Pattaya’s attractions are equally popular by day or night with quite a few day trips worth making. The lengthy beaches at Pattaya Bay and Jomtien are sunnier, softer and more relaxing than back home, complete with beer vendors and deckchairs. And offshore Koh Larn is perfect for those seeking a tropical paradise. Then there’s the amusement parks of Mini Siam, Nong Nooch Gardens, The Waterpark and Tiger Zoo, even the Sanctuary of Truth adds a remarkable touch of culture. But many find the nightlife the real highlight, centred around the go go bars and discos of Walking Street or the quieter beers bars in lanes off Beach Road. And let’s not forget the lovely ladies, which is what draws many to Pattaya.
Pattaya has a fabulous range of shops and markets catering for all tastes. From the very expensive to the incredibly cheap (particularly by Western standards), you can find it all here. While the quality of some of the goods can vary greatly from stall to stall and shop to shop, even those who usually hate shopping enjoy finding a bargain here.