OVERVIEW OF PATTAYA


OVERVIEW OF PATTAYA

Stretching 500 kilometres along the Gulf of Thailand and only a few hours drive from Bangkok, the East Coast of Thailand has long been the favourite getaway destination for both residents and visitors to Thailand. Attracting more than 3 million tourists from all over the world annually, Pattaya offers the highest standard of hotels, excellent weather, restaurants, sports, entertainment and shopping facilities. In recent years, Pattaya has become home to an ever expanding number of businesses and business-related service institutions, underlining its evolution from a tiny fishing village to a pivotal player in Thailand's social, cultural and economic scene. The city still retains much of the charm and tranquility of the past while offering all the vigour, multicultural diversity and conveniences of a modern city.

Location and distances

Pattaya is located southeast of Bangkok along the East Coast of Thailand. The Royal Cliff Hotels Group and PEACH are situated between south of Pattaya and Jomtien beach, on a secluded headland overlooking Royal Cliff Bay and the Gulf of Thailand.

  • Bangkok to Pattaya: 145 km (approximately 90 mins by car)
  • Suvarnabhumi International Airport (Bangkok) to Pattaya: 135 km (approximately 75 mins by car)
  • South Pattaya to Royal Cliff Hotels Group and PEACH: 4 km (approximately 5 mins by car)
  • Bus terminal and railway station are about 10 minutes drive from PEACH
  • U-Tapao Pattaya International Airport to PEACH: 40km (for private and charter flights)
  • The Royal Cliff Hotels Group offers deluxe limousine and mini-bus transportation in and around Pattaya as well as public transportation access and free shuttle bus service to downtown Pattaya.

 

Pattaya has a wealth of scenic, cultural and entertainment attractions and venues, with new developments emerging all the time. There are 21 golf courses in or near the Pattaya area and ample outdoor activities including tennis, go-kart (some of the fastest go-karts in Asia), horse-back riding, clay pigeon shooting and many more. Below are selections of some of the popular favourites.

 

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Beaches

Beaches

Pattaya beach is situated alongside the city centre, adjacent to the core of Pattaya's abundant shopping, food and entertainment areas. Another popular beach in Pattaya is the Jomtien beach. This is located in the south of Pattaya. A wide array of water sport activities can be found on both beaches, including jet-skis, parasailing as well as speedboats.

Koh Larn (Coral Island)

Koh Larn (Coral Island)

The Koh Larn group of islands is comprised of Koh Larn, Koh Krok, Koh Sak the largest being Koh Larn.  Koh Larn situated to the west of Pattaya Strait, about 7.7 kilometers from the shore, covers an area of about 4 square kilometers. There are beautiful beaches, clear water and an abundance of coral. Visitors can view the coral either from a glass-bottom boat or by diving down directly. Also a well-known beach is Ta Waen Beach located in the northern part of the island, a 750 meters stretch of white sand with many stalls and shops. Sightseeing boats mostly dock in this area. There are also Laemtien Beach and Samae Beach on the south-western side, each beach spanning a length of 700 and 100 meters respectively. Both are regarded as beautiful and interesting spots, especially Laemtien Beach which has remained exceptionally clean and tranquil. There are now a few stores servicing visitors. Ta Pan Beach on the western part of the island is 500 meters in length with make-shift holding available. On Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, sightseeing boats usually dock along this beach all the way to Laemtien where there is coral. On the southern part is Nual Beach  which is 450 meters in length. On this beach is a hotel which accommodates a large number of tourists. This is another good place for viewing coral. Popular activities on Koh Larn include swimming, coral viewing, para sailing, water scooter etc.

Elephant Village

Elephant Village

Situated on Pornprapanimitr Road on the same directions as Phanaraks Park and Siam Country Club Golf Course. The Elephant Village is a popular tourist spot for Thai and foreign guests alike. Elephant jungle rides are also available.

Khao Kiew Open Zoo

Located at Tambon Bang Phra, the open zoo operated by the Dusit Zoo Authority (Khao Din Wana) in Bangkok, covers a vast area of around 3,000 rai and  has a large number of animals such as deer, bulls monkeys, gibbons, hippopotami, bears, kangaroos, elephants and peacocks etc. Visitors can stroll around the grounds and observe the animals closely. There is also a large aviary with hundreds of varieties of birds covering an area of around 5 rai that visitors can also enter for close viewing.

