Pattaya

Travel Guide
Koh Lan showing boating and general coastal views

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.

ibis Pattaya
ibis Pattaya
3 out of 5
463/79 Moo 9, Pattaya, Chonburi
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The price is ¥2,320 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in Central Pattaya, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Art in Paradise and Tiffany's Show. Pattaya Beach Road and Terminal 21 Pattaya ...
4/5 Very Good! (697 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jul 10, 2021

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Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
429 M.9, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is ¥5,132 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
This family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya Beach. Pattaya Memorial Hospital and Alcazar ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (984 reviews)
"Great location and the hotel has everything I would get breakfast included as very few places open early"

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

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The Gems Mining Pool Villas Pattaya
The Gems Mining Pool Villas Pattaya
4 out of 5
888/1 Moo 1, Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is ¥10,522 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located in Nong Prue, this spa hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Pipo Pony Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Art in Paradise and Pattaya Beach. Pattaya Beach Road ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"อาหารเช้าไม่หลากหลาย บ้านpool villa เวลาฝนตกพื่นด้านนอกลื่นมาก น้ำจากสระกระเด็นมาบนพื้นเยอะมาก พนักงงานบริการดีมาก ออกแบบสวย น้ำไหลแรงดีมาก"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2021

The Gems Mining Pool Villas Pattaya
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Citadines Grand Central Sri Racha
Citadines Grand Central Sri Racha
4 out of 5
99/9 Thetsaban 1 Road, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is ¥3,075 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in the heart of Si Racha, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robinson Sriracha and Pacific Park Sriracha. Surasak Montri Public Park and Koh ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (159 reviews)
"良かった点:1人~2人であれば余裕で過ごせる広さ、無料の水完備、日本のテレビが視聴可能、1Fにレストランがあり食事"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2020

Citadines Grand Central Sri Racha
Oakwood Hotel and Residence Sriracha - SHA certified
Oakwood Hotel and Residence Sriracha - SHA certified
5 out of 5
Tower A, 222/2, Si Racha Nakhon 3, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is ¥7,006 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
This family-friendly Si Racha aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surasak Montri Public Park, Robinson Sriracha, and Pacific Park Sriracha. Koh Loi and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (128 reviews)
"This hotel provided good accommodation, food and facilities, the staff were very pleasant. Best breakfast buffet had in a long time, however the quality of the rooms and in-room amenities are 4 star only, the hotel is rated at 5 star, but overall I see this hotel as a 4 star hotel. I have stayed ..."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2020

Oakwood Hotel and Residence Sriracha - SHA certified
Royal Beach View Suites
Royal Beach View Suites
4 out of 5
362/9 Soi 5 M.12 Pratumnak Rd., Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is ¥7,111 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Located in South Pattaya, this beach aparthotel is steps from Pattaya and Phra Tamnak Beach. Dongtan Beach and Jomtien Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).
3.3/5 (119 reviews)
"Incredibly dirty bugs hanging from the ceiling and walls, dirty marks all over the walls broken furnishing, and even faeces smeared on bed head. No room service. TV in room 24”. The rating I give this place would maybe be a 1. I booked for 12 days I stayed for one night and they did not refund me ..."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Royal Beach View Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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