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Visit Pattaya

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 markets, shopping and street scenes

South Pattaya

3.5/5Good!(32 area 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.

South Pattaya
Pattaya featuring performance art and interior views

Central Pattaya

4/5Very Good!(285 area 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.

Central Pattaya
Pattaya Beach featuring a beach

Pattaya Bay

4/5Very Good!(459 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!(81 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, Thailand

Pratumnak Hill

4/5Very Good!(48 area reviews)

Pratumnak Hill is known for its pristine beaches, and you can make a stop by Pattaya View Point and Big Buddha Temple while in the area.

Pratumnak Hill
So cheap n delicious
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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
Grande Centre Point Pattaya
Grande Centre Point Pattaya
5 out of 5
456, 777, 777/1 M.6 Na Kluea, Pattaya, Chonburi
¥11,767
per night
Jan 14 - Jan 15

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! (508 reviews)

"I stayed for 2 nights ! The first night my room is face to the pub street! Very Noisy at night, can't sleep very well! The next day we change another side room, no more noise! Overall, the property is good!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2019

Grande Centre Point Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
5 out of 5
333/101 Moo 9 Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
¥19,692
per night
Jan 6 - Jan 7

This family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Central Festival Pattaya Beach, Pattaya Beach Road, and Pattaya Beach. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,317 reviews)

"Accomodation:- The location is centrally located with convenient shopping next to it. Food is everywhere within the vicinity. Room size and view is fantastic. Room is a little dated with some of the paint peeling and cracking. TV size is good, which is swivelable which i initially thought to be unavailable. ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2019

Hilton Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
240/2 Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya, Chonburi
¥8,470
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19

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! (953 reviews)

"Exactly what you need near the airport. Not much food around but 7 11 near"…"

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019

Dusit Thani Pattaya

Popular things to do in Pattaya

Buddha Mountain
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Buddha Mountain

4/5(76 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(341 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(203 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(401 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.

Bangsaen Beach
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trover photo by Tan Tan Tan

Bangsaen Beach

4/5(57 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.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
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Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

4/5(89 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.

Top activities in Pattaya

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

¥3,623

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

¥2,899

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

¥3,623

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

¥4,529

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

¥3,693

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.

Pattaya Love Art Park Entrance Tickets
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Pattaya Love Art Park Entrance Tickets

¥2,190

Visit: Love Art Park, 129/5-7 M.8 T.Huaiyai A. Banglamung Chonburi, Pattaya 20150 Thailand Love Art Park awaits you with hundreds of erotic body sculptures and installation along with its beautiful landscape.

Reviews of Pattaya

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
251
5 - Excellent 41.69435215946844%
4 - Good
262
4 - Good 43.521594684385384%
3 - Okay
70
3 - Okay 11.627906976744185%
2 - Disappointing
14
2 - Disappointing 2.3255813953488373%
1 - Terrible
5
1 - Terrible 0.8305647840531561%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 2, 2019

Best of both worlds, we were able to have quite time on the hotel's property or be stimulated by a short walk to town.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 28, 2019

If you like Phuket, this is perhaps a more convenient option from Bangkok.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 22, 2019

Pattaya is mostly touristy with lots of foreigners and tourists walking around. its a safe place for everyone even if you walk at nights. would definitely come back

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Nov 21, 2019

Pattaya is the biggest whore house in the world. Not like that but if u like it is good for u

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 20, 2019

Will be back.

4/5 - Good

JB

Nov 19, 2019

Pattaya is as it will always be noisy busy and full of drunks. Food is good and beer is cheep, very few visitors for busy season

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