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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.

Where to stay in Pattaya

Top hotels in Pattaya

Bangsaen Heritage Hotel
Bangsaen Heritage Hotel
4 out of 5
50,54 Bangsaen Beach 1 Rd., Tumbon Saensuk, Bangsaen, Chonburi
The price is Rp372.094 per night from 30 Nov to 1 Dec

Offering direct access to the beach, this Ban Bang Saen (1) hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bangsaen Beach and The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden. Bangsaen Roundabout ...

3.4/5Good! (73 reviews)

"Nice spacious property, we were traveling with a dog so we had to stay in the villa zone. The villa zone was far from the main property and was quiet. Nice place to relax and let your dog wonder around. The only down side are mosquitoes, they were large and were flying everywhere."…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

Bangsaen Heritage Hotel
Holiday Inn Pattaya
Holiday Inn Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
463/68, 463/99 Pattaya Sai 1 Road, Nongprue Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is Rp1.113.470 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

This family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located on the waterfront, steps away from Teddy Bear Museum, Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya Beach. Art in Paradise and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)

"After a certain period of no travel in Thailand due to COVID19, the condition of the room was not ready as much as expected. However, the room rate was quite affordable."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

Holiday Inn 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
The price is Rp522.962 per night from 21 Dec to 22 Dec

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! (994 reviews)

"Good location ,good service and good price I will come back again"…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

LK The Empress Pattaya
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Pattaya

Citadines Grand Central Sri Racha
Citadines Grand Central Sri Racha
4 out of 5
99/9 Thetsaban 1 Road, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is Rp355.255 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

Located in the heart of Si Racha, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Robinson Sriracha and Surasak Montri Public Park. Koh Loi and Koh Sichang Ferry ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (150 reviews)

"In the night quite noisy cause is near to the street with the PUB."…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2019

Citadines Grand Central 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
The price is Rp908.878 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec

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! (122 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
Pool Villa Pattaya - Walking Street C3
Pool Villa Pattaya - Walking Street C3
3 out of 5
Soi Suksabai 2, Soi 2, Pattaya, Chonburi

Located in South Pattaya, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Yunomori Onsen & Spa Pattaya, Walking Street and Thepprasit Market. Pattaya Beach and ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"ที่พักดีมากๆๆ ห้องสะอาด บ้านกว้าง แต่สระว่ายน้ำยังไม่สะอาด"…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2020

Pool Villa Pattaya - Walking Street C3
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
218
5 - Excellent 37.45704467353952%
4 - Good
260
4 - Good 44.67353951890034%
3 - Okay
83
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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