Pattaya, one of the most popular beach resort towns in Thailand, is only 200 KM from Bangkok. The town offers a delightful combination of sun, sand, and sea. Pattaya was first discovered during the Vietnam War by US soldiers, and its popularity has skyrocketed ever since.
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
With numerous walkways winding through the beautiful gardens, including a topiary garden, Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden tops the list of things to do in Pattaya. Apart from the display of unspoiled nature, the garden is also host to several cultural fests. Also, you can get here within an hour from your Pattaya beach resort.
Just 17 minutes from Avani Pattaya Resort is Jomtien Beach. Spreading over 6 kilometres, the beach offers you a soothing distraction from the bustle of the city. The golden sand and the palm trees make up a comfortable refuge for sunbathers, and the thrill-seekers can visit Cartoon Network Amazone, a water park packed with pools, slides, rides, and fountains.
Located south of Pattaya, sitting atop a hill, Big Buddha is an 18-metre tall, gilded Buddha statue. Locals visit the statue to pray for good fortune. There’s a staircase to get to the top, and it’s decorated with Naga snakes on both sides.
Four Regions Floating Market
Visit this bustling floating market for a bit of shopping and entertainment. You can buy anything and everything here, from art to clothes to souvenirs. You can also sample some local food and enjoy Thai dances and Thai boxing. You have to pay an admission fee to enter, but you’ll get way more than your money’s worth.