Pattaya is one of the important tourist destinations of Thailand. The city is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 165 km southeast of Bangkok. Although Pattaya is located in the heavily industrial Eastern Seaboard zone, it is dotted with a number of tourist attractions ranging from zoo, parks, gardens to temples. The rich history and cultural heritage of Thailand is reflected in this beautiful city. In this article, we have short-listed some of the most visited tourist attractions of Pattaya.
Tourist Attractions in Pattaya
Ko Lan (Koh Lan) is a popular coral island in Thailand, just 7.5 km away from Pattaya. It is famous for its colorful corals, exotic marine life and sparkling white sands. The place can be reached from Pattaya by long-tail or motorboats. With a variety of choices for water sports, such as water skiing, scuba diving, windsurfing and snorkeling and activities such as parasailing and viewing coral reefs, stay in Ko Lan becomes adventurous.
Nature lovers would find the Elephant Village a wonderful place to explore in Pattaya. You can enjoy enthralling expeditions on elephant back and trek through the jungle. Rafting on the lake and riding on ox cart will also amuse you. Do not forget to enjoy elephant shows at the village!
Sri Racha Tiger Zoo
Sri Racha Tiger Zoo is situated at Tambon Surasak. The wildlife kingdom of the zoo is enriched by Bengal Tigers, striches, crocodiles, kangaroos, single hump camels, exotic birds and other varieties of wildlife. In fact, you will find the largest reserve of Bengal Tigers in Pattaya, in the zoo.
Suan Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
Suan Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is located about 15km from southern part of Pattaya. Spread over 500 acres of land, Suan Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is a visual treat to the eyes. The garden is wonderfully landscaped with orchid nursery and other botanical gardens. Cultural and traditional performances and elephant show are the highlights of the garden.
Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm
Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm is just 15 minutes drive from Pattaya. It took as many as 20 years to build the farm and the park, which is spread over 70 acres of land. It is one of the most visited excursions of Pattaya.
Bottle Art Museum
Bottle Art Museum of Pattaya is the only museum of its kind in the world. As the name suggests, the museum exhibits more than 300 beautiful artworks contained in glass bottles. Models of some of the beautiful places in the world such as temples, palaces, churches and vessels are displayed in the bottles.
Mini Siam & Mini Europe
Mini Siam & Mini Europe is a hotspot for tourists from across Thailand, as it is one of the important destinations in the tourism map of the island nation. It holds the distinction of being the third-of-its-kind destination that displays Thai and European heritage on a miniature level.
Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum
As the name suggests, Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum is one-of-its kind museums in the entire Thailand. The museum is thronged by tourists all the year round, who are enthusiastic about exploring amazing exhibits from different parts of the globe.