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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

Z by Zing
Z by Zing
3 out of 5
279/278-279 Moo 12 Somprasong Plaza, Jomtien Beach, Nongpreu, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is Rs1,056 per night from 23 Aug to 23 Aug
Located in South Pattaya, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. Pattaya Floating Market and Dongtan Beach are also within 3 miles ...
3.9/5Very Good! (240 reviews)
"very good and near beach and quite place. Good staff"

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2020

Z by Zing
Hilton Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
5 out of 5
333/101 Moo 9 Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs6,100 per night from 30 Jul to 30 Jul
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! (996 reviews)
Great Hotel - slow service at times
"Hotel was very good although there were way too few staff, leading to large delays with service at times - likely due to covid-19 causing savings to be made"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2021

Hilton Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
5 out of 5
240/2 Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is Rs3,071 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
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! (992 reviews)
"Great location and good service. Definitely my place of stay while in Pattaya."

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2020

Dusit Thani 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.
Carpediem Hotel
Carpediem Hotel
3 out of 5
327/18 Sukhumvit Road, T. Noen Phra, A. Muang, Rayong
The price is Rs1,248 per night from 12 Aug to 12 Aug
Situated in Rayong, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dr. Sarot Market and Passione Shopping Destination. Star IT Center and Star Night Bazaar are ...
3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
Good choice for you.
"The room (already renovation) was ok ,clean and comfortable but no breakfast."

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2020

Carpediem Hotel
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
3.5 out of 5
81/26 Soi Panthong 2 Moo 5, Neonmayong Rd T.Taphong, Rayong
Situated on the boardwalk, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park and Mae Rumphung Beach. Suan Son Beach and Ao Prao Beach ...
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
Xanadu Pool Villa at Phala
Xanadu Pool Villa at Phala
3 out of 5
107/9 T.Phala A., Ban Chang, Rayong
Situated near the beach, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Phala Beach, Phayun Beach and Nam Rin Beach. Eastern Star Golf Course and Ban Chang Hospital ...
Xanadu Pool Villa at Phala
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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