Pattaya

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Visit 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
Hilton Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
5 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
P8,833
per night
Feb 10 - Feb 11

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,335 reviews)

"The location is fantastic as well as breakfast . The hotel is also connected with a shopping mall which was great"…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Hilton Pattaya
LK The Empress Pattaya
LK The Empress Pattaya
4 out of 5
P3,247
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4

Located in Central Pattaya, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, just steps away from Mike Shopping Mall, Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya Beach. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,522 reviews)

"Rooms were clean, well furnished, with great water pressure and fitness center in good repair. Staff was excellent and very attentive"…"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2019

LK The Empress Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dusit Thani Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
P4,576
per night
Jan 21 - Jan 22

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! (965 reviews)

"Exactly what you need near the airport. Not much food around but 7 11 near"…"

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019

Dusit Thani 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

P1,694

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

P847

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

P1,694

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

P2,117

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.

Alcazar Cabaret Show with Transfers
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Alcazar Cabaret Show with Transfers

P1,609

Indulge in one of Pattaya’s must-see spectacles, the Alcazar Cabaret Show. Sit back as you’re entertained by glamorous drag queens with song and dance in a modern theater with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. Begin your journey just outside your hotel.

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

P2,139

Visit: Cartoon Network Amazone, 888 หมู่ที่ 8 Sukhumvit Rd, Tambon Na Chom Thian, Amphoe Sattahip, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20250, Thailand After the hotel pick up (if option is chosen) reach to the Asia’s Top Ten most entertaining Park where you will have an amazing and memorable day along with your love one’s.

Reviews of Pattaya

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Jan 17, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 24, 2019

Pattaya is amazing

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 22, 2019

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