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Pattaya
Travel Guide

Koh Lan showing general coastal views and boating

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.

Hilton Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
5 out of 5
333/101 Moo 9 Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is HK$650 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Located in Central Pattaya, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya Beach, and Central Festival Pattaya. Soi L K Metro and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (990 reviews)
"Nice place for relaxing during holiday . Love this hotel"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2021

Hilton Pattaya
LK The Empress Pattaya
LK The Empress Pattaya
4 out of 5
The price is HK$400 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Located in Central Pattaya, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, just steps away from Mike Shopping Mall, Pattaya Beach and Pattaya Beach ...
4.1/5Very Good! (988 reviews)
"Location. Would recommend it to anyone. The price is also outstanding."

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

LK The Empress Pattaya
Avani Pattaya Resort
Avani Pattaya Resort
5 out of 5
The price is HK$424 per night from 17 May to 17 May
This family-friendly Pattaya resort is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Ripley's Believe It or Not, Pattaya Avenue and Royal Garden Plaza. Walking ...
4.3/5Excellent! (583 reviews)
"Disappointed that the hotel corporation caved to local totalitarian politicians closing facilities. There were very few guests at this time and it was unreasonable to have the pool closed."

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2021

Avani Pattaya 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.
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
3.5 out of 5
Situated on the boardwalk, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park and Mae Rumphung Beach. Suan Son Beach and Ao Prao Beach ...
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
Carpediem Hotel
Carpediem Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is HK$137 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Situated in Rayong, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dr. Sarot Market and Passione Shopping Destination. Star IT Center and Star Night Bazaar are ...
3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
Good choice for you.
"The room (already renovation) was ok ,clean and comfortable but no breakfast."

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2020

Carpediem Hotel
Wisdom Hotel & Residence
Wisdom Hotel & Residence
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$227 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Located in the heart of Rayong, this golf aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Passione Shopping Destination, Dr. Sarot Market and Central Plaza Rayong. Star ...
4/5Very Good! (9 reviews)
Good short break location
"Good clean and fairly comfortable room. Disappointed that there was not table and chairs, no cooking utensils, cutlery or crockery. Good pool and it was quiet when we stayed. Communication could be an issue if you don't speak Thai. Ha in a car is essential"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2018

Wisdom Hotel & Residence
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

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Top Destination

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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.