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PattayaThailand

Thailand's second-most-visited destination offers visitors beautiful bustling beaches and an eclectic combination of Asian cultures within a city that never sleeps.

Pattaya was once a small fishing village, but an wave of American soldiers during the Vietnam war made it a landmark place to visit. Since the 1960s it has grown exponentially, becoming a thriving beach-resort city, attracting over 4 million visitors each year. Pattaya has a reputation for being a bit of a party town with Walking Street being one of the most popular night-time hangouts. However, the city has evolved to cater for a much wider audience, from beach-going families and water sport enthusiasts to cultural connoisseurs and history buffs. The sunny beaches draw the crowds during the day while the neon lights lure you out at night.

The area has a year-round average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius and with so many sun-drenched beaches you'll have no trouble finding a spot for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Soak up some rays on Pattaya Beach after a long afternoon of shopping at Asia's largest beachfront shopping mall, located not too far from the sandy shoreline. Crescent Moon Beach and Dongtan Beach provide perfect locations for a more secluded leisurely stroll or even a romantic picnic. The close-by, and aptly named, Beach Road is dotted with restaurants that will appeal to everyone's tastes. If you've had enough of gazing out at the horizon from the sands and want to take to the sea instead, then you can hire a jet-ski, go scuba diving or snorkelling in the clear blue waters, or even take a speedboat out for a trip to one of the nearby island oases.

The city is also full of attractions that take you away from the lively waterfronts and immerse you in a world of culture. The Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary is a haven for former working elephants that can no longer return to their natural habitat. The centre focuses on education, rehabilitation and the survival of the species. Take an elephant ride, a guided jungle trek and a trip on a ferry all within the park grounds. Another must-see landmark is the Sanctuary of Truth, a hand-carved, building made entirely of wood reaching 100 metres into the sky. The inside is decorated with sculptures and artwork that reflect the region's philosophical and religious mantras. For bargain hunters, Pattaya Floating Market has a wide range of handicrafts and local cuisines for you to sample, and don't forget to pick up some souvenirs for those waiting back home while you're there!

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
AU$117
per night
31 Mar. - 1 Apr.

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! (1,009 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2020

Dusit Thani Pattaya
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
463/100 Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$101
per night
31 Mar. - 1 Apr.

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! (967 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
5 out of 5
277-8 Moo 5 Naklua, Pattaya, Chonburi
AU$224
per night
3 Apr. - 4 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 19 Mar. 2020

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

Popular activities in Pattaya

Pattaya Beach
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Pattaya Beach

3.5/5(137 reviews)

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

4/5(73 reviews)

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

3.5/5(125 reviews)

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
AU$53
Per adult
EasyKart - Go Karting at Pattaya
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EasyKart - Go Karting at Pattaya

100% of travellers recommend
AU$26
Per adult
Tiffany's Show Pattaya
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Tiffany's Show Pattaya

86% of travellers recommend
AU$54
Per adult
Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating
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Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating

82% of travellers recommend
AU$66
Per adult
The Sanctuary of Truth with Roundtrip Transfer
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The Sanctuary of Truth with Roundtrip Transfer

78% of travellers recommend
AU$54
Per adult
Pattaya Swiss sheep Farm Entrance Tickets
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Pattaya Swiss sheep Farm Entrance Tickets

AU$14
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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