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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 featuring food

South Pattaya

3.5/5Good!(50 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 featuring performance art and interior views

Central Pattaya

4/5Very Good!(326 area reviews)

Central Festival Pattaya and Pattaya Beach Road are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Central Pattaya. Travelers also love the stunning beaches, fantastic nightlife, and popular shops.

Central Pattaya
Pattaya Beach featuring a beach

Pattaya Bay

4/5Very Good!(517 area 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.

Pattaya Bay
The Sanctuary of Truth featuring religious aspects

North Pattaya

4/5Very Good!(87 area reviews)

North Pattaya is popular for its beaches, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Mini Siam or The Sanctuary of Truth.

North Pattaya
Pratumnak Hill, Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand

Pratumnak Hill

4/5Very Good!(59 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 Phra Tamnak Beach might round out your trip.

Pratumnak Hill
So cheap n delicious

Ban Bang Saen

3/5(6 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
Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
240/2 Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is ¥6,787 per night

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! (993 reviews)

"พาคุณพ่อคุณแม่ไปพักช่วงหยุดยาวมาค่ะ คนเข้าพักค่อนข้างเยอะ คิว check-in ยาว แต่พนักงานจัดการได้ดี อยากใ่ห้ buffet Grill & Roast มีไลน์อาหารเพิ่มมากกว่านี้"…"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Cape Dara Resort
Cape Dara Resort
5 out of 5
256 Dara Beach, Soi 20, Pattaya-Naklua Road, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is ¥12,110 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (989 reviews)

"A beautiful resort located at North Pattaya. Contains 2 swimming pools with good view of the ocean, and a private beach front which may be a little rocky. The hotel is very beautiful and many couples were taking lots of instagram photos on the venue. The rooms were very comfortable and the service ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Cape Dara Resort
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
463/100 Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is ¥5,762 per night

This family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Art in Paradise, Tiffany's Show, and Pattaya Beach Road. Terminal 21 Pattaya ...

4.1/5Very Good! (991 reviews)

"Nice stay! Pool area was a lot of fun! Will come again!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort

Popular places to visit in Pattaya

Jomtien Beach
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Jomtien Beach

4/5(221 reviews)

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

Bangsaen Beach
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Bangsaen Beach

4/5(66 reviews)

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

Pattaya Beach
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Pattaya Beach

4/5(368 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. 

Walking Street
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Walking Street

4/5(428 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

4.5/5(98 reviews)

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

Sriracha Tiger Zoo
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Sriracha Tiger Zoo

4/5(30 reviews)

Why not visit the animals who live at Sriracha Tiger Zoo and see why this is a favorite attraction in Si Racha? While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Top things to do in Pattaya

Shore Excursion: Pattaya - Private Tour
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Shore Excursion: Pattaya - Private Tour

¥41,239
Per adult
Full-Day Coral Island Excursion
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Full-Day Coral Island Excursion

¥4,188
Per adult
Pattaya Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Admission Ticket
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Pattaya Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Admission Ticket

¥2,030
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Coral Island Tour with Lunch
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Coral Island Tour with Lunch

¥3,953
Per adult
Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark Thailand
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Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark Thailand

¥5,380
Per adult
Art in Paradise at Pattaya Admission Ticket
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Art in Paradise at Pattaya Admission Ticket

¥1,460
Per adult