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Within easy reach of Bangkok, Pattaya is a coastal party town that's famous for its nightlife. However, if you only have three days here you may want to consider getting around to some of the cultural attractions exclusive to this thriving Thai city. With a bit of planning you can pack your three days in Pattaya full of fun, culture and entertainment.

Good for
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Day 1

Big Buddha

Sacred & Religious Sites

Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum)

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Silverlake Vineyard

Wineries & Vineyards

Art in Paradise

Art Museums

MAYs Urban Thai Dine - Pattaya

Restaurants

Day 2

Million Years Stone Park & Pattaya Crocodile Farm

Castles, Government Buildings, Parks, Zoos

Pattaya Floating Market

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mini Siam and Mini Europe

Theme Parks

Alcazar Cabaret

Gift & Speciality Shops

Day 3

Khao Kheow Open Zoo

Gardens, Zoos, Sightseeing Tours

RBB Pattaya Biking Tours

Bike Tours

ALANGKARN

Theatres

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • Ordinary taxis are plentiful and affordable too, and drivers are often willing to wait for you at an attraction or take you on a trip to see a few different sights. Always agree on a price for the whole trip before you set off.
  • One way to get around Pattaya is to use songthaews. You can jump on and off along set routes or strike a bargain to see if the driver will take you exactly where you want to go.
  • To get the most out of such a short time in Pattaya, it helps to plan out your days. Aim to see outdoor attractions early or late in the day, seeking out some shade to avoid the midday heat.
    Day 1
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    Big Buddha
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Kirsty S Says:

    This beautiful golden Buddha sits on top of a hill with breathtaking views of the city and coastline, providing some excellent photo opportunities and allowing you to orientate yourself to the cityscape. There is a steep climb so visiting in the morning is a good way to avoid the heat of the day.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you can get there early enough, this is the perfect place to watch the sunrise.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 136 things to do in Pattaya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Haddad 21/09/2017
    • Extraordinary view from Big Buddha down over Pattaya 16/09/2017
    • Big Buddha
    Address:
    Sataranaprayot Road
    Pattaya
    Thailand
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    Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum)
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    A little north of central Pattaya, this impressive temple-like structure sits on the edge of the sea with more beautiful views to behold (and photograph), plus amazing Hindu and Buddhist sculptures.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can get a taxi to take you on a return trip for a very reasonable price (agree it before you go).
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 136 things to do in Pattaya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very interesting, intricate building that is a work in progress 20/09/2017
    • Beautiful sanctuary 19/09/2017
    • Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum)
    Address:
    Naklua Soi 12, Pattaya-Naklua Rd
    Pattaya
    Thailand
    Phone:
    038-367229-30 ext. 114
    Other:
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    Silverlake Vineyard
    Wineries & Vineyards
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you like your wines and want some peace from the city, head out to Silverlake for lunch. With scenic views and peaceful surroundings, this is a working winery where you can spend a few hours relaxing, eating lunch from the Bistro and perhaps sampling a few wines.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don’t miss a visit to the Buddha Mountain while you’re in the area.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Na Chom Thian
    • The unique Place with full of Nature with Fresh grape juice & Wine 21/09/2017
    • Try the wine! 02/09/2017
    • Silverlake Vineyard
    Address:
    31/62 Moo 7
    Na Chom Thian 20250
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 261 6565
    Other:
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    Art in Paradise
    Art Museums
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    Kirsty S Says:

    This is not so much an art gallery or museum as a creative, interactive art-based experience. It has fun art exhibits and optical illusions that are fascinating for both kids and adults. Take your camera for some unique holiday snaps. You'll need a good couple of hours to take in what this place has to offer.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It’s cool inside, so plan your visit to avoid the midday heat.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 136 things to do in Pattaya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Art in heaven 14/09/2017
    • Great Photo Ops 09/09/2017
    • Art in Paradise
    Address:
    78/34 Moo 9 Pattaya Second Road
    Nongprue, Banglamung
    Pattaya 20150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 38 424 500
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    MAYs Urban Thai Dine - Pattaya
    Restaurants (Asian, Thai, Fusion)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    There are plenty of places to eat in Pattaya but many of them offer mainly western or international cuisine. If you want to experience some authentic Thai food this is a great place to try, with a diverse menu, friendly staff and delicious food at an affordable price.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the papaya salad and/or the sea bass with sweet and sour sauce.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 877 restaurants in Pattaya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice little Thai restaurant 18/09/2017
    • Excellent Thai Traditional Food! 17/09/2017
    • MAYs Urban Thai Dine - Pattaya
    Address:
    315/73 Thepprasit Road, Jomtien
    near Kasikorn Bank, opposite KTB Bank
    Pattaya 20150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 98 374 0063
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Million Years Stone Park & Pattaya Crocodile Farm
    Castles, Government Buildings, Parks, Zoos
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The real reason many come to this attraction is not to enjoy the animal exhibits and feed the crocodiles (although if you like that kind of thing, you won’t be disappointed). No, the real draw for most people are the prehistoric fossilized trees and the fascinating ancient stones.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Stick to the Stone Park if you don’t like seeing animals in captivity.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 136 things to do in Pattaya
    • Must see place in Pattaya 14/09/2017
    • Worth a visit 06/09/2017
    • Million Years Stone Park & Pattaya Crocodile Farm
    Address:
    22/1 Moo 1
    Nong Plalai
    Pattaya 20150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    66 0 3824 9347-9
    Other:
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    Pattaya Floating Market
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Sprawled across 100,000 square-meters, Pattaya Floating Market has something to catch everyone’s interest and features some of the best local street food in the area. If you’d prefer to bypass the deep fried cockroaches, think noodle soup, pad thai, tom sum and plenty of Thai sweet treats.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Pattaya Floating Market is around a 20-minute taxi ride south of the walking street area of Pattaya.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 136 things to do in Pattaya
    • Nice Day Out 20/09/2017
    • "Floating Market" Attraction 18/09/2017
    • Pattaya Floating Market
    Address:
    451/304 Moo 12, Sukhumvi Road
    Pattaya
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 38 706 340
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Mini Siam and Mini Europe
    Theme Parks
    Kirsty S Says:

