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Jomtien Beach is a hidden gem of Pattaya and a great place to breathe in a fresh air away from the bustle of the main city. The beach has not only golden sand and azure seaview, it is also surrounded with pine trees providing enough shade when the weather gets too hot. The sea waves are calm, making Jomtien Beach a perfect place to do your favorite water sports, such as kite-surfing, jet-ski, and windsurfing. There are some restaurants and cafes along the tropical beach serfing local delicacies and seafoods.
Everyone who have and love cats must be having this desire to have their ancestor as their pet too, and although it's impossible at least you can interact with the majestic bengal tigers at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo. Opened in 1997 the tiger zoo are home for not only tigers but also other wild animals such as elephants, camels, and ostriches. Watch in awe as the king of the jungle hops through fire-hoops and performing some incredible stunts. Not only tigers, Pattaya Tiger Zoo also offer different animals show with elephants, crocodile, and even pig shows. Go to the Tiger Cub Feeding Room where you'll see an unbelievable sight of small tiger cubs play around with their piglet siblings and even nursing on the mother pig, something that you won't find in their wild nature. Head to the Elephant Museum to learn more about the history of elephants, all Thais' favorite animal through life-sized elephant figures featuring mammoths and today's elephant's ancestors. You can learn more about relationship between Thais and the elephants from time to time.
Sanctuary of Truth or Prasat Sajja Tham is a grand architecture of wooden created by Khun Lek Viriyaphant with a purpose to represent a reflection of Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. The entire buildings are made in woods inspired from Buddhist and Hindu Beliefs complete with soaring towers in each corner represent artsy figures from Thai, Cambodian, Indian, and Chinese beliefs. The sanctuary building is built from 1981, it's still ongoing with expectation that it will be completed in 2025 at the earliest. Every inches of the building are covered with intriguing and intricate sculptures. As you explore the sanctuary you'll learn more about the concept and ideas behind the construction. You can also spend some time watching skillful craftmen working on hand-made wooden-ornates that will displayed as part of the sanctuary. If you're lucky, you can catch a performance of traditional Thai dancing being held daily at 11:30 AM and 15:30 PM. You can also see a breathtaking view of the sea during sunset from the sanctuary. You'll not only blessed with great memories and new knowledges, you'll get tons of instagrammable photos too!
Ripley's Believe it or Not was a America's TV show broadcasting various interesting and often odd and imaginable things humankind has ever encountered. And yes, they have Ripley's Believe it or No museum in Pattaya Thailand. Venture to the third floor of Royal Garden Plaza to discover more than 300 exhibits showcasing unique and sometimes outrageous items, figures, and ideas that will blow your mind away. Ranges from unique inventions such as a Titanic ship made of more than one million matchsticks to a mask made from human skin or real shrunken human head that will makes your stomach hurl. Some of the items here are replicas though there are also actual items which you might even find it difficult to identify which for its uncanny resemblance.That's not all! Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum also offer exciting and fun attractions, such as The Infinity Maze, Ripley's 4D Moving Theatre, Ripley's Haunted Adventure, and of course Tussauds Wax Museum. Ripley's Believe it or Not does living up to their slogan: strange, shocking, and beautiful.
Try Omniverse, an adrenaline-pumping attraction which challenges you to ride on a water roller-coaster which will sends you around loops and freefalls. There are also some other attractions designated for much younger children. Don't worry! While it might sounds scary, all the attractions at Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark are closely supervised with your safety guaranteed. After all the exciting water adventures, settle in comfortably as you watch various live shows in the evening, featuring acrobatic stunts, digital light displays, and your favorite cartoon characters also participating in a play.
For years Pattaya is much known for its adult entertainment. However, lately the local government has been trying to rebranding Pattaya to attract more visitors of any age. It might still have some adult-only entertainment in certain places, but more and more family attractions are being added. So if you're having a chance to visit Pattaya, these attractions shouldn't be missed.
How to Get Tickets?
Attraction tickets are available on the spot, as well as online. It is recommended to purchase your tickets beforehand to save your time. You can buy them online on this website.
How To Get Around?
You can get around Pattaya by riding its public transporations. You first option is Bahtbus, it's a pickup style truck with a canopy and 2 benches for passengers to sit at the back of the car. There are stations where the buses usualy stop but you can also press the buzzer in the passengers seat to ask the driver to stop when you are going to hop off. Another transportation option is motorcycle taxis, which are basically a taxi but the vehicle is a motorbike. They're easy to find every where but can only carry one passenger per ride. If you're familiar with Pattaya traffic, you might want to try renting a motorcycle and drive it yourself. This can save a lot, especially if you're staying for a long time. There are also a lot of metered taxis in Pattaya that you can easily find.
What Should I Wear?
Since Pattaya is hot most of the times, do wear shirts, button-down collared shirt, or other summer clothes. But do cover your shoulders, don't wear tank tops, shorts that are at least knee-length, and don't show your cleavage. You can wear your swimsuit at the beach but do cover up when you're not at the beach anymore. Wear comfortable walking shoes like sandals or sneakers, leave your high heels behind and do not walk around barefoot.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Pattaya is from November to February. During these months, the weather are neither too cold or too hot. But do note that this is also the high season when tourists flock the place, especially the beaches.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you don't need any guide. Transportation is easy to find and the most of the locals, especially in the tourist areas understand and can speak English. You can also find any information about Pattaya on this website that you need before going.
How To Get There?
The nearest airport to Pattaya is U-Tapao Airport, which is located 30km away from the city center. However, this airport doesn't offer as many routes as Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, which is located 120km away from Pattaya. Even though it's further, there are lots of taxis willing to take you to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi. If you're traveling from Bangkok, you can go to Pattaya by road or by rail. You can drive your own car for about 2 hours to Pattaya or take the bus. There is also a daily train that departs and arrives at Bangkok and Pattaya every day. This option is considered an economical way to travel to Pattaya.
Don't wear any hats when you're entering the temple. Do not disrespect the Thai Royal Family. For the ladies, do not pass anything directly to the monks or touch them since they're not allowed to touch any females. Do not point anything with your feet, it's considered impolite. Do smile a lot and don't lose your temper in public.