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PattayaThailand

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

Walking Street which includes food

South Pattaya

4/5Very Good!(69 area 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 Jomtien Beach might round out your trip.

South Pattaya
Pattaya showing performance art and interior views

Central Pattaya

4/5Very Good!(255 area reviews)

Are you interested in stunning beaches, fantastic nightlife and popular shops? A visit to Central Pattaya might be the perfect thing. You can also explore top sights like Central Festival Pattaya Beach and Pattaya Beach Road.

Central Pattaya
Pattaya Beach featuring a sandy beach

Pattaya Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(307 area reviews)

Are you interested in stunning beaches, fantastic nightlife and popular shops? A visit to Pattaya Bay might be the perfect thing. You can also explore top sights like Pattaya Beach and Pattaya Beach Road.

Pattaya Bay
The Sanctuary of Truth featuring religious aspects

North Pattaya

4/5Very Good!(91 area reviews)

North Pattaya is known for its pristine beaches, and you can make a stop by Mini Siam and The Sanctuary of Truth while in the area.

North Pattaya
Pratumnak Hill, Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand

Pratumnak Hill

4/5Very Good!(35 area reviews)

The beaches and seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to Pratumnak Hill. A stop by Pattaya View Point or Cosy Beach might round out your trip.

Pratumnak Hill
Ban Bang Saen, Thailand

Ban Bang Saen

4/5Very Good!(20 area 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.

Ban Bang Saen

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

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! (1,016 reviews)

"good service and staff are friendly. Breakfast is nice and location also convenience"…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
463/100 Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi

This family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Art in Paradise, Tiffany's Show and Pattaya Beach Road. Terminal 21 Pattaya ...

4.1/5Very Good! (971 reviews)

"Worth Money, Location is okay. Small room, comfy bed."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
Grande Centre Point Pattaya
Grande Centre Point Pattaya
5 out of 5
456, 777, 777/1 M.6 Na Kluea, Pattaya, Chonburi

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! (637 reviews)

"I like almost everything room ,view , place, staffs.."…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

Grande Centre Point Pattaya

Popular things to do in Pattaya

Pattaya Beach
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Pattaya Beach

4/5(280 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(182 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(243 reviews)

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

Bangsaen Beach
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Bangsaen Beach

4/5(85 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Bangsaen Beach, a popular beach in Chonburi. While you're in the area, wander around the parks.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
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Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

4.5/5(87 reviews)

Walk around the magnificent gardens, enjoy boating on scenic lakes and watch Thai cultural shows at this family-friendly theme park.

Pattaya Floating Market
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Pattaya Floating Market

3.5/5(81 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.

Reviews of Pattaya

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
218
5 - Excellent 37.58620689655172%
4 - Good
259
4 - Good 44.6551724137931%
3 - Okay
82
3 - Okay 14.137931034482758%
2 - Disappointing
16
2 - Disappointing 2.7586206896551726%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.8620689655172413%

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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