Situated 93-miles (150-kilometers) southeast of Bangkok, Pattaya has long been thought of as a kind of naughty little sister to the Thai capital. The massage parlors, go-go bars and late-night discos have been the main draw since the 1960s, when American servicemen stationed in Vietnam came here to let off some steam. There can be no denying that this after-hours culture is still very much a part of life in Pattaya as a stroll down Walking Street after dusk will attest. However, recent attempts by authorities to make it a more well-rounded travel destination have seen a more sophisticated side to this city emerge.

Blessed with a chain of gorgeous, curving beaches, the city offers plenty to the tourist looking for some quality beach-side rest and recreation. Stake out your place in the sun from the sea of sun lounges on Pattaya Beach. Rent a Jet Ski, take to the sky by parasailing or book a dive or snorkeling trip to the nearby Kho Larn Island. Alternatively, settle back with a good book at one of the more serene stretches of sand nearby. Dongtan Beach and Crescent Moon Beach provide a couple of havens where you can escape the crowds and beach vendors.

Climb aboard an elephant for a jungle safari at the Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary, an ecologically sound center with a focus on education and rehabilitation. Another must-do is the spectacular Sanctuary of Truth, a hand-carved, wooden complex which integrates the symbolism from Asia’s main four religions using traditional Thai artisanal techniques. If you’re looking for souvenirs, then take a wander around the Pattaya Floating Market, where you’ll find handicrafts and cuisine from each of the four main regions of Thailand.

Traffic can be chaotic and may intimidate the first time visitor. Confident drivers can rent a car, jeep or moped to get around. Otherwise, hail one of the songthaews, or Baht Buses (shared taxis), which run a number of set routes throughout the city. Prices are the same for locals and tourists, and with lots of them cruising the city streets, wait times are never long. The streets also teem with taxis and motorbike taxis, so getting around is never a problem.

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Top hotels in Pattaya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Grande Centre Point Pattaya
5 out of 5
456, 777, 777/1 M.6 Na Kluea, Pattaya, Chonburi
P5,632/night
16 Sep - 17 Sep
4.5/5Wonderful! (370 reviews)

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! (370 reviews)

"Water pressure is not big enough when shower bath. The room is not bright enough at night. Free drink/coffee at Lobby is a good idea. A big Mall is nearby the hotel, so it gets easy to shopping and eating."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Grande Centre Point Pattaya
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Dusit Thani Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
P4,115/night
16 Sep - 17 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (914 reviews)

Located in Central Pattaya, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Terminal 21 Pattaya, Pattaya Beach and Art in Paradise. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (914 reviews)

"Luxurious and quiet. I was very comfortable. AC system could use better care. Thermostat was not accurate and mold in ducts. Ended up with bronchitis. Common in Thailand but for the level hotel it needs attention."…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2019

Dusit Thani Pattaya
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Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
390 Moo 9, Tambon Nong Prue, Amphur Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
P3,795/night
18 Sep - 19 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (1,699 reviews)

Located in Central Pattaya, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Art in Paradise and Alcazar Cabaret. Pattaya Beach and Terminal 21 Pattaya are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,699 reviews)

"I like location and staff. Foid was good. Transportation excellent."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya

Popular things to do in Pattaya

Buddha Mountain
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Buddha Mountain

Marvel at a golden Buddha image carved into a mountain and admire breathtaking landscapes of fields, lotus-filled ponds and vineyards.

Pattaya Beach
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Pattaya Beach

Where relaxation meets spectacular nightlife, this buzzing beach resort has everything from energetic water sports to high-end boutique hotels.

Jomtien Beach
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Jomtien Beach

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

The life and soul of Pattaya’s nightlife, this renowned street is where the party gets started!

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
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Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Walk amid magnificent gardens, enjoy boating on scenic lakes, ride on an elephant’s back and watch Thai cultural shows at this family-friendly theme park.

Pattaya Floating Market
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Pattaya Floating Market

Escape the bustle of Pattaya and float along the gentle canal of this aquatic market, taking in the sounds and scents of traditional Thai culture and cuisine.

Top activities in Pattaya

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

P1,699

The Kaan Show marks a new era in the history of Thailand’s entertainment industry. This is a world-class stage performance combining live action and cinema in a purpose built theatre like no other.

EasyKart - Go Karting at Pattaya
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EasyKart - Go Karting at Pattaya

P1,359

One of the Safest and most modern outdoor track in all Asia! Digital timing system - Panoramic terrace - Snack bar We have 4 different kart models on 2 Tracks to suit your needs depending on your age and height Racing Track : 800m Beginner track: 350m Make sure to fit the qualifications to be able to drive your selected kart Fast Kart(from 15 years old & 1.

Tiffany's Show Pattaya
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Tiffany's Show Pattaya

P1,393

Tiffany's Show Pattaya has been voted number 4 in the TOP TEN BEST SHOWS to see around the world, so it has come a long way since it began in 1974 as a one man show performed for friend's on New Year's Eve in Pattaya! Every year the coveted Miss Tiffany's Universe beauty pageant is held.

Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating
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Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating

P2,123

Experience the first-ever transvestite cabaret show in Southeast Asia. Be amazed by more than 100 professional performers in dazzling costumes presenting creative impersonations through songs, dance, and tales of romance and adventure.

The Sanctuary of Truth with Roundtrip Transfer
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The Sanctuary of Truth with Roundtrip Transfer

P1,741

Step into one of Thailand's newest and grandest temples for a journey through the world of Buddhist and Hindu magnificence amid spectacular Khmer-style design. With its vast dimensions and intricate motifs, the Sanctuary of Truth offers a look at the engineering marvels and rich culture of Thailand.

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

P2,102

Indulge in a day of leisure on the idyllic shores of Coral Island, just a boat's ride away from Pattaya City. After getting dropped off on the beach, the rest of the day is yours to spend snorkeling, enjoying tasty Thai dishes, swimming, or just soaking up the rays on the sand.

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