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Money makes the world go around, but if we destroyed all the trees, killed all the animals and contaminated all our water supplies with pollution, we would come to realize that you can’t eat money. Philosophical musings aside, if you are travelling through Thailand and are visiting Pattaya, there are some amazing Pattaya events to attend and some world-class attractions in the city. However, if you are trying to save a baht or two, did you know there are lots of free things to do in Pattaya? Here are some ideas on the things you can do in Pattaya with no money!
1 – Free Things: People Watching on Walking Street Pattaya
No money, no honey, so they say, but that never stopped Yogi Bear. If you enjoy people watching, neon-lights and high-pitch screams that could burst the eardrums of a lesser human being, visiting Walking Street Pattaya is a must. With hundreds of bars and restaurants, Walking Street is the epicentre of the Pattaya tourism scene.
There are lots of free things to do on Walking Street when visiting Pattaya such as absorbing the exciting atmosphere, catching the breakdancing and magic show street performances, and generally just soaking up the atmosphere.
You thought that Michael Jackson was dead. That was just a ruse, so he could follow his true dream of performing street magic tricks to impressionable tourists on Walking Street without the hullabaloo of being such a famous musical artist. If you have been there before, you will know what I am talking about. If you are keeping your spending to a minimum, you could get a cheap beer from 7/11 and just sit back and enjoy the show! Hours can pass on Walking Street, even with no money in your pockets.
2 – Sunbathe at Bangsaray Beach One of the Free Things to Do
Although the obvious free things to do when visiting Pattaya would be to hit the beach, if you have your transport, we would recommend that you take a 20-minute drive out to Bangsaray Beach for a spot of relaxation and sunbathing. Make sure you bring your own towel or beach matt along. Bangsaray Beach is simply stunning, and the views out across the Gulf of Thailand with Pattaya visible in the distance make this one of the best free places to visit in the Pattaya region.
If you drive on Sukhumvit Road towards Rayong for about 20-minutes, you will see the Amazone Cartoon Network, Water Park… and Bangsaray Beach is nowhere near there! Just joking. Literally, a few hundred yards later, you can turn right off Sukhumvit and be directly at Bangsaray Beach. It is literally one of the most stunning beaches in the region. Other beaches just a further drive down the same coastline are the Thai Navy Beach, also known as Sai Kaew. In fact, there are lots of hidden beaches in this area, so as long as you have petrol/gas in the tank, you can have a great day exploring where other farangs dare not venture Captain Kirk.
3 – Climb the Hill at Wat Phra Khao Yai
Yep, okay, you got me there, since when has climbing been fun? If you feel a bit energetic on your holiday in Pattaya and want to see something special, we would suggest you take a stroll to the summit of Pratumnak Hill where you will find the popular temple known as Wat Phra Khao Yai, which is home to some large Buddha images and offers some of the most amazing elevate views across the Gulf of Thailand. This is a great place to catch the sunset, and the best part of it all is that it’s one of the free things to do.
If you are coming from the Pattaya Beach Road direction, Pratumank Hill is directly at the back-end of Walking Street. If you want to find Pratumnak Hill from the Jomtien area, just walk up Thappraya Road until you find the hill on your left. If you are coming from the Azerbaijan direction, you are in another country entirely, you fool.
4 – Free Things to do in Pattaya
Buddha Mountain and Silverlake Vineyard
As mentioned above, if you have your own transport, the region really does have lots of things to see and do for free. Over towards Bangsaray, you will find the stunning attraction known as Buddha Mountain, which is a gold-encrusted Buddha image on the side of a mountain, surrounded by beautiful gardens, making to a great place to relax and reflect. You will also find Silverlake Vineyard nearby, which is also free to enter and a great place to bask in the stunning countryside.
This part of the region is simply stunning. The open spaces, lots of fields, lakes, temples and so-forth make this a great place to visit. If you really are flat-broke but have transportation, you can wile away a few hours in this beautiful Thai countryside location. If you want directions to Silverlake and Buddha Mountain, just take the same instructions to find Bangsaray Beach, but instead of turning right after the Amazone Water Park, just keep driving for 20-seconds, and there will be a signposted turning on the left for Silverlake.
5 – Free Things & Events 2020
There are so many Pattaya events taking place each week in the city. And although some do cost money, others are entirely free. If you love motorbikes and live music, the 2020 Burapa Bike Show will be taking place on 13 February 2020 and will have lots of live music events for you to enjoy. On 15 May 2020, Hooters Pattaya will be showcasing their National Wing Eating Contest in the city, and it’s free to cheer along with the competitors. To see more Pattaya events taking place in 2020, please click here.
We hope you enjoy these free things to do when visiting Pattaya, which is not just for people who have spent their money too quickly, but also great for the tight Scrooges amongst us.