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What to do in Pattaya – activities and festivals 2019

All the main activities, festivals, places, attractions, to see and do in Pattaya in 2019, to discover or rediscover the 1st seaside resort of Thailand.

A world-class destination

Pattaya is a leading tourist city whose success is attested by the millions of Thai and foreign visitors it welcomes every year.

Pattaya is one of the oldest and most sustainable of all Thai seaside destinations.

Located on the Gulf of Thailand, 150 km southeast of Bangkok, this small fishing village has become the Mecca of tourism and is a known destination for tour operators around the world.

It is a popular year-round destination for all kinds of travelers, from singles to couples, families and tourist groups.

Its success is based on its wide range of activities, attractions, and cultural experiences that attract visitors of all ages.

The constant renewal of activities encourages tourists to explore Thailand’s many facets; such as gastronomic tourism, the arts, crafts, culture, and unique lifestyles, discovering new attractions and rediscovering existing attractions from a new perspective.

What to do in Pattaya: festivals and celebrations

The annual calendar of events in Pattaya includes some of the most popular festivals and gatherings in the kingdom.

Recent events include the Wonderfruit Festival, a four-day celebration of art, music, food and sustainable development in December, and the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival which illuminates Pattaya Bay in a stunning pyrotechnic show.

Enthusiastic crowds gather every year for the December Maya Music Festival, which combines Thai culture with Western dance music.

Pattaya’s annual vegetarian festival is held in October, during which people refrain from eating meat, and a large procession bearing statues of Chinese deities makes its way around the city.

Then there is the Wan Lai Festival or the Traditional Thai New Year (Songkran) which is celebrated in Pattaya a week later than the rest of the country, but which is also full of worthy activities, processions, and water battles!

For sports enthusiasts, the Pattaya Marathon held in the city streets in July attracts hundreds of Thai and international runners.

While the Pattaya half-marathon in June allows participants to sail on a more scenic route along the wooded hills.

In February, the best golfers in the world gather in Pattaya for the prestigious tournament Honda LPGA Thailand.

What to do in Pattaya: attractions

As a seaside resort, Pattaya naturally offers the sun, sand, and water lover a choice of beaches, but beyond that, there is also much, much more.

The destination has a multitude of attractions that include history, modern, cultural, and entertainment.

Sanctuary of Truth
The Sanctuary of Truth

Visitors can spend their days visiting attractions such as the Sanctuary of Truth, a 105 m high temple built of precious wood in the style of the Rattanakosin era,

See our article :
The sanctuary of truth in Pattaya (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum)

The floating market

The Pattaya floating market of the four regions with its 100 food stands, restaurants, souvenir shops, and art galleries, and the new magic ice of Siam where there are themed areas of ice and snow to explore.

Pattaya at night

At night, a must-see is one of the city’s famous cabaret shows, either the Cabaret Show in Tiffany or the Cabazet Alcazar with their larger-than-life artists and fabulous scenery.

Transexuals in Pattaya
Transsexuals from the Alcazar cabaret

The KAAN Show, a 90-minute extravaganza of the Himmapan forest and characters from Thai literature, martial arts, dance performances, and dramatic special effects, is also highly recommended.

Beside Pattaya

As you venture beyond Pattaya into the surrounding countryside, you will find a choice of equally impressive attractions.

To name a few:

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is renowned for its picturesque gardens and cultural spectacle:

Mimosa Pattaya The city of love offers a colourful shopping and dining environment inspired by the architecture and romance of the city of Colmar in northeast France;

Monsters World and Aquarium offer the chance to get closer to different marine and terrestrial species ;

Cartoon Network Amazon is a water park on the theme of Cartoon Network, with 25 attractions in 10 entertainment zones ;

Upside Down Pattaya offers a leaning castle, an upside-down house, a magic barrel, crazy bicycles, a labyrinth. Everyone’s senses are going crazy.

Pattaya even has its vineyard, one of the few in Thailand that helps the country make a name for itself in winegrowing.

From its lakeside location, Silverlake Vineyard produces a variety of red, white and rosé wines.

For an overview of the Buddhist religion and its importance in Thai society, Khao Chi Chan (Buddha Mountain) presents a giant image of Buddha from 109 m high sculpted in the cliff,

Khao Chi Chan (Buddha Mountain)

while Wat Yan Sang Wararam Woramahawihan is a temple whose designers have been inspired by different architectural styles; such as Lanna, Singapore-Chinese, and Thai-Chinese.

Both sites pay tribute to the deceased King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

What to do in Pattaya, an easily accessible destination

Add to that the fact that it has never been easier to get to Pattaya than it is today.

Motorway connections from Bangkok are less than two hours away, while U-Tapao International Airport connects the city by direct flights.

You can also find flights from the Middle East, China, Macao, and other Asian cities, including Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai.

You can get an idea of the prices or book your bus, train, boat or plane tickets with

For more tourist and practical information on Pattaya see :
Pattaya, the sulfurous seaside resort: the guide

Source of the article and photos: cabaret transsexual: Ohconfucius; Sanctuary of Truth:



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