Pattaya Tourism Guide

Pattaya Tourism Guide

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Language
Thai

Currency
Thai Baht

Visa
Visa free for 30 days

Cost of a beer
80 Baht (avg)

Average Cost of a 3-Course Meal
900 Baht (avg)

Average Room Rate
2,258 Rupees per night (3* hotel)

100 Rupees = 52.96 Baht(Exchange rates can vary)

If you’re looking for holiday away with friends or family that will see you partying into the night or an exciting experience that will have you constantly elated, then we recommend you visit Pattaya. With a somewhat sordid but intriguing reputation, this beach is a nightlife haven. Pattaya epitomises Thailand’s wild side and is not for the faint-hearted. But it’s not all beer and wild parties; there are a number of spiritual and beautiful sights in Pattaya that will entertain all. Not to mention there are a few water parks, many animal experiences, atmospheric restaurants, water sports and shopping destinations for you to enjoy.

“A city of mixed up cultures. It has lots of beautiful temples, quiet beaches, shopping areas, local markets, and pubs along the walking street. Laid back summer morning, but busy at night. Pattaya sure has a charm of its own. What I enjoy the most, is its food.“.

By Sharon Loh, Sharon Travelogue

Top Attractions

Sanctuary of Truth is a wooden sculptured masterpiece that was created as a way to use art and culture as a reflection of Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. Every aspect of this deeply religious and spiritual site represents traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs, and simply is one of a kind.


Pattaya Floating Market enables you to explore the cultures and traditions of 4 regions of Thailand by boat whilst also being able to buy a verity of goods such as vegetables, fruits, art and souvenirs. There are also a number of floating cafes and art galleries and daily live afternoon shows that present the culture and traditions of Thailand. The easiest way to enjoy the Pattaya Floating Market is to hire a taxi-boat which lasts for around 30 minutes.


Koh Larn or Coral Island is the most popular out of a group of small islands located a few kilometres off the coast of Pattaya. This beach town oasis is about a 45 minute ferry ride from Pattaya pier and offers numerous activities for tourists that include water sports, hair braiding, henna tattoos, and/or sun tanning on the lounges. Shops and restaurants are scattered around this idyllic white, sandy and crystal clear water beach.

Things To Do and Places to Visit in Pattaya

Wat Phra Yai – Big Buddha

This colossal 18-metre tall Buddha is the largest in the region and is well worth a scenic climb up the Pratumnak Hill to visit. Once upon a time Pattaya was a fishing village, during which time, in the 1940s, the Wat Phra Yai temple was built. Big Buddha is the most iconic monument located within the temple complex. Visitors are welcome to explore the beauty of the temple, Big Buddha and the other intricate and intriguing statues located around the area. The area really is indescribably serene and peaceful and an ideal location to get a great view of the city.

Pattaya Elephant Village

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Price: Free (Donations welcome)
Opening Times: 24/7
Address: Pratumnak Hill, Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand

Pattaya Viewpoint

Viewpoints are one of the highlights of Pattaya, and the Pattaya Viewpoint will not fail to impress. It is the most beautiful spot to be in if you want to get an iconic and classic view of Pattaya’s paradise-like landscape. If you’re looking for a romantic spot or just something to simply take your breath away, we recommend you visit the viewpoint.

Pattaya Viewpoint

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Price: Free
Opening Times: 24/7
Address: Soi Rajchawaroon, Pratumnak Hill

Cartoon Network Amazone Water Park

Explore all of the famous monuments and attractions of Siam and Europe without having to catch a flight or suffer from any jetlag. Mini Siam and Mini Europe is a fun trip to go on for those wanting to see something a little different or looking for an alternative way to spend their day.

Cartoon Network Amazone Water Park

Price: From 1,290 Baht for Children and 1,590 Baht for adults
Opening Times: 10:00 – 18:00
Address: 888 Moo 8 Najomtien, Chonburi, Thailand 20250

Sanctuary of Truth

One of the most physically mesmerising and intriguing sights to see in Pattaya is the Sanctuary of Truth. Construction on this sanctuary started in 1981 (it is still on-going) and it is made completely out of wood, there are not even any metal nails holding it together. The highest point of the sanctuary is 105 metres and overlooks the ocean below. The architecture reflects the different religious beliefs of Thailand, China, Cambodia and India; it is covered in wooden sculptures of both Hindu and Buddhists gods. When you visit the Sanctuary of Truth you will be taken on a tour (they start every 30mins), where you will learn about the development and philosophy of the structure.

