Thailand is a country steeped in religion and culture and the ancient monuments here reflect this amalgamation of cultures. While there are a number of places of interest that you can visit while on your corporate golfing trip to Pattaya, here we talk about three places that are a must-visit in Pattaya you cannot give a miss.
#1 Mini Siam
Some people will call this place clichéd and cheesy even, but every day you will find hordes of tourists heading for this place located on Pattaya’s main highway. Mini Siam is essentially a miniature re-creation of various major tourist attractions in Thailand; in addition, it has reconstructions of some ancient structures as well. Here, you will find recreations of the ancient Khmer temple (the original structure is in Phimai in the Nakorn Ratchasima province), the Don Muang International Airport as well as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok.
Once you enter Mini Siam and just before you reach the Thai area of it, you will find a quaint front garden that’s filled with various mini recreations of different popular monuments from across the globe such as the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower etc. Aside from this, there is some entertainment in the form of sideshow games and you can pick up souvenirs from the shops there.
Mini Siam is open all days of the week from 9:00-18:00. It’s situated on Sukhumvit Road the main highway very close to the north side of town. In fact, it’s one of the very first things you’ll see when you arrive in Pattaya.
#2 The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
This one of the oldest tourist spots in Pattaya. These gardens were opened to the public in the year 1980. While the gardens have been built using distinctly European elements and plans, you will notice Thai accents everywhere such as Thai cultural performances, statues and pavilions.
The place also boasts of housing Thailand’s largest collection of orchids and there are about 670 of them on display here. These gardens are open all days of the week from 7:00-6:00 pm and the admission fee in includes a visit to the gardens as well as viewing the cultural shows. The latter include Thai traditional dances and an elephant circus, which are a major attraction for tourist visiting the place.
If you want to avoid the crowds, head for this place early in the morning; you can skip the shows as those start a little later in the day, but you will find the air is cooler and more pleasant at this hour. Nong Nooch is situated on Sukhumvit Roat, towards the far end of Jomtien which is approximately 14kms to the south of Pattaya city.
#3 The Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum)
This dramatic and imposing structure sits on a rocky point, along the coast in a town named Naklua (to the north of Pattaya); and there are many songtaews (small pickup trucks turned into taxi-buses) that can take you from Pattaya to the Sanctuary of Truth. But the walk from the mouth of the soi to the actual temple is quite lengthy and its best to hire either a motorcycle or car to get to the place from Pattaya.
The “master plan” for this sanctuary complex originally had some small additional buildings & guest houses that were to be constructed after its main sanctuary was completed. But that plan has now been canned and the place seems more like an adventure park with a dolphin show, elephant rides, ATV courses and more. But the construction project itself is stunning and fascinating, to say the least.
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