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PattayaThailand

Drawing the crowds for its nightlife and serene resorts, there’s a lot to love about Thailand’s second most-visited city.

For many years, this famous Thai city located about 150 kilometres to the south-east of Bangkok has had a racy reputation among visitors. It was here where the American troops fighting in the Vietnam War would come to visit the massage parlours, go-go bars and discos, which have been its biggest attraction for decades. These are all still here and there are lots of them, as you’ll quickly realise when you arrive and head down Walking Street. Yet in recent years, it has become a rather more sophisticated destination too.

All across the city you’ll find a dazzling array of beautiful beaches. These are popular with visitors looking for a place to relax, soak up the sun and to enjoy some fun and games by the sea. Head to Pattaya Beach and spend some time lazing around on one of sun loungers while working on your tan.

For a rather more fast-paced adventure, there’s jet-skiing, parasailing, diving or snorkelling to the nearby Kho Lam Island. However, if it’s and serenity you’re after, simply enjoy the tranquil spots around the region such as Dongtan Beach or Crescent Moon Beach, two great locations where you can while away a few hours far from the crowds and the noise.

When you’ve had enough of the beach, head to Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary, where you can ride an elephant on a jungle safari and learn more about these towering and majestic animals. If you’re interested in something a little different, visit the Sanctuary of Truth, an intricate and beautifully designed wooden complex, which brings together symbols and signs from the four main religions across Asia, based on traditional Thai artistry. If you’re looking for souvenirs or some delicious street food, the Pattaya Floating Market has everything from handicrafts to food on offer from across the country.

Getting around is easy, with cabs and motorbike taxis around practically every street corner. Traffic is often chaotic and tricky to navigate, especially if you’re not used to the frenzied pace of the roads here. If you feel confident on the roads, hire a car, jeep or moped to get around at your leisure. Or you can even hail a songthaew, or ‘Baht Bus’, which takes you on set routes around the city: you’ll find plenty of these running too, and won’t have to wait long for a ride.

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! (1,015 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2020

Dusit Thani Pattaya
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! (632 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 3 Mar. 2020

Grande Centre Point 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! (970 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort

Popular activities in Pattaya

Pattaya Beach
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Pattaya Beach

3.5/5(137 reviews)

A legendary beach where you can try adventure sports, stay in stunning hotels and enjoy the great nightlife.

Jomtien Beach
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Jomtien Beach

4/5(73 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

3.5/5(125 reviews)

The most famous street in Pattaya is the place to go for great food or a night out on the town.

Top activities in Pattaya

Kaan Show - Live Action & Cinematic Experience
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Kaan Show - Live Action & Cinematic Experience

74% of travellers recommend
NZ$50
Per adult
Tiffany's Show Pattaya
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Tiffany's Show Pattaya

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$50
Per adult
EasyKart - Go Karting at Pattaya
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EasyKart - Go Karting at Pattaya

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$25
Per adult
Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating
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Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating

82% of travellers recommend
NZ$63
Per adult
The Sanctuary of Truth with Roundtrip Transfer
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The Sanctuary of Truth with Roundtrip Transfer

78% of travellers recommend
NZ$52
Per adult
Full-Day Coral Island Excursion
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Full-Day Coral Island Excursion

NZ$62
Per adult

Reviews of Pattaya

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
88
5 - Excellent 36.0655737704918%
4 - Good
127
4 - Good 52.049180327868854%
3 - Okay
25
3 - Okay 10.245901639344263%
2 - Disappointing
3
2 - Disappointing 1.2295081967213115%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.4098360655737705%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Mar. 2020

Some areas need to clean up rubbish

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Mar. 2020

Gardens and temples are a must.

5/5 - Excellent

CamilleB

28 Feb. 2020

Great night life and golf courses

5/5 - Excellent

CamilleB

28 Feb. 2020

Great night life, great golf courses

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Feb. 2020

The main thing I like about Pattaya are the food options. There are so many eateries, cafe's and restaurants you can find something for everyone. I do recommend the Pastrami burger in the food hall on the ground floor, next to the supermarket.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

12 Feb. 2020

We came to Thailand, not India

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