How to spend 48 hours in Pattaya

by Travelbag on 26 June 2015, 16:06PM

Pattaya is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand and the moment you arrive it is not hard to see why. The region has so much to do and see – 48 hours may not seem like enough time to cram everything in.

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The great thing about Pattaya is the variety. You can go from observing local culture that dates back hundreds of years to enjoying Pattaya's well-known Walking Street of entertainment and nightlife. No two days are ever the same there.

So how should you spend 48 hours in Pattaya? Here are our recommendations...

Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens

Start your day with a leisurely stroll around one of the region's most beautiful spots. The Nong Nooch Botanical gardens are some of the most beautifully kept gardens in Thailand, and it'd be such a shame to visit the area without taking a peek inside. The 2.4sq kms of Nong Nooch are full of flowers, plants, landscaped gardens, monuments – all perfectly preened and laid out ready to be explored. You could easily spend a whole day making your way around, but we'd suggest setting aside a few hours in the morning before the sun gets too hot.

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If you time your trip right, you may also be lucky enough to witness some of the cultural displays put on at the gardens, such as regular displays of classic Thai dancing, boxing and drumming.

Grab lunch at The Floating Market

After exploring the botanical gardens you're quite likely to find yourself hungry, so the next stop we would recommend is the Four Regions Floating Market. You can explore the market by boat alongside the local sellers and their stalls, which are also in boats! There really isn't anything quite like this outside of Thailand; it truly is a sight to behold so don't forget to take your camera.

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Come evening time, enjoy the nightlife

Walking Street (aptly named, because of the no-car rule) is the bustling centre of Pattaya's nightlife. It's loud, it's busy and it's certainly entertaining. There's a bit of everything here – from restaurants and nightclubs, to themed bars and the famous Thai ladyboy shows.

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At nighttime this place comes alive so prepare yourself! If you don't fancy spending the evening pirouetting on table tops and dancing the night away – then sit back in a bar instead and enjoy some creative cocktails from the local bartenders.

Next morning, the Sanctuary of truth

If you can wake up early the next morning, we'd recommend visiting the Sanctuary of Truth, a beautiful one-of-a-kind structure that will leave you breathless and awestruck. The sanctuary is one of religious and cultural importance, and sets about telling and informing visitors of the importance of religion and the way philosophy and religion have shaped the world throughout history.

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It is a stunning place to visit, but it's also an extremely humbling experience and one you'll surely never forget.

Big Buddha Statue

After visiting The Sanctuary of truth, a trip to visit the 'Big Buddha' of Pattaya is your next stop. The Buddha is a religious symbol, and surrounded by beautiful and ornate temples too. You can easily spend a few hours strolling around the area and soaking it all in. Just don't forget to dress respectfully – the site is not just for show, it's an active temple where locals visit to pray and worship – and as with most religious sites in the country, it's customary (and respectful) to cover your shoulders and your knees.

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Stunning sunsets

Head to the beach and enjoy the sunset. You could even light a paper lantern and make a wish.

Visit Pattaya's cabaret show

As with most destinations in Thailand – there is a cabaret show to enjoy in Pattaya. Otherwise known as the "ladyboy shows" these shows are so popular in Thailand, that the locals and performers take great pride in them. Expect glitz and glamour, lots of fun, frivolity and music. Some cabaret destinations will also serve food at the tables to enjoy during the show, so you could always eat during your evening entertainment too!


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