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Pattaya

A kaleidoscope of neon and racy nightlife, Thailand’s second most-visited city has softened its image, drawing more couples and families to its beaches.

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.

Top hotels in Pattaya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
P3,131
per night
29 Mar - 30 Mar

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! (1,008 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
P2,699
per night
29 Mar - 30 Mar

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! (966 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
5 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
P5,993
per night
31 Mar - 1 Apr

Nestled on the beach, this North Pattaya resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wong Amat Beach, Pattaya Beach and Pattaya Beach Road. Tiffany's Show and Terminal 21 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,539 reviews)

"Great Place to stay especially if you have kid.. this is the perfect place for children and parents to be together"…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

Popular things to do in Pattaya

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!

Top activities in Pattaya

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

74% of travellers recommend
P1,613
Per adult
EasyKart - Go Karting at Pattaya
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EasyKart - Go Karting at Pattaya

100% of travellers recommend
P807
Per adult
Tiffany's Show Pattaya
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Tiffany's Show Pattaya

80% of travellers recommend
P1,613
Per adult
Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating
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Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating

82% of travellers recommend
P2,017
Per adult
Alcazar Cabaret Show with Transfers
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Alcazar Cabaret Show with Transfers

100% of travellers recommend
P1,536
Per adult
1 - Day Pass: Cartoon Network Amazone With Option Hotel Transfers in Pattaya
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1 - Day Pass: Cartoon Network Amazone With Option Hotel Transfers in Pattaya

P2,137
Per adult

Reviews of Pattaya

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17 Jan 2020

A good place to unwind, very cheap and you can have fun

5/5 - Excellent

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24 Jul 2019

Pattaya is amazing

5/5 - Excellent

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22 Jul 2019

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