If you’re looking for a beach getaway with the utmost convenience, a trip in Pattaya might just be the right one for you. Getting there is no hassle and finding a place to stay is easily done. It’s also packed full of sunny and nightlife entertainment, but underneath the bustle also lies a charming cultural side waiting for you to explore.
Whether you’re with your family, significant other or alone, Pattaya has a bit of everything for everybody. So, let’s discover all the best ways to spend your vacation there.
1. Visit the unique Four Regions Floating Market
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The name already makes you curious, doesn’t it? The “Four Regions Floating Market” is truly one of a kind as it’s divided into the four regions of Thailand: the north, northeast, south, and center. You’ll find vendors on boats from each region selling various colorful fruits and vegetables, spices and handicrafts. A great way to experience the market is to take a boat tour. It’s also a good idea to have a local guide with you to learn more about each region and bargain for the best prices.
2. Escape the crowds at Jomtien Beach
If you’re overwhelmed by the crowds at Pattaya Beach, then head a little further south to the more peaceful Jomtien Beach. It’s not as big, but you’ll still find the picturesque stretch of fine white sand and clear blue water. There are also tons of activities and watersports to do such as jet skiing, parasailing, and windsurfing. When you need to recharge, fill up on the fresh, mouthwatering seafood at one of the many restaurants along the beach.
3. Take a day trip to Koh Larn
Just off the coast of Pattaya is the gorgeous island Koh Larn (Coral Island). It’s about a 15-minute ride by speedboat from Pattaya Pier (Bali Hai Pier) and about an hour by ferry. The island’s stunning beaches and densely-wooded hills make it the perfect place to relax. Once there, you can bike to the beaches or take the local bus. What’s for certain is you’ll love exploring this little paradise. You can arrange this day trip here.
4. Snorkel at Koh Sak
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Just another short speedboat ride away from Koh Larn, you’ll arrive at Koh Sak. Here, you can snorkel and see the beautiful marine life and corals. The most convenient way to do this trip is to go by tour, as it can be quite overwhelming to find and arrange your own ride. Plus, you can also be sure that you’ll have an expert guide to help you in the water. Even if you can’t swim, you can still snorkel! All you need to do is trust and relax your body.
5. Bend your mind at Art in Paradise Pattaya
While Pattaya is infamous for its rowdy nightlife, it’s got plenty of entertainment options for you to choose from. A super fun one is the 3D art museum Art in Paradise, with awesome interactive art and optical illusions to tickle your mind. From fantastical scenes to Einstein’s science project, get creative with your poses and snap some incredible photos! Be sure to book your ticket online ahead of time, as it’s much cheaper.
With that, we’ve reached the end of our list! Which ones are you most excited to try or share with your friends and family? If done right, Pattaya can absolutely be a dream vacation and you don’t even have to go far from Bangkok!