    Showing miniature monuments from all over Thailand and the rest of the world, this is a fascinating attraction that can be covered in just a couple of hours.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The evening really is the best time to visit as there’s very little shade during the day, plus the exhibits are floodlit when the sun goes down.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 136 things to do in Pattaya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice Experience 20/09/2017
    • Great adventure 11/09/2017
    • Mini Siam and Mini Europe
    Address:
    387 Moo 6 Nong Prue
    Banglamung
    Pattaya 20150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 38 727 333
    Other:
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    Alcazar Cabaret
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you’re looking for some flamboyant evening entertainment and just a taste of what the masses come to Pattaya for, put an hour aside for this multicultural dance and cabaret show. The show encompasses many international dance styles and the performers are local ladyboys, but it’s still far removed from the seedy side of Pattaya and even suitable for families.

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Performers pose for photos after the show, but you pay for every picture you snap and they may ‘forget’ to tell you that in advance.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 41 Shopping in Pattaya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Overrated 20/09/2017
    • Ok but room for updating and improvement 17/09/2017
    • Alcazar Cabaret
    Address:
    78/14, 2nd Pattaya Road
    Pattaya
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 81 781 1703
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Khao Kheow Open Zoo
    Gardens, Zoos, Sightseeing Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    This is a huge zoo with open spaces and well-kept animals. In fact, most westerners would consider it more of a safari park or wildlife reserve. It does take some time to see everything, so you could easily spend a full day here, but if you’re short on time you can hire a golf buggy to get around, stopping off at the parts you’re most drawn to.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you want a quick tour of the zoo and an interesting physical challenge all wrapped up in one, book a Flight of the Gibbon Zipline tour.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 Nature & Parks in Si Racha
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Zoo in Thailand 06/09/2017
    • A pleasent day out with the family. 05/09/2017
    • Khao Kheow Open Zoo
    Address:
    235 Moo 7
    Bang Phra subdistrict
    Si Racha 20110
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 38 318 444
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$0
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    18:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    RBB Pattaya Biking Tours
    Bike Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    To see areas of Pattaya you probably wouldn’t see otherwise, and to get some exercise at the same time, try a tour with RBB Pattaya Biking tours. Your guide will take you to local schools, communities and points of interest that you’d probably never find alone. This is a chance to see a side of Pattaya most visitors rarely do.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The pace is gentle and most of the terrain covered is flat, so don’t be put off if you don’t consider yourself particularly fit.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 66 Tours in Pattaya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great bike tour with Joy 30/07/2017
    • Wonderful way to get out and about Richard is great guide. 09/06/2017
    • RBB Pattaya Biking Tours
    Address:
    157/58-59 Pattaya-Naklua Road
    Naklua Subdistrict
    Pattaya 20150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 86 788 8007
    Other:
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    ALANGKARN
    Theatres
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    Kirsty S Says:

    While in Pattaya, make sure you grab dinner and a show at Alangkarn, a spectacular performance depicting the story of Thailand. The stage is huge – and needs to be since there are elephants on it at one point – and cast members will entertain you and pose for photos as you stroll through the gardens before the show.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • See if you can get a deal through a tourist information booth. They offer good value packages including the buffet dinner and transport.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 136 things to do in Pattaya
    • I think they've closed the business. 07/01/2017
    • Alangkarn is worth a visit. 30/11/2015
    • ALANGKARN
    Address:
    Sukhumvit K.M.155
    Na-Jomtien
    Pattaya 20250
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 38 256 007
    Other:
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