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From elephants and tigers to transvestite cabaret, there is no shortage of things to see in Pattaya.
To help you sort it all out, here are seven top attractions you won’t want to miss.
Arrayed on a wooden boardwalk, the floating market has more than 100 shops offering crafts, snacks and souvenirs. Each of the market’s four sections sell wares from a different part of Thailand: north, northeast, central and south. Visitors can hire a four-person boat for 30 minutes.
The Sanctuary of Truth is neither a temple nor a palace. But it could be either. Massive carvings and sculptures of teak pay homage to an “ancient vision of Earth.” It’s an awe-inspiring display of Thai craftsmanship.
Nong Nooch features more than two kilometers of beautiful landscape, with parts of the park styled after the world’s most famous gardens. Daily cultural shows, restaurants and even accommodations are also available.
Established in the 1970s as a refuge for working elephants, Pattaya’s Elephant Village is a great place to watch the mahouts demonstrate training and bathing. There are many shows to choose from, including a victory drum ceremony (Glong Sabad Chai) that includes a war elephant.
Here you can see a Bengal tiger, a crocodile show and even ride an elephant. But look closely and you’ll see some real oddities. Thanks to the zoo’s unique feeding program, tigers, pigs and dogs live in harmony. In one case, a pig nurses tiger cubs along with her own piglets. Add in the opportunity to feed ostriches and kangaroos and the zoo is good for a full day of adventure.
Underwater World Pattaya is one of the biggest and most modern in all of Asia, with more than 200 species housed in an underground aqua tunnel. Visitors can take advantage of the touch pool, and stroll through the facilities three zones: shark and ray, coral reefs and the Giant Siam.
The shows at Tiffany’s were the first transvestite cabaret performance in Southeast Asia, and after 28 years they are still spectacular. The show lasts about an hour. Visitors may want to book tickets in advance.