Along the Gulf of Thailand, a bustling resort city awaits to steal your heart away. Popular among tourists for its vibrant night scene along the infamous Walking Street, the allure of Pattaya as one of the top holiday destinations doesn’t end there.

There is more to Pattaya than its happening night scene. One can expect to let loose in the daytime with a smorgasbord of activities that are equally exciting as it is intriguing. Before you come to a verdict, have a look at what Pattaya has to offer and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a destination that beats this city.

Catch bedazzling cabaret shows at the iconic Tiffany’s Show

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Take a gander at this row of ravishing beauties and you’ll see why Tiffany is the leading cabaret show in Thailand. The world’s famous magician Joe Labero stands between Miss International Queens in both 2013 and 2015 respectively; Trixie Maristela (left) and Marcelo Ohio (right), alongside other performers.

Even if you haven’t been to any of their shows, you’d most probably have caught wind of this iconic cabaret show. The Tiffany’s Show has been running for 42 years and has become a household name worldwide. This award-winning transvestite cabaret show is also one reason why throngs of tourist flock to Pattaya.

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Spectators are in for a world-class performance nothing short of entertaining and grooving dance numbers.

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Stay glued to performance after performance with amazing display of theatrics and drop-dead gorgeous talents gracing the stage.

Until you’ve watched one of its show, you haven’t been to Pattaya. The enthralling song-and-dance segments leave you fixated on this world-class performance that doesn’t disappoint. The famed Swedish illusionist Joe Labero will showcase his magic chops in the World’s First Magic in Fantasy Tiffany show till the end of this August.

In this December, the audience of Singapore is in luck. The Tiffany’s Show will descend on the stage in Singapore, on the eve of Christmas and Christmas itself for locals to have a taste of its extravangaza.

464 Moo 9, Pattaya 2nd Road,

Pattaya Chonburi, 20260,Thailand

Ticket price: 650-1050 THB

Showtimes: 18:00/19:30/21:00

http://www.tiffany-show.co.th

 

Seek the meaning of life at the Sanctuary of Truth

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Lo and behold the majestic Sanctuary of Truth, which is one of the longest-standing architecture in Thailand.

After all the glitz and glamour, you may find yourself wanting to take a respite and disconnect from the world. What better place than a real sanctuary to do just that?

At the Sanctuary of Truth, it is being shaped by influences and beliefs from various countries, namely Cambodia, China, India and of course, Thailand. Often mistaken as a public property owned by the government, this heritage site is actually a private property. The sanctuary is also completely made out of teakwood, with the exception of nuts and bolts used for parts undergoing ongoing maintenance works.

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Revel in the magnificent view of the elaborate interior of the sanctuary. No amount of effort is spared in building the sculptures of this sacred grail.

While many businessmen’s wishes for huge transactions were granted here, the sanctuary was not built with the intent of it being a temple. As mentioned by the guide for the tour, the essence that dwells within the sanctuary is to seek the meaning of life. I couldn’t agree more as I felt as though I’ve stepped into another realm that allowed me to ruminate about life, amidst the magnificent backdrop and serenity.

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It really is an amazing feat that no nuts and bolts are used in holding up these intricate carvings and painstakingly carved statutes of the sanctuary.

Also remember to be appropriately dressed as it is still a place of worship, otherwise the ladies may need to buy sarongs to wrap their short bottoms.

 

Cool off at Ramayana Water Park Pattaya

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Have a splashing good time as you sit back and relax on the float while the waves take you further into the wave pool.  Photo © AroiMakMak

Summer is here! There’s simply no excuse not to take a dip in the pool to beat the sweltering heat at Ramayana Water Park. This newly opened water theme park spans across over 40 acres, with the must-have wave pool, 2.3m long slide as well as everyone’s favourite – the lazy river. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may want to try Freefall and AquaLoop, where you go into a capsule and slide down once the shutter at the bottom of your feet opens after 3 seconds.

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Have a race-off with your friends who are psyched up for the Mat Racer at Ramayana Water Park. The Freefall (orange) and AquaLoop (blue) are next to the Mat Racer. Photo © AroiMakMak

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Laze at the poolside cabanas in the biggest water park in Thailand, as you soak in the wonderful beach-like atmosphere.

