Travel In Pattaya Part 1
Hat Pattaya (หาดพัทยา) The ha1f-moon-shaped Pattaya beach is about 4 kilometres long with Road., running parallel to the beach. The beaches have been renovated with shady footpaths along the clean sandy beach taking a walk, lazing, jogging or cycling around here.
North Pattaya and Central Pattaya are not as bustling as the south beach. In the old days, many first class hotels are located in this area. South Pattaya, with its lively atmosphere of nightclubs, beer bars, restaurants, shopping complexes, and other businesses, this is the heart of the city. Several kinds of aquatic sport gear are available for rent on the beach.
Khao Phra Tam Nak or Khao Phra Bat(เขาพระตำหนัก หรือ เขาพระบาท) This small hill is located between South Pattaya and Chom Thian. It is a vantage point for a panoramic view of the whole city of Pattaya and its crescent bay. Locals and visitors come here to pay homage to Wat Khao Phra Bat atop the hill and the monument of Kromluang Chomphonkhetudomsak, who is resgared the “founding father of the modern Thai navy.” and Saan Chaloemphrakiat (สวนเฉลิมพระเกียรติ) Khao Phra Tam Nak Road., This is a fitness park at the foot of Khao Pattaya. With an area of 6 acres, the park was dedicated to commemorate His Majesty the King’s sixtieth birthday on December 5, 1988. The gardens of the park boast a wide variety of flowering plants and offer a. scenic view of Pattaya. There are also multi-purpose grounds and winding trails for walking or jogging and standard exercise facilities.
Hat Chom Thian (หาดจอมเทียน) This 6- kilometre-long beach is only 4 kilometre from Pattaya. A beach Road., runs parallel to the shore along which are hotels and restaurants. Less noisy than Pattaya, it is popular as a site for relaxation, swimming and water-sports.
Hat Wong Phra Chan (หาดดวงพระจันทร์) This small tranquil one kilometre beach is on the northern side of Pattaya Bay. The serene atmosphere here is attractive to those longing for a complete rest and privacy.
Sanctuary of Truth (ปราสาทสัจธรรม) This gigantic wooden structure is situated by the sea at Laem Ratchawet, North Pattaya. The entrance is at Soi 12, Na Kluea Road., The sanctuary of Truth was first built in 1981 by Mr. Lek Wiriyaphan, the founder of the Ancient Cizy in Samut Prakan Province. With exquisite architectural features, the building was conceived out of the vision that human civilisation has been achieved and nurtured by religious and philosophical truth. It is open daily from 9.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m. Admission fee is 500 baht. Tel. 0 3836 7229, 0 3836 7815
The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm (อุทยานหินล้านปีและฟาร์มจระเข้) This popular attraction is 9 kilometres from Pattaya on Chaiyaphonwithi Road., off Highway No.3 at Kms.140. Its grounds are landscaped with flowering and rock gardens. Hundreds of crocodiles as well as some rare animals, including albino bears and horses, are kept. There are crocodile shows, magic performances and animal shows 7 times a day from 9.00 a.m.-5 .00 p.m. The compound is open daily from 8.30 a.m.- 6.00 p.m. Admission: 300 baht for adults and 150 baht for children. Tel. 0 3824 9347-9 or www.thaistonepark.org for more information.
Mini Siam (เมืองจำลองพัทยา) is located at Km. 143 on Sukhumbit Road., Highway No. 3, North Pattaya, Mini Siam is one of famous model villages in the world. It celebrates the heritages of Thailand with miniature replicas of the most famous monuments and historical sites including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Democracy Monument, Bridge over the River Kwai, Prasat Hin Phimai etc. Minature replicas of the Tower Bridge of London, Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Trevi Fountain are also displayed in the section called “miniworld”. The compound is open daily from 7.00 a.m.-l0.00 p.m. Admission: 300 baht for adults and 150 baht for children. Tel. 0 3872 7666,0 3872 7333 for more information.