The first time I heard about Pattaya, the only thing that was mentioned in the conversation was Walking Street and the crazy amount of go-go bars there.
Then over the years I had the occasion to spend quite some time in Pattaya and quickly realized the city and it's surrounding has a lot more to offer.
No doubt Pattaya has one of the best nightlife in Thailand, and Walking Street is incredible to party.
But there are more things to do in Pattaya than just getting drunk.
Go to a Ladyboy Show
Cliché, but the Ladyboy shows in Pattaya are renowned around the world for a reason.
The cabaret-style shows are incredible and really unique.
Not something you're gonna find anywhere else in the world.
So go see one.
Either at Alcazar or Colosseum, they're both great.
That was probably not on your to-do list but it should be.
Pattaya got a pretty inexpensive Shooting Range in a park where you can shoot with .45 and .22 handgun, 9mm, rifles, and even shotguns.
The park is also a great place to recover from a hangover and bet who's gonna pay the next round.
Unlike the Shooting Range, it's probably not the best activity after a long night in Walking Street.
But Pattaya Go Karting has a nice track with fast go-karts, and is just a few hundred meters from the clubs.
A good way to start the evening with a few beers before you head out.
For me, the best outdoor activity you can find in Pattaya.
ATV Adventures Pattaya has a team of professionals guides that will take you through the jungle around Pattaya for a ride you're not gonna forget.
They even have enduro and buggies.
Pattaya is home to one of the most popular Skydiving center in Thailand.
A good place to lose your virginity with a tandem jump or to get your solo diver certification.
Avoid Animal Parks
Either Tiger Kingdom or anywhere you can pay to take photos with wild animals.
They're supposed to be in the nature, not to help tourists increase their number of IG followers.
Don't support this industry, just avoid this type of park in Pattaya and everywhere else you go.
Pattaya is also famous for watersports.
I wouldn't recommend paragliding in Thailand when you see the number of accidents that occurred over the years, but Jet Ski is a lot safer.
And the south beach of Pattaya is perfect to rent one for a ride.
Another thing Pattaya is known for, Water Parks.
You have Cartoon Network Amazone that is more family-friendly, and Ramayana Water Park Pattaya, the biggest water park in Thailand.
Rent a Yacht
Because Pattaya is probably where yacht rental is the cheapest in Thailand.
A yacht charter in Pattaya will cost you half the price it would in Phuket.
Sure the area is not as breathtaking as Phuket, but it's a great value for a yacht party or a day exploring the islands.
Explore the Islands
Talking about islands, Pattaya has a ton to explore.
There are cruises every day with large boats, party boats, or speedboats that offer different kinds of tours.
And if you got some spare time, you can even spend a night or two in nearby islands like Koh Lan or Koh Sichang.
We said fun and unusual right?
Well, Pattaya is now also offering unique shopping experiences.
Stop by Terminal 21 Pattaya, Central Festival Pattaya, or Central Marina to see what I'm talking about.
Explore Walking Street
Last but not least, the world-famous Walking Street.
There's so much to say about Walking Street that I'll make a page dedicated to it.
Let's just say you're in for an experience you're gonna remember.
Whether you like go-go bars or not, there are enough options in Walking Street to please everyone and keep you drinking until the sunrise.
More Things to Do in Pattaya
And if you're there to party, here are more things to do in Pattaya
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