Once a quaint fishing village, this Gulf Coast city in Thailand has transformed into a resort that never sleeps. It's world-famous for its omnipresent nightlife, but there's a lot more to Pattaya beneath its party-hard surface. In fact, you can circumvent the nightlife all together and make your Pattaya vacation about sumptuous relaxation, abundant water sports, fascinating fauna, classic Thai markets, and culturally-rich festivals.
There is so much to see, so be sure to rent a car in Pattaya so that you can make it to all the sights. Kids will love the Cartoon Network Amazone, a Cartoon Network-themed water park, as well as the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum and the exotic animals on display at the Sri Racha Tiger Zoo. Flora and fauna abound at the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, and the Siriporn Orchid Farm is a must-see for all flower lovers. Take a tour of the globe at the "mini-world" section of the Mini Siam village, which has replicas of the Eiffel Tower, Trevi Fountain, Statue of Liberty, and more, or head underwater in an actual Vimantaitalay submarine to see what divers marvel at. Of course, you can't miss the giant gold Buddha at the hilltop Wat Khao Phra Bat temple.
It's a good idea to secure Pattaya package deals during one of the many annual festivals. If dragon parades and lion dances sound intriguing, visit in late January for the Chinese New Year. February's Pattaya Bike Week draws motorcycle enthusiasts from all over Southeast Asia, while March's International Music Festival brings in crowds as well. Progressive Pattaya is home to two transgender beauty pageants, one in May and the other in November. Mid-April brings one of the longest Songkran festivals in the country, and November's Loi Krathong, which involves candle-lit hot air balloons, is particularly beautiful.
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So you've dropped off your bags and you're feeling weary after your flight — what do you do next? Sleep? No chance... traveling is all about unique experiences and mind-blowing adventures! (Besides, you can always rest when you get back home.)
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