Pattaya, a city in Thailand, is known for its beaches and temples. Local time in Pattaya is 7 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). It is a small city with an area of 22.2 km2 and a population of 3.2 lakhs as in 2010. Currency functional is ‘Baht’ which is approximately equal to $0.03. This city receives an average of 9.56 million international visitors annually.
Weather and climate
Pattaya experiences tropical climate (hot all year round). Temperature ranges from 22°C to 33°C. It receives approximately 1100 mm of rain each year with a maximum in September and October. December to April is dry season in Pattaya.
Best time to visit
Prefer visiting Pattaya in the dry season, that is, from December to April. If you want to go in July and August, you will have to cope up with strong showers, a sultry heat, and risk of cyclones and tropical storms.
Places of attraction
Wat Phra Yai Temple
On the top of the pratumnak hill, it is an enormous 18 m tall statue of Buddha. The staircase leading to the temple is also attractive because of golden dragons running along the handrails and seven-headed mythical snake at the foot of the stairs. On the top, there are many Buddha figures in different postures.
Jomtien is a town about 3 km south of Pattaya. This tree-lined beach is 6 km in length. This stretch of sand offers beachside lounges, bars, and restaurants. You can also enjoy water sports here.
It is an entertainment hub, primarily famous for its nightlife. This street offers seafood restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, live music, and beer bars. The area is closed for vehicles from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Sanctuary of truth
It is a massive temple entirely carved out of wood. This religious construction is filled with traditional Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. This unfinished temple has its top 105 m high. You can visit this place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
This famous miniature park was opened in 1986. It houses miniature models of renowned Thai and international monuments with on-site cafes. Timing to enjoy this place is from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.