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How to Spend 1 Day in Pattaya

How to Spend 1 Day in Pattaya

Tucked into a bay on the Gulf of Thailand’s northeastern coastline, Pattaya lies about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from Bangkok. Once a modest fishing port, this resort city is now one of Thailand’s top destinations, offering island hopping, theme parks, cabaret shows, and more. See below for many things to do with one day in Pattaya. 

Morning: Beach Hopping

It’s easy to laze the day away on one of Pattaya’s beaches, but most visitors opt for a cruise to one (or more) of the nearby islands. Take a speedboat to Coral Island (Koh Larn), the most popular getaway on the gulf, and spend the morning relaxing on sugar-white sand and swimming in tranquil, aquamarine coves. Active travelers can also opt for some sea walking, snorkeling, parasailing, or jet skiing. Alternatively, book a boat that lets you island-hop between pristine spots like Koh Pai, Koh Ped, and Koh Rin and enjoy scuba diving among the coral and other beautiful marine life.

Afternoon: Attractions and Amusements

Pattaya has lots of ways to keep you entertained, including family-friendly theme parks and museums. When you’re ready to get out of the sun, head to Frost Magical Ice of Siam to see mesmerizing ice sculptures that imitate Thai architecture. Or head to serene Nong Nooch Tropical Garden to enjoy 600 acres (240 hectares) of themed, landscaped gardens and lots of stunning orchids. The garden also offers performances of Thai kickboxing, sword fighting, and traditional dancing. You could also choose to see the world in miniature at Mini Siam Pattaya, a garden featuring dozens of tiny replicas of landmarks from around the world, including a version of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Night: Showgirl Glamour

Nightlife in Pattaya is legendary. The city boasts an array of street-food vendors and seafood eateries, and bars, nightclubs, and discos blare Thai pop music on Walking Street, one of the most popular party hotspots in the country. Pattaya is also famous for its cross-dressing and transgender performers. Head to Tiffany’s Cabaret Show to watch entertainers in extravagant costumes sing and dance in a show that has been playing (in some form) for 40 years. After the show, you can join the crowds that stay out bar-hopping until the early hours. 

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Pattaya Full-Day 3 Tropical Island tour (Snorkeling Cruise with Buffet)

Pattaya Full-Day 3 Tropical Island tour (Snorkeling Cruise with Buffet)

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Discover the beaches, bays, and islands around Pattaya on this full-day catamaran cruise. Set sail for the islands of Koh Pai, Koh Rin, and Koh Ped; dive in to swim and snorkel in the Gulf of Thailand; and tuck into a delicious buffet lunch on-board.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.13
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Skip the Line: Tiffany's Cabaret Show Ticket in Pattaya

Skip the Line: Tiffany's Cabaret Show Ticket in Pattaya

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Enjoy a Thai tradition: the legendary Tiffany’s Cabaret Show, a world-class transvestite theater show and musical that’s been entertaining audiences for nearly three decades. Tiffany’s reputation as a must-see attraction has helped Pattaya City become the ‘anything goes’ place it’s known as today.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.06
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Thailand’s Landmarks at Mini Siam

Thailand’s Landmarks at Mini Siam

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Explore Thailand’s most iconic sites and sacred places in miniature on a 3.5-hour tour of Pattaya’s mini Siam. Tower above the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and get a birds-eye view of Bangkok’s Democracy Monument and the famous bridge across the River Kwai. Leave Thailand for a whirlwind tour: circle the Eiffel Tower, stroll past the London Bridge, and enjoy a simultaneous view of Egyptian Pharaohs and the Sydney Opera House.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$27.45
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$27.45
Price varies by group size