Written by Baia Dzagnidze
Co-written by Anne Scott
Edited by Dawn Pillay
If you ask anyone around about Pattaya, chances are they will tell you not to bring your family there. While Pattaya is known to have some of the best nightlife there is, what most don’t know about are the fun family-friendly attractions available.
We did our research and found out that Pattaya is more than just its nightlife. There are plenty of fun things to do around the area with the family too.
And if you think that’s not true, just look at the list of 19 family-friendly activities in Pattaya below and we’ll prove you wrong. :p
1. Visit a magical ice kingdom! – Frost Magical Ice of Siam
Newly opened in October 2016, this exciting winter escape in Pattaya is one that will undoubtedly thrill the kids.
Indulge in the wintry -10ºC temperature as you walk around marvelling at ice sculptures based off Thai culture and attractions.
It’s an unexpectedly magical experience with mythical Thai ice creatures that almost look like they’re prowling around grounds.
Apart from the adventurous ice walk, there’s also a waterslide and the Love Ice Bar onsite. Get deliciously icy drinks here to top off the fun and chilly experience!
Thailand is blessed to be home to the world’s first and (so far) only Cartoon Network themed park. Lucky for those who need to escape Thailand’s hot weather, Cartoon Network Amazone is a huge water park that will definitely cool the family off!
In this unique cartoon water park, you can enjoy all of your favorite Cartoon Network characters, including the Powerpuff girls and Jake from Adventure Time. (Come during Halloween and have some terrifying fun with them and their Halloween pals too!)
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There’s 5 main water attractions, and 9 main shows going on everyday – this means rides for the whole family, from a kiddie splash pool to intimidatingly tall water slides. A few fan favorites include the Goop Loop where you stand on a trap door which opens below your feet, sending you plunging down into a 12-meter free fall.
There’s also the Intergalactic Racers which allows your older children to challenge their friends or siblings to a water-filled race down steep water slides.
From Alien Attack (where 2 riders swirl down a 320 meters water coaster ride and battle Swampfire, Cannonbolt and NRG from Ben 10 Ultimate Alien)…
… to Humungosaur, the first fully themed monster water park ride (where 4 riders seated in 2 person rafts spin down 213 meter twin tracks before a super crazy vertical drop) – there’s nothing but a crazy day of fun for the family waiting!
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With so much available, Cartoon Network Amazone is a fantastic way to beat the heat and have a memorable holiday experience.
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PS: Adventure Time rides are available for Adventure Time lovers (we know there are plenty of you out there ;P), from Rainfall Rainicorn to Jake Jump, your kids will love you even more for bringing them here!
3. Inspire Your Kid’s Creativity – Bottle Art Museum
Something your kids will really enjoy, is the creativity at Bottle Art Museum where everything from boats and famous world landmarks have been constructed and shoved into bottles? “But how did they put that in there?” is a question you can expect the kids to ask.
There are over 300 gorgeous miniatures including Japanese pagodas and plenty of other works on display in bottles of all shapes and sizes!
A trip to Bottle Art Museum will help to inspire your kids’ creativity and teach them a little more about art – and through the works available, maybe even something about the world around them.
It’s not only fun but educational at the same time, which makes the perfect family-friendly activity in our books.
PS: Classes are offered, so if your kids have any questions, feel free to join the classes and find out more about what goes into creating these ‘bottle art’.
4. Baa Baa Black Sheep – Pattaya Sheep Farm
If you’re traveling to Pattaya with children, you won’t want to miss the Pattaya Sheep Farm. Opened in 2013, this is the best place in Thailand to get up close and personal with cuddly baby sheep. As an added bonus, this attraction is affordable for the whole family.
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The Pattaya Sheep Farm is home to dozens of adult and baby sheep with which you are free to interact. Other residents of the farm include ponies, piglets and a selection of birds.
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Upon entry to the farm, you’ll be able to purchase a bottle of milk for 20 Baht (USD $0.60) to feed the baby sheep. Be ready! They will come running as soon as they see the milk.
There is also a pony ride and trampoline to keep children entertained. Parents will love the Barn Steak House where they can enjoy a gourmet meal after a day on the farm.
