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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
The price is NZ$114 per night

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! (993 reviews)

"พาคุณพ่อคุณแม่ไปพักช่วงหยุดยาวมาค่ะ คนเข้าพักค่อนข้างเยอะ คิว check-in ยาว แต่พนักงานจัดการได้ดี อยากใ่ห้ buffet Grill & Roast มีไลน์อาหารเพิ่มมากกว่านี้"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2020

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Cape Dara Resort
Cape Dara Resort
5 out of 5
256 Dara Beach, Soi 20, Pattaya-Naklua Road, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is NZ$204 per night

Located in North Pattaya, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Art in Paradise and CentralMarina. Central Festival Pattaya ...

4.3/5Excellent! (989 reviews)

"A beautiful resort located at North Pattaya. Contains 2 swimming pools with good view of the ocean, and a private beach front which may be a little rocky. The hotel is very beautiful and many couples were taking lots of instagram photos on the venue. The rooms were very comfortable and the service ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2020

Cape Dara Resort
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
463/100 Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is NZ$97 per night

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! (991 reviews)

"Nice stay! Pool area was a lot of fun! Will come again!"…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb. 2020

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort

Popular places to visit in Pattaya

Jomtien Beach
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Jomtien Beach

4/5(74 reviews)

Enjoy magnificent sunsets and watersports, family entertainment, Thai cultural shows and striking views from a lookout at this sweeping beach resort.

Pattaya Beach
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Pattaya Beach

3.5/5(139 reviews)

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

Walking Street
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Walking Street

3.5/5(127 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

Full-Day Coral Island Excursion
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Full-Day Coral Island Excursion

NZ$62
Per adult
Coral Island Tour with Lunch
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Coral Island Tour with Lunch

NZ$58
Per adult
Shore Excursion: Pattaya - Private Tour
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Shore Excursion: Pattaya - Private Tour

NZ$601
Per adult
Pattaya Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Admission Ticket
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Pattaya Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Admission Ticket

NZ$30
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark Thailand
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Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark Thailand

NZ$80
Per adult
Art in Paradise at Pattaya Admission Ticket
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Art in Paradise at Pattaya Admission Ticket

NZ$22
Per adult

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