Besides Singapore and Malaysia, Thailand is also a country that is very close to Indonesia. This country, known as the country of the white elephant, has many interesting tourist destinations to visit.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand is Pattaya, which is a small fishing village in the east of the Gulf of Thailand. To reach Pattaya, tourists have to take a two-hour drive from the city of Bangkok.
Decades ago, Pattaya was just a little-known village. But now, Pattaya has turned into a very popular tourist destination in Thailand. If you visit Pattaya, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the following six tourist attractions:
- Pratumnak Hill
This tourist spot is better known as Wat Phra Yai. This place has a giant Buddha statue, which is one of the largest statues in Thailand. Before entering this place, you have to climb many stairs flanked by dragon carvings on the right and left. When you reach the top, you can see the splendor of the giant Buddha statue and enjoy the beautiful view of Pattaya.
- The Sanctuary of Truth
This building is one of the religious buildings in Pattaya and is filled with many statues made based on Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. The top of this building has a height of 105 meters. The main form of this building is based on Thai architectural art in the Ayutthaya period. There are four gates in this place, each representing a picture of Buddhism and Hinduism in Cambodia, China, India, and Thailand.
- Pattaya Floating Market
Pattaya Floating Market is one of the largest in Thailand. Here you can find many stalls selling traditional crafts, fresh fruits, and vegetables, as well as a variety of delicious snacks. If you look at it, it is somewhat similar to the Lembang Floating Market in Lembang, West Java.
- Khao Kheow Zoo
This 200-hectare zoo was founded in 1974 in the Khao Yai National Park area and was opened to the public in 1978. And in 1984, the zoo was expanded to reach 1000 hectares. Khao Khew Zoo has several thematic zones, namely:
African Savannah: Designed like the natural habitat of animals in Africa. Many animals live in the same area such as zebras, giraffes, rhinos, and ostriches.
Khao Kheow Night Safari: This zone is for visitors who want to explore and enjoy the zoo after sunset. Visitors can hear the sounds of nocturnal animals and get a wild night atmosphere.
Cats Complex Park: This park consists of a collection of graceful and agile wild animals in the cat family. In this 40-hectare area, visitors can observe 48 species of the cat family of different sizes.
Walk Through Aviary: This is an aviary area containing more than 80 different bird species. This area is suitable for enjoying and observing birds in a natural setting.
Eld’s Deer Park: This one-hectare area is a relaxing area for visitors. Here, visitors can touch the deer, take pictures with the deer, and feed them.
- Koh Larn (Coral Island)
Coral Island is a little slice of heaven outside the hustle and bustle of Pattaya. This place is a famous beach resort in Thailand with a vast sea of turquoise. This beautiful small island also known as Thailand Koh Larn is located about 7.5 kilometers west of Pattaya Beach. Since the island is not so far away, tourists can easily get there by taking a ferry from Walking Street.
- Pattaya Tiffany Cabaret Show
One of the most popular shows in the world is the Pattaya Tiffany Cabaret Show. This show features Thai ladyboys who are, on average, under 30 years old and don a variety of spectacular and dazzling costumes.
The Pattaya Tiffany Cabaret Show presents a song, dance, or play. Starting from Bollywood music, South Korean fan dances, Chinese dances, Broadway performance songs, and various other performances that are packaged attractively.
Those are some interesting tourist destinations that can be visited while on vacation in Pattaya. In addition, don’t forget to taste a variety of Thai street food snacks, which are widely available there. Happy holidays!