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Pattaya
Travel Guide

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 NT$2,449 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

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! (991 reviews)

"Nice place for relaxing during holiday . Love this hotel"…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/9

Hilton Pattaya
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
429 M.9, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is NT$1,357 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

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! (988 reviews)

"Great location and the hotel has everything I would get breakfast included as very few places open early"…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/31

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
Grande Centre Point Pattaya
Grande Centre Point Pattaya
5 out of 5
456, 777, 777/1 M.6 Na Kluea, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is NT$2,613 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24

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 Bangkok Pattaya ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (699 reviews)
Better for families not couple...

"Good room condition, but too crowded pool side and breakfast restaurant. Suitable for families with children."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/17

Grande Centre Point 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 NT$1,034 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)

"Cleanliness. But not all rooms have sea view as stated in the description."…"

Reviewed on 2021/4/9

Somerset Harbourview Sri Racha
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 NT$816 per night from Apr 14 to Apr 15

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 2020/11/13

Citadines Grand Central Sri Racha
Veranda Residence Pattaya
Veranda Residence Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
Jomtien Beach Rd., Na Jomtein Soi 4, Na Chom Thian, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is NT$2,266 per night from May 11 to May 12

Nestled on the beach, this Na Chom Thian aparthotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Jomtien Beach and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Pattaya Floating Market. Pattaya and Alangkarn ...

4.1/5Very Good! (14 reviews)

"สถานที่สะอาด สะดวกสบายเหมาะกับพักผ่อนแบบครอบครัวมีเด็กเล็ก"…"

Reviewed on 2019/4/14

Veranda Residence 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.

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