How to Spend 1 Day in Pattaya
Tucked into a bay on the Gulf of Thailand’s northeastern coastline, Pattaya lies about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from Bangkok. Once a modest fishing port, this resort city is now one of Thailand’s top destinations, offering island hopping, theme parks, cabaret shows, and more. See below for many things to do with one day in Pattaya.
Morning: Beach Hopping
It’s easy to laze the day away on one of Pattaya’s beaches, but most visitors opt for a cruise to one (or more) of the nearby islands. Take a speedboat to Coral Island (Koh Larn), the most popular getaway on the gulf, and spend the morning relaxing on sugar-white sand and swimming in tranquil, aquamarine coves. Active travelers can also opt for some sea walking, snorkeling, parasailing, or jet skiing. Alternatively, book a boat that lets you island-hop between pristine spots like Koh Pai, Koh Ped, and Koh Rin and enjoy scuba diving among the coral and other beautiful marine life.
Afternoon: Attractions and Amusements
Pattaya has lots of ways to keep you entertained, including family-friendly theme parks and museums. When you’re ready to get out of the sun, head to Frost Magical Ice of Siam to see mesmerizing ice sculptures that imitate Thai architecture. Or head to serene Nong Nooch Tropical Garden to enjoy 600 acres (240 hectares) of themed, landscaped gardens and lots of stunning orchids. The garden also offers performances of Thai kickboxing, sword fighting, and traditional dancing. You could also choose to see the world in miniature at Mini Siam Pattaya, a garden featuring dozens of tiny replicas of landmarks from around the world, including a version of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Night: Showgirl Glamour
Nightlife in Pattaya is legendary. The city boasts an array of street-food vendors and seafood eateries, and bars, nightclubs, and discos blare Thai pop music on Walking Street, one of the most popular party hotspots in the country. Pattaya is also famous for its cross-dressing and transgender performers. Head to Tiffany’s Cabaret Show to watch entertainers in extravagant costumes sing and dance in a show that has been playing (in some form) for 40 years. After the show, you can join the crowds that stay out bar-hopping until the early hours.