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Pattaya is quite famous, or infamous depending on your outlook, for its vibrant and varied nightlife. In recent years Pattaya City Council has made serious efforts to market the city as the No. 1 beach resort in Asia with a wide range of attractions and daytime activities available, with the nightlife now far more varied and cosmopolitan.

Koh Larn Island – By ferry from Bali Ha Pier or by speedboat. The island has several beautiful  beaches and clear blue waters with numerous activities including parasailing, snorkeling, jet ski, biking and hiking. Well worth a day’s visit. www.kohlarn.com

Koh Samet Island – A 45 minute drive to Ban Phe then catch the ferry or take a speed boat. As Koh Samet is considered a National park there is an admission fee of 200 Bt to be paid to the authority of the island. Koh Samet is very popular with the Thai’s for long relaxing weekends with it’s beautiful soft sandy beaches and clear blue waters. At night time the beaches become alive with restaurants serving fresh fish, shrimp and lobster by the beachside.

Diving & Snorkelling - Are great ways to explore the beautiful sea in Pattaya and Jomtien. You can join a tour or if you prefer rent equipment from one of the many certified PADI diving centers in Pattaya and Jomtien. Courses are available for novice divers or for those who want to gain further diving credentials.

Fishing – Located at the end of Soi 14 along the Jomtien Beach Road. Competitions are held on the weekends at this lake and  Jimmy's Fishing Park located in Soi Nern Plubwaan Soi 28, off Sukhumvit Road, East Pattaya features three great lakes with 8 varieties of fish.

Pattaya Kart Speedway – Located on Soi 9 Thepprasit Road. The pioneer and the biggest Kart Racing Track in Thailand with 15 years of experience in providing the exciting racing experience among Thai, foreigners and tourists. The circuit consists of a beginners track and a professional driver’s track. Also on site is a bungy jump and paintball area. Tel: 038 422 044. www.kart.thai.li

Wind Surfing – Jomtien Beach is without doubt the most popular for water sports. Each year either the National or Asian Wind Surfing and Jet-ski Championships are held along this 6km beachfront which is widely considered a haven for water sports.

Forest Cable Rides – Canopy cable rides is Asia’s longest cable ride, at 3,200m long with 23 tree platforms it’s great fun for all the family, no experience is needed, it’s totally safe and fully insured.  Tel: 038 414 885.  www.canopyadventuresthailand.com

Floating Market – Located on Sukhumvik Road, about 400m south after Tesco Lotus. It’s the world’s biggest floating market bringing culture and shows from the different regions of Thailand. Tel: 038 706 340. www.pattayafloatingmarket.com

Nong Nooch Gardens – A 15 minute drive south of town towards Bang Saray. 500 acres of sprawling beautiful botanical gardens, waterfalls, elephant shows, Thai pavilions, daily cultural performances. Restaurants available. Tel: 038 709 358. www.nongnoochtropicalgarden.com

Million Year Stone Park & Crocodile Farm – A 15 minute drive into East Pattaya. Tropical gardens, natural stone park, crocodiles, exotic zoo species, fire eating shows. Tel: 038 249 347. www.thaistonepark.org

Underwater World – On Sukhumvit Road some 200m south of Tesco Lotus. A massive collection of marine life from the Gulf of Thailand, walk through a 100m glass tunnel and see more than 200 species of fish, including sharks, swimming around you. Tel: 038 756 879. www.underwaterworldpattaya.com

Sanctuary of Truth – Located on Soi 12, Naklua. This amazing temple like structure 105m tall, covered with hand carved wood reflecting ancient vision of earth, ancient knowledge and eastern philosophy. Tel: 038 367 229. www.sanctuaryoftruth.com

Pattaya Park – At the bottom of Soi 10 Thappraya Road on Dongtan Beach. Water and theme park of 32 acres, giant slides, whirlpool and water rides, a good family day out. The more courageous can abseil from the top of the tower. The hotel has a huge revolving restaurant with fantastic views over Jomtien, Pratumnak and Pattaya. Tel: 038 251 201. www.pattayapark.com

Si Racha Tiger Farm – Located 30 minutes from town. The zoo claims to house the largest collection in the world of over 10,000 crocodiles and 200 tigers. See tigers, pigs, and dogs living together in the same area. Tel: 038 296 570. www.tigerzoo.com

Silver Lake Vineyard – About a 15 minute drive south towards Bang Saray, off Sukhumvit. Large vineyard and landscaped gardens, small restaurants and vineyard shop where you buy the vineyards own wines, cold drinks, grape juice, with shaded areas where you can just sit and relax. Tel: 038 938 250.  www.silverlakethai.com

Buddha Mountain – Located right next to Silver Lake Vineyard. The gold line-etched Buddha image on the cliff of Khao (Mount) Chichan is not only a Buddhist sacred object but the largest effigy of its kind.
The image was christened "Phra Phuttha Maha Wachira Uttamophat Satsada" by H.M. King Bhumibol, it means "the Buddha is the prophet who enlightens and shines like a diamond."

