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Pattaya
Travel Guide

Koh Lan showing boating and general coastal views

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

X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere
X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere
4 out of 5
Soi Na Jomtien 32, Na Jomtien, Sattahip, Chonburi
The price is NT$1,067 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Na Chom Thian, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Ban Amphur Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Cartoon Network Amazone. Phoenix Golf and Country Club ...
4.1/5Very Good! (51 reviews)
"ที่พักสะอาด ใกล้ชายหาด สิ่งอำนวยความสะดวกมีพร้อมในห้องพัก พนักงานบริการดีมาก เงียบสงบ แต่ค่อนข้างห่างจากตัวเมืองพัทยา เครื่องทำน้ำอุ่นปรับอุณหภูมิค่อนข้างยาก แต่โดยรวมแล้วพอใจมาก"

Reviewed on 2021/6/5

X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere
Hilton Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
5 out of 5
333/101 Moo 9 Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is NT$2,386 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
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! (995 reviews)
"Nice place for relaxing during holiday . Love this hotel"

Reviewed on 2021/3/9

Hilton Pattaya
U Pattaya
U Pattaya
5 out of 5
70/14 Moo 8, Soi Na-Chomtien 56/3, Sattahip, Chonburi
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$2,653 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Nestled on the beach, this Sattahip resort is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Bang Saray Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Cartoon Network Amazone. Ban Amphur Beach and Ban ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (352 reviews)
"The hotel located in a private zone and that’s great for vacation. Anyway, it’s been better once I’ve been here last time (maybe due to epidemic situation) But one thing that take me down on this stayed was from hot water machine problem so I have to take a shower with cool water even I’ve report ..."

Reviewed on 2020/10/26

U 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.
Carpediem Hotel
Carpediem Hotel
3 out of 5
327/18 Sukhumvit Road, T. Noen Phra, A. Muang, Rayong
The price is NT$592 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Situated in Rayong, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dr. Sarot Market and Passione Shopping Destination. Star IT Center and Star Night Bazaar are ...
3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
Good choice for you.
"The room (already renovation) was ok ,clean and comfortable but no breakfast."

Reviewed on 2020/11/23

Carpediem Hotel
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
3.5 out of 5
81/26 Soi Panthong 2 Moo 5, Neonmayong Rd T.Taphong, Rayong
Situated on the boardwalk, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park and Mae Rumphung Beach. Suan Son Beach and Ao Prao Beach ...
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
Wisdom Hotel & Residence
Wisdom Hotel & Residence
3.5 out of 5
8 Moo 5, T.Thap Ma, Rayong
The price is NT$809 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Located in the heart of Rayong, this golf aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Passione Shopping Destination, Dr. Sarot Market, and Central Plaza Rayong. Star ...
4/5Very Good! (9 reviews)
Good short break location
"Good clean and fairly comfortable room. Disappointed that there was not table and chairs, no cooking utensils, cutlery or crockery. Good pool and it was quiet when we stayed. Communication could be an issue if you don't speak Thai. Ha in a car is essential"

Reviewed on 2018/8/1

Wisdom Hotel & Residence
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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