Chong Samaesarn Village

This tiny fishing village is located along the Sattahip-Ta Rua Phanich Sattahip route, turning left just before one reaches the Sattahip commercial pier. There is a small beach with crystal clear waters. Chong Sarmaesarn is another ideal place for diving and fishing. Several islands dot the area such as Koh Samaesarn, Koh Raed. Koh Chuang, Koh Charn which all come under the supervision of the Royal Thai Navy. Daytime sightseeing is permitted but overnight lodging is prohibited.

h2>Sriracha Tiger Zoo

Just 30 minutes drive from Pattaya, this grand tiger zoo, located on an over-100-acre piece of land, boasts not only over 200 Bengal tigers but also 100,000 crocodiles and various kinds of animals in the natural atmosphere. It also offers you many amusing acitvities and amazing shows.

The Institute of Marine Science - Burapha University, Thailand

This is originally the Zoological Museum and Marine Aquarium of the former Srinakharinwirot University Bangsaen (Burapha University, at present). In 1980, the University proposed a cooperative project to the Japanese Government for a construction of new facility to replace the Zoological Museum and Marine Aquarium.

The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm

This  not-to-be-missed attraction is at No. 22/2 Moo 1, Tambon Nong Pla Lai, Banglamung. Covering an area of close to 100 rai, the compound comprises rock gardens and a botanical garden of rare plants and beautifully landscaped grounds. Interesting sights include fossils of plants over a million years in age, 200 years old Thai style bonsai, crocodile farm and a collection of rare animals such as albino bears and elephants. Crocodile round-ups and magic and animal performances are also a major attraction.

Pattaya Festival

Pattaya Festival

Usually held at the middle of April to promote tourism and Pattaya's reputation. Floral floats are paraded along the streets. The Miss Pattaya Beauty contest is held as well as traditional aquatic sports competitions and construction of sand castles. A spectacular fireworks display takes place on the beach and fire crackers are also set off. Simultaneously, there are arts and cultural performances, exhibitions and souvenirs for sale.

Nong Mon Market

Pattaya Floating Market

Thailand's latest floating market is the Four Regions Floating Market in Banglamung District of Chonburi, a short distance in the south of Pattaya. The market is split up into four distinct areas which represent the four regions of Thailand. There are over one hundred shops selling quality souvenirs and handicrafts as well as delicious Thai food.

Nong Mon Market

It is situated about 1 kilometer from the junction leading to Bang Saen. It is a market famous for Chonburi's local handicrafts and souvenirs, such as food, hor mok, kao lam (gluttonous rice baked in bamboo), sweetened banana, taro chips and  sweetened-fruit preserves.

Shopping

The shopping venues in Pattaya is truly amazing with large, contemporary shopping centres, plazas, malls, boutiques, restaurants and entertainment outlets. Pattaya can now easily compete with Bangkok.

Silver Lake Vineyard

Silver Lake Vineyard

The vineyard covers an area of 400 rai with 12 kinds of grapes, 11 of which are for fresh consumption and the others for making wine. Visitors can taste and purchase fresh grapes, preserved ones and pure juice as souvenirs. The vineyard is open everyday without entrance fee. The vineyard provides ATVs for rent.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens

A vast array of palms, tropical flowers, orchids and other plants are beautifully laid out in these vast gardens, together with an aviary and mini zoo. Cultural, dance and elephant shows are held throughout the day.

Cartoon Network Amazone

is the world's first Cartoon Network themed water park, located only 20 minutes away from Pattaya. Here, guests can spend the entire day discovering over 150 water attractions in the 10 entertainment zones. Whether powering up with Ben 10 on the speed water rollercoaster or going vertical with Jake from Adventure Time, there is an exhilarating splash landing for guests of all ages! Click here to get your tickets.

Ramayana Waterpark

Ramayana Waterpark is located only 10 minutes from Pattaya beach within the natural beauty of the Silver Lake area. Natural lakes and hills and an amazing scenery will make your visit a unique experience. Experience thrilling water rides, float in the lazy river, relax in a private cabana on the hill or enjoy the unique food experience for a fun and memorable day out with family and friends. Ramayana There are numerous large high-speed slides, a double FlowRider, a teen activity pool and a performance stage with large LCD display.

Underwater World

Discover the immense variety of Asia's tropical fish at this huge aquarium, where visitors get close to the marine life via a walk-through plexiglass tunnel that goes under the water.

