Thailand - the top 10 things to do in Pattaya, a two day itinerary for Budget Travelers
Updated: Dec 12, 2019
Traveling on a tight budget and still want to get most out of your time in Pattaya?
Then this is the right blogpost for you!
The vibrant coastal city has a lot to offer, even though it is not our favorite city in Thailand, we can highly recommend a quick stop here. Two - three days for a visit are enough.
Pattaya is mostly known for it's nightlife and the special services the ladies offer ;)
But there is definitely more to see and explore. Here is our two Day itinerary for low budget travelers, as most of the sights have no entrance fees.
1. Start your day with a long walk to the sanctuary of truth
The 105 meters high sanctuary is an all-wood building filled with sculptures based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs. They started building the sanctuary in 1981 and still haven't finished it yet. They are planning to finish it in 2050.
As the entrance fee of the sanctuary is 500 baht, it was way too expensive for us.
But we found out, that you get a really nice view on it from the beach in front. So we just walked as far as we could trough different resort beaches until we made it to the view point, where we could see the sanctuary.
No one stopped us and it wasn't a problem at all. So if you're planning to see the sanctuary, even if you're being on a budget, this is the way to do it.
Walk past this restaurant on the beach until you can see the sanctuary
2. Visit the terminal 21 mall
Go shopping in one of the coolest and most creative malls we have ever seen!
It is build like an airport with many country sights build in: the Eiffel Tower, the tower of Pisa and many more.
3. Have a cheap and great lunch at the food court in the mall
Food courts are always the place to eat, if you're traveling on a budget through Asia!
The food court in the terminal 21 mall is huge and has a lot to offer.
Prices vary from 1-3 $ and the food is actually pretty good.
4. Take a stroll over the walking street in the evening
The walking street in Pattaya is definitely a special place to be. Surrounded by lots of Bars and Restaurants you will get the offer to visit a "Ping Pong Show" every few meters.
And this kind of Ping Pong show is definitely not what you have in mind. The ladies in the show are not using rackets to play the ball, to give you a little idea what this is about.
You will see many Thai Ladies sitting in Bars with mostly European, US or Chinese man. Sex Tourism is a big thing in Pattaya and honestly we haven't seen it in any other place like in Pattaya.
5. Visit the night bazaar
A cute little market with the typical Thai tourist shops, that sell clothing, souvenirs and medicine. Make sure to bargain, if you want to buy something. The prices they offer are at least 30-50 % too high.
Rent a scooter and explore the surroundings of Pattaya.
Pattaya has so much more to offer than the city itself.
1. Wat Yansangwararam / Wat Yan
The temple was built in 1976 and it is completely free to enter.
There are many other buildings and gardens around to explore, that cover an area of approximately 146 acres. You get to see many beautiful Buddhist relics and a replica of Buddha’s footprint.
2. Khao Chi Chan Buddha
Khao Chi Chan is a must see when in Pattaya! The 109 meter tall and 70 meter wide golden Buddha was carved in the mountain in 1996. They used a computer software to design the image and it was drawn onto the side of the mountain with a laser. As soon as they finished this work, they filled up the lines with gold.
3. Visit the beaches on the way back to the city
Take a stroll at these beautiful (and at least at our visit) super empty beaches.
Ban Amphur Beach
4. Big Buddha / Wat Phra Yai Temple
The 18 meter high statue is located on the top of Pratumnak Hill. You will find it between Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. The Buddha is definitely the highlight of Wat Phra Yai, which was built in 1940. At this time Pattaya was only a fishing village.
5. Eat the best Pad Thai in Pattaya
Located in the city of Pattaya you will find this food court at "The Avenue". There are some shops and a (quite expensive) cinema around.
There is one food stall that offers Pad Thai and it was the best Pad Thai in Pattaya (maybe even in whole Thailand!)
Make sure to check it out - it is only 1 $!