Wat Yannasangwararam - Located 20 km to the south of Pattaya, off Sukhumvit Road. The temple is under H.M. the King's patronage, with its unique and modern Thai architecture the temple is vast, scenic and tranquil. It’s pagoda contains the Buddha's relics and several beautiful buildings built in international architectural styles.

Buddha Hill – Opposite Pratumnak Soi 1. Very popular temple with Thai’s and tourists alike to go pay their respects. The huge Golden Buddha sits some 300m above Jomtien and Pattaya.

Pattaya View Point – Opposite side of the road to Buddha Hill. A stunning panoramic view over Pattaya City and the Bay. It's great place to spend some time when looking to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy Pattaya City and Bay from an elevated perspective.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum -  On the 3rd floor of The Royal Garden Plaza shopping mall on Pattaya 2nd Road and Beach Road. The world's most unusual museum. Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum deals in bizarre events and items so strange and unusual that you might question the claims. It also has a Haunted Adventure attraction to give you a taste of the spooky side, an Infinity Maze where you can take a 15 minutes journey through light effects and illusions. Tel: 038 710 294. www.ripleysthailand.com

Pattaya Elephant Village - Is located on Phonpraphanimit Road near Highway No.3 at Km and was opened in 1973 as a sanctuary for former working elephants. These elephants, through reasons of injury or ill health, can no longer be used as a part of the backbone of heavy work in the jungles of Thailand. It also holds some really enjoyable stage shows for the local visitors as well as for the tourists. Elephant rides around the village are also very enjoyable and are highly recommended for the tourists. The Elephant Village provides these magnificent creatures with a safe haven, where they may live out their lives with dignity and freedom from fear. Tel: 038 249 853. www.elephant-village-pattaya.com

Mini Siam – Located on Sukhumvit by Soi 33. A model village celebrating the history and culture of Thailand with miniature replicas of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Democracy Monument, Bridge over the River Kwai and also a small go-kart track. Tel: 038 727 333.  www.minisiam.com

Muay Thai Boxing – To be found at the boxing stadium on Thepprasit Road and a couple of places along Walking Street. The art of Muay Thai boxing can be traced back through Thailand’s history. It’s as popular today, as it ever has been and can be practiced or enjoyed as a spectator sport in most parts of the world. Thailand will always remain known as its native home. Nowhere else in the world can compare with to Thailand for the practice and study of Muay Thai. The best academies of Muay Thai in Bangkok and Pattaya have become centers for thousands of foreigners who want to train with real Thai fighters and experience real Muay Thai.  Tel: 038 488 675. www.fairtexpattaya.com/muaythai/fairtex-pattaya-stadium.html

Tiffany’s Cabaret Show – Located on Pattaya 2nd Road just before Dolphin Roundabout. The first ever truly transvestite cabaret show in South East Asia. With over 28 years of stage experiences, the fame of Tiffany’s Show is undeniable and become a recommended tourist destination of the successful growth of Thailand's most popular resort city. Millions of international visitors from every part of the world have experienced the spectacular performances and enjoyed the marvelous, talented and beautiful Tiffany’s performers.  Tel:  038 421 700. www.tiffany-show.co.th

Alangkarn Theatre – Located about 10 minutes drive south on Sukhumvit Road, on he left, approx. 400m before Ambassador Hotel.  Adorned in Thai style with a 70 meters long show-stage with huge movie screens, a 30 meter of water track on stage to present multi-dimensional Thai cultural events and shows on water, a multi-color laser animation and digital synchronized pyrotechnic techniques. With power-packed shows which leave a real impression on guests of all ages. The show is a fusion of multi-dimension technique presentation such as pyrotechnic, multi-color laser show and other state-of-the-art techniques to make it a modern Thai multi-dimension extravaganza show.  Tel: 038 256 000.  www.alangkarnthailand.com

Alcazar – Located on Pattaya 2nd Road, opposite Soi 5. A cabaret show that has all the allure and razzmatazz of a Las Vegas nightclub. Dazzling performances by artists in glittering evening gowns thrill nightly audiences, as well-groomed ladies mime and dance against a backdrop of surround-sound and computerized lighting. Performed in a state of the art theater, the cabaret makes extensive use of computer technology, making a stunning show. The unique feature of Alcazar's entertainment, that sets it aside from Las Vegas, is that all the girls are boys! Tel: 038 410 224.  www.alcazarpatthaya.com

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