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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.

Where to stay in Pattaya

Hilton Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
5 out of 5
333/101 Moo 9 Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is ¥9,335 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in Central Pattaya, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya Beach, and Central Festival Pattaya. Soi L K Metro and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (990 reviews)
"Nice place for relaxing during holiday . Love this hotel"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

Hilton Pattaya
LK The Empress Pattaya
LK The Empress Pattaya
4 out of 5
240/1 M. 10, Soi 12, Pattaya Beach Road, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is ¥4,744 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Located in Central Pattaya, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, just steps from Mike Shopping Mall, Pattaya Beach, and Pattaya Beach Road. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (986 reviews)
"Location. Would recommend it to anyone. The price is also outstanding."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

LK The Empress Pattaya
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
5 out of 5
277-8 Moo 5 Naklua, Pattaya, Chonburi
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥9,384 per night from May 9 to May 10
Nestled on the beach, this North Pattaya resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wong Amat Beach, Pattaya Beach, and Pattaya Beach Road. Terminal 21 Pattaya and Art ...
4.3/5Excellent! (998 reviews)
"Overall the property is good! However, they should manage new check-in system it takes long time and one lady running in and out to make a copy of ID for each check in."

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2021

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
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.
Somerset Harbourview Sri Racha
Somerset Harbourview Sri Racha
4 out of 5
No.88 Surasak Sa-Nguan Road, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is ¥3,941 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Situated in a shopping district, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Surasak Montri Public Park, Robinson Sriracha, and Pacific Park Sriracha. Koh ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
"Clean, well kept, really lovely place."

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Somerset Harbourview Sri Racha
Oakwood Hotel and Residence SriRacha
Oakwood Hotel and Residence SriRacha
5 out of 5
Tower A, 222/2, Si Racha Nakhon 3, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is ¥5,743 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (126 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
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 ¥3,112 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (158 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
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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Reviews of Pattaya

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 1, 2020

Pattaya is one of best place for living in the world

5/5 - Excellent

Kopkhun

Mar 12, 2020

Major improvements haves been made Pattaya are dismissals destination. Work on the beaches had been great, it is much more attractive. The availability of Koh Larn with lovely beaches is also plus. Easy access to island is available by ferry.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 3, 2020

Pattaya is one of the best city to visit for the tourists but as a coronavirus that’s why the city lil quiet..but still good ..

4/5 - Good

Mat07

Feb 16, 2020

Nice vibrant city need to clean up a bit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 10, 2020

I just loved it there and want to go back in July. Doug MacDonald

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 9, 2020

Pattaya is a lively city, so fasten your seatbelt and hold on to your hat!!!

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