One of the oldest seaside resorts of Thailand, Pattaya is more than just night time entertainment and a crowded beach. Just a short distance from the city centre you will find beautiful viewpoints, elaborate temples and modern art galleries to name just a few of Pattaya's lesser known attractions.

A City of Contrasts

Despite its somewhat unflattering reputation as Sin City, Pattaya has a surprisingly high number of temples and places of worship. One of the most striking monuments is perhaps The Sanctuary of Truth, located along the coast just south of the main Pattaya beach. Built entirely from teak wood and towering more than one hundred metres above ground, The Sanctuary of Truth reflects a curious mix of philosophy, art, culture and religion told through detailed wooden carvings that cover the entire structure inside and out.

More recognisably Buddhist is the Wat Phra Yai Temple at the very top of Pratumnak Hill, popular with both locals and tourists. The highlight of the temple, which is more than 70 years old, is a big Buddha statue sitting at the top of the main staircase, framed on both sides by golden dragons and the mythical Naga, a seven-headed snake, emerging from the dragons' mouths. Around the main Buddha are several smaller Buddhas in different styles and poses.

Culture Vulture

Pattaya and the surrounding area is also home to a number of amusement parks and animal reserves. North of Pattaya, in Jomtien, visitors can learn about the flora and fauna of Thailand in the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden & Cultural Village. Apart from daily shows and a host of restaurants, the garden also has an area with themed gardens taking inspiration from around the world including typical French or English layouts, as well as species-specific enclosures showcasing a particular plant or flower family.

The floating market is also worth a visit, especially if you love food. The market has more than 100 stalls serving a variety of Thai food from all over the country including a guilty amount of sweet pleasures. Long tail boats waiting along the market-side canal to take visitors further into the market where you can see some of the lesser visited areas and sample the local flavours.

Ocean Marina Yacht Club

The cruising grounds around Pattaya are supported by the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, which is located on Jomtien Beach. Just an hour away from Bangkok it's easily accessible from Suvarnabhumi International Airport as well as all the dining and shopping options in Pattaya and environs. The marina offers 300 modern floating berths for vessels up to 180 feet as well as dry storage and supporting facilities and services such as water and power utilities, boat cleaning and maintenance, travel lift and care packages, which includes regular washing, polishing and engine maintenance. The marina also has a boutique hotel, a restaurant and meeting and seminar facilities.

Destination Highlights

The cruising grounds off Pattaya are full of charming islands and a clean underwater environment makes the area suitable for diving and snorkelling. Of the most famous choices are Koh Samet, Koh Chang and Koh Kood, which are all easily accessible from Pattaya.

Of the three islands, Koh Samet is the closest to Pattaya and can be reached in just a matter of hours. Due to its proximity to Bangkok, the island is popular as a weekend getaway amongst Thais and foreigners living in the capital so it is advisable to visit the island during the weekdays when it's less crowded and the beaches are empty. The east coast of the island is by far the most busy with a string of restaurants and resorts making sure visitors are fed and entertained, while the west coast offers a more remote, quiet experience.

Follow the Thai coast south towards Cambodia and the next bigger island is Koh Chang, the country's second largest island. Despite its size and growing popularity, the island is less commercialised and developed than Koh Samui in the southern part of the Gulf or Phuket on the west coast of Thailand. On the northwestern tip of the island lies the Siam Royal View Marina, which has berths for up to 75 boats up to 90 feet as well as dry storage for vessels up to 40 feet. A concrete pier offers safe mooring for superyachts visiting the island. The marina is part of an integrated development with private residences, restaurant, water sports facilities and golf course.

Koh Chang is part of the Koh Chang Archipelago that also includes Koh Mak, a quiant island directly to the south and Koh Kood, a slightly bigger island south from Koh Mak. Both islands are relatively un-developed with just a handful of resorts on each, making them a perfect stopover for those looking for some privacy and untouched beauty.

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