Around Pattaya

Islands

Koh Lan

Koh Lan (Thai: เกาะ ล้าน - barren island) is a 205 m high island surrounded by coral reefs, about seven kilometers from Pattaya. There are regular ferry connections from Bali Hai Pier to Koh Lan. Faster private tips can be undertaken by speedboats, which can be rented at the pier. The ferry ride takes 45 minutes, the speedboat takes only about 15 minutes. On Koh Lan, there are numerous beaches that are known for their fine-grained sand and cleanliness. Thanks to the ocean current, the water is much clearer than in the bay of Pattaya. The main beach can be quite noisy because of the jet skis and boats. The coral reefs have already been damaged through tourism and coral bleaching.

Koh Phai

Koh Phai (also: Koh Pai, Thai: เกาะ ไผ่ - Bamboo Island) is a nature reserve island, located about 23 kilometers off the coast of Pattaya. It has a 150 meter high limestone rock, coves and numerous dive sites. Around Koh Phai are other smaller islands, some with coral reefs, but they are still military area.

In January 2003 the United States Navy landing ship HTMS Khram was sunk 300 meters east of Koh Phai. This created an artificial reef, which became the habitat of a variety of marine life.

Sights and excursions

Pattaya is very popular with golfers, who can choose from a variety of beautiful golf courses with international standards. Several amusement parks compete for visitors: The Mini Siam shows famous buildings in miniature. The Elephant Village was elephant attractions for tourists who want to start on the back of an elephant for a trek. In the Underwater World Pattaya numerous marine life can be observed while walking through an underwater tunnel.

The private in Si Racha Tiger Zoo shows several hundred tigers and alligators, as well as other animals. It has, however, come under criticism because of improper animal husbandry.The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, 15 kilometers south of Pattaya, is a very large well-kept botanical garden including orchid farm and small zoo. Three times a day the "Cultural Extravaganza" show is shown . Between Pattaya and Chonburi is the Butterfly Garden, a park with small and large colorful insects. The Pattaya Park is located between South Pattaya and Jomtien. It consists of a water park, an observation tower with Sky shuttle, and the "Funny Land" for children.

The Khao Kheow Open Zoo is located about 50km from Pattaya. The special thing about this zoo is also the fact that you can experience the zoo by car. This gives the whole a certain "safari feeling." Furthermore, one can feed many of the animals with food available in the zoo and take photos together with the animals. The zoo offers animals to touch and an animal show. With "The Flight of the Gibbon" it also hosts one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Thailand. Here you can soar on ziplines above the jungle canopy, hopping between a total of 24 platforms that were built on trees in the jungle.

Another tourist attraction is the teak temple "The Sanctuary of Truth". The complex of buildings has been under construction since 1981 and shows mythological figures of Thai, Khmer, Laotian and Chinese culture.

The cross dressing shows at Tiffany's and Alcazar in North Pattaya and the brand new opened Colosseum in Thepprasit Road inspire many visitors daily. Located in the Royal Garden Plaza on Beach Road is "Ripley's Believe it or not", an offshoot of the Ripley's museums with 3D cinema.

The observation deck on the Buddha Hill between South Pattaya and Jomtien offers a view of the surroundings and the bay of Pattaya. Wat Yansangwararam is a Buddhist temple (Wat), located 17 kilometers outside of Pattaya towards Sattahip . It is a meditation center for Thais and foreigners. Khao Chinchan, a 30 meter high Buddha relief on a rock wall, is located approximately not far from Wat Yansangwararam.

The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm is located nine kilometers from Pattaya. The facility covers 280,000 square meters with a stone park and a crocodile farm with over 1,000 crocodiles and other animals. The small amusement park Alangkarn is located just outside the south of the city and shows numerous shows and theater performances.

Mimosa, the City of Love Pattaya is a community lifestyle mall located on Sukhumvit Road in Pattaya near the Ambassador City Hotel in Na Jomtien with various shops, restaurants and shows.

Pattaya Floating Market, the largest man-made floating market, is a must visit during every holiday in Pattaya.

Since late 2011 Pattaya got a new attraction, Thailand’s first dolphin show. Near the Phoenix Golf club a new facility was build for the Pattaya Dolphin World & Resort.

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