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PattayaThailand

A kaleidoscope of neon and racy nightlife, Thailand’s second most-visited city has softened its image, drawing more couples and families to its beaches.

Situated 93-miles (150-kilometers) southeast of Bangkok, Pattaya has long been thought of as a kind of naughty little sister to the Thai capital. The massage parlors, go-go bars and late-night discos have been the main draw since the 1960s, when American servicemen stationed in Vietnam came here to let off some steam. There can be no denying that this after-hours culture is still very much a part of life in Pattaya as a stroll down Walking Street after dusk will attest. However, recent attempts by authorities to make it a more well-rounded travel destination have seen a more sophisticated side to this city emerge.

Blessed with a chain of gorgeous, curving beaches, the city offers plenty to the tourist looking for some quality beach-side rest and recreation. Stake out your place in the sun from the sea of sun lounges on Pattaya Beach. Rent a Jet Ski, take to the sky by parasailing or book a dive or snorkeling trip to the nearby Kho Larn Island. Alternatively, settle back with a good book at one of the more serene stretches of sand nearby. Dongtan Beach and Crescent Moon Beach provide a couple of havens where you can escape the crowds and beach vendors.

Climb aboard an elephant for a jungle safari at the Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary, an ecologically sound center with a focus on education and rehabilitation. Another must-do is the spectacular Sanctuary of Truth, a hand-carved, wooden complex which integrates the symbolism from Asia’s main four religions using traditional Thai artisanal techniques. If you’re looking for souvenirs, then take a wander around the Pattaya Floating Market, where you’ll find handicrafts and cuisine from each of the four main regions of Thailand.

Traffic can be chaotic and may intimidate the first time visitor. Confident drivers can rent a car, jeep or moped to get around. Otherwise, hail one of the songthaews, or Baht Buses (shared taxis), which run a number of set routes throughout the city. Prices are the same for locals and tourists, and with lots of them cruising the city streets, wait times are never long. The streets also teem with taxis and motorbike taxis, so getting around is never a problem.

Where to stay in Pattaya

Walking Street which includes food

South Pattaya

4/5Very Good!(69 area reviews)

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to South Pattaya. A stop by Walking Street or Jomtien Beach might round out your trip.

South Pattaya
Pattaya showing performance art and interior views

Central Pattaya

4/5Very Good!(255 area reviews)

Are you interested in stunning beaches, fantastic nightlife and popular shops? A visit to Central Pattaya might be the perfect thing. You can also explore top sights like Central Festival Pattaya and Pattaya Beach Road.

Central Pattaya
Pattaya Beach featuring a sandy beach

Pattaya Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(309 area reviews)

Are you interested in stunning beaches, fantastic nightlife and popular shops? A visit to Pattaya Bay might be the perfect thing. You can also explore top sights like Pattaya Beach and Pattaya Beach Road.

Pattaya Bay
The Sanctuary of Truth featuring religious aspects

North Pattaya

4/5Very Good!(91 area reviews)

North Pattaya is known for its pristine beaches, and you can make a stop by Mini Siam and The Sanctuary of Truth while in the area.

North Pattaya
Pratumnak Hill, Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand

Pratumnak Hill

4/5Very Good!(35 area reviews)

The beaches and seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to Pratumnak Hill. A stop by Pattaya View Point or Cosy Beach might round out your trip.

Pratumnak Hill
Ban Bang Saen, Thailand

Ban Bang Saen

4/5Very Good!(20 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Ban Bang Saen (1). You might want to make time for a stop at Bangsaen Beach or Bangsaen Lang Beach Public Park.

Ban Bang Saen

Top hotels in Pattaya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa
Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
9/9 Moo 3, Na Jomtien, Sattahip, Chonburi
The price is ฿3,500 per night

This Na Chom Thian hotel is on the beach, 5.3 mi (8.5 km) from Jomtien Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Pattaya Floating Market and Ripley's Believe It or ...

4.3/5Excellent! (182 reviews)

"I found lots of ants in my closet and I asked the staff to clean up but it didn’t work. He killed a ant on my T shirt. I had to throw it away. I couldn’t sleep the last night."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2020

Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa
Cape Dara Resort
Cape Dara Resort
5 out of 5
256 Dara Beach, Soi 20, Pattaya-Naklua Road, Pattaya, Chonburi
Free cancellation
The price is ฿3,292 per night

Located in North Pattaya, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Art in Paradise and CentralMarina. Central Festival Pattaya ...