Sanctuary of Truth

Price: 450 Baht for Adults, 225 Baht for Children
Opening Times: Various times, but Traditional Thai Dancing at 11:30 and 15:30
Address: 206 /2 Moo 5, Soi Naklua 12 , Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens

Less than a one hour drive outside of Pattaya’s main centre is the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens; these gardens are quite different to the rest of Pattaya and well worth a visit. The gardens opened in 1980 and visitors are able to explore this 500-acre area filled with tropical flowers. The gardens also have a wildlife conservation function and guests can embark on elephant rides and see other animals. This park is perfect for taking a moment to relax in beautiful, peaceful surroundings; visitors have described the gardens as being too magical for words to accurately describe. Ask your concierge for more information about how to get there or any other events that might be on.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens

Price: 500 Baht

Opening Times: 08:00 – 18:00 7 days a week (restaurants stay open until 10pm)

Address: 34/1 Moo 7 Najomtien District, Sattahip (15.5km south of the South Pattaya Road)

Art in Paradise

This quirky gallery will see you through hours of fun; designed to trick them mind and challenge the senses we recommend you visit Art in Paradise. There are over 100 pieces of art, that are painted so cleverly that you may feel as though you’re about to be attacked by animals or fall down a waterfall. These large art murals are not the only highlight; there are a range of other illusions and modern, satirical interpretations of the world’s most famous art pieces and periods.

Art in Paradise

Price: 170 Baht for children, 180 Baht for adults
Opening Times: 10:00 – 22:00
Address: 78/34 Moo 9, Pattaya 2nd Road, North Pattaya

Sriracha Zoo

A short, 30minute drive away from Pattaya is the Sriracha Zoo, this zoo is home to approximately 400 Bengal Tigers! Customers are able to get up close and personal with animals, including feeding tiger cubs, elephants, donkeys and more. There are also onsite food facilities where you can choose a range of different cuisines from Thai to Indian. The zoo is open from 08.00 to 18.00 and tickets cost 450 Baht for an adult and 250 Baht for children.

Sriracha Zoo

Price: 450 Baht for adults, 250 Baht for children
Opening Times: 08:00 – 18:00
Address: 341 Moo 3, Nongkham, Sriracha, Chonburi 20110, Thailand

Pattaya Elephant Village

The Pattaya Elephant Village is a type of retirement home for Thai elephants, who have become injured or unwell owing to work they have previously done in Thailand. It is a non-profit organisation, where you can ride, feed and view the elephants in a safe, comfortable environment.

Pattaya Elephant Village

Price: 1,200 Baht for a one hour tour, 2,000 Baht for a three and a half hour tour
Opening Times: 08:30 – 18:30 daily (shows throughout the day)
Address: 48/120, Moo 7, Tambol Nong Prue, Pattaya City, Chonburi Thailand

Mini Siam and Mini Europe

Explore all of the famous monuments and attractions of Siam and Europe without having to catch a flight or suffer from any jetlag. Mini Siam and Mini Europe is a fun trip to go on for those wanting to see something a little different or looking for an alternative way to spend their day.

Pattaya Elephant Village

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Price: 300 Baht
Opening Times: 07:00 – 22:00
Address: 387 Moo 6, Sukhumvit Rd, Pattaya City Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi, 20150, Thailand

“I love the Mini Siam and Mini Europe park as I could see many famous landmarks in the world in a day, there are lots of photo opportunities! It’s recommended to visit the park at late afternoon/evening as it has a different view when the miniature buildings light up.”.

By Carolyn Tay, Carolyn Tay

Beaches and Islands in Pattaya

Beaches and Islands in Pattaya

Beaches and Islands in Pattaya

There are a number of beaches in Pattaya and islands close by that are well worth a visit. Whether you’re looking to relax in the sun or explore the water and wildlife, there will be an excursion, beach or island for you.

Jomtien Beach

This 6km stretch of beach is not just sand and water; the area has a number of restaurants (mainly seafood) and attractions that you can explore, in-between sunshine slumbers. Nearby is the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens and the Pattaya Floating Market.

Koh Larn

Sometimes called Coral Island, this is one of Pattaya’s most beautiful islands and we definitely recommend spending a full day exploring and enjoying the island. You can get there by simply hopping on a boat (400-500 Baht per person) from the Bali Hai Pier near the Walking Street. During your visit to Koh Larn you will be able to swim in the clear waters, try out parasailing or other water sports and finish the day with a beautifully cooked fresh catch of the day.

Ko Phai

Koh Phai or Bamboo Island is the biggest of a small chain of 5 islands; they are a little further out than Koh Larn and it can take 2 hours to reach them. However, this island is far more serene and neutral than other islands, as permanent facilities and overnight stays are not permitted. The island is surrounded by coral reefs and nearby lies an old ship wreckage, making it one of the best scuba diving sites in the area. The best way to get to the island is to charter a speedboat from the Bali Hai Pier, as there is no permanent ferry service going to Koh Phai.