Water Sports

Pattaya is an active resort, renowned for its wide range of on-water activities including jet skis, water-skiing, banana boats, parasailing, windsurfing, diving and fishing. For sailing enthusiasts, Pattaya Marina has yachts for charter, while smaller boats sail and race out of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club.

Golf

There are 18 golf courses within easy reach of the resort, some designed by golfing greats Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Nick Faldo and Robert Trent Jones. Course layouts are excellent, coupled with stylish clubhouses and wonderful caddies to ensure a truly unforgettable golf holiday. Read more about golf in Pattaya on GolfersGlobe.com - your guide to better golf. Our front desk staff can help you with booking tee times and arranging transportation to the course.

Some popular Golf venues in Pattaya:

  • Burapha Golf Club (former members only courses & site of 2010 Thailand Open)
  • Crystal Bay Golf Club (lush fairways, palms and chance at a good score!)
  • Laem Chabang International Country Club (Nicklaus design is among Thailand's best)
  • Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club (enjoyable with views over the Gulf of Thailand, site of 2016 Kings Cup European/Asian Tour Event)
  • Siam Country Club (spectacular Pattaya course is a 'must play'; 2015 Thailand Open venue)
  • More information at: http://www.golfasian.com/golf-courses/thailand-golf-courses/pattaya/

Snorkeling & Private Charters

The resort's catamaran can provide private excursions to the nearby islands. Guests can relax on our comfortable sun-beds while enjoying refreshing cocktails. Activities arranged at the island destination include snorkeling, fishing and picnic meals.

Go-Karts

Get your speed and adrenalin rush at Pattaya's exciting go-kart circuits, racing the tiny karts around tracks suitable for beginners up to experts.

2 SKY PATTAYA Rocket-Balls

This is what Pattaya's newest attraction. Imagine being catapulted into the 50 meters into air, accelerating from 0-100 KPH in one second and experiencing 5 G-force. Is a truly breathtaking experience where two brave riders are catapulted high up into the air at totally thrilling speeds, spinning and bouncing as they go!

Sanctuary of Truth

Built in the Chaturamuk and Ayuttaya style and made completely of wood, it is considered one of Thailand's architectural marvels. It stands in Pattaya as a memorial to reflect Buddhism and the artistic vision of mankind.

3D Art in Paradise

Art in Paradise the largest illusion art museum, there are more than 150 3D interactive paintings. You can not only see these paintings, but also able to become a part of them as well. All of them will provide you beautiful memories and make you become like a child again! The largest illusion and Interactive Art Museum of the World

At Ripley's World of Entertainment

A Place of 100% Fun Ripley's World of Entertainment attractions where everybody can enjoy, relax, and entertain during weekends. Welcome to the World's most unusual museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not!. Be exhilarated with Ripley's 4D Moving Theater. Venture into your worst nightmares at Ripley's Haunted Adventure and Ripley's Infinity Maze. Don't miss when you are in town! Prove it with yourself and experience the fantastic Ripley's World of Entertainment.

Alangkarn

Alangkarn

One of the famous attraction in Pattaya. Alangkarn features a complete shopping area with traditional Thai products from local craftsmen throughout the country and many exciting traditional Thai games. Visitors will also find a restaurant offering sumptuous food from all four regions of Thailand and international favors.

Entertainment Shows

Alcazar and Tiffany put on highly enjoyable cabarets that showcase the mimicry and entertainment talents of vivacious lady boys. In contrast, Alangkarn focuses on depicting Thai history in a nightly Las Vegas-style cultural extravaganza filled with dynamic performers and elephants.

Temples

The most famous Pattaya temple is Wat Yan Sangwararam, located 15 kms south of the resort. Visitors can walk around its large, park-like compound to view a replica of the Buddha's footprints, relics of the Lord Buddha and his disciples as well as pavilions of various countries, including an excellent showcase of Chinese art in Viharn Sien.

Wigan Sian Temple

Wihan Sian is a Chinese-style building that presents Chinese antiquities and arts of Chinese religious beliefs. There are a lot of interesting things that attract visitors. The noticeable ones of such arts are a verity of shapes of stones sculptured, such as lions, and animals from novel. Apart from stones sculptured, there are also a number of ancient objects such as the statues of Chinese soldiers, ancient horse carriage from 2000 years ago, ancient pottery set, Chinese music instruments, drawing pictures, and the art of Shaolin fighting model.

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