South Pattaya is located at the southern end of Pattaya Beach. The area encompasses the famous 24 hours entertainment district of Walking Street, Pattayaland and Buddha Hill headland. The pristine white sands and parks of Jomtien are also close by and can be enjoyed by all members of the family.
The perfect location in which to begin a South Pattaya adventure is at Phra Tamnak Hill. The hilltop has the best views over the resort and its bustling crescent shaped bay. Many tourists venture to the hill at sunset when the city becomes illuminated,with the neon lights flickering in the distance. Opposite the viewpoint is the picturesque temple of Wat Khao Phra Bat. Visitors will enjoy exploring Buddha images, an imitation of his footprint and the ornate architecture this temple has to offer. Jomtien Beach area has some of the largest cultural sites in Thailand including Viharn Sien, Buddha Mountain and Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens. Nong Nooch is a beautifully sculpted masterpiece with over 670 species of orchid. It also takes inspiration from famous gardens and landmarks from all over the world, with Stonehenge as its spectacular centrepiece. To experience traditional Thailand, explore the Pattaya Floating Market. Sample a delicious bowl of noodles and browse the handicrafts from one of the 114 vendors while gliding along in a riverboat. Everyone can enjoy Underwater World, with 100-metre tunnels showcasing some of the region’s most colourful marine life. For those who venture to Pattaya to experience the lively nightlife, the first port of call should be a trip to Walking Street. This street is the busiest and largest party hotspot in Thailand. There’s an abundance of go-go venues, cabaret shows, sports bars and International restaurants to enjoy. Bring a sense of humour, wallet and plenty of stamina as these bars are open 24 hours.
Getting around South Pattaya is easy. The area is accessible on foot, and many of the main attractions can be reached in under an hour. For destinations a little further afield take the friendly and cheap, ‘baht bus’ which can carry up to 10 passengers, or opt for the public bus service. There are also motorbike taxis available, all of which will transport visitors all over Pattaya.
South Pattaya, once a part of a quaint fishing village, is now one of the entertainment hotspots of the world. Although this area attracts most of its visitors due to vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches, there is much more to explore including museums, theme parks, markets and gardens.