Pattaya, which is one of the best tourist resorts in Thailand, is situated in 147 km southeast of Bangkok. It is located on the eastern coach of the Gulf of Thailand that covers an area of 22.2 km. Its population estimated around 500,000 including the registered and non-registered residents. At the time of its inception, Pattaya was known as 'Phatthaya', which was used as a small fishing village. But now, the beautiful city is famous for its eye-catching tourist destinations like theme and amusement parks, museums, botanical gardens, cultural entertainment and nightlife.
Tourist Attractions in Pattaya
Bottle Art Museum
Bottle Art Museum is considered as one of the major tourist destinations in Pattaya. The major attraction of the museum is its display of glass bottle that contains elaborately crafted creations, including the usual vessels. Various specialists entertain people through their excellent glass bottle display.
Pattaya Elephant Village
Those who would like to enjoy various displays played by elephants, Elephant Village in Pattaya is best place for them. The main features of the village lies where elephants presenting their forestry skills, playing football along with a parade of elephants ornamented with ancient battle gear. The process of capturing wild elephants also showed in the village.
Koh Lan is a well-known island that is located in Pattaya Beach. The major attractions of the island are skin diving with coral reef and various fishes. It is a beautiful place for the lovers of swimming and sunbathing. There are six beaches in the island that contain white sand and clear blue water.
Million Years Stone Park & Pattaya Crocodile Farm
Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm is famous for its daily Man-catching-crocodile shows. There are other attractive animals in the park and farm such as Giant catfish, snakehead fish, Thepha fish, albino bear and other albino animals-tigers, horses, cows, crocodiles, Elephants, camels, lions, tigers, bears, several species of deer etc.
Mini Siam & Mini Europe
One of the major attractions in Pattaya is Mini Siam & Mini Europe. It is the third miniature town in the world. It is situated near Central Pattaya to be the first wonder presenting Thai and European heritage on a small scale. Mini Siam & Mini Europe is surrounded by natural settings.
Ripley's Believe it or not Museum
Situated in Central Pattaya, Ripley's Believe it or not Museum is a unique museum in itself. It exhibits puzzling facts, curios, illusions that prove fact is stranger than fiction. The visitors, particularly the children, certainly enjoy hi-tech simulator ride in the moving theatre and hi-tech laser game.
Sri Racha Tiger Zoo
Sri Racha Tiger Zoo is a major tourist attraction in Pattaya. The main features of the Zoo reflected in its natural atmosphere, sow breast-feeding tiger cubs, tigers, pigs and dogs live together in peaceful environment and a crocodile wrestling show by lady performers.
Suan Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
Suan Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is located near South Pattaya. It is considered as the most beautiful garden in Thailand. It features beautifully landscaped with an orchid nursery along with other tropical and botanical gardens. One can see here magnificent and impressive Thai cultural and tradition performances, mini zoo and elephant shows.
Underwater World Pattaya
Underwater World Pattaya is a leisure attraction displaying more than 200 species of marine life that found in the region. The special attraction here for the visitors is 'voyage to the bottom of the sea', which starts at the sandy beaches and shallow rock pools at the water's edge.