Pattaya

Travel Guide
Koh Lan featuring boating and general coastal views

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

Oakwood Hotel and Residence Sriracha - SHA certified
Oakwood Hotel and Residence Sriracha - SHA certified
5 out of 5
Tower A, 222/2, Si Racha Nakhon 3, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is Rs3,697 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
This family-friendly Si Racha aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surasak Montri Public Park, Robinson Sriracha and Pacific Park Sriracha. Koh Loi and Koh ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (128 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 - SHA certified
Hilton Pattaya - SHA Plus
Hilton Pattaya - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
333/101 Moo 9 Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs7,562 per night from 1 Dec to 1 Dec
Located in Central Pattaya, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya Beach, and Central Festival Pattaya. Walking Street and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (989 reviews)
"Beautiful design in the shared areas."

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2021

Hilton Pattaya - SHA Plus
Navana Nature Escape
Navana Nature Escape
5 out of 5
558 Moo 5, Naklua Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is Rs7,864 per night from 13 Dec to 13 Dec
Located in North Pattaya, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Naklua Bay, Lan Po Naklua Market, and The Sanctuary of Truth. Pattaya Beach and Terminal ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (149 reviews)
"Very good"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2021

Navana Nature Escape
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.
The Violin Sriracha
The Violin Sriracha
3 out of 5
155/11 Moo 7 Ao Udom Soi 5, ThungsukLa, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is Rs2,364 per night from 1 Dec to 1 Dec
Located in Ban Thung Sukla, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus and within 6 miles (10 km) of Hat Phadaeng and Surasak ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Nice place to stay. Manageable rate and enough space to stay."

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2019

The Violin Sriracha
Oakwood Hotel and Residence Sriracha - SHA certified
Oakwood Hotel and Residence Sriracha - SHA certified
5 out of 5
Tower A, 222/2, Si Racha Nakhon 3, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is Rs3,697 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
This family-friendly Si Racha aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surasak Montri Public Park, Robinson Sriracha and Pacific Park Sriracha. Koh Loi and Koh ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (128 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 - SHA certified
Hoitak Residences
Hoitak Residences
3.5 out of 5
277/10 Soi, 14/1 Village No. 12, Pattaya, Chonburi
Located in South Pattaya, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. Dongtan Beach is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.
Hoitak Residences
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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