Shopping in Pattaya

Pattaya Floating Market

The floating markets of Thailand are iconic, and the Pattaya Floating Market is quite a sight to behold. It covers an area of over 100,000 square metres and is separated into four sections to make navigation a little simpler. Each area represents the four main areas of Thailand (North, South, Central and Northeast). You will be able to find a number of places to buy fruits, vegetables, souvenirs and art. There are also floating art galleries and small cafés/eateries, as well as a daily afternoon show that presents the culture of Thailand. If you’re looking for the best possible experience during your trip to the Pattaya Floating Market, then perhaps hire a taxi-boat where you will be shown around the whole of the market for around 30mins.

Address: Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri, Thailand

Central Festival

A trip to this mall really is like a festival; there is an array of entertainment that goes beyond shopping, such as cinema, bowling, arcades and more. Central Festival is popular with visitors and locals alike and provides a huge range of clothing from international brands. The added bonus of coming to this mall is the view; it is glass-fronted and a short walk away from the beach, providing some incredible views whilst you shop.

Address: 333/99 Tumbon Nongprue Amphur Banglamung Pattaya, Chonburi Chon Buri 20260, Thailand

“Pattaya with its tropical ambiance combined with the easy access to the capital, has something for everyone. The beaches are now overcrowded and overdeveloped but the cerulean water beyond is a constant reminder to its past beauty. The museums and the amusement parks will keep the kids busy, the various water sports are for those up for a bit of action and the various vices of the walking street are adventurous enough to make the toughest of us blush. Haggle with the street vendors beyond their “best” price, ride the tuk tuk while avoiding the various promises of a good time and fervently cheer your favorite Muay Thai champion from the ringside and you’ll have become a complete pattayan.”

By Rishabh & Nirali, Gypsy Couple

Nightlife in Pattaya

Pattaya Elephant Village

Pattaya was somewhat built and designed around its nightlife scene; it is world-famous and you cannot miss a fun destination whilst taking a trip down the iconic Walking Street. This mile long part of Pattaya is full of wild clubs and bright lights; it can be a lot to handle so make sure you are fully prepared. There are a number of bars, clubs and restaurants, and we recommend you investigating before you go in to ensure you’re getting what you want. With so many destinations all in one area, you’re unlikely not to find something to suit you.

Address: South Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya, Thailand

If you’re looking for a classic Pattaya experience, we recommend you visit the Tiffany Cabaret Show. This show is world-famous and is the “original transvestite Cabaret Show in Pattaya”. Tourists and visitors from around the world flock to see this incredible performance that is now over 40 years old. There are usually three shows on a day and ticket prices vary depending on when you go and where you sit (e.g. VIP tickets can cost from 800 Baht each). Visit their website to find out more.

Address: 99/1-2 Pattayasaisong Rd, Pattaya, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

Price: Around £8 for a cocktail

Opening times: Monday – Tuesday: 4pm – 12am, Wednesday – Friday: 4pm – 2 am, Saturday: 4pm – 12 am

Fun Facts

  • It’s hard to picture but just a little over thirty years ago this vibrant seaside destination was just a deserted beach.
  • Pattaya is well known for its abundance of beer bars, there has roughly been estimated to be between 1,500 – 2,000 beer bars scattered around the place. To put it in perspective if you were visiting 1 beer bar a day in Pattaya it would take around 4 years to visit all the beer bars.
  • ‘Phatthaya’ is the proper spelling for this city, however over the years the spelling has been simplified down to Pattaya. ‘Phatthaya’ is named after the wind blowing from the southwest to the northeast that occurs in the beginning of the rainy season.

Food In Pattaya

Food in Pattaya

The food in Thailand is fairly unique, owing to the fact that the area is home to a range of different cultures from all over the country. Unique blends of classic fish dishes and spices from rural areas around the country, as well as many other dishes mean you will find yourself in a sort of food heaven. There a number of classic Thai dishes we would recommend, including: Spicy Papaya Salad (Som Tum), Spicy Shrimp Soup (Tom Yum Goong), Salt-crusted Grilled Fish with Lemongrass (Pla Pao) and the infamous Sticky Mango Rice (Khao Niaow Ma Muang). We’ve rounded up our top three restaurants we recommend you try; however, do not forget to scope out the local street vendors. Each of the restaurants offer something different and unique and are suitable for different budgets.

