There are places in this world which, like Pattaya in Thailand, which, thanks to the sheer wealth of out of the ordinary sights, are captivating from the moment you set your eyes on them. Favorable to spiritual and cultural escapism, this fascinating seaside resort that's prized throughout all of Asia, propels you into a tropical atmosphere.
In turn effervescent and opulent, peaceful and idyllic, this former fishing port is now a cosmopolitan convergence point. But although its success is due to the many attractions and activities found here, Pattaya has still managed to preserve most of its olden times ambiance.
Truculent and picturesque, the city's floating market will provide an unforgettable moment, an oriental experience among the most surprising, with its stalls arranged on makeshift boats. This place is wonderful to explore in the late morning when you can enjoy a fresh fruit juice and watch the Thai people trading from the houses built on stilts.
Echoing this eternal Thailand is Pattaya's pedestrian street. After nightfall, a visit to the region's partying heart is an unmissable way to discover another side of the city. A jungle of neon and a tumultuous forest of illuminated signs and heady scents inhabit this exuberant and frenetic street. However, Pattaya is so much more than this hedonistic spectacle, as evidenced at the Sanctuary of Truth, a spectacular cultural bombshell.
The amazing sight of this building, made entirely of teak, will make you feel like you've left reality behind, so breathtaking is the richness of its decoration. Unique throughout Thailand, the temple alone is worth a trip to Pattaya, carving its indelible reminder on memories with columns standing nearly 100 feet tall, or statues of such rare refinement.