Pattaya has a wider range of leisure activities, including bowling, paintball, and go-karting, as well as cabaret performances that range from the brash and bold to more traditional performances of Thai dancing.
Pattaya also has plenty of cinemas if you want to catch up on the latest releases, and you’ll also find plenty of back-street video game shops and arcades.
Take a bus trip out of Pattaya and away from the crowds and you’re quickly in rural Thailand. However, even out here, tourists are catered to, and one of the more exciting ways to see Thailand’s prime rainforest is to take a ‘Flight of the Gibbon’ tour, which takes you over the top of the forest canopy on a zipline. A trip to one of the many beaches is a must; for a more tranquil experience, head to the nearby Rayong’s beaches, which are smaller but much less crowded than Pattaya’s main beach.