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Known historically for its of glaring neon colours and adult-only nightlife, one of Thailand’s most visited cities now has a softer image.

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.

Where to stay in Pattaya

Top hotels in Pattaya

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
5 out of 5
240/2 Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is Rs4,878 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan

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! (998 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2020

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
429 M.9, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is Rs3,950 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb

This family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya Beach. Central Festival Pattaya and Walking ...

4.4/5Excellent! (988 reviews)

"Hard Rock Hotel in Pattaya has everything you will need while staying there. The staff , amenities , position they are all excellent . So easy to get around from where the hotel is located and everything is within walking distance"…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
5 out of 5
333/101 Moo 9 Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is Rs7,680 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan

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! (1,000 reviews)
Great location and service

"Service was really good. They left us a hand signed thank you card after our visit to the rooftop bar. Location is great and walking distance to everything. The mall connected had a lot of good food options and awesome spas."…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

Hilton 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

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 Rs4,256 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

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! (124 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
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 Rs2,927 per night from 12 Feb to 13 Feb

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (153 reviews)

"This hotel was good though there is bar near here. It was so noisy during the night. It was too hard to get sleep"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2020

Citadines Grand Central Sri Racha
Somerset Harbourview Sri Racha
Somerset Harbourview Sri Racha
4 out of 5
No.88 Surasak Sa-Nguan Road, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is Rs3,122 per night from 16 Feb to 17 Feb

Situated in the shopping district, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Surasak Montri Public Park and Robinson Sriracha. Koh Sichang Ferry Pier and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)

"Good location, good stuff, good price, clean room"…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2020

Somerset Harbourview Sri Racha
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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