Pattaya is one of the most popular resort cities in Thailand, located on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. Pattaya cannot boast of many historical attractions. It attracts the bulk of tourists with a variety of entertainment complexes, all kinds of shopping centers, gardens and farms of exotic animals and reptiles.
Nong Nooch Park
This park is a tropical natural complex that combines a large number of botanical gardens and various departments:
- Cactus Garden;
- Orchid Garden;
- Butterfly Garden;
- Bird Garden;
- Elephant farm;
- French park;
- Bonsai park and others
Nong Nooch Park is often called the Orchid Park, although the orchid garden occupies a small part of the entire territory. Here is a collection of the rarest species of these magnificent flowers. You will have a great time visiting one garden after another. The landscape design and the rarest exotic plants impress with their uniqueness. The elephant show and national folklore performance are also not overlooked by tourists.
Big Buddha Hill
This is one of the main attractions of Pattaya. Big Buddha Hill is popular not only among tourists. Locals come there to receive the blessing of the monks.
This hill got its name thanks to the huge golden statue of Buddha, which was installed in 1977. This statue is surrounded by 15 others, each of them is about 2 meters high. The most popular is the Buddha of Wealth. It is believed that if you hit the hole in his belly with a coin, then soon your financial situation will significantly improve.
At the very top of the hill there is a Buddhist temple. At the entrance to it you can buy candles, incense and 3 leaves of gold leaf. In the temple itself, there are three statues of Buddha, near which you can conduct a small ceremony to fulfill your wishes. It is enough to light and install a candle and aroma sticks in a special stand, while making a wish. But if something hurts you, you should attach a golden leaf to the statue in the place that worries you and, according to the belief, healing will come.
Despite its popularity, it is a very quiet place. Coming there, you find yourself in a world of peace and tranquility.
Khao Keo Zoo
This is one of the few zoos in the world that lacks cages. All animals move freely and live in conditions as close as possible to their natural habitat. Visitors can get quite close to them and even feed them.
The territory of Khao Keo is huge, so to see all the inhabitants, it is best to rent an electric car at the entrance. The zoo brings together representatives of the fauna from different parts of the world. Here you can see:
- African giraffes;
- Different types of monkeys;
- White Tigers;
- Dwarf deer, etc.
Particular attention of visitors is attracted by the largest poultry house in South Asia, which contains many rare and exotic species. Performances with various animals are held in specially designated areas several times a day. If you like any animal, you can take a picture with it absolutely free.
This village was founded in 1973 as a shelter for sick and aged elephants, but over time, healthy animals began to live here. Its area is over 146 kilometers. Visitors can not only watch and take pictures with the elephants, but also observe and participate in the process of feeding, stroking and riding them. The elephant village is one of the most unusual places to visit in Pattaya. Enjoy an exciting elephant ride into the jungle.
The training of these huge animals is impressive. These majestic beasts unquestioningly listen to their guides. During the day, you will be able to see various performances:
- Wild Elephant Catching Demonstration;
- Elephant football;
- Elephant rescue work;
- War Elephant Parade.
The village is located 7 kilometers from Pattaya and is open from 8 am to 6 pm.
This exotic place will impress not only reptile lovers. All kinds of snakes of various colors and sizes are collected here. Examining the terrariums, you can watch them slowly move along the branches and hunt.
In the gift shop you can buy snakeskin belts and wallets, various tinctures and medicines with snake bile. In the restaurant you can try snake meat dishes and even a drink made from snake blood.
Unrivaled snake tamers will show the wonders of training these reptiles, and the most daring spectators will even be able to stroke one of them. This unique snake show leaves no one indifferent.
On the territory of the snake farm, there are not only snakes. Frogs, spiders and monkeys can also be seen here.
Temple of Truth
The construction of this magnificent temple began with funds from Lek Viriyaphant, an extraordinary millionaire who is a Thai patron of culture. The style of this building is close to the ancient chamber architecture.
Its walls are completely covered from the outside with skillful wood carvings, which depict the plots of Indian and Thai mythology. Such a carving is so delicate and painstaking work that the construction of the temple is still ongoing.
Inside, the temple is divided into four parts, each of which is dedicated to the culture and philosophy of a particular country:
Local residents believe that by visiting this temple, a person comes to an understanding of responsibility, the fundamental principles of life, relationships and the main goal in life.
Coming to Pattaya, everyone will find entertainment to their liking. Here you can visit not only the above-listed attractions, but also such places as Mini Siam Park, Tiffany Show, Siracha Tiger Zoo, Bottle Museum, Thermal Baths, Ko Pet Monkey Island. Shopping enthusiasts will be delighted by the huge shopping malls and floating markets. Aquariums, water parks and beaches will not be ignored.