Want to mix your love of the beach and animals? Then, head to Pattaya Sheep Farm for some cuddly adventures!
5. Aargh Mateys! – The Admirallica, a Pirate Cruise
Take some advice from Captain Jack Sparrow and join the Admirallica for a day trip of pirate-y fun. This colonial-era galleon is manned by a swashbuckling crew who don’t always play nice. The whole family is sure to enjoy a bucket full of laughs on this unique tour.
During the pirate-filled day trip, you’ll enjoy breakfast and a buffet lunch on board as well as speedboat tours of Koh Rin, Koh Ped and Monkey Island where children can play games and adults may snorkel, swim or fish.
On the way back to port, a disco foam party allows you to mingle with all your new pirate friends.
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The “Treasure Hung Pirate’s Day Tour” on the Admirallica departs every Saturday from the Ocean Marina Yacht Club at 10AM and arrives back to port at 5:30PM.
Grab your parrot, peg leg or eye patch and board the Admirallica, Thailand’s only pirate-themed cruise.
6. Let the Kids Go Wild – Harbor Land Pattaya
This attraction makes us wish we were kids again! Located deep within the Harbor shopping center lies Harbor Land. Many claim this is the largest indoor playground in Asia. We know for sure that it is at least the largest indoor playground in Pattaya.
From a climbing wall to giant slides, Harbor Land seemingly has it all. Kids can test their skills on tricycles or mini-bikes. There’s also target practice using ball launchers. And many times the staff entertains with silly costumes or small performances. A jungle gym of ropes and swings could keep the kids busy for hours alone.
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In the unlikely event that you or the kids get bored in Harbor Land, Mario Land is located next door. At this children-friendly spot, you can play video and arcade games to your heart’s content. Of course, there are shops, restaurants and an adult-sized slide in Harbor Pattaya for Mom and Dad, too!
7. Wander Through Horticulture History – Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
If you’re a traveler at heart, then you’ll love visiting the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden during your stay in Pattaya. The 2.4 square kilometer park is beautifully landscaped and is perfect for an all-day trip.
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Originally purchased by Khun Pisit and Khun Nongnooch Tansacha in 1954, the gardens have been completely transformed from the mango, orange and coconut fields that once dotted the landscape. After traveling far and wide, the couple decided to recreate some of the flower gardens they’d seen around the world. They also dreamed of building tourist facilities such as Thai-style houses, swimming pools and restaurants.
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Today, their dream is a reality. From a world-class orchid nursery with 670 native varieties to a 17th-Century French garden and a recreation of Stonehenge, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is a haven for horticulture enthusiasts.
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Here’s a hot tip! Rent a bicycle at the entrance to the gardens. That way you’ll be able to cover more ground than you ever could by foot.
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You’ll also have the chance to see fascinating cultural shows during your visit. Each day there are Muay Thai demonstrations and Thai dance performances.
8. Try Horse-riding – Horseshoe Point
For children who have always wanted to try riding a horse, Horseshoe Point provides the equine opportunity to do just that. Located at Horseshoe Point Resort, this riding school provides equestrian training, horse trail riding, and even hosts riding shows too!
A good way to get up close with these big friendly animals, and teach your children a fun new skill, parents will get to have just as much fun as the kids.
If you’re looking for a fantastic family-friendly place to stay at, you can consider Horseshoe Point Resort as one of the options. It’s a luxury themed resort that not only caters to horse lovers with its riding school, it also has an activities park!
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Choose between ATV rides, paintball, water balloon, pool tables, table tennis and more. Horseshoe Point has quite the list of activities to offer.
9. Expect the unexpected – Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
Housing 7 exciting attractions, Pattaya’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is guaranteed to give your older kids (and you) quite the interesting time.
Explore the Believe It or Not and wander through more than 300 strange, beautiful and some shocking exhibits within 10 different galleries. These include torture devices, a real shrunken human head and more.
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If you’re up for it, go through the Haunted Adventure, or Infinity Maze. You won’t want to miss out on the 12D Moving Theatre and Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks too. The 12D Moving Theatre is an adventure simulator ride with 12 effects that allows the audience to not only see in 3D but feel every bump and turn too.
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As for Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks, be enthralled with life-like wax figures of famous people and more.
