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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

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 NZ$18 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.

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
Bangsaen Heritage Hotel
Bangsaen Heritage Hotel
4 out of 5
50,54 Bangsaen Beach 1 Rd., Tumbon Saensuk, Bangsaen, Chonburi
The price is NZ$44 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.

Offering direct access to the beach, this Ban Bang Saen (1) hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bangsaen Beach and The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden. Bangsaen Roundabout ...

3.5/5Good! (77 reviews)

"Nice spacious property, we were traveling with a dog so we had to stay in the villa zone. The villa zone was far from the main property and was quiet. Nice place to relax and let your dog wonder around. The only down side are mosquitoes, they were large and were flying everywhere."…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep. 2020

Bangsaen Heritage Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
429 M.9, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is NZ$95 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.

This family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya Beach. Central Festival Pattaya and Walking ...

4.4/5Excellent! (988 reviews)

"Hard Rock Hotel in Pattaya has everything you will need while staying there. The staff , amenities , position they are all excellent . So easy to get around from where the hotel is located and everything is within walking distance"…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar. 2020

Hard Rock Hotel 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.

Holiday Rentals in Pattaya

Madera Residence Siracha
Madera Residence Siracha
4 out of 5
22/2 Thetsaban 1 Rd., Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is NZ$32 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.

Situated in Si Racha, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surasak Montri Public Park and Robinson Sriracha. Koh Sichang Ferry Pier and Koh Loi are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (54 reviews)

"Rooftop pool was by far the best thing that I liked. However, the “business center” doesn’t have a computer or printer. And internet at the hotel is weak. Friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2020

Madera Residence Siracha
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 NZ$95 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.

This family-friendly Si Racha aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Surasak Montri Public Park and Robinson Sriracha. Koh Loi and Koh Sichang Ferry Pier are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (124 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 NZ$66 per night from 11 Feb. to 12 Feb.

Located in the heart of Si Racha, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Robinson Sriracha and Surasak Montri Public Park. Koh Loi and Koh Sichang Ferry ...

4.4/5Excellent! (153 reviews)

"This hotel was good though there is bar near here. It was so noisy during the night. It was too hard to get sleep"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 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
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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