Khao Pattaya (or Khao Phra Bat)
This small hill, its peak accessed by an asphalt road, affords panoramic views of Pattaya City and Pattaya Bay . Khao Pattaya has been developed and is currently the site of the Naval Sor Tor Ror radio station, where there is a monument to Kromluangchumphon, known as the Father of the Royal Thai Navy. A Buddha image is enshrined on the hilltop.
Suan Chaloemphrakiat (Fitness Park )
Located on Phra Tamnak Road at the foot of Khao Pattaya and covering an area of 6 acres, the small park is dedicated to the commemoration of His Majesty the King's sixtieth birthday on 5 December 1988. The gardens boast a wide variety of flowering plants, while the park also includes jogging trails and exercise facilities.
The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm
This place is popular, attraction with Thai and foreigner tourists. Covering an area of close to 40 acres, the compound comprises rock gardens and a botanical garden of rare plants and beautifully landscapes. Top sights include fossilized plants over a million years in age and a 200-year-old Thai style bonsai, plus dwarf horses, ostrich, crocodile pools and a collection of rare animals such as albino bears. Crocodile round-ups, magic and animal performances are also major attractions. Open daily from 8.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m., with crocodile shows from 11.00am - 5.00pm. Additional information may be obtained by calling tel: 0 3824 9347-9 or the Bangkok office at tel: 0 2579 4008, 0 2579 5033.
This miniature city is on the left-hand side at km143 on Sukhumvit Highway before reaching down town Pattaya. The models, made to a scale of 1 to 25, cover places of worship, ancient remains and famous sights in Thailand and abroad. Open daily from 7.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.
Additional information may be obtained by calling tel: 0 3842 1628, 0 3842 4232.
The Bottle Art Museum
The museum, located on Soi Sari, at Km 145 Highway, showcases art contained in glass bottles. The exhibits are the creations of Dutch sculptor Mr. Peter Bedelais, who has crafted various intricate pieces and assembled them in glass bottles of different shapes.
Open daily from 9..00 a,m.- 8.00 p.m. Enquiries may be directed to tel: 0 3.842 2957.
Located on Phonpraphanimit Road , which lies off Highway III at km 145, this elephant camp focuses on the working life of elephants and their mahouts. There are daily performances of elephants at work and play, as well as a grand war parade. Additional information may be obtained by calling tel: 03824 9174-5, 038249818.
Pattaya Amusement Park
This amusement centre at Jomtien features a large water park with giant slides, a sky high basket/hopper and other fun activities. There is also a tower topped with a revolving restaurant that commands panoramic views of the area. Tel: 0 3825 1201-8.
Motion Master Moving Theatre
Also at the Royal Garden Plaza , this theatre offers high-tech screenings of motion and movement as experienced in real life. Open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. Tel: 0 3871 0294.
Sanctuary of Truth
Construction of this gigantic architectural structure, located on the shore at Laem Ratchawet on Na Klua Road, North Pattaya, was begun in 1981 by Mr. Lek Wiriyaphan, founder of the Ancient City in Samut Prakan, and today has assumed colossal proportions. Made entirely of wood and with exquisite architectural carvings, the building was conceived out of the vision that human civilization has been achieved and nurtured by religious and philosophical truth. Open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Monkey Training Centre
Located in Soi Chaiyaphruk, off Highway III at Kn1151, the centre displays how monkeys, are trained to pick coconuts and perform other tasks. There is also a cockfighting and a snake show. Five shows daily at 9.00 a.m., 11.00 a.m., 12.00 noon, 2.00 p.m., and 5.00 p.m. Tel: 0 3875 6367.
Sireporn Orchid Farm
Tambon Nong Prue, the farm has a wide array of different orchids. Visitors may purchase plants or cut flowers. Open daily from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Tel. 0 3842 9013.
Horseshoe Point Club
Some 10 kilometres off Sukhumvit Road ,. Horseshoe Point Club offers horse riding at all levels of proficiency, as well as dressage, cross-country jumping and polo. Tel: 0 3873.5050.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms Park
Situated close by Horseshoe Point, the park contains several beautiful Chinese-style buildings and art objects. Open daily from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Tel: 0 3842 1428.
Located 15 kilometres south of Pattaya, off to the left of Sukhumvit Road at KM 160, Wat Yansangwararam was dedicated to the Supreme Patriarch in 1976 and was later graciously admitted under the patronage of His Majesty the King. It is a superb example of modem Thai religious architecture, while the park like grounds also contain pavilions designed in different national styles.
Suan Nong Nooch
About 18 kilometres south off Pattaya, off to the left of Sukhumvit Road at KM 163 Suan Nong Nooch is a recreation park in a typical Thai setting, with tropical gardens, elephants and cultural Shows. Show times are 9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 13.00pm 15.45 p.m. Tel: 0 3842 9321
Next time you take your kids to Pattaya, check out its first submarine. Operated by Vimantaitalay, the submersible offers a closer look at underwater world off Ko Sak. The service is available four times a day and each trip lasts 40 minutes. For more details, call 038-415-234 and 038-415-181