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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.

Top hotels in Pattaya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$88 per night

Located in Central Pattaya, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Terminal 21 Pattaya, Art in Paradise and Pattaya Beach. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (993 reviews)

"พาคุณพ่อคุณแม่ไปพักช่วงหยุดยาวมาค่ะ คนเข้าพักค่อนข้างเยอะ คิว check-in ยาว แต่พนักงานจัดการได้ดี อยากใ่ห้ buffet Grill & Roast มีไลน์อาหารเพิ่มมากกว่านี้"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jul,2020

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Cape Dara Resort
Cape Dara Resort
5 out of 5
The price is SG$157 per night

Located in North Pattaya, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Art in Paradise and CentralMarina. Central Festival Pattaya ...

4.3/5Excellent! (989 reviews)

"A beautiful resort located at North Pattaya. Contains 2 swimming pools with good view of the ocean, and a private beach front which may be a little rocky. The hotel is very beautiful and many couples were taking lots of instagram photos on the venue. The rooms were very comfortable and the service ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul,2020

Cape Dara Resort
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
The price is SG$75 per night

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! (991 reviews)

"Nice stay! Pool area was a lot of fun! Will come again!"…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb,2020

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort

Popular places to visit in Pattaya

Jomtien Beach
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Jomtien Beach

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

Pattaya Beach
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Pattaya Beach

Where relaxation meets spectacular nightlife, this buzzing beach resort has everything from energetic water sports to high-end boutique hotels.

Walking Street
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Walking Street

The life and soul of Pattaya’s nightlife, this renowned street is where the party gets started!

Top things to do in Pattaya

Full-Day Coral Island Excursion
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Full-Day Coral Island Excursion

SG$54
Per adult
Coral Island Tour with Lunch
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Coral Island Tour with Lunch

SG$51
Per adult
Mini Siam Miniature World Admission with Roundtrip Transfer
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Mini Siam Miniature World Admission with Roundtrip Transfer

SG$41
Per adult
Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark Thailand
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Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark Thailand

SG$70
Per adult
The Sanctuary of Truth with Roundtrip Transfer
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The Sanctuary of Truth with Roundtrip Transfer

SG$45
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Art in Paradise at Pattaya Admission Ticket
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Art in Paradise at Pattaya Admission Ticket

SG$19
Per adult

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