Pattaya

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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
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
5 out of 5
277-8 Moo 5 Naklua, Pattaya, Chonburi
SG$188
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Nestled on the beach, this North Pattaya resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wong Amat Beach, Pattaya Beach and Pattaya Beach Road. Tiffany's Show and Terminal 21 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,529 reviews)

"This resort was amazingly beautiful! It had lots of places that you need to watch your step and with my mom being elderly it worried me. The pools were great but would of enjoyed music all day."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jan,2020

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort 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
SG$88
per night
Mar 24 - Mar 25

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

4.1/5Very Good! (1,549 reviews)

"The room was spotless, quite ans very comfy. Breakfast was amazing with a large variety of food."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb,2020

LK The Empress Pattaya
Grande Centre Point Pattaya
Grande Centre Point Pattaya
5 out of 5
456, 777, 777/1 M.6 Na Kluea, Pattaya, Chonburi
SG$118
per night
Mar 18 - Mar 19

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! (583 reviews)

"Location and hotel itself were excellent. Breakfast had many selections."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb,2020

Grande Centre Point Pattaya

Popular things to do in Pattaya

Pattaya Beach
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Pattaya Beach

4/5(276 reviews)

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

Jomtien Beach
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Jomtien Beach

4/5(179 reviews)

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

Walking Street
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Walking Street

4/5(239 reviews)

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

Top activities in Pattaya

Kaan Show - Live Action & Cinematic Experience
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Kaan Show - Live Action & Cinematic Experience

74% of travellers recommend
SG$45
Per adult
EasyKart - Go Karting at Pattaya
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EasyKart - Go Karting at Pattaya

100% of travellers recommend
SG$22
Per adult
Tiffany's Show Pattaya
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Tiffany's Show Pattaya

76% of travellers recommend
SG$45
Per adult
Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating
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Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating

82% of travellers recommend
SG$55
Per adult
The Sanctuary of Truth with Roundtrip Transfer
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The Sanctuary of Truth with Roundtrip Transfer

78% of travellers recommend
SG$46
Per adult
Pattaya Louis Tussaud's Waxworks Entrance Tickets
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Pattaya Louis Tussaud's Waxworks Entrance Tickets

SG$42
Per adult

Reviews of Pattaya

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
213
5 - Excellent 38.10375670840787%
4 - Good
247
4 - Good 44.18604651162791%
3 - Okay
78
3 - Okay 13.953488372093023%
2 - Disappointing
16
2 - Disappointing 2.862254025044723%
1 - Terrible
5
1 - Terrible 0.8944543828264758%

3/5 - Okay

Geraint

Feb 21, 2020

We were in Jomtien not Pattaya & this is a better location unless you really want full on nightlife style holiday

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 15, 2020

A great place to relax and enjoy yourself.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 8, 2020

Fun place with plenty to do

4/5 - Good

Karen

Feb 6, 2020

Not like it used to be. Very messy nowadays.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 23, 2020

Love the lively atmosphere of Pattaya

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 21, 2020

Pattaya Is ok for a boys holiday The place is like a giant brothel If you like that sort of thing it excellent Not a family resort ..

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