Pattaya things to do, Pattaya things to see, Free attractions Pattaya, Places to go Pattaya
There are many things to do in Pattaya besides going to a bar and drinking beer. Some attractions are free and well worth the effort to go and see.
This is found at the top of Pratumnak Hill. On one side of the road there is a lookout, a statue of the first Thai navy admiral and Wat Phra Yai. Across the road on top of the hill is Big Buddha, Chinese gardens and a park. Pratumnak Hill is not on the baht bus route. You can hire a baht bus or motorbike taxi for 100 baht to take you there. Make sure you see both sides. A motorbike taxi costs 30 baht to get from one side to the other.
This is on South Pattaya Road near Second Road. Please take your shoes off before going in and do not sit with your feet pointing towards the Buddha. There is a fresh food market across the road . Go inside to the indoor market. To get there take a baht bus along Beach Road to Second Road/South Pattaya Road for 10 baht and walk 200m along South Pattaya Road.
Very popular beach with restaurants, bars and sunloungers near Royal Cliff Hotel on the Jomtien side of Pratnumak Hill. Restaurants providing cheap, good food and drinks are right on the beach. You can get on a baht bus at the intersection of Second Road and South Pattaya Road. Baht buses going to Jomtien line up along Second Road outside the school waiting for customers. Costs 10 baht. Get off at the top of the hill outside Sugar Shack. Cross the road and hire a motorbike taxi to Cosy Beach, costs 40 baht. Steep steps take you down to the beach. Water sports are available for hire in high season.
Naklua and Wongamat beaches.
More upmarket than Pattaya Bay, these Pattaya beaches have whiter sand and there are umbrellas and deckchairs, restaurants and bars, massage areas and market stalls right on the beach. Naklua beach starts at the Dusit Thani Hotel at the north end of Pattaya beach while Wongamat beach stretches down to the Sanctuary of Truth.
Swim, sunbathe and dine right on the beach. Jetskis and banana boats are available. Baht buses drive down Second Road and either turn left at Dolphin roundabout to go down Beach Road or go straight ahead to Naklua. Charge is 10 baht. Check if the driver is going to Naklua and get off at Soi 18 and walk 500m to the beach. Naklua Beach is to the left and Wongamat Beach is to the right in front of the Centara Grand Mirage Hotel. If it is too hot to walk back you can get a motorbike taxi to the main road (Naklua Road) for 20 baht then catch a baht bus to Beach Road for 10 baht or hire a baht bus for 100 baht to Beach Road.
Centara Grand Mirage
This beach front hotel on Wongamat Beach is based on the “Lost World” theme with a huge waterpark with a river and waterfalls, caves and canyons. Watch the sunset over the sea during cocktail hour from the balcony followed by a meal at one of the many restaurants. Brazillian dancers greet guests in the main lobby from 6pm. Catch a baht bus going to Naklua and get off at Soi 18. The main entrance is from Soi 18.
This is the nightlife entertainment center of Pattaya best visited after 9pm. During the day the street is open to traffic and the bars are very quiet. After 7pm the road is closed and the fun begins after 9pm. There is no charge to go into a bar. Most have Happy Hour up to about 8-9pm when drinks are half price. After that about 110 baht for drinks. Many nightclubs charge the same price for soda water and soft drinks as alcoholic drinks. A lady drink costs about 120 baht and the bar girl gets about 80 baht from that. See Staying Safe
There are many tour agents offering tours to the attractions in Pattaya. The cost will include pickup from your hotel, entry fee and return to your hotel by minivan. Russian tour agents have a bad reputation for taking your money and not showing up. Russian tour shops often take advantage of Russian tourists and charge much more than local tour shops. The World Of Chang Co. Ltd tour shop on Pratumnak Hill is well known to the police for ripping off tourists.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/337373/russian-travel-scam-in-pattaya There are many tour shops in Pattaya that are honest and reliable. The staff speak English and you can look at the brochures to choose where you want to go. They charge the entry fee plus 100 baht each way for transport. The tour stands on the streets act as agents for tour shops and can take your booking. You need to have a phone number they can contact you on and the address of where you are staying. Go into 2 or 3 tour shops and get prices or use the internet to find out entry fees and the price of tours which include transport and hotel pick-up.
Pattaya Floating Market
This is not the same as the famous floating markets outside Bangkok but it is an interesting day out. Entry is free but a 20 baht per person donation is appreciated. Over-water shops are joined by boardwalks and sell a wide range of goods at normal market prices. Food and drinks are available. White baht buses drive past the Floating Market from Pattaya and cost 20 baht per person for the 10 minute drive. The Floating Market is on Sukhumvit Road on the way to the Ambassador Hotel in Jomtien. White baht buses can bring you back to Pattaya for 20 baht but are usually crowded or get a taxi for about 200 baht. http://www.thai-blogs.com/2009/01/27/pattaya-floating-market/
Nong Nooch Gardens
Pattaya’s most popular attraction with amazing gardens, Thai cultural show and elephant show . Book a half day for 700 baht or a full day including lunch for 900 baht transport to and from your hotel included. A taxi is 1,000 baht return.
Sanctuary of Truth
An amazing teak temple on Wongamat Beach. There is also a dolphin show. Costs 700 baht including transport to and from your hotel. ( Entry fee of 500 baht included) Or jump on a baht bus to Naklua which is about a 10 minute drive for 10 baht. Look for the Sanctuary of Truth sign on the left side of the road. Get off and walk 10 minutes. www.sanctuaryoftruth.com/
Koh Larn ( Coral Island)
Ferries leave for Koh Larn from Bali Hai Pier which is at the far end of Walking Street.The charge is 30 baht one way. www.kohlarn.com There are 2 destinations at Koh Larn: Naban and TaWaen. Naban is on the Pattaya side and you will need to get transport to get to the beach. Monkey Beach is the closest. TaWaen is the main port with a huge jetty, big sandy beach, watersports and restaurants. There are shops and bars right on the beach. If it is windy you can get a baht bus to Samae beach which has white sand, restaurants, bars and shops right on the beach for 40 baht. A sunlounger with table and umbrella will cost 50 Baht. There are baht buses that leave to take you back to the ferry for 40 baht. When you arrive back at Bali Hai Peir there are baht buses that will take you down Second Road to Beach Road for 20 baht.