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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

Top Hotels in Pattaya

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
5 out of 5
240/2 Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is NT$1,866 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

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! (998 reviews)

"Great location and good service. Definitely my place of stay while in Pattaya."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/27

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
429 M.9, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is NT$1,608 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

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)

"Hard Rock Hotel in Pattaya has everything you will need while staying there. The staff , amenities , position they are all excellent . So easy to get around from where the hotel is located and everything is within walking distance"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/10

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
5 out of 5
333/101 Moo 9 Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is NT$2,940 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

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! (1,000 reviews)
Great location and service

"Service was really good. They left us a hand signed thank you card after our visit to the rooftop bar. Location is great and walking distance to everything. The mall connected had a lot of good food options and awesome spas."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/3

Hilton 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.

Vacation Rentals in Pattaya

Oakwood Hotel and Residence SriRacha
Oakwood Hotel and Residence SriRacha
5 out of 5
Tower A, 222/2, Si Racha Nakhon 3, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is NT$1,629 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

This family-friendly Si Racha aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Surasak Montri Public Park and Robinson Sriracha. Koh Loi and Koh Sichang Ferry Pier are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (124 reviews)

"This hotel provided good accommodation, food and facilities, the staff were very pleasant. Best breakfast buffet had in a long time, however the quality of the rooms and in-room amenities are 4 star only, the hotel is rated at 5 star, but overall I see this hotel as a 4 star hotel. I have stayed ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/3

Oakwood Hotel and Residence SriRacha
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$1,120 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17

Located in the heart of Si Racha, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Robinson Sriracha and Surasak Montri Public Park. Koh Loi and Koh Sichang Ferry ...

4.4/5Excellent! (153 reviews)

"This hotel was good though there is bar near here. It was so noisy during the night. It was too hard to get sleep"…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/3

Citadines Grand Central Sri Racha
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$1,194 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17

Situated in a shopping district, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Surasak Montri Public Park and Robinson Sriracha. Koh Sichang Ferry Pier and Koh ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)

"Good location, good stuff, good price, clean room"…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/4

Somerset Harbourview 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.

Popular places to visit in Pattaya

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Reviews of Pattaya

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4 - Good 42.565597667638485%
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3 - Okay 12.099125364431487%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 1, 2020

Pattaya is one of best place for living in the world

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!!!

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