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Wat Khao Phra Yai is a small temple complex high above town to the south (go by songtaew toward Jomtien, and then hop off and climb the steep hill). The temple has excellent vistas and a 10m (33-ft.) gold Buddha serenely surveying the western sea.

Alangkarn is a high-tech entertainment complex centered on the uniqueness of being decidedly "Thai" and features the Thai Extravaganza Show with laser and lighting effects. The shows include scenes from famous historical events such as an elephant battle, as well as Thai dancing. It also has a Thai restaurant, which serves dinner at 5pm before the show, and a shopping area containing local products. Alangkarn (tel. 03825-6000; www.alangkarnthailand.com) is 10km (6 1/4 miles) from Pattaya at kilometer 155 on the Sukhumvit Highway. The entrance fee is 1,000B for adults, 700B for children, for the show only, or 1,200B for adults, 840B for kids, including dinner. It's open daily from 5 to 11pm (show time is 6-7pm).

For something a bit hokier, Ripley's Believe It or Not, third floor, Royal Garden Plaza, 218 Beach Rd. (tel. 03871-0294), is open daily 11am to 11pm (admission 480B). It's full of unusual exhibits and odd facts from around the globe. Just next door is the Ripley's Motion Master simulation ride. Admission to both places is 880B (adults), 780B (children). Both are great fun for kids of all ages.

The Pattaya Elephant Village (tel. 03824-9818; www.elephant-village-pattaya.com) is a not-for-profit sanctuary dedicated to saving former working elephants. To help with funding, the village offers elephant treks and a 90-minute daily show, starting at 2:30pm, on elephant-training techniques. The treks range in price from 1,000B for a 1-hour ride to 2,000B for a full-day excursion, which also includes a guided walk in the forest and a 30-minute raft trip, while the show only costs 650B. The village is 7km (4 1/3 miles) off Sukhumvit Road: Turn east at kilometer 144.5, follow the signs to Siam Country Club, and then turn right at the intersection and continue another 4km (2 1/2 miles).

Another option outside Pattaya is Nong Nooch Tropical Garden (tel. 03870-9358; www.nongnoochtropicalgarden.com), a 202-hectare (500-acre) botanical garden and elephant park 18km (11 miles) outside town, with shows that feature elephants performing alongside dancers, musicians, and other acts. Cultural performances, music, Thai boxing, audience participation, and dozens of amusing photo ops make this a fun albeit touristy activity. Lovers of tropical gardens should allow plenty of time to look at the immaculate grounds. Book directly and take advantage of a shuttle from Pattaya at either 8:30am or 1:15pm. The shows run four times a day (9:45am, 10:45am, 3pm, and 4pm daily). Tickets for the garden and show cost 400B for adults and 200B for children.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.