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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

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
429 M.9, Pattaya, Chonburi
Fully refundable
The price is ¥4,414 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
This family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya Beach. Central Festival Pattaya and Walking ...
4.4/5Excellent! (991 reviews)
"Great location and the hotel has everything I would get breakfast included as very few places open early"

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
5 out of 5
333/101 Moo 9 Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥8,993 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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! (996 reviews)
Great Hotel - slow service at times
"Hotel was very good although there were way too few staff, leading to large delays with service at times - likely due to covid-19 causing savings to be made"

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2021

Hilton Pattaya
Z by Zing
Z by Zing
3 out of 5
279/278-279 Moo 12 Somprasong Plaza, Jomtien Beach, Nongpreu, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
Located in South Pattaya, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. Pattaya Floating Market and Dongtan Beach are also within 3 mi (5 ...
3.9/5Very Good! (240 reviews)
"very good and near beach and quite place. Good staff"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Z by Zing
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.
Madera Residence Siracha
Madera Residence Siracha
4 out of 5
22/2 Thetsaban 1 Rd., Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is ¥2,122 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated in Si Racha, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robinson Sriracha, Pacific Park Sriracha, and Surasak Montri Public Park. Koh Sichang Ferry ...
4.4/5Excellent! (59 reviews)
1 of the best in Si Racha.
"Very good hotel. 1 of the best in Si Racha For the price. Has everything to make a perfect stay. Good size rooms with everything. lots of storage space. Perfect bathrooms with a good size bathtub and separate shower. Washer dryer and a separate toilet. Good kitchen with everything you need for a ..."

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2021

Madera Residence Siracha
Blue Ocean Suite
Blue Ocean Suite
3.5 out of 5
Pattaya 9 Alley, Pattaya
The price is ¥3,365 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
Located in Central Pattaya, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Festival Pattaya, Pattaya Beach Road, and Pattaya Beach. Soi L K Metro and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (35 reviews)
"Accessible to beach and restaurants. Great location."

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Blue Ocean Suite
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 ¥2,998 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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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