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All in all, your family is in for a good time, and will go home with marvellous tales to share with family and friends.
Disclaimer: Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum can be quite creepy. Do note that it’s not suitable for young children.
10. A Fun Race for the Family – Pattaya Kart Speedway
One activity you can never go wrong with is gokart racing. It’s thrilling for kids and adults alike and is a guaranteed fun family-friendly activity.
At Pattaya Kart Speedway, the family can hang out at the 450 meter Beginner Track where children get to race on mini-karts, or parents take their kids on a ride in two-seater karts.
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It’s safe and fun for younger kids and if you have teenaged kids, they’ll be equally thrilled with the Professional Track suitable for those with karting experience.
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PS: Pattaya Kart Speedway also offers Offroad, ATV, Bungy Jump and Paintball options if you’re looking to take the your older family’s adventure to the next level!
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11. Your Own Pristine Paradise – Ko Lan, Koh Samet
There are many little islands around Thailand, which is why the country is fantastic for some island hopping action. In Pattaya/Chonburi region’s case however, the only two you need to know about are Ko Lan, and Ko Samet!
11-a. The affordable island getaway (30 baht?!) – Ko Lan
Also known as Ko Laan or Ko Larn, this island paradise is only 7.5 kilometers from Pattaya, making it easily reachable for a day trip or an overnight adventure just by a 30 Baht boat ride. Two small villages on the island offer accommodations.
4 kilometers in length and 2 kilometers in width, the best of Ko Lan’s beaches are located on its west side. Tawaen Beach is the most popular with visitors, but do try to explore the other pristine beaches such as Tien Beach, Tonglang Beach, Samae Beach and Naon Beach.
During your visit to Ko Lan, be sure to try one of the local restaurants. Their specialty is seafood, and it is divine!
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Once you tire of the beach, be sure to hike up into the hills. There you will find monkeys and wonderful views. There’s also the Buddha Hill Temple. It’s quite a hike to the top, but the view from the top is the absolute best on Ko Lan!
Tip: To get around on the island, you may hire a Songthaew to get to the more popular beaches. Alternatively, you may also try to hire a motorbike taxi to get to the less visited beaches like Tien Beach.
11-b. Indulge in a relaxing day at the beach on this sleepy island – Koh Samet
Within easy reach of both Pattaya and Bangkok, Koh Samet offers travelers the chance to relax in paradise. With miles of white sand beaches and crystal-clear water, Koh Samet has a way of charming everyone who visits.
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The island hasn’t suffered from overzealous development in the same way many Thai islands do. It’s still sleepy and clean. Yet, Koh Samet has all the necessary tourist infrastructure to make a fantastic destination for your holidays.
Between the 10 beaches and inland hills, there’s plenty to keep you busy. You might also wish to participate in an island speedboat tour or work toward a scuba diving certification.
Several local eateries serve up Thai specialties and a trip to the island wouldn’t be complete without a banana roti.
If you’d like to mix daytime relaxation with evening drinks, there are plenty of options on Koh Samet. While it may not have the backpacker party vibe found on other islands, there are beachside bars and a few discos to keep you out until all hours of the night.
12. A Dose of Cuddly and Cute – Teddy Bear Museum
The brain-child of Mr. Kim Hyun Chol, an executive of Teddy Bear Island LTD, the Teddy Bear Museum is one of the largest museums in Thailand. Built to convey the warm feelings a teddy bear gives us, this Pattaya museum is perfect for recreating childhood memories.
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The museum is also ideal for snapping memorable travel shots. You and your friends will be able to interact with the teddy bears in each of the 12 zones. These include an Inca Zone, Fossil Zone, Africa Zone, Dinosaur Zone, Thailand Zone, Under the Sea Zone and more!
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Every Saturday and Sunday, there is a special show and dance led by Captain Teddy Bear and Friends three times a day.
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For those visiting with children, the Teddy Bear Museum has a treehouse playground with a slide. And for those who want to take home a memento of their time in Pattaya, the Teddy Bear Gift Shop sells the teddy bears you see in the museum.