4.3/5Excellent! (998 reviews)

"This place located in very good atmosphere. Nice staffs and the club benefits was very satisfied, I truly love the view from 24th floor. Will back there to stay in another room type for sure."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2020

Cape Dara Resort
Citrus Grande Hotel Pattaya by Compass Hospitality
Citrus Grande Hotel Pattaya by Compass Hospitality
5 out of 5
579 Khao Phra Tam Nak, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is ฿1,274 per night

This family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Walking Street, Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya Beach. Ripley's Believe ...

3.2/5 (37 reviews)

"Loved the concept of serving Beers/ wine as drinks on arrival never saw it any other hotel in Asia. Beautiful pool and cheap drinks by the bar. Fah at Breakfast was very helpful and smiling , they offer Select Guests choice of additional dishes from Breakfast menu. Turn down service with chocolates ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

Citrus Grande Hotel Pattaya by Compass Hospitality

Popular places to visit in Pattaya

Pattaya Beach
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Pattaya Beach

4/5(280 reviews)

Action packed water-sports, exquisite boutique hotels, relaxing days in the sun and legendary night life make this beach favorite with sun-lovers the world over. 

Jomtien Beach
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Jomtien Beach

4/5(182 reviews)

Enjoy magnificent sunsets and watersports, family entertainment, Thai cultural shows and striking views from a lookout at this sweeping beach resort.

Walking Street
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Walking Street

4/5(243 reviews)

From international restaurants to late night go-go clubs, Pattaya’s most famous road should be your first stop if you’re looking to party.

Bangsaen Beach
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Bangsaen Beach

4/5(85 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Bangsaen Beach, a popular beach in Chonburi. While you're in the area, wander around the parks.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
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Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

4.5/5(87 reviews)

Walk around the magnificent gardens, enjoy boating on scenic lakes and watch Thai cultural shows at this family-friendly theme park.

Pattaya Floating Market
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Pattaya Floating Market

3.5/5(81 reviews)

Enjoy a stroll or boat ride around this traditional water-based market, where you’ll find delicacies and handicrafts from every region of Thailand. 

Top things to do in Pattaya

Tiffany's Cabaret Show Pattaya
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Tiffany's Cabaret Show Pattaya

86% of travellers recommend
฿1,000
Per adult
Pattaya Sanctuary Of Truth -Ticket Only
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Pattaya Sanctuary Of Truth -Ticket Only

86% of travellers recommend
฿668
Per adult
Wet 'n' Wild Elaho Exhilarator with Optional Vancouver & Whistler Pickup
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Wet 'n' Wild Elaho Exhilarator with Optional Vancouver & Whistler Pickup

100% of travellers recommend
฿4,056
Per adult
Pattaya Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Admission Ticket
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Pattaya Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Admission Ticket

100% of travellers recommend
฿600
Per adult
Mini Siam Miniature World Admission with Roundtrip Transfer
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Mini Siam Miniature World Admission with Roundtrip Transfer

฿938
Per adult
Coral Island Tour with Lunch
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Coral Island Tour with Lunch

฿1,176
Per adult

Reviews of Pattaya

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
218
5 - Excellent 37.58620689655172%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 44.6551724137931%
3 - Okay
82
3 - Okay 14.137931034482758%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.7586206896551726%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.8620689655172413%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Mar 2020

I've been many times before it was a shame that this corona virus has spread so bad causing lots of places to close but its for our own health purposes so hopefully when its all been sorted it'll be business as usual.....

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Mar 2020

Pattaya is liveiy and friendly with a good range of places to eat and lots of people that want to meet you to help make your stay more enjoyable... 

5/5 - Excellent

Terry

4 Mar 2020

Always have a relaxing time in Pattaya and Jomtien. Plenty to do and great food. The Sky Gallery restaurant is my favourite place to eat. We go at sunset and it is a magical setting, my wife and I enjoy it immensley.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Mar 2020

Be back next February.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Feb 2020

Beach and road needs sorting and cars dont want to stop for zebras

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Feb 2020

Live and let live, best attitude. I enjoyed it very much.

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