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8 Top Rated Attractions in Pattaya - Eight Top Ranking Highlights to Visit in Pattaya

As Thailand's self proclaimed beach hotspot, stunning beaches are not the only attractions in Pattaya. Here are 8 of the most popular points of interest to visit during a holiday in the area.

1

Jomtien Beach

Not your ordinary beach hub, Jomtien Beach is not only one of the finest beaches in Pattaya but also one that is ideal for all sorts of water based activities. The 6km long shorelines is perfect for sunbathing while popular water sports activities available in the area include windsurfing, jet-skiing, parasailing and kitesurfing. What's more the Cartoon Network Amazone Water Park is also located a stone's throw away from the beach.

2

Wat Yansangwararam

Also known as Wat Yam, this iconic temple is one of the finest examples of Thai temple architecture and ancient building traditions. Encircled in a stunning garden lined with palm trees the temple is dedicated to the memory of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Housing countless relics and other precious items the shrine is reached via a flight of nearly 300 steps.

3

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Nature lovers in search of a verdant space to catch their breath will find the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden a welcome sight. Divided into separate zones, the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden includes European Renaissance garden, orchid garden, a French garden and gardens specific to different plant species including bonsai, palms and succulents. Thai cultural showcases and other performances including Thai kickboxing matches and dance recitals are also held at the venue.

4

Big Buddha or Wat Phra Yai

Towering above the surrounding landscape at an awe-inspiring height of 18 meters, the Big Buddha is a must-visit attraction for all first time visitors to Pattaya. Perched atop Pratamnak Hill, the iconic statue is reached via a flight of stairs and is encircles by smaller Buddha sculptures on all sides. Local devotees regularly flock to this temple to attain happiness and prosperity.

5

Art in Paradise

This fun and engaging museum is the perfect venue to spend an afternoon exploring the illusions created by the museum's art pieces. Perfect for families with children, the strange and humorous photo ops available at the art museum are as hilarious as they are educational. Divided into different sections including areas devotes to Egypt, dinosaurs, classics, safari and underwater worlds, this attraction in Pattaya is well worth the nominal entrance fee.

6

Mini Siam

As one of the most popular highlights listed on many a Pattaya things to do itinerary, paying visit to Mini Siam to discover Thailand's and the world's most iconic landmarks in miniatures is also a must for first time visitors. Home to not only a small replica of Wat Arun but also the Tower Bridge, Statue of Liberty and the L'Arc de Triomphe, this cultural attraction is perfect for those who love the famed structures around the globe. Visitors based in AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa and similar rests in the area should remember to make a reservation to visit at least a day prior so as to gain entrance.

7

Ramayana Water Park

Considered the largest and finest splash centre in all of Thailand, spending a day in Ramayana Water Park is a great way to enjoy water bound activities. With 21 rides and a plethora of pools and slides on offer, the venue's water polo facilities and volleyball court make it a hit with visitors of every age group.

8

Koh Larn

Also known as Coral Island, a day trip to this pristine corner of Pattaya is a fantastic way to come face to face with the beauty of Pattaya. Offering sea walks and boating excursions and parasailing activities the food kiosks and Nual Beach make this excursion worth the time.