Pattaya is a beachside destination that is situated around 2hrs drive from Bangkok. Being one of the most visited city, Pattaya offers its tourists many destinations in and around the city. Being situated near to the ocean, tourists can expect beach adventures like banana boat ride, parasailing etc. If you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city you can explore here in peace. However, Pattaya has some of off-beat, tourist destination places that one can explore while on their visit to the beautiful coastal city in South Thailand.
1) Sanctuary of Truth: A religious construction located in Pattaya, Sanctuary of Truth is an all-wood building with sculptures of Buddhist and Hindu motifs. Built-in Thai style architecture, the top of the building is around 105m height. It was said to be constructed during the Ayutthayan period and is decorated with handcrafted wooden sculptures inspired by Dravidian, Angkorean, Chinese, Mon Dvaravati, Srivijayan, and Thai style. According to the official website, its purpose is to use art and culture as “a reflection of the Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy.
2) Nong Nooch Tropical gardens: Nong Nooch Garden is a 2.4sqkm green space located in Pattaya. The garden would easily be a day trip as it is huge which consists of the theme park, culture show, restaurants and accommodation available. It contains Orchids which are more than 670 species, shrubs from Versailles, topiary garden, European garden, tropical palm garden, butterfly hill and Stonehenge garden. Apart from gardens, this place also held daily cultural shows about Muay Thai, classic Thai dance, paddle boats, cycling etc.
3) Pattaya Floating Market: One of the oldest forms of business in Thailand, Floating market is spread across 100,000sqm and is divided into four intersections namely North, North-eastern, Central and South. The floating market experience can be undertaken by a man-powered boat where you can get around and experience the surroundings of the Thai riverside business. You can find many eateries, fruit shops, souvenirs, art galleries on the way. This is a perfect place to get away from the hustle of Pattaya and is a must-to-do thing when you visit the city.
4) Buddha Mountain: The largest engraved Buddha in the world, the image of Buddha is engraved on a limestone mountain and is of 130m in height and 70m across. This is gold-embossed image located in an area which is famously called Silverlake. This remarkable image was engraved with the help of laser and Silverlake area is known for many tourist attractions.
5) Wat Phra Khao Yai: AKA Big Buddha hill is the biggest Buddhist temple located in Pattaya. It is of 18m in height and is around 100m above sea level. The Big Buddha statue watches over Pattaya and Jomtien beaches and is a highly decorated statue. Once you enter you can notice bells ringing, the smell of incense sticks, numerous small Buddha statue and mesmerizing view of the ocean. The Big Buddha Statue in Pattaya is a cultural highlight to any visit to Pattaya and can be enjoyed by people who are knowledgeable about Buddhism but equally by people who have limited knowledge of the religion and the way of life.