Amazing attractions, and one-of-a-kind distractions
For an easy-access, picture postcard tropical beach that you can actually swim in, you’ll have to leave Pattaya Bay and head to Koh Lan—a small island off the coast of Pattaya, famed for its clear waters, sunset views, and mischievous monkeys that inhabit the hills around coral-ringed Nual Beach, in the south. To get to Koh Lan take the 45-minute public ferry from Bali Hai Pier, which costs B30 each way, or hire a local speedboat (normal charge is B300 per person, each way) and you’ll be there in 15 minutes.
Thai Thani Arts & Culture Village
Explore the Thailand of a bygone era at the Thai Thani Arts & Culture Village, located south of Pattaya City (near the Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens). Discover Thai heritage via traditional arts and crafts, Thai-style activities, and unique cultural performances. Classic Thai architecture is also faithfully replicated here in the form of the multi-gabled pagoda and the alms bowl pavilion. Enjoy a leisurely ride around the village in a horse drawn carriage, and when hunger strikes visit Khum Khan Tok Restaurant for delicacies from the northern and northeastern regions of Thailand, or check out the array of rare foods from all regions of the Kingdom at the Kad Moua Market.
Flight of the Gibbon
Back in 2007, the Flight of the Gibbon zipline company started operations in Chiang Mai. Now they have a second zipline centre, located in Chonburi—amidst majestic old-growth forests on the borders of the Chompoo Wildlife Sanctuary and inside Khao Kheow Open Safari Park. This fully immersive and totally unique 2.5 hour rainforest experience includes a combination of ziplines, abseiling, sky bridges, and forest walks, with some stations suspended quite high above the valley floor. The full package also includes: a delicious lunch, plus seasonal fruit and refreshments; a Safari park tram tour; and complementary transport there and back (within a specified zone).
Covering an area of 100,000 sq.m, the Pattaya Floating Market is recognized as the largest man-made floating market in the world. First opened to the public in 2008, it has grown in popularity to become a major tourist attraction—with shopping at over 100 outlets, plus cultural activities and traditional shows. Conceived and built by local businessman Warida Sae-eung, the market consists of four main areas, which each represent the architecture, cusine, and culture from the Kingdom’s four reions: North, Northeast, Central and Southern Thailand. Oddly, for what is essentially a shopping mall, there is an entry fee of B200. The market is located a short drive south of Pattaya City, and is open from 8am till 8pm daily.