Pattaya is one of the most fascinating places around the world. It has a wide variety of cultures and influences that come together beautifully to create an atmosphere of fun and relaxation at the same time. It is the perfect place to bring your family to learn about nature, culture, history, and each other.
1. Walking Street
Pattaya is known for having a bit of a crazy nightlife, but that doesn’t mean you have to avoid those areas. Of all spaces, Walking Street is known to be the craziest and biggest party. Note that you don’t have to avoid it with children.
Walking Street doesn’t open until late, but once it does, everything has a great vibe. The city has been cleaned up quite a bit in the last few years, so you don’t really have to worry about your children seeing anything inappropriate. Still, use your best judgement because there are going to be a lot of people here.
There is definitely a time to stop walking around, so you don’t want to stay here too late. Instead, get to the shops, restaurants, and little stands that fill up quickly. If you can get a night off from your children, then come here to enjoy some of the unique sights and sounds that come after the children have all left.
2. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
One of the favored activities amongst families of all sizes and ages is the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden. There are many family attractions here, including an elephant show, a Thai cultural show, and of course the absolutely massive botanical gardens. They are clean, well-taken care of, and filled with great information about nature and history.
It is a good idea to do the elephant shows and Thai Cultural Show back to back because they are so close to each other. The elephants join in both shows, so that is something to see. The shows can get a bit long for some younger children, but usually they pick up toward the end so everything is entertaining again. You don’t have to worry about offending anyone by coming and going either – that is expected!
The elephants here are well taken care of and respected as animals, so you don’t have to feel guilty about going on the elephant rides or to the shows. The elephant rides are a bit pricey but last about 20 minutes, so it is worth it as you might not get the experience again.
There are quite few other attractions here as well, including bird aviaries and other animal enclosures. The turtles seem to attract quite a bit of attention. For younger children who might not understand that they can’t play with the animals, there are many figurines around that will satisfy their curiosity. If that doesn’t work, there is also a petting zoo where you can feed and touch the animals.
You can easily spend quite some time here, so make sure to plan out a bigger chunk of time.
3. The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm
Over the last few years, The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm have made quite the turnaround. The stone park is incredibly popular because it gives kids the ability to run around, climb, crawl, and play. It is definitely geared toward younger children so anyone over the age of 8 or so won’t really enjoy themselves.
Kids of all ages will love the Pattaya Crocodile Farm and the exhibits, which have been undergoing quite a bit of change. They’ve become more inclusive and take great care of their animals.
4. The Beaches
Obviously kids don’t always need structured entertainment. Sometimes it is great to just let your children run around and play in the water. Pattaya isn’t known for its beaches, which is probably why all of the hotels have massive pools, but you can go to the nearby Jomtien for a great experience.
5. Underwater World Pattaya
By far, one of the best things to do in Pattaya with a family of any age or size is to visit the universally loved aquarium, Underwater World.
Younger kids in particular will love the ability to touch and play with animals that they’ve only ever seen in books. There are feeding times when some lucky kids will get to help out or just watch a wide variety of fish eat.
With five zones and over 5,000 fish, this is a major tourist attraction. You definitely want to get here early because it fills up quickly and gets packed. You only need about half a day here, and you can get discounts online.
6. Pattaya Floating Market
This market is far more than a market, it is almost its own community. There are four regions that represent the regions of Thailand which makes it a cultural experience as well as a history lesson.
The absolute best way to get around the Pattaya Floating Market is to hire a boat and get paddled around from place to place. You can also walk around into the different buildings that are built in the style of the region they appear. Make sure to take your time and reserve a big enough slot to see everything.
One word of advice: go hungry. There are tons of things to eat here and you will want to get something small from all of the regions and possibly even a few things from each.
7. Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark
One of the best picks for something to do in Pattaya is to go to the Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark. This is a traditional waterpark with the characters from some of your favorite Cartoon network shows. There are over 150 slides and attractions in 10 themed zones, so this is definitely an all-day attraction for most families. There is something for all age groups, including a lazy river, a wave pool, a playground area, and many, many water slides.
For those who don’t love the water, there are live shows, stunts, and the chance to meet Cartoon Network characters. Your kids will absolutely love this one.
8. Spa Treatments
Going to Pattaya absolutely has to be joined by a trip to a spa for a massage, a pedicure, and a manicure. In fact, many people think this is one of the best things to do. Especially if you have little girls, it will be something that your children will be talking about for a long time.
There are places where you can get all of the above everywhere. There are some places that won’t be as friendly toward children and then there are places that are actually geared toward parents and children, so you will have to find them – though they should be obvious. They typically have menus and chairs just for younger kids.
While parents have fun, children are treated like royalty, which will be fun for them.
9. The Sanctuary of Truth
If you are looking for excursions that are cultural, one of the best places to go is The Sanctuary of Truth. This is a giant wooden temple that goes up 105 meters and is completely covered in carvings. It is still under construction, so it is a great place to return to if you’ve already been there.
There are regular tours and dance shows as well, which makes it worth a visit.
10. Art In Paradise
If you have older children, then you might want to take them to Art in Paradise, which isn’t a traditional art gallery. Instead, it takes on the normal concept of a gallery and completely flips it. You are able to become part of the paintings thanks to optical illusions and tricks, making for some fantastic pictures.
The building is split up into ten different sections and there are over one hundred pieces of art, so it is definitely a half-day trip, if not longer.