Pattaya

Travel Guide
Koh Lan showing general coastal views and boating

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!

Where to stay in Pattaya

Oakwood Hotel and Residence Sriracha - SHA certified
Oakwood Hotel and Residence Sriracha - SHA certified
5 out of 5
Tower A, 222/2, Si Racha Nakhon 3, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is AU$81 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
This family-friendly Si Racha aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surasak Montri Public Park, Robinson Sriracha and Pacific Park Sriracha. Koh Loi and Koh ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (128 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 - SHA certified
Hilton Pattaya - SHA Plus
Hilton Pattaya - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
333/101 Moo 9 Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
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The price is AU$166 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in Central Pattaya, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya Beach, and Central Festival Pattaya. Walking Street and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (991 reviews)
"Beautiful design in the shared areas."

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2021

Hilton Pattaya - SHA Plus
Navana Nature Escape
Navana Nature Escape
5 out of 5
558 Moo 5, Naklua Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is AU$174 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Located in North Pattaya, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Naklua Bay, Lan Po Naklua Market, and The Sanctuary of Truth. Pattaya Beach and Terminal ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (149 reviews)
"Very good"

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2021

Navana Nature Escape
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.
The Violin Sriracha
The Violin Sriracha
3 out of 5
155/11 Moo 7 Ao Udom Soi 5, ThungsukLa, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is AU$52 per night from 28 Dec. to 28 Dec.
Located in Ban Thung Sukla, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus and within 6 miles (10 km) of Hat Phadaeng and Surasak ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Nice place to stay. Manageable rate and enough space to stay."

Reviewed on 15 Dec. 2019

The Violin Sriracha
Oakwood Hotel and Residence Sriracha - SHA certified
Oakwood Hotel and Residence Sriracha - SHA certified
5 out of 5
Tower A, 222/2, Si Racha Nakhon 3, Si Racha, Chonburi
The price is AU$81 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
This family-friendly Si Racha aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surasak Montri Public Park, Robinson Sriracha and Pacific Park Sriracha. Koh Loi and Koh ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (128 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 - SHA certified
Hoitak Residences
Hoitak Residences
3.5 out of 5
277/10 Soi, 14/1 Village No. 12, Pattaya, Chonburi
Located in South Pattaya, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. Dongtan Beach is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.
Hoitak Residences
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.

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