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PattayaThailand

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

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
5 out of 5
The price is SG$109 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

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! (995 reviews)

"Great location and good service. Definitely my place of stay while in Pattaya."…"

Reviewed on 27 Aug,2020

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Cape Dara Resort
Cape Dara Resort
5 out of 5
The price is SG$167 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

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! (998 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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$56 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

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! (997 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 29 Feb,2020

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
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.

Holiday Rentals in Pattaya

Amari Nova Suites
Amari Nova Suites
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$43 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Central Pattaya, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya Beach. Central Festival Pattaya ...

4.1/5Very Good! (682 reviews)

"5 min walk to 2nd street. Nice Quit area but with a few bars and several 7/11s around. Great rooms, big rooftop pool. Rooms cleaned daily. Good service from all staff"…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar,2020

Amari Nova Suites
Oakwood Hotel and Residence SriRacha
Oakwood Hotel and Residence SriRacha
5 out of 5
The price is SG$83 per night from 12 Nov to 13 Nov

This family-friendly Si Racha aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Surasak Montri Public Park and Robinson Sriracha. Koh Loi and Koh Sichang Ferry Pier are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (121 reviews)

"This hotel provided good accommodation, food and facilities, the staff were very pleasant. Best breakfast buffet had in a long time, however the quality of the rooms and in-room amenities are 4 star only, the hotel is rated at 5 star, but overall I see this hotel as a 4 star hotel. I have stayed ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Oct,2020

Oakwood Hotel and Residence SriRacha
Balcony Seaside Sriracha Hotel & Serviced Apartments
Balcony Seaside Sriracha Hotel & Serviced Apartments
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$100 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Si Racha aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Surasak Montri Public Park, Koh Sichang Ferry Pier and Robinson Sriracha. Koh Loi is ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (146 reviews)

"Super good hotel. Family-friendly, kids friendly. Love the mini Habourland and Japanese style Onzen."…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec,2019

Balcony Seaside Sriracha Hotel & Serviced Apartments
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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Reviews of Pattaya

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 37.45704467353952%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 44.67353951890034%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 14.261168384879726%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.7491408934707904%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.8591065292096219%

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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