiting the sanctuary, guests can take in Thai cultural shows
and Thai boxing, or go elephant trekking, horseback riding, or hop on a
speedboat to get around.
Wat Yansangwararam:As with all of Thailand's
impressive WATS, this one offers insight not only into Thai design and
architectural traditions, but also into the society's values. This temple was
dedicated to King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1988 to commemorate the 42nd year of
his reign. To the right-hand side of the path leading to the temple there is a
lake with attractive Chinese pavilions and other buildings. Wat
Yansangwararam's shrine stands on a hill, reached by a flight of 299 steps
lined with naga snakes.
Pattaya Hill (Khao
Pattaya Hill is
a vantage point to get the best panoramic view of the curved bay of Pattaya
either in the day or at night. On the top of the hill are situated a statue of
HRH Prince of Jumborn, the father of the Royal Thai Navy and the RTN
Phra Tamnak Hill is another hill nearby. You can
go up to its top to pay homage to the Buddha images enshrined here.