Top things to do in Pattaya

Top Choice Thai in Pattaya

Mantra

One of Pattaya's top restaurants, Mantra is fun even if you can only afford a classy cocktail (from 180B). The building and interior are sumptuous; try for a seat upstairs where you can overlook proceedings or nestl…
Buddhist Monument in Pattaya

Sanctuary of Truth

Made entirely of wood (without any metal nails) and commanding a celestial view of the ocean, the Sanctuary of Truth is best described as a visionary environment: part art installation, religious shrine and cultural…
Museum in Pattaya

Anek Kusala Sala

A popular stop for tour groups, this museum contains more than 300 impressive pieces of Chinese artwork, mainly bronze and brass statues depicting historical figures as well as Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist deities…
International in Pattaya

Sketch Book Art Cafe

This gorgeous, leafy art cafe offers pleasant respite from the normal Pattaya vibe. It's surrounded by a sprawling garden, and the restaurant’s walls are covered with the owner’s artwork. Smoothies are lush and the …
Seafood in Pattaya

Mum Aroi

This long-established restaurant is perched beside the sea in the fishing-village end of Naklua. Old fishing boats sit marooned offshore and crisp sea breezes envelop diners as they devour fantastic Thai food. Try s…
Thai in Pattaya

Glass House

Diners at this all-white beachfront spot plunge their toes into the warm sand as waiters deliver seafood, pizza and steak. The quality of the Thai dishes in particular is excellent, and the atmosphere romantic. It's…
Island in Pattaya

Ko Lan

Day trippers head for this small island, 7km offshore from central Pattaya. On weekends, its five beaches entertain thousands of visitors and the aquamarine sea is busy with banana boats and other marine merriment. …
International in Pattaya

Magg's Restaurant

Beloved of expats, this goes for a distinctly un-Thai decor, with gloriously kitsch caryatides holding up the facade, and other Italianate touches. The food is international in style, with some British influences – …
Buddhist Temple in Pattaya

Khao Phra Tamnak

This hill has a modest Buddhist temple as well as a much-revered memorial to the admiral who founded the modern Thai navy. There are marvellous views over the Pattaya bay and a little cafe terrace from which to enjo…
Thai in Pattaya

Rimpa Lapin

With spectacular views looking back over the entire Pattaya bay, this clifftop restaurant conjures up excellent Thai fusion food. Reservations are needed around sunset. It's about 14km south of Pattaya; without your…