- Walking street
The sights and sounds of Walking Street are quite different from anything else in Thailand. Other towns and cities try to prove they have their own version, but nothing comes close to matching the 500 meters of fun which is found at the end of Pattaya’s Beach Road. Taking its name from the fact that it is closed to vehicle traffic after 18:00, almost every building on both sides of the road – as well as many in the side streets around it – is a nightclub, beer bar, restaurant or go-go bar to the extent that the road is almost completely deserted during daylight hours as virtually everything is shut. At night, however, the road comes alive with neon lights, thumping music from different genres, food vendors, street performances and party animals from around the world.
- Sanctuary of truth
This unique teak structure is a truly veneration-inspiring sanctuary to a philosophical truth, which tells of the importance religion, philosophy and art has played in human development and the madness of neglecting morality and spiritual contentment in the chase of materialism. It is a beautiful and humbling demonstration of human effort and skill, particularly when you realize that none of the wood being used has been treated or chemically protected. This means that, as one section is completed, another has succumbed to the tropical conditions and must be replaced.
- Tiffany Cabaret Show
Tiffany’s Cabaret Show takes place in a grand theatre that, with its huge faux-marble lobby, manages to be almost as spectacular as the blinding costumes. Performers make their entrances dressed in everything from long sweeping ball-gowns and plumes of feathers, to elaborate headdresses and skimpy polka dot swimwear. A breathless hour-long riot of sound, color and light results from this show; a show that spans the entire hemisphere through song, dance or skit. Scenes include a Bollywood musical take on the Indian Raj, a traditional Korean fan dance, homage to China’s Imperial past and progress, Siam’s history told through graceful Thai dance, Broadway show tunes, and slapstick burlesque.
- Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
The 2.4sq.kms of Nong Nooch are ready to outbreak with some of the most outstanding flowers, displays and landscaped gardens in Thailand, if not the world. The team behind them has repeatedly won international awards for their designs, which include 17th century French style gardens, a recreation of Stonehenge, creative topiary displays and gardens created exclusively with cacti, bonsais and tropical palms. It is also the home of over 670 native and hybrid species of orchid, an excellent elephant talent show and regular displays of classic Thai dancing, boxing and drumming.
- Pattaya Floating Market
Commonly known as the “Four Regions Floating Market”, the sub-sections of this 100,000sqm development represent the four major areas of Thailand – the north, northeast, central and south. This representation comes in the form of shops and stalls selling souvenirs, fruits, food, art, handicrafts, postcards and clothing as well as regular cultural shows and demonstrations. Some of the 114 vendors do indeed float, selling their merchandise from traditional boats and canoes. The rest are built into a stiff swagger village, with covered walkways and rugged bridges connecting them.