PattayaThailand

Image for Koh Lan showing boating and general coastal views

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 food

South Pattaya

3.5/5Good!(41 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!(300 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!(476 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!(84 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!(55 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

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
NT$3,116
per night
Feb 10 - Feb 11

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! (544 reviews)

"This is a very well run hotel which can compete well with high end hotels in North America. For my needs the gym was excellent."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/10

Grande Centre Point Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
240/2 Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya, Chonburi
NT$2,970
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

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! (969 reviews)

"Free parking.good location staff is friendly.and easy to go to shopping. I love this hotel."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/19

Dusit Thani Pattaya
LK The Empress Pattaya
LK The Empress Pattaya
4 out of 5
240/1 M. 10, Soi 12, Pattaya Beach Road, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
NT$1,912
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13

Located in Central Pattaya, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, just steps from Mike Shopping Mall, Pattaya Beach Road, and Pattaya Beach. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,525 reviews)

"Nice hotel, very clean, close everything you need... will be back"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/21

LK The Empress Pattaya

Popular things to do in Pattaya

Pattaya Beach
Image for Pattaya Beach

Pattaya Beach

4/5(351 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
Image for Jomtien Beach

Jomtien Beach

4/5(209 reviews)

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

Walking Street
Image for Walking Street

Walking Street

4/5(413 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
Image for Bangsaen Beach

Bangsaen Beach

4/5(62 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
Image for Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

4.5/5(95 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.

Pattaya Floating Market
Image for Pattaya Floating Market

Pattaya Floating Market

4/5(114 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
266
5 - Excellent 41.82389937106918%
4 - Good
273
4 - Good 42.924528301886795%
3 - Okay
77
3 - Okay 12.10691823899371%
2 - Disappointing
14
2 - Disappointing 2.20125786163522%
1 - Terrible
6
1 - Terrible 0.9433962264150944%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

The people are very friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Rabbit Resort is by far the best one out of the three hotels we been in i definitely recommend staying there if you want to enjoy the environment and community.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2020

If your a person of low morals in search of playground to take part in deviance, then this is the place for you. If you’re not, then don’t bother stopping here

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 4, 2020

There are many sois, narrow and busy. Need to watch motorbikes and cars when you walk through the sois. Other wise it is a very interesting and fantastic place to vist.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 26, 2019

It was an awsome experience an the hotel was always ready to hep us find our way around

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 25, 2019

I actually stayed in Jomtien Beach side of Pattaya, which is where KonTiki guesthouse is. I liked it better than the more loud partying Pattaya beach road area itself. Advice: Sleep and Beach at Jomtien side, party at Pattaya side.

Other places like Pattaya

Hua Hin
Image for Hua Hin
Hua Hin
Phuket
Image for Phuket
Phuket
Phnom Penh
Image for Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
Jakarta
Image for Jakarta
Jakarta