PATTAYA is a beach city, just 150km South east of Bangkok
Population: 120,000 people
The city used to be a fishing village in the 1960s, and then during Vietnam War, American Army based in nearby U -Tapao and other U.S military soldiers started visiting Pataya. And then the City became a popular resort place for their holidays and weekend. From the Sunrise to Sunset, the beach becomes very busy, and at night the streets are for night life. There are many bars,pubs opened until dawn.
Big population in Thailand involve in tourism here, many service workers are from different parts of Thailand. This coastal city has over 2000 hotels which supply over 137,000 rooms for tourist industry. The living cost is much lower than many countries, easy life style, good climate, so this condition also increases big number of retired foreigners living in this city.
What to do in Pattaya??
- The Sanctaury of Truth: The Sanctuary of Truth is a gigantic wooden construction, Rising 105 meters into the sky and made from teak wood, which its sculptures based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs., Within this complex, visitors will understand Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, Cycle of living, Life Relationship with Universe and Common Goal of Life toward Utopia
- Party The Night Away In Walking Street: Walking Street is 500m long and as the name suggests there are no vehicles allowed in the street after 6pm. The street as well as many side streets are full of bars, nightclubs, bars, restaurants and beer bars.
- Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden: The garden covers a space of 2.4 Square kilometers and have some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. If you love the nature, garden, flowers. This is a good place to stroll in the afternoon for this great landscape
- Pattaya Floating Market: There are various floating markets In Thailand but this one in Pattaya has something different about it. The actual name of the market is the ‘Four Regions Floating Market’ the reason for this is that the market is split into the four regions of Thailand, The north, northeast, south and central. Each section of the market sells products that represent that part of the country
- Climb The Hill At Wat Phra Khao Yai: Wat Phra Khao Yai is also known as Big Buddha Hill, it is referred to as this because it is the biggest Buddha in the region, it stands at 18 meters tall and sits about 100 meters above sea level
- The Buddha Engraving At Khao Chi Chan: The Limestone hill that has the Buddha engraved on it used to be an active site for the construction industry before it was closed down. In 1996 a laser was used to etch the carving into the rock as part of a celebration for His Majesty the King of Thailand’s 50th year on the throne.
- At Anek Kusala Sala: A museum which display more than 300 pieces of Chinese artworks, they reflects the Chinese culture
- Khao Phra Tamnak: At the top of the hill, you can see panoramic views of Pataya and the Bay, also you can see a Buddhist statue was built when it was a fishing village