From Pattaya

An internationally well-known seaside resort, Pattaya is a vibrant city night and day. Its population is a colorful potpourri of mixed nationalities from near and far. A vast range of tourism-related activities await the pleasure of visitors, from relaxing on the beach, actively taking part in land and sea-based sports to visiting the scores of attractions in and around Pattaya.

Khao Pattaya

This is a small hill to the south of Pattaya Beach. It is accessible by an asphalt road, which leads up to the hilltop. Khao Pattaya (Khao Phra Bat) is now the site of the Naval Radio Station where the monument of Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak, the Father of Royal Thai Navy, is situated. A sacred Buddha image is also enshrined on the hilltop. The viewpoint on the hilltop offers a panoramic view of Pattaya City and Pattaya Bay.

Pattaya Elephant Village

Located on Phonpraphanimit Road, which is off of Highway No.3 at Km. 145, the PattayaElephant Village showcases daily life of elephants and their masters. It also offers stage shows, which demonstrate how to catch wild elephants, elephants-at-work in the jungle, elephants playing football, a grand war, and elephants’ parades. Elephant rides around the village are recommended. The one-hour-long elephant shows are held at 14.30 hrs. Contact the counter in the Tropicana Hotel, Tel: (038) 249145-7, 249818.

Elephant shows are also operated in other places. Most of them are located on Sukhumvit Road. These include Ban Chang Thai Tel: (038) 70628-91, Utthayan Chang Tel: (038) 716379, Thin Chang Thai Tel: (038) 756516, 756577, Suan Chang Tel: (038) 756517 and Farm Chang Thai Tel: (038) 237825.

The Bottle Museum

As the name implies, this is the place where you can find elaborate bottle creations, including the usual vessels. Located at Km. 145, off of Highway No. 3, the museum features the work of the Dutch master Peter Bedelais. Open daily from 10.a.m. until 10 p.m., admission fee is 100 baht for adults and 50 baht for children. Call (038) 422957.

Monkey Training Centre

Located in Soi Chaiyaphruk, off of Highway No. 3 at Km. 151, the centre brings the best out of the monkeys. Visitors can admire the intelligence of monkeys, which are trained to harvest coconuts and to perform other various activities. Additional performances include cock fighting and a snake show. Five shows are available daily at 9 am., 11 a.m., 12.00 noon, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Admission fee is 250 baht. Call 0 3875 6367, 0 3875 6570 to reserve your seats

The World Dog Centre

A little under 3 kilometers on Phonpraphanimit Road off Sukhumvit is a canine training facility. The World Dog Centre has more than 250 different species of dogs and stages daily shows by well-trained police dogs four times daily. Admission fee is 300 baht for adults and 150 baht for children. Call 0 3873 1275-6 for information.

The Motion Master Moving Theatre

Situated in the Royal Garden Plaza, the theatre offers hi-tech screening of motions and movements as experienced in real life. Open daily from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Tel: 0 3871 0294-8.

Samae San

Another village offering good fishing opportunities is Samae San, located some 17 kilometres further from the Sattahip deep-water port. There are bungalow-type accommodations and tourists can charter boats to visit Ko Samae San and Ko Rat or to view corals at Ko Kham. All of these small islands are under the jurisdiction of the navy and overnight stays are not permitted.

Bang Saray

A fishing village located approximately 16 kilometers south of Pattaya, Bang Saray can be reached by taking a right turn at the Km. 164 marker (along Sukhumvit Road). South of Bang Saray is a deep bay suitable for angling. Accommodations and dining facilities are located to the north along the beach.

Thai Alangkarn Theatre

Located at Km. 155 marker on Sukhumvit Road Chomthian, Pattaya. With an area of 80 rais, the entire project includes a prototype Hexa Stage Theatre, Cultural Rostrum and a Restaurant. ALANGKARN is aiming towards a new concept of presenting Thai Culture to tourists from all walks of life, instead of the standard Thai traditional dances that could easily be founded elsewhere.

The Extravaganza Show Pattaya open daily except Wednesday , The regular show start at 18.00 hrs. and restaurant opens at 16.45-20.00 hrs. For more information, call 0 3825 6000

E-mail: rsvnpty@alangkarnthailand.com or visit www.alangkarnthailand.com

Ko Khrok

Approximately 8 kilometers off of Pattaya Beach is Ko Khrok, an isle almost totally surrounded by rock formations. A gap of 100 meters to the east is a stretch of sandy beach where visitors can go and enjoy viewing underwater coral reefs. This island can be reached by chartered boat from South Pattaya. (As this is a private island, permission to enter must be obtained beforehand)