Experience romantic Pattaya: its beaches, entertainment, sports and more!

Visitors have been coming here for the renowned nightlife since the 1960s. Pattaya has long been associated with late-night discos, massage parlours, go-go bars and dancing girls. During the Vietnam War, American servicemen came to Pattaya for a bit of light-hearted fun, and the city has retained its reputation for being a good-time destination. In recent years however, the authorities have tried to elevate Pattaya’s image beyond that of its after-hours culture, and a different side to the city is beginning to shine through.

Situated 150 kilometres southeast of Bangkok, Pattaya boasts a number of beautiful beaches and is perfect for visitors looking for a taste of sun, sea and sand. On Pattaya Beach, you can sit back and relax, hire a jet-ski, go parasailing or organise a diving or snorkelling trip to Kho Larn Island. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds then head to Dongtan Beach or Crescent Moon Beach, both of which are more peaceful alternatives to the main Pattaya Beach.

When you’ve had enough of the sea and sand, head for the Sanctuary of Truth, a hand-carved wooden complex that contains artefacts and symbolism from Asia’s four main religions. Head to the Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary for an elephant ride through the jungle. With its focus on education and rehabilitation, the sanctuary is a good option for the entire family. A great place to pick up souvenirs is the Pattaya Floating Market, which is bursting with food and handicrafts from all over Thailand.

Pattaya is a busy and bustling city, so be prepared if you’re thinking of hiring a car, scooter or jeep during your stay. The public transport in Pattaya is cheap and plentiful, with songthaews (shared taxis) or Baht Buses running throughout the city and charging the same price to both locals and visitors. Alternatively, just hail a taxi or hop on a motorbike taxi, of which there are always plenty around.

Known for

Shopping, Beaches and Family-friendly

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Where to stay in Pattaya

South Pattaya
Walking Street which includes food

South Pattaya

Known for Beaches, Walking, Family-friendly

4/5(23 reviews)

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to South Pattaya. A stop by Walking Street or Big C South Pattaya might round out your trip.

Central Pattaya
Pattaya showing performance art and interior views

Central Pattaya

Known for Beaches, Shopping, Family-friendly

4/5(174 reviews)

Visitors to Central Pattaya rave about its stunning beaches, fantastic nightlife and popular shops. You might also want to make some time to see Central Festival Pattaya Beach or Pattaya Beach Road while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Pattaya Bay
Walking Street which includes food

Pattaya Bay

Known for Beaches, Shopping, Bars

4/5(212 reviews)

Visitors to Pattaya Bay rave about its stunning beaches, fantastic nightlife and popular shops. You might also want to make some time to see Pattaya Beach or Pattaya Beach Road while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

North Pattaya
The Sanctuary of Truth featuring religious aspects

North Pattaya

Known for Spas, Beaches, Water Parks

4/5(62 reviews)

North Pattaya is popular for its beaches, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Mini Siam or The Sanctuary of Truth.

Pratumnak Hill
Pratumnak Hill, Pattaya, Thailand

Pratumnak Hill

Known for Seafood, Adventure, Sea

4/5(28 reviews)

Pratumnak Hill is known for its pristine beaches, and you can make a stop by Pattaya View Point and Big Buddha Temple while in the area.

Ban Bang Saen
Ban Bang Saen, Chonburi, Thailand
trover photo by Tan Tan Tan

Ban Bang Saen

Known for Beaches, Universities, Friendly People

4.5/5(13 reviews)

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Ban Bang Saen (1). You might want to make time for a stop at Bangsaen Beach or Bangsaen Lang Beach Public Park.

Top hotels in Pattaya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
240/2 Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya, Chonburi
Rs5,505
per night
22 Oct-23 Oct

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! (927 reviews)

"Luxurious and quiet. I was very comfortable. AC system could use better care. Thermostat was not accurate and mold in ducts. Ended up with bronchitis. Common in Thailand but for the level hotel it needs attention."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2019

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Grande Centre Point Pattaya
Grande Centre Point Pattaya
5 out of 5
456, 777, 777/1 M.6 Na Kluea, Pattaya, Chonburi
Rs7,776
per night
22 Oct-23 Oct

This family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Tiffany's Show and Art in Paradise. Pattaya Beach Road and Hard Rock Cafe ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (416 reviews)

"The hotel is beautiful,comfortable,clean,excellent,also very friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2019

Grande Centre Point Pattaya
Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya
Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
390 Moo 9, Tambon Nong Prue, Amphur Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
Rs5,241
per night
23 Oct-24 Oct

Located in Central Pattaya, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Alcazar Cabaret and Art in Paradise. Pattaya Beach and Terminal 21 Pattaya are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,714 reviews)

"Really nice gym, cools roof top pools, and very well kept."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019

Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya

Popular things to do in Pattaya

Buddha Mountain
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Buddha Mountain

4.5/5(73 reviews)

Marvel at a golden Buddha image carved into a mountain and admire breathtaking landscapes of fields, lotus-filled ponds and vineyards.

Pattaya Beach
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Pattaya Beach

4/5(224 reviews)

Sun worshippers rejoice on this lively beach known for its action-packed water sports, boutique hotels, wall-to-wall sunshine and buzzing nightlife.

Jomtien Beach
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Jomtien Beach

4/5(146 reviews)

Enjoy magnificent sunsets and watersports, family entertainment, Thai cultural shows and striking views from a lookout at this sweeping beach resort.

Walking Street
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Walking Street

4/5(194 reviews)

A party destination on Pattaya’s most famous road, packed with international restaurants and late-night go-go clubs.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
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Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

4/5(68 reviews)

Walk amid magnificent gardens, enjoy boating on scenic lakes, ride on an elephant’s back and watch Thai cultural shows at this family-friendly theme park.

Pattaya Floating Market
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Pattaya Floating Market

3.5/5(70 reviews)

If you’re looking for delicacies and handicrafts, enjoy a stroll or take a boat trip around this water-based market, packed with treasures from all over Thailand.

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