PattayaThailand

4.2/5Top Destination

Experience romantic Pattaya: its beaches, entertainment, sports, and more!

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.

Known for

Shopping, Beaches and Family-Friendly

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Where to stay in Pattaya

Central Pattaya
Pattaya featuring performance art and interior views

Central Pattaya

Known for Beaches, Shopping, Family-Friendly

4/5(256 reviews)

Visitors to Central Pattaya rave about its stunning beaches, fantastic nightlife, and popular shops. You might also want to make some time to see Central Festival Pattaya Beach or Pattaya Beach Road while you're exploring the neighborhood.

North Pattaya
The Sanctuary of Truth featuring religious aspects

North Pattaya

Known for Spas, Beaches, Waterparks

4/5(79 reviews)

Spas and beaches are a few notable features of the neighborhood.

South Pattaya
Walking Street featuring food

South Pattaya

Known for Beaches, Walking, Family-Friendly

3.5/5(21 reviews)

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

Jomtien
Dongtan Beach featuring street scenes, a city and night scenes

Jomtien

While visiting Jomtien, you might make a stop by sights like Jomtien Beach and Dongtan Beach.

Pattaya Bay
Walking Street featuring food

Pattaya Bay

Known for Beaches, Shopping, Bars

4/5(422 reviews)

Visitors to Pattaya Bay rave about its stunning beaches, fantastic nightlife, and popular shops. You might also want to make some time to see Pattaya Beach or Pattaya Beach Road while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Ban Bang Saen
So cheap n delicious
trover photo by Tan Tan Tan

Ban Bang Saen

Known for Beaches, Universities, Friendly People

4/5(2 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.

Top Hotels in Pattaya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
240/2 Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya, Chonburi
¥8,791
per night
Nov 7 - Nov 8

Located in Central Pattaya, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Terminal 21 Pattaya, Art in Paradise, and Pattaya Beach. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (926 reviews)

"Luxurious and quiet. I was very comfortable. AC system could use better care. Thermostat was not accurate and mold in ducts. Ended up with bronchitis. Common in Thailand but for the level hotel it needs attention."…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2019

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Grande Centre Point Pattaya
Grande Centre Point Pattaya
5 out of 5
456, 777, 777/1 M.6 Na Kluea, Pattaya, Chonburi
¥10,792
per night
Oct 23 - Oct 24

This family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Tiffany's Show and Art in Paradise. Pattaya Beach Road and Hard Rock Cafe ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (419 reviews)

"One of the best hotel in Pattaya but no bar no alcohol being served but loads of bars outside"…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019

Grande Centre Point Pattaya
Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya
Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
390 Moo 9, Tambon Nong Prue, Amphur Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
¥7,988
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

Located in Central Pattaya, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Alcazar Cabaret and Art in Paradise. Pattaya Beach and Terminal 21 Pattaya are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,714 reviews)

"Really nice gym, cools roof top pools, and very well kept."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya

Popular things to do in Pattaya

Buddha Mountain
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Buddha Mountain

4/5(72 reviews)

Marvel at a golden Buddha image carved into a mountain and admire breathtaking landscapes of fields, lotus-filled ponds and vineyards.

Pattaya Beach
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Pattaya Beach

4/5(325 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(194 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(384 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.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
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Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

4/5(83 reviews)

Walk amid magnificent gardens, enjoy boating on scenic lakes, ride on an elephant’s back and watch Thai cultural shows at this family-friendly theme park.

Pattaya Floating Market
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Pattaya Floating Market

3.5/5(107 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 activities in Pattaya

Kaan Show - Live Action & Cinematic Experience
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Kaan Show - Live Action & Cinematic Experience

¥3,569

The Kaan Show marks a new era in the history of Thailand’s entertainment industry. This is a world-class stage performance combining live action and cinema in a purpose built theatre like no other.

EasyKart - Go Karting at Pattaya
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EasyKart - Go Karting at Pattaya

¥2,855

One of the Safest and most modern outdoor track in all Asia! Digital timing system - Panoramic terrace - Snack bar We have 4 different kart models on 2 Tracks to suit your needs depending on your age and height Racing Track : 800m Beginner track: 350m Make sure to fit the qualifications to be able to drive your selected kart Fast Kart(from 15 years old & 1.

Tiffany's Show Pattaya
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Tiffany's Show Pattaya

¥2,927

Tiffany's Show Pattaya has been voted number 4 in the TOP TEN BEST SHOWS to see around the world, so it has come a long way since it began in 1974 as a one man show performed for friend's on New Year's Eve in Pattaya! Every year the coveted Miss Tiffany's Universe beauty pageant is held.

Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating
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Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating

¥4,461

Experience the first-ever transvestite cabaret show in Southeast Asia. Be amazed by more than 100 professional performers in dazzling costumes presenting creative impersonations through songs, dance, and tales of romance and adventure.

The Sanctuary of Truth with Roundtrip Transfer
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The Sanctuary of Truth with Roundtrip Transfer

¥3,658

Step into one of Thailand's newest and grandest temples for a journey through the world of Buddhist and Hindu magnificence amid spectacular Khmer-style design. With its vast dimensions and intricate motifs, the Sanctuary of Truth offers a look at the engineering marvels and rich culture of Thailand.

Full-Day Coral Island Excursion
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Full-Day Coral Island Excursion

¥4,417

Indulge in a day of leisure on the idyllic shores of Coral Island, just a boat's ride away from Pattaya City. After getting dropped off on the beach, the rest of the day is yours to spend snorkeling, enjoying tasty Thai dishes, swimming, or just soaking up the rays on the sand.

Reviews of Pattaya

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
229
5 - Excellent 42.32902033271719%
4 - Good
233
4 - Good 43.068391866913124%
3 - Okay
63
3 - Okay 11.645101663585953%
2 - Disappointing
11
2 - Disappointing 2.033271719038817%
1 - Terrible
5
1 - Terrible 0.9242144177449169%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 17, 2019

I lived in pataya for 9 months. Good for short trips. Not family friendly. Pataya is friendlier, cheaper and easier to get around than Bankok. But taxis are expensive. Visit baan Saray village and “Navy” beach In sattahip Navy base ( bring passport)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 9, 2019

I've been to Mexico a few times and Pattaya was a much better place. The people were very friendly and at no time did i feel unsafe.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 5, 2019

Overall a very nice place to visit with a lot of sightseeing activities and entertainment.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 4, 2019

Came to get married

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 24, 2019

Walking distance to central and bazzar market!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 19, 2019

The seafood on walking street is verygood and reasonably priced.

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