Pattaya

Travel Guide
Koh Lan featuring 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

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya - SHA Extra Plus
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya - SHA Extra Plus
4.5 out of 5
429 M.9, Pattaya, Chonburi, 20150
The price is S$79 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Pattaya. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (983 reviews)
"The propery is in a great location and is great for single guests and families with children"

Reviewed on 22 Jan,2022

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya - SHA Extra Plus
Hilton Pattaya - SHA Extra Plus
Hilton Pattaya - SHA Extra Plus
5 out of 5
333/101 Moo 9 Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi, 20260
The price is S$160 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Pattaya. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the property condition in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (985 reviews)
"Simply the best luxury hotel in Pattaya! Great facilities, including lobby, lounge areas, pool and gym, and restaurants rooftop bar… Centrally located and right on the beach. Connected to Central Festival shopping mall."

Reviewed on 13 Apr,2022

Hilton Pattaya - SHA Extra Plus
Dusit Thani Pattaya - SHA Extra Plus
Dusit Thani Pattaya - SHA Extra Plus
5 out of 5
240/2 Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya, Chonburi, 20150
The price is S$117 per night from 23 Jun to 24 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Pattaya. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (995 reviews)
"total 5 star hotel, nothing better."

Reviewed on 27 Mar,2022

Dusit Thani Pattaya - SHA Extra Plus
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.
Citadines Grand Central Sri Racha
Citadines Grand Central Sri Racha
4 out of 5
99/9 Thetsaban 1 Road, Si Racha, Chonburi, 20110
The price is S$60 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Si Racha. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (163 reviews)
"Perfect, everything was as expected. Splendid !"

Reviewed on 25 Apr,2022

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, 20110
The price is S$66 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Si Racha. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the property ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (31 reviews)
"Good location and comfortable"

Reviewed on 9 Jun,2021

Somerset Harbourview Sri Racha
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, 20110
The price is S$74 per night from 23 Jun to 24 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Si Racha. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (132 reviews)
Great facilities and staff
"Great value for money and facilities. The staff is super friendly. In particular Khun Tory (Guest relation) was very helpful."

Reviewed on 8 Dec,2021

Oakwood Hotel and Residence Sriracha
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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