Pattaya is one of the cities of Thailand, which is situated on the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers almost 165 km southeast area of Thailand consists of whole tambon Nong Prue (Nongprue) and Na Kluea (Naklua) and parts of Huai Yai and Nong Pla Lai. Pattaya, which was formerly known as Phatthaya, is a self governing municipal area. The city's population is estimated to be somewhere around 300,000 to 500,000. Initially, Pattaya was famous as a small fishing village, but since 1961, it has been one of the popular beach resorts among the visitors.
Tourist Attractions in Pattaya
Sri Racha Tiger Zoo
Sri Racha Tiger Zoo is Thailand's largest reserve of Bengal tigers. It is located in Sri Racha County north of Pattaya City. The major attractions of the Zoo include Ostriches, Crocodiles, kangaroos, single hump camels and exotic birds, a sow breast-feeding tiger cubs and a number of scorpions on ladies' bodies.
Pattaya Elephant Village
Pattaya Elephant Village is located in 145 k.m. of Sukhumwit Road, Pattaya. The tourists come to village to enjoy elephants demonstrating forestry skills, playing football, and a parade of elephants ornamented with ancient battle gear. The Village also presents the process of capturing wild elephants in the northeastern area of Thailand.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden & Resort
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden & Resort is so popular as the most beautiful garden in Southeast Asia. It is located across 500 acres of beautifully landscaped area along with orchid nursery as well as other tropical and botanical gardens. It also represents Thai cultural and tradition performances, mini zoo and elephant shows.
Pattaya Water Park
Pattaya Water Park is placed on Thapphraya Road, to the north of Jomtien Beach. Spread across 32 acres, it presents an amusement park, Jacuzzi and a gigantic slide. For the family relaxation, it is one of the best tourist places in the country.
Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum
Ripley's Believe it or not Museum consists of fascinating collection of uncanny but amazing exhibits from all parts of the globe. People come to enjoy genuinely puzzling facts, curios, illusions, which proving once again that fact is stranger than fiction. They also take pleasure in hi-tech simulator ride in the moving theatre and hi-tech laser game.
Million Years Stone Park & Pattaya Crocodile Farm
Million Years Stone Park & Pattaya Crocodile Farm entertains people with its attractive features like crocodiles in their natural surroundings, a zoo of wild animals, award-winning trained trees with million-year-old petrified tree and hundreds of huge, grotesque rocks. People daily enjoy here Man-catching-Crocodile shows as well.
Underwater World Pattaya
Located on Sukhumwit Road near South Pattaya, Underwater World Pattaya invites visitors on a 'voyage to the bottom of the sea', which starts at the sandy beaches and shallow rock pools at the water's edge. It is a leisure attraction place consists of more than 200 species of marine life that originate around the region.
Alangkarn is popular for its Modern-Thai Multi Dimension Extravaganza Shows. The Alangkarn Theatre presents these extravaganza shows with modern light & sound technique and pyrotechnics. It has the capacity of 2,000 seats.
Mini Siam & Mini Europe
Mini Siam & Mini Europe is Thailand's first wonder displaying Thai and European heritage on a miniature level. In it, more than 100 models, each on a scale of 1:25, are displayed in an area of 29 rai, surrounded by natural setting represents different cultures and civilizations from ancient period till present.
Ko Lan is a coral island, just 7.5 km away from Pattaya. The island is one of the most visited places in the entire Thailand. It is famous for water sports and exotic marine life. The sparkling white sands found in the beach add to its scenic beauty.
Bottle Art Museum
If you want to check out some of the world's wonderful creations, then visiting the Bottle Art Museum would be the answer. Check out the beautiful models of luxury palaces and religious places, all 'canned' in miniature bottles, here.