• Glass House – 5/22 Moo 2, Na Jomtien Road, Na Jomtien Soi 10, ตำบล สัตหีบ ชลบุรี 20250, Thailand
• Mum Aroi – Naklua | Soi Naklua 4 Pattaya, Pattaya 20150, Thailand
• Nang Nual – Walking Street Pattaya, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

Indian Restaurants in Pattaya

Sometimes a taste of home is all you need, and sometimes it’s also interesting to see a local take on Indian food. Furthermore, some of these places are run by ex-pats, so it is an opportunity to try some unique, blends of both cultures reflected in the dishes. We’ve rounded up our top three Indian restaurants in Pattaya, for a range of budgets below.

• Mantra Restaurant & Bar – Beach Rd, Pattaya, 20150, Thailand
• Indian By Nature – Towards Jomtien, 306/64-68 Thapraya Road Pattaya, 20150
• The Dosa Hut – Pattayasaisong Rd, Pattaya, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

Top Three Tips for Your Trip to Pattaya

  • It’s hard to picture but just a little over thirty years ago this vibrant seaside destination was just a deserted beach.
  • In Thailand it is considered ‘loss of face’ if you are involved in an argument in public so avoid getting involved with any type of conflicts while out and about. It is also generally advised to try and avoid getting into conversations about politics and/or about the royal family.
  • Pickpocketing and theft are fairly common in Pattaya so it doesn’t hurt to be extra cautious whenever travelling around with money or valuable possessions. It is beneficial not to openly display sign of wealth, such as expensive jewellery, as there have been reports of tourists have jewellery snatched off their body.

Hotels in Pattaya

Luxury Hotels in Pattaya

There are a number of luxury hotels in Pattaya, which offer spectacular experiences whilst staying with them. These hotels vary hugely in price and ultimately it depends on when you choose to visit and how long you stay. To give you an idea of what you can expect, we’ve made a list of a few top recommended hotels from our guests’ reviews and ratings. The Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort is quite a hotel to see; its incredible architecture is not the only thing you’ll love about this hotel though. It has its own private beach, full service spa and 6 different restaurants on-site, furthermore, it is close by to sights such as Art in Paradise and the Tiffany Cabaret Show.


Alternatively, the InterContinental Pattaya Resort has a unique and exciting swimming pool area, with some rooms even coming with their own private pool. It is within 3km of the Big Buddha and Pattaya Viewpoint. The Hilton Pattaya is a more elegant and sophisticated hotel, as is the Royal Cliff Beach Terrace Hotel in Pattaya. All of these hotels are closeby to Pattaya’s main attractions and each have staff who are on hand to help with any questions or queries. The average cost of a night’s stay at these hotels range from ₹5,000 – ₹15,000.

Mid-Range Hotels in Pattaya

If you’re looking to spend a little less, but still have an incredible experience whilst on your trip to Pattaya, we recommend trying one of these mid-range hotels. The Hard Rock Hotel in Pattaya is one of the most sought after hotels in the area; its pool is the star feature and guests will enjoy the water activities that take place in the area. The hotel also has a club lounge, full-service spa and two restaurants; it is also within close proximity of Pattaya Beach.

Alternatively, the Mera Mare Hotel in Pattaya has been rated as an exceptional place to stay by our guests. This modern, sophisticated Pattaya hotel is located on the beach and nearby to many sights. Each room has its own deep-soaking tub and the hotel has a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a fitness centre for guests to enjoy. Similarly, the New Nordic Marcus is a beautiful place to stay in Pattaya; it is located in Pratumnak Hill nearby to the Pattaya Viewpoint. Or perhaps, you could try the Siam@Siam Design Hotel; this hotel really is impeccably and beautifully designed. It has a very cool, eclectic ambience and atmosphere and a breath-taking rooftop pool with mesmerising views over the beach and city. There are a large number of mid-range hotels ready to be explore on the Expedia website; they usually range in price from ₹3,000 – ₹6,000 per night stay.

Best Time To Visit Pattaya

As with most places in Thailand, there are many different climate trends that can affect your trip and when you decide to visit. It’s very warm and hot all year round, but November to February is when the weather is a bit milder and temperatures are comfortable enough for all activities. However, this is also Pattaya’s peak tourist season, so expect to see a lot of other visitors and travellers during this time. This can mean attractions, beaches and other places to visit or things to do in Pattaya can be quite crowded.

During March to May the weather gets more stifling, humidity rises and the number of tourists still remains high. If you’re looking to follow the sun then this could be the best time for you, but remember to keep your skin protected and be safe. However, if you’re really looking to avoid the crowds, then monsoon season could be the best for you. The beaches become less crowded and fares will decrease a lot, however, you will have to combat the heavy rainfall. Rainy season lasts from June to October, however, there is less rain during July and August.