- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Pattaya, Thailand
Who told you that Thailand is just a place full of mountains and terrains? Well, you will be amazed by the other attractions this country has to offer. Pattaya Beach is in the southeastern part of Bangkok. This heavenly resort gives you a lot of activities from water sports to land ventures.
For the water sports, you can Jet Ski with a friend or just enjoy getting a sun-kissed skin from your vacation. Then, southeast of Bangkok, approximately 165 kilometers long, you can see the largest haven of golf courses. Twenty one golf courses are actually offered for golf players in the country. The green wide field with caddies and golf carts will surely attract all golfers from all over the world. Aside from playing golf, you can also drive around or practice your racing skills with their go-kart racing.
Exploring this area will lead you to a place where martial art demonstrations are practiced. You can actually engage yourself in those activities provided that you have permission. After experiencing martial arts with different people, you can have a relaxing and pressure-easing Thai massage few walks away from the temple. Thirty minutes of travel along this road, you can see the Sanctuary of Truth that is carved with precious marbles. It is built with purely wood material that stands a towering height of 105 meters.
The beach town has drawn tourists and ex-pats from all over the world ever since US soldiers "discovered" the once-sleepy getaway destination during the Vietnam War. Since then, Pattaya's profile has steadily increased and it is now one of the most popular beach destinations in Southeast Asia.
Tourist Attractions in Pattaya
Nong Nooch Village
The sprawling park at Nong Nooch (pronounced "nung nut") Village offers a little bit of everything on the spectrum. There's a magnificent orchid garden that will awaken the inner horticulturist in everyone, and a zoo that's fun for all ages. Guests can also see Thai boxing matches, cockfights, and an elephant show (the latter two being of dubious ethical quality). Door-to-door transportation can be arranged through the park or a local tour company.
Escape the bustle of the main city, but still enjoy Pattaya's highlights by relaxing at Jomtien Beach. Sun yourself near the peaceful shoreline or take refuge in shade provided by trees at the beach's edge. Water lovers can take advantage of all kinds of activities, including jetskiing, parasailing, and windsurfing. When in need of refreshment, guests will find plenty of restaurants serving up local fare and fresh seafood.
Sanctuary of Truth
Billed as "the magnificence of heaven recreated on Earth", this massive building is a study in Thai architectural styles. Every available space is intricately decorated with wooden carvings and the entire structure was built to pay homage to ancient religions and philosophies - a reaction to modern egotistical behaviors and attitudes. While visiting the sanctuary, guests can take in Thai cultural shows and Thai boxing, or go elephant trekking, horseback riding, or hop on a speedboat to get around.
As with all of Thailand's impressive wats, this one offers insight not only into Thai design and architectural traditions, but also into the society's values. This temple was dedicated to King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1988 to commemorate the 42nd year of his reign. To the right-hand side of the path leading to the temple there is a lake with attractive Chinese pavilions and other buildings. Wat Yansangwararam's shrine stands on a hill, reached by a flight of 299 steps lined with naga snakes.
A fun way to see the wonders of Thailand and the world, Mini Siam displays models of some of the most famous international sites. Among those on display: Bangkok's Victory Monument and Wat Arun (also known as the Temple of the Dawn), New York's Statue of Liberty, London's Tower Bridge, Sydney's Opera House, and Paris' Arc de Triomphe. Bookings should be made at least a day in advance.