13. A Magical Excitement – Tuxedo Illusion Hall
More for the kids than the adults, Tuxedo Illusion Hall is a magic show your kids will definitely enjoy. A dedicated magician and his assistants perform magic tricks creating illusions combined with light and sound effects.
The kids will be wondering at how the magic tricks were performed, while parents will love seeing the kids react to the tricks!
If you’re looking for something simple to visit, Tuxedo Illusion Hall gives you a great way to spend time entertaining the children while you rest from the day’s tiring activities.
14. Walk into a 3D Masterpiece – Art in Paradise
Have you ever wanted to be part of a painting? At Art in Paradise, you can do just that! This interactive art gallery includes upwards of 100 3D masterpieces, painted on to the walls with intricate shading to make it look like you can just walk into them!
The pieces of 3D artwork are separated into ten themed sections such as wild animals, nature, reproduction of classic pieces, past civilizations and optical illusions.
This artwork looks best in photographs, so don’t forget your camera! You’ll see plenty of museum-goers snapping shot after shot in front of these paintings. The results are stunning! You and your friends will actually look like you are a part of the painting. You can drink water with a giraffe, touch the Mona Lisa or even walk daringly across rapids.
Are you ready for a new profile picture? Get a unique pic at Art in Paradise!
15. Sleepover with Sharks – Underwater World Pattaya
If you’ve ever wondered what lives beyond the beach in Pattaya, look no further than Underwater World Pattaya. Here you can get up close and personal with Thai marine life.
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The aquarium is split into several sections. At the touch pool, kids can feel many marine animals from Thailand’s shallow waters. The coral reef zone is the rainbow of this seascape. Here you’ll find colorful fish and examples of coral species native to Thailand’s seas.
For lovers of big animals, the Open Ocean Zone features black-tipped reef sharks, eagle rays and nurse sharks. In the Jellyfish section, you can discover the grace of these magic-like creatures, and finally, the Giant of Siam Zone may be the most exciting of all. Here you can walk through a sunken ship to see how marine life has colonized what was once above the sea!
Hungry for more? Check out the scuba diving opportunities in the shark tank at Underwater World Pattaya. Children may also wish to attend the Sleepover with Sharks & Rays Camp.
16. Get Up Close and Personal with Mother Nature – Khao Kheow Open Zoo Pattaya
Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Pattaya is an innovative concept that allows visitors to get really close to the animals! There will be little separating the 8,000 animal residents (of 300 species) from your car door.
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This cage-less zoo allows you to drive through 400 acres of animal habitat. At various stops on the route, you can feed certain animals like the tigers and giraffes. Food for the animals does cost extra.
If you don’t have your own car, don’t worry. Golf buggies are available to rent for 350 Baht plus 50 Baht insurance for one hour. Just watch out for the monkeys! They love to get into the golf buggies and pilfer anything they can get their paws on.
In addition to being a great tourist attraction, Khao Kheow Open Zoo is doing its part to ensure the survival of the animal kingdom. 1400 acres of the zoo is reserved for scientific research and the breeding of endangered species.
17. Swing Like a Monkey – Flight of the Gibbon Chonburi
Can you imagine soaring high above the Thai jungle, swinging from branch to branch just like a graceful gibbon? With one of the best eco-adventures in all of Southeast Asia, you’ll have your chance to act like our tree-living cousins. The Flight of the Gibbon in Chonburi is a wild ride to remember!
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This 3-hour, 3 kilometer course sends guests flying through a rainforest canopy to 24 different platforms by use of ziplines. The longest of these ziplines is 300 meters! 2 hanging sky bridges and 2 rappel descents must also be tackled on the course.
Throughout your zip-line adventure, you’ll learn about the flora and fauna of the area from your knowledgeable local guides.
A Thai lunch, round-trip transportation and a tram tour around Khao Kheow Open Safari Park is also including in the Flight of the Gibbon experience.
Feel up to an additional challenge? Add the Go Gibbon experience to play on the only jungle gym in a jungle!
18. Take a Trip Around the World – Mini Siam
If you’re an aspiring Instagram star, be sure to schedule a visit to Mini Siam. This interactive park is filled with mini replicas of famous Thai and world landmarks. They’re the perfect size for creative portraits or tricking your friends into thinking you’ve been around the world!