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Pattaya Travel Guide - with Wired Destinations
Pattaya Sightseeing – with Wired Destinations
Pattaya offers a lot of fun and entertainment. When bored of mainland Pattaya sightseeing, hop on a ferry and head off to Koh Samet, a popular yet quiet island located near the coastal town of Rayong. Koh Samet offers beautiful beaches that are excellent for water activities and Pattaya diving.
Khao Chamao National Park offers a great waterfall with eight levels. Nearby, Khao Wong National Park is Thailand's 13th National Park which covers an area of 84 km2. Over 60 caves are there in the park, many of which are inhabited by Buddhist monks. One cave has been turned into a shrine with a replica of the Buddha's footprints. Abundant wildlife still can be found here.
Year by year, visitors have been exploring the charm of Nong Nooch Botanical Garden on Southern Pattaya. The place features a wonderful lake and rare species of animals. A wide variety of activities are on offer, including massages, elephant shows and martial arts demonstrations. There are two restaurants and a zoo as well.
In the district of Ang Sila, the beach at Bang Saen attracts numerous Thais each weekend. Ang Sila is located about 5 km away from Chonburi and is famous for producing implements from granite. Not far from Ang Sila, Khao Sam Mook houses a beautiful Chinese shrine and a great choice of seafood restaurants. The hillside road to the shrine overlooks the magnificent sea, making the cliff a famous tourist hotspot. Wild monkeys can be spotted along the road and tourists can stop by to feed them.
Sri Racha Tiger Zoo is located between Pattaya and Bang Saen Beach. This well-maintained zoo features hoards of crocodiles, tigers, deer and more. Animal shows perform four times daily, including tiger and crocodile shows.
Further north, Khao Kheow Open Zoo is operated by Bangkok's Dusit Zoo. Visitors can wander among deer, elephants and other wildlife. Sri Racha, a district south of Chonburi, descends from the hills and extends into the sea. Its famous hot sauce, Nam Prik Sri Racha, can be enjoyed at oceanfront restaurants where delicious and fresh seafood is dipped into the tangy red liquid. The Footprint of the Buddha and the pictures of the Goddess of Mercy, Quanyin, grace the temple on the offshore rock of Sri Racha.
A few miles south of Sri Racha is the resort town of Pattaya. Off shore, Koh Lan or known as Coral Island is renowned for its coral reefs. It is truly a paradise island for enthusiasts of snorkeling and diving in the Andaman Sea. Most of the area is mountainous, with a variety of flora and fauna. The island offers an array of places to visit as well as beautiful Pattaya beaches for travelers to enjoy. Koh Lan is easily accessible from Pattaya. Getting there by speedboat takes approximately 15-20 minutes. The cheaper, slower passenger boat leaves every two hours and the fare is only 20 Baht per person. Koh Lan has the wide, soft sand beaches that Pattaya lacks and it is recommended for those who want to spend a leisurely day. Seafood restaurants are plentiful and there are numerous Pattaya leisure and water sports facilities to enjoy as well.
Koh Sichang is 12 km off the coast of Sri Racha. This large island offers pleasant mountain and sea views. On the island, places of interest include Khao Yai Shrine and Tham Khao Phang Beach, which is a great spot for swimming and lazing on the beach away from the crowd.
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