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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.

Top hotels in Pattaya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Siam Bayshore Resort Pattaya
Siam Bayshore Resort Pattaya
5 out of 5
559 Moo 10, Beach Road, Pattaya, Chonburi

Located in South Pattaya, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Walking Street, Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya Beach. Ripley's ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,558 reviews)
Heaven on earth

"This hotel is just perfect in every aspect. I will definitely be staying there again."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb,2020

Siam Bayshore Resort Pattaya
Citrus Grande Hotel Pattaya by Compass Hospitality
Citrus Grande Hotel Pattaya by Compass Hospitality
5 out of 5
579 Khao Phra Tam Nak, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is SG$57 per night

This family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Walking Street, Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya Beach. Ripley's Believe ...

3.2/5 (37 reviews)

"Loved the concept of serving Beers/ wine as drinks on arrival never saw it any other hotel in Asia. Beautiful pool and cheap drinks by the bar. Fah at Breakfast was very helpful and smiling , they offer Select Guests choice of additional dishes from Breakfast menu. Turn down service with chocolates ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb,2020

Citrus Grande Hotel Pattaya by Compass Hospitality
Veranda Resort Pattaya MGallery
Veranda Resort Pattaya MGallery
5 out of 5
211 Moo 1, Na Jomtien Soi 4, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is SG$132 per night

Nestled on the beach, this South Pattaya hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dongtan Beach and Jomtien Beach. Walking Street and Pattaya Beach are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (148 reviews)
Beauty in Pattaya

"Amazing Hotel, rooms were super big and clean. Sun sets are next level. Highly recommend. HOWEVER... the address listed is wrong so I missed meeting and had catch transport every where as I booked based on location listed"…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec,2019

Veranda Resort Pattaya MGallery

Popular places to visit in Pattaya

Pattaya Beach
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Pattaya Beach

4/5(280 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(182 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(243 reviews)

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

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
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Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

4.5/5(87 reviews)

Walk around the magnificent gardens, enjoy boating on scenic lakes and watch Thai cultural shows at this family-friendly theme park.

Pattaya Floating Market
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Pattaya Floating Market

3.5/5(81 reviews)

Escape the bustle of Pattaya and float along the gentle canal of this aquatic market, taking in the sounds and scents of traditional Thai culture and cuisine.

Art in Paradise
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Art in Paradise

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Become part of the art at Thailand's only 3D gallery.

Top things to do in Pattaya

Tiffany's Cabaret Show Pattaya
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Tiffany's Cabaret Show Pattaya

86% of travellers recommend
SG$45
Per adult
Pattaya Sanctuary Of Truth -Ticket Only
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Pattaya Sanctuary Of Truth -Ticket Only

86% of travellers recommend
SG$30
Per adult
Ko Samet Island Full-Day Excursion
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Ko Samet Island Full-Day Excursion

SG$67
Per adult
Coral Island Tour with Lunch
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Coral Island Tour with Lunch

SG$52
Per adult
Mini Siam Miniature World Admission with Roundtrip Transfer
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Mini Siam Miniature World Admission with Roundtrip Transfer

SG$42
Per adult
Full-Day Coral Island Excursion
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Full-Day Coral Island Excursion

SG$55
Per adult

Reviews of Pattaya

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 37.58620689655172%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 44.6551724137931%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 14.137931034482758%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.7586206896551726%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.8620689655172413%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Mar 2020

I've been many times before it was a shame that this corona virus has spread so bad causing lots of places to close but its for our own health purposes so hopefully when its all been sorted it'll be business as usual.....

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Mar 2020

Pattaya is liveiy and friendly with a good range of places to eat and lots of people that want to meet you to help make your stay more enjoyable... 

5/5 - Excellent

Terry

4 Mar 2020

Always have a relaxing time in Pattaya and Jomtien. Plenty to do and great food. The Sky Gallery restaurant is my favourite place to eat. We go at sunset and it is a magical setting, my wife and I enjoy it immensley.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Mar 2020

Be back next February.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Feb 2020

Beach and road needs sorting and cars dont want to stop for zebras

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Feb 2020

Live and let live, best attitude. I enjoyed it very much.

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