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PattayaThailand

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!(49 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 a pool and general coastal views

Central Pattaya

4/5Very Good!(326 area reviews)

Central Festival Pattaya Beach 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!(514 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 Cosy 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
NT$1,853
per night
Apr 1 - Apr 2

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! (1,011 reviews)

"good service and staff are friendly. Breakfast is nice and location also convenience"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/15

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
463/100 Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
NT$2,002
per night
May 1 - May 2

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! (968 reviews)

"Worth Money, Location is okay. Small room, comfy bed."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/24

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
5 out of 5
277-8 Moo 5 Naklua, Pattaya, Chonburi
NT$3,753
per night
Apr 3 - Apr 4

Nestled on the beach, this North Pattaya resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wong Amat Beach, Pattaya Beach, and Pattaya Beach Road. Tiffany's Show and Terminal ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,541 reviews)

"Great Place to stay especially if you have kid.. this is the perfect place for children and parents to be together"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/19

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

Popular things to do in Pattaya

Pattaya Beach
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Pattaya Beach

4/5(367 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(220 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(427 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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Bangsaen Beach

4/5(65 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

4.5/5(97 reviews)

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

Pattaya Floating Market
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Pattaya Floating Market

3.5/5(126 reviews)

Enjoy a stroll or boat ride around this traditional water-based market, where you’ll find delicacies and handicrafts from every region of Thailand. 

Reviews of Pattaya

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
287
5 - Excellent 42.020497803806734%
4 - Good
292
4 - Good 42.75256222547584%
3 - Okay
83
3 - Okay 12.152269399707174%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.1961932650073206%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.8784773060029283%

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!!!

2/5 - Disappointing

Suede

Feb 2, 2020

Spend your money on Phuket or Krabi instead.

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