As one of Thailand’s most popular beachside destinations, Pattaya is a city full of life and colour with various activities that should make for a packed weekend getaway trip. From beach-front to hill-top, and from the local market to a mega shopping complex, there are endless possibilities for you in this city. These are five things you can enjoy while taking in breath-taking view of the Gulf of Thailand.
Eat: Fresh Seafood
One can certainly find great seafood joints in their town, but the best would still have to be by the sea. Freshly caught by local fishermen and prepared to perfection, get your seafood fix at one of the city’s many famous restaurants. Fresh blue crab is best prepared steamed and eaten with a sour and spicy dipping sauce that contrasts the sweetness of the crab meat. Also, don’t forgot the must-try dishes among Thais, such as charcoal grilled shrimps, deep-fried sea bass with a fish sauce dressing and seafood tom yum soup.
Shop: CentralFestival Pattaya Beach
Forgot your swimwear? You’re covered. Feel like just shopping? You’re definitely covered! This shopping centre has everything you need from world-class brands like Swarovski and Marks & Spencer, the trendiest fashion retailers such as Topshop and ZARA and beachwear lifestyle stores like Billabong and Rip Curl. With only just over 100 metres to the beach, this shopping destination proudly holds the title of the largest beachfront lifestyle shopping complex in Asia. You can find plenty of restaurants and cafés, some with the view of the gulf like FoodLoft, to rest your feet while on a shopping spree.
Play: Recreational activities parasailing, sunbathing, elephant riding
Your Pattaya schedule will be packed with different activities. If you come to play hard, adrenaline junkies are going to love this city. Classic blood-pumping activities like the Pattaya Bungee Jump, is the first in Southeast Asia and still remains the highest in the country. The usual jet skiing is also a good choice if you are afraid of heights.
Those who dare to fly can go skydiving and parasailing to enjoy the bird’s eye view. However, if you want to play it cool, sunbathe on the beach to get your perfect tan or tour the Elephant Village, a non-profit safe haven for elephants.
Sip: Edge at Hilton
After a day full of action, take in the spectacular views of Pattaya as you sip on your favourite drink at the Edge at the Hilton Pattaya. This restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating and has a 7-day rotation menu that will also fulfil your international palate. Every Friday night, Edge offers a seafood buffet that showcases fresh local seafood in different styles and an extended drinks menu that will put you on the edge of glory as you dine and watch the sun set into the sea.
See: The Sanctuary of Truth
This magnificent wooden construction will blow your mind with its masterful craftsmanship and the philosophy behind it. The Sanctuary of Truth tells of the ancient vision of the Earth through decorations and sculptures, all hand-carved in wood. It hits the height of 105 metres. While you won’t get to witness the completed project until 2050, it still is worth a visit to observe the craft and learn more about Hinduism and Buddhism from the motifs at the sanctuary.