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Wanderlist Discover: Pattaya, Thailand

Wanderlist Discover: Pattaya, Thailand

The beach resort town of Pattaya is one of the most popular tourist spots, mainly due to its reputation as host to risque late night entertainment shows, and cheap beer bars. However, if you go beyond the obvious, there’s a lot to explore in Pattaya. It’s a lively, multi-ethnic town that attracts a lot of families and holidaymakers from all over the world. Pattaya is home to beautiful temples and relaxed, laid-back beaches. It has tons of authentic and tasty restaurants and food spots that offer tourists excellent food options. If you explore a bit, you will find a quiet, uncrowded beach shack which has tables right on the beach, so you can enjoy your meal with the waves lapping at your ankles. You can enjoy an afternoon, in one of the most beautifully landscaped garden, and even catch an elephant talent show. Keep your evenings reserved to party hard and explore the wild side of Pattaya, as you amble down Walking Street, surrounded by what can feel like the world’s biggest block party.  Make sure you enjoy the lady-boy cabaret shows that have been part of Pattaya’s night culture for over 40 years. It’s a spectacle worth viewing at least once!


  • The Cabaret Show : Catch an awesome, over-the-top Cabaret performance by artists from all across the globe at Tiffany’s Cabaret every evening. The show, which lasts for an hour, is performed by ladyboys and is one of the most popular attractions for tourists in Pattaya. Many people walk in there thinking they can easily tell a boy from a girl, but when the ladyboys walk out on that stage, dressed in their dazzling costumes, hardly anybody can tell whether the performers are boys or girls.     

  • Eating Mango Sticky Rice : You will most likely find Mango Sticky Rice all across Thailand, but none quite so famous as Mai Sai Thong in Pattaya. This place serves only one item on the menu - the Mango Sticky Rice - and the combination of ripe mangoes and mushy, sticky rice is a foodie’s delight.   

  • The Sanctuary of Truth : This 100 meter teak wood structure is a perfect place to visit and reflect on the meaning and nature of Truth. It’s not a traditional temple, but a place to visit and reflect on things one is pondering about. The structure is incredible well-designed, with detailed carvings that have to be seen to be believed. It is also a "work in progress" structure, and some say that the entire structure will never be completed, but just keep evolving.

Best Time To Go: November to February

November to February is a good time to visit Pattaya, since the weather is quite pleasant.

Where in the world:

Pattaya is a seaside town that lies on the Eastern Gulf-Coast of Thailand.

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Fun Fact: Originally, Pattaya was called “Thap Phraya” which means the Army of Phraya, who was also known as King Taksin. Over the centuries, the name evolved to Phattaya, which is the local name for the north-easterly wind that preceeds the monsoons in Thailand. During the Vietnam War, the region was a popular destination for American troops, and the name was “Americanised" to Pattaya.

Useful Information:

  • Language : Thai, English

  • Currency : Thai Baht

  • How to Get Around : Songthaews or public passenger pick-up vehicles which operate as bus lines or taxis are the most convenient way to travel around Pattaya. You can also take a motorbike taxi, or a regular taxi. Scooters or bikes are also easily available on rent.

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