There are many restaurants and massage places in the immediate area. Here is a map of the Day/Night area showing them:
Just round the corner (five minutes walk) is SUNEE PLAZA, with its wealth of beer bars, entertainment bars and interesting places to eat. There are two very good websites which detail everything you can find there –
Just 10 minutes ride on a Songtaew takes you to Dong Tang Gay beach in Jomtien. Here you will find plenty of places to lay out in the sun (or under cover). The concessionaires will bring you drinks and food, and there is a never-ending stream of vendors offering you everything from ice cream to carved elephant heads (and everything in between). There are also many massage boys walking up and down the beach offering their services.
If you’re confused about the Songtaews (a Thai word that literally means two benches) there’s a really good article on them here. It also includes a map of their routes.
Just across the road from us is the little visited “Wat Chai“. This name gets transferred to the market in Pattaya South Road, but it properly relates to the temple on the other side. If you have an hour spare one day, it’s well worth a wander around. Don’t forget to take your shoes off if you go inside any of the buildings and please offer the place the respect it deserves. You can read a good account of it here.
Just at the end of the Pattaya Beach is Big Buddha Hill. This is an area that combines temples with an exercise park. It’s a fairly strenuous climb up to it (but you can always hire a taxi motorbike), but the view from the top is well worth it. Take half a day while you’re here and have a look around. There’s a great description of the place here.
If you fancy going a little further afield, you might like to consider the following day trips:
This place has both a park (rock garden) and a zoo. It has crocodile shows where the guy put his head in crocodiles mouth while it is open. You can go elephant riding or have your picture taken with tamed tiger
Open from 8.30am – 6pm – their website is here – http://thaistonepark.org/
Here you can go elephant trekking throughout the day. It also has elephant training shows at 2.30pm everyday. Elephant Trekking, Elephant Show, Jungle trekking and Rafting trip.
They have a detailed website here – http://elephant-village-pattaya.com/
Pattaya park is a fun park located in Jomtien. The famous Pattaya park’s swimming pool, whirlpools that are huge with big sliders. There’s a lot more things to do here like, tower jump, sky shuttle, monorail and a lot more in Pattaya park funny land. http://www.pattayapark.com/ will tell you all about this fun place!
Koh Larn & Neighbouring Islands
Just a 45-minute tourist/fishing boat ride, or a 15-minute speedboat ride off the shores of Pattaya Bay, Koh Larn is the largest island attraction in Pattaya. Activities include lunching on the beach, water sports, snorkeling or just enjoying the sun and sand.
Wat Yanasangwararam (Temple)
Wat Yan, as the locals call it, is about 15 kms. from South Pattaya and is the most spacious and charming Buddhist compound in the area. Considered one of the “Great Buddhist Temples of Thailand”, It comprises several exquisitely constructed shrines surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, all centered around a peaceful lake. Just round the corner is the Buddha Mountain and there’s a great suggested trip combining the temple, a Chinese museum (worth visiting alone) the mountain and Silverlake vineyard. The full details are here.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
15 km from South Pattaya, it is considered one of the biggest and most unique botanical gardens in Southeast Asia featuring an amazing variety of palm trees, ferns and orchids. Visit the zoo or enjoy the Thai cultural or elephant shows which run daily. Their website gives all the information – http://nongnoochgarden.com/
On a clear day, you can see mountainous Ko Sichang floating on the northwest horizon from the beach in Pattaya. A visit will take you back in time, and give you a look at the real Thailand in a fishing community that goes about its business without McDonalds, automobiles, neon signs or shopping malls.
Departure is from Ko Loy in Siracha, about 30 km north of Pattaya. Buses run frequently between the two towns, and there’s a train every afternoon. From Ko Loy, there’s a ferry every hour from 7 am to 8 pm. Fare is B50 per person, except for the last trip, which is B60. You’ll land about 45 minutes later.
There are many other places to visit, ask at the reception desk and we can offer some more suggestions.