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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

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
5 out of 5
240/2 Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is NZ$112 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 Oct.

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! (995 reviews)

"Great location and good service. Definitely my place of stay while in Pattaya."…"

Reviewed on 27 Aug. 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$229 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 Oct.

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! (995 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$72 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 Oct.

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! (997 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 29 Feb. 2020

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
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

Amari Nova Suites
Amari Nova Suites
4.5 out of 5
254 Moo 9 Soi Petchtrakool, Nongprue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is NZ$56 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 Oct.

Located in Central Pattaya, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya Beach. Central Festival Pattaya ...

4.1/5Very Good! (682 reviews)

"5 min walk to 2nd street. Nice Quit area but with a few bars and several 7/11s around. Great rooms, big rooftop pool. Rooms cleaned daily. Good service from all staff"…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

Amari Nova Suites
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$105 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 Oct.

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! (121 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
Balcony Seaside Sriracha Hotel & Serviced Apartments
Balcony Seaside Sriracha Hotel & Serviced Apartments
4.5 out of 5
51/31 Moo 9 Bang Phra, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is NZ$128 per night from 30 Oct. to 31 Oct.

Nestled on the beach, this Si Racha aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Surasak Montri Public Park, Koh Sichang Ferry Pier and Robinson Sriracha. Koh Loi is ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (145 reviews)

"Super good hotel. Family-friendly, kids friendly. Love the mini Habourland and Japanese style Onzen."…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec. 2019

Balcony Seaside Sriracha Hotel & Serviced Apartments
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.

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.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
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Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

4.5/5(33 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(44 reviews)

With crafts and cuisine from all across Thailand, this market is a gem to explore.

Dongtan Beach
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Dongtan Beach

4/5(9 reviews)

One of Pattaya’s most peaceful beaches, a great place for sunbathing, gentle windsurfing or even a massage.

Top activities in Pattaya

Koh Samed 4 Islands Adventure Day Tour from Pattaya
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Koh Samed 4 Islands Adventure Day Tour from Pattaya

NZ$151
Per adult
Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating
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Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating

NZ$60
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Coral Island Excursion
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Full-Day Coral Island Excursion

NZ$60
Per adult
Ko Samet Island Full-Day Excursion
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Ko Samet Island Full-Day Excursion

NZ$76
Per adult
Coral Island Tour with Lunch
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Coral Island Tour with Lunch

NZ$56
Per adult
Art in Paradise at Pattaya Admission Ticket
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Art in Paradise at Pattaya Admission Ticket

NZ$21
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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