Meaning the ‘south-west monsoon wind” and correctly pronounced “Patti-yah” not “Patt-eye-yah”, this lively destination located roughly 150 kilometres from Bangkok ranks as one of the most successful beach resorts in the world.
Pattaya Beach is situated along the central city in close proximity to shopping, hotels and bars. Most sections of the beach are covered by rented deckchairs run by local beverage vendors during daylight hours.
We spent the day swimming and playing in the clear waters…
And lazing on the beach… BTW, we had to pay for these beach chairs. they are NOT free.
Next stop at Pattaya was Mini Siam. It’s cheesy, it’s tacky and it’s cliche, but busloads of tourists still make their way to this attraction on the main highway in Pattaya. Mini Siam is a re-creation in miniature of many of Thailand’s major tourist attractions, as well as reconstructions of a few structures from the past.
Mini Siam is open every day from 9:00 to 18:00. Admission is 300 Baht.
Upon entering Mini Siam, and before you get to the Thai portion, there’s also a front garden filled with miniature recreations of many notable monuments from around the world, such as the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and Abu Simbel. And at the Thai portion of the park, you’ll find copies of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha from Bangkok, the ancient Khmer temple of Phimai in Nakorn Ratchisima province, and even Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport.
Underwater World Pattaya
The Underwater World is a 100 meter long, walk-through aquarium with a decent collection of fish, sharks, turtles, coral, eels, starfish, stingray, etc. Entrance fee: 360 baht. More info about it here.Jack and Kellynne by a very welcoming shark…
Just some of the marine life you can find :)
Walking through the glass tunnel can be quite surreal
Overall, quite a satisfying experience and glad that we stopped by