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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

Hilton Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
5 out of 5
333/101 Moo 9 Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is Rs6,435 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
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! (992 reviews)
"Nice place for relaxing during holiday . Love this hotel"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2021

Hilton 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 Rs3,270 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
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! (987 reviews)
"Good location ,good service and good price I will come back again"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

LK The Empress Pattaya
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
5 out of 5
277-8 Moo 5 Naklua, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is Rs7,900 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Nestled on the beach, this North Pattaya resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wong Amat Beach, Pattaya Beach and Pattaya Beach Road. Terminal 21 Pattaya and Art in ...
4.3/5Excellent! (999 reviews)
"Overall the property is good! However, they should manage new check-in system it takes long time and one lady running in and out to make a copy of ID for each check in."

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2021

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort 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.
Somerset Harbourview Sri Racha
Somerset Harbourview Sri Racha
4 out of 5
No.88 Surasak Sa-Nguan Road, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is Rs2,717 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Situated in the shopping district, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Surasak Montri Public Park, Robinson Sriracha and Pacific Park Sriracha. Koh ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
"Clean, well kept, really lovely place."

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2021

Somerset Harbourview 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 Rs3,958 per night from 29 Apr to 30 Apr
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (126 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 Rs2,145 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Located in the heart of Si Racha, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robinson Sriracha and Pacific Park Sriracha. Surasak Montri Public Park and Koh ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (158 reviews)
"良かった点:1人~2人であれば余裕で過ごせる広さ、無料の水完備、日本のテレビが視聴可能、1Fにレストランがあり食事"

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2020

Citadines Grand Central 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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Reviews of Pattaya

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 44.67353951890034%
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3 - Okay 14.261168384879726%
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2 - Disappointing 2.7491408934707904%
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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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