Situated on the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand, roughly 150 kilometres from Bangkok, the seaside resort of Pattaya attracts visitors from all over the world. Originally a tiny fishing village populated exclusively by locals who plied their trade in the abundant Gulf waters, it is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. There are many luxury resorts in Pattaya today, where you can enjoy fine dining and 5-star accommodation whilst exploring the area at your leisure. In this short guide, we are going to take a look at 7 of the very best things to do during your stay here.
Despite its diminutive size (roughly 4 ½ km x 2 km), Koh Larn is home to more than half a dozen beautiful coral-sand beaches, where visitors can soak up some tropical rays before cooling off in the crystal clear waters. Just 7 kilometres off the coast, Koh Larn can be reached in 45 minutes by ferry from Pattaya Beach or in around 30 minutes by speedboat. More adventurous holidaymakers may like to try parasailing, undersea walking and jet skiing whilst on the island.
The first interactive 3D art gallery in Thailand, the aptly named Art in Paradise museum is a must-see destination for families on a luxury holiday in Pattaya. The hand-painted, colourful 3D exhibits feature dinosaurs, wildlife and fantasy figures that are sure to brighten your day. Located in the centre of Pattaya, a visit to the museum can be followed by a delicious meal at a local fine dining venue or perhaps a stroll along Beach Road.
Just off the main Sukhumvit Road that runs from Bangkok to Pattaya, this is said to be the largest manmade floating market in the world. After stocking up on fresh tropical fruits and local handicrafts, you can enjoy an authentic Thai meal in beautiful surroundings at this riverside location.
About a 10-minute drive north along Sukhumvit Road from the floating market is the well-stocked modern aquarium known as Underwater World. Underwater World is divided into five main zones. Three of these – the Coral Reef Zone, Open Ocean Zone and Giant of Siam Zone – can be explored via underwater acrylic tunnels. You can also interact more closely with exotic sea creatures in the Touch Pool Zone and bottle feed young fish in the ornamental Koi Pond.
The Sanctuary of Truth is a museum that was established in the early 1980s but is yet to be completed. The main attraction here is an impressive modern reconstruction of an Ayutthaya-period temple, built entirely from locally sourced woods. Using period-correct construction techniques and materials, the museum has created an incredibly ornate wooden temple that is absolutely breathtaking. The museum’s coastal location, close to many of the best luxury resorts in Pattaya, makes it another must-visit destination for those who choose to holiday in this part of Thailand.
This 500-acre botanical park features a variety of beautiful themed gardens, along with elephant shows and rides, and an onsite restaurant. If you don’t fancy walking all day, you can rent a bicycle to explore the gardens. You can also rent a paddleboat on the lake, from which you can feed the large arapaima fish.
Whichever of the luxury resorts in Pattaya you choose to make your home during your time here, you are guaranteed to be within easy reach of a beautiful tropical beach. On those days when you just want to relax and soak up the tropical sunshine, simply head to your local beach and enjoy.
Whatever you choose to do on your Pattaya holiday, you are sure to have the holiday of a lifetime in this wonderful location.
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