Brimming with go-go bars and unapologetically adorning itself with a vivacious red light district, Pattaya, Thailand has become the official go-to destination of foreigners looking for one hell of a good time. Numerous news outlets even have unanimously dubbed Pattaya as the world’s sex capital.
Despite all the hustle and bustle of the nightlife encompassing the city, what people don’t know is that Pattaya has so much more to offer. In broad daylight, some of the best beach resorts can be found on the stretch of Pattaya’s breathtaking coastline. It’s a paradise full of water sports and recreational activities to explore, museums to get one’s self lost into, and great food that any traveler will be pleased to fill their hungry tummies with. No traveler in their right mind would miss out on visiting and getting to know Pattaya better, so why not give it a try?
If you’re riding solo and quite unsure what to do and afraid at the same time, but have the heart for an adventure, here’s how you can safely enjoy your trip to Pattaya:
- Try all water sports available.
This is what you came for: revel in the vast choices of water sports activities offered in beach resorts along Pattaya. Pattaya Beach offers you the chance to learn how to sail or parasail, ride a boat, and go snorkeling to offshore islands. You can take it to another level of extreme by visiting Jomtien Beach, one of Thailand’s best spots for windsurfing.
Pattaya Beach. Image courtesy of Pattaya by Hotels.com.
But if you’re more of a laidback person and would prefer to have fun in a more controlled environment, Pattaya is also home to numerous waterparks like Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark, Splashdown Waterpark, and Pattaya Park.
Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark. Image courtesy of Pattaya by Hotels.com.
For a list of Pattaya’s most famous waterparks, visit http://www.bangkok.com/pattaya/waterparks.htm
- Research the prices and itinerary in advance;
While it’s great to be spontaneous, planning ahead of time never hurt anybody, especially if you’re traveling on a meager budget. See which activities are within your means and carefully outline the places you’ll visit. Not only will you save yourself a lot of hassle, you can also make sure you’re getting the best value for your money!
For a short-trip itinerary guide in Pattaya, check out http://www.bangkok.com/pattaya/attractions/2days-pattaya.htm.
For a list of other itineraries to make the most out of your stay, visit https://www.getyourguide.com/pattaya-l182/tours-tc1/.
- Book your room in advance.
Pattaya has a massive foot traffic and it’s best that you ensure you have a place to stay. ZEN Rooms is a top-rated budget hotel chain that provides quality accommodation without you having to break the bank.
ZEN Rooms Pattaya Sai Song 6, Double Bed. Image courtesy of ZEN Rooms.
It’s proven to be safe and reliable, and gives you access to air conditioned rooms and great customer service. (Did I mention they also have free Wi-Fi?! As is the case for all ZEN Rooms.)
ZEN Rooms Pattaya Receiving Area. Image courtesy of ZEN Rooms.
Advanced bookings can be made via www.zenrooms.com.
- Join a group tour.
Group tours are a great thing for this one reason: it can save you a lot of money. Your trips are carefully scheduled, you get to visit as many places in one go, plus you can meet new people along the way.
For a list of group tours and activities, check out https://www.viator.com/Pattaya/d344-ttd.
For a more detailed itinerary for big groups, vist http://www.travelhubpattayatours.com/pattaya-packages/patp1002-3day.html.
- Don’t miss out on museums.
A trip to a foreign country is never complete without getting to know its history and artistic culture. Pay a visit to Pattaya’s list of unique museums and be captivated by the arts and invention on display at The Bottle Art Museum, The Sanctuary of Truth, and the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.
The Sanctuary of Truth. Image courtesy of orionmystery.blogspot.com
For more information about these museums, visit http://www.world66.com/asia/south/thailand/pattaya/museums.
If you’re a sucker for good photos, you may also want to try visiting Art in Paradise, an interactive illusion art museum located in North Pattaya near the Big C Supercenter.
Art in Paradise Pattaya. Image courtesy of sunleisureworld.com