9 Moo 7, Na Jomtien, Pattaya
Chonburi, Thailand 20250

Open Daily: From 10am to 6pm

https://www.ramayanawaterpark.com/

 

Be a kid again at the Teddy Bear Museum

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I was screaming inside when I entered into such an adorable setting with everyone’s all-time favourite teddy bear.

The first-ever Teddy Bear Museum to be found in Thailand and Southeast Asia is now here in Pattaya. If you think that this museum is no different from its predecessor in South Korea, you couldn’t be more wrong. The museums are different with an element of the local culture; and in the one at Pattaya, it has a touch of the Thai culture.

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Tap into your imagination and play with the optical illusion with a couple of your travel buddies if you happen to be at the Teddy Bear Museum.

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The inner child in you will take delight as he enters into a pretend mirage with petite-sized bears with floral printing, against a mock waterfall setting.

436/49 Moo 9 Soi 1, Beach Road,

Nong Prue, Banglamung,

Chonburi, 20150

Open : Daily 09.00 AM – 10.00 PM

http://teddybearmuseumpattaya.com/en/

 

Be amazed at Baan Sukhawadee

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Touted as the “Taj Mahal” of Thailand, Baan Sukhawadee bears a striking resemblance to the iconic wonder of the world while staying true to its essence.

This opulent dwelling used to be a place of residence by one of the wealthiest Thai businessmen, who made his fortune from owning chicken farms. He has now moved to another side of this vast area, away from the tourist crowds that visit this place of attraction.

The trademark pink-and-blue colour scheme at Baan Sukhawadee signifies happiness and water respectively. Essentially, the meaning behind this “Taj Mahal” of Thailand is that human beings need to learn to be adaptable like water in their pursuit of happiness in life. This significant purpose and the atmosphere it strives towards in Baan Sukhawadee can be likened to one in an utopian world.

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Rumour has it that the staff at Baan Sukhawadee have had their prayers answered when they prayed to this Guan Yin statute located on the top floor of one of the main buildings.

Apart from witnessing the sheer opulence of this structure, many tourists have come here to pay their respects to statutes of sacred deities. The main religion being practiced here is Buddhism with the Guan Yin statute being one of the highlights in the tour around Baan Sukhawadee.

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It is common to see statutes of Greek provenance within this famous dwelling that used to be a residence for one of the wealthiest men in Thailand.

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A devout follower can be seen praying earnestly before a splendid display of the deities.

219 Moo 2 Sukhumwit Road

Na Kler Banglamung

Chonburi 20150

http://www.sukhawadee.com/new_web/

 

Get in touch with the Thai culture at Thai Thani Arts and Cultural Village

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Learn how to paint your own designs on umbrella by going hands-on with guidance beneath this spacious hut.

If your interest in the local Thai culture has been piqued, there is no reason to skip out on the Thai Thani Arts and Cultural Village for an extensive understanding of the Thai cultural roots. You can easily spend an entire day in the village with a multitude of activities for you to have a go at, such as the weaving

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Enjoy an authentic Thai meal while learning more about the Thai culture as you watch the locals perform cultural dances deeply rooted in their heritage and traditions.

 

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You can experience Songkran everyday all day at Thai Thani with one segment being held for visitors to throw and sprinkle water on one another.

In celebration of the yearly and traditional Thai New Year, Songkran is usually held in April. A festival symbolic of a fresh new beginning, the Thais will wash themselves of sins by spraying one another with water. Without having to be in Thailand in April for the massive event, tourists can still take a stab at Songkran with appropriate attire provided by the village.

Moo 3 88 Bang Saray Pattaya, 

Sattahip 20250,Thailand

http://www.thaithanipattaya.com/

 

The locals in Thailand have always been known being affable and people whom we, as tourists are quick to warm up to. Now that AirAsia flies direct to Pattaya thrice a week and the popular tourist city has so much to offer, there is simply little reason to miss out on this amazing getaway destination.

This post is written by Carrie Er from our sister site, Asia361.com.