Chonburi, Thailand · 1367 hotels available
321/9 Moo 10, T.Nongprue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Pattaya, Thailand, 20150
350/39 Moo 12, Jomtien soi11, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Thailand, 20150
19/22 Moo.2 Tambol Na-Jomtien, Sattahip, Pattaya, Pattaya, Thailand, 20250
147 / 7 Moo 6 Pornprapanimit Road, (SOI siam countryclub), Bang Lamung, Chonburi, 20510, Thailand, Pattaya, Thailand, 20510
217 / 29 Pattaya Beach Rd. Soi 7-8, Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya, Pattaya, Thailand, 20150
441 Pattaya Beach Road Soi 8 (Pattaya Central), Tambon NongPrue,, Pattaya, Thailand, 20150
65/22 Moo.1 T. Najomtien, Sattahip, Pattaya, Pattaya, Thailand, 20250
255/7 Moo 9, Sai 2 Road, Banglamung, North Pattaya, Pattaya, Pattaya, Thailand, 20150
Pattaya is about an hour south of Bangkok, and easily accessible. With its proxmity to the beach and reputation as an international destination, it’s no wonder Pattaya is one of the most popular weekend destinations for both Thais and expats. Pattaya is the closest beach resort area to Bangkok that has all the bells and whistles that one could desire in a beach holiday destination but with enough Thai charm to make it feel exotic and exciting.
Relatively small, at 22 square kilometers, Pattaya is home to a surprising number of popular places. Renowned for international cuisine, beautiful landscapes and a vibrant nightlife scene, Pattaya has something for every kind of traveler, whether they’re looking for a romantic getaway, a place to take their family to, or just a place for friends to get out of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Despite its small geographical size, Pattaya is home to over 1.3 million people, making it one of the most densely populated areas in Thailand.
The name Pattaya evolves from “Phraya Tak” better known as King Taksin, who lead his army from Ayutthaya to Chanthaburi in 1767. Pattaya was mostly a fishing village until the 1960s when the Vietnam War occurred. American servicemen who were stationed near Pattaya started to visit and found the town charming and relaxing. They started to talk about what a wonderful place it was to go and word soon spread about Pattaya’s beautiful beaches and the local hospitality. More and more people started to visit Pattaya in the 1960s and 1970s and over time it became developed into a tourist destination filled with beach resorts, restaurants and nightlife.
Today, Pattaya is trying to become more focused on being a family destination while still maintaining some of the allure for younger travelers. Pattaya sees over 4 million tourists a year.
Pattaya is close quite a few places for those travelers who want to hit multiple locations in one holiday. Here are a few of those places:
Bangkok is where most people fly into, and is of course an international, metropolitan city with plenty to do. Plan to spend at least a day or two in Bangkok to experience Thailand’s capital.
The old city full of history and ruins has plenty of picturesque spots as well as family friend attractions. Ayutthaya is a great day trip from any city in this region.
Only a 2 hour drive from Pattaya, Phuket has some true island vibe, and plenty of beaches to enjoy. It’s also one of the most popular international destinations in SE Asia, so don’t miss it!
A 2 hour drive from Pattaya is the hop off spot for many travelers to Koh Samed, one of the closest and nicest islands in this region. While Pattaya has plenty of beach vibe, island vibes are different and should not be missed.
Pattaya is truly a tourist city that has something for everyone, including accommodations. For business travelers who value their miles and points, there are plenty of chain hotels to satisfy that requirement. For families who want space and easy access to various parts of the city, there’s plenty of that as well. Check out some of our top hotel and accommodation recommendations for Pattaya:
Only 1.2km from the Pattaya floating market, and 2.5km from Underwater World Pattaya, this villa resort is definitely family friendly, as well as romantic. Many of the villas have their own pool, and a free breakfast is included.
About 1km from both Dongtan and Uthong Beach, this luxury hotel has all the amenities that one could desire. Gorgeous rooms, 24 hour reception, a spa, restaurant, bar, business amenities, and a shuttle that’ll take you to some of the main shopping areas around.
Centara hotels are known for their quality rooms and fantastic service. This location is no exception, with beautiful decorations throughout the hotel, a fitness center, spa, pool, and laundry service.
Next to Central Festival Shopping Center, and Art in Paradise, the location of this hotel can’t be beat because it’s also a 5 minute walk to the beach. This budget friendly option is home to backpackers and those who aren’t looking for luxury but more for location. The staff is known to be friendly, and the food at the restaurant is known to be excellent.
A few minutes’ walk to Pattaya Beach is an unbeatable location. Tours, a restaurant, poolside bar, 24 reception and friendly staff make this an ideal location to stay.
The nearest convenient airport to Pattaya is Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in Bangkok, about 120 km north of Pattaya. Once you arrive at the airport, there are a few options to get to Pattaya.
Alternatively, Pattaya does have an airport called U-Tapao Pattaya Airport (UTP) but it’s not nearly as useful as BKK. Flights in and out of UTP are much fewer and far between, and are often more expensive than just flying into Bangkok and getting to Pattaya from there. Also, even once you fly into UPO, you’re still not that close to the Pattaya that you want to be in, for it takes almost an hour to reach Pattaya Beach.
This will cost about 1,300 baht and take about 90 minutes from BKK.
A train is available from Hualamphong Station, available from 7:00am to 14:20. This takes about 3 hours and costs 31 THB. To get to Hualamphong station, take the Airport Express Link to Phaya Thai BTS. Take BTS to Asok Station, then transfer to the MRT and get off at Hualamphong Station. It’s the last stop.
There are buses that depart every 30 minutes from Bangkok to Pattaya. These buses leave from the Eastern Bus Terminal next to Ekkamai BTS. The trip takes 2 hours and costs about 130 THB. To get to Ekkamai BTS from BKK: Take the Airport Rail Link to Phaya Thai BTS (45 THB). Then take Phaya Thai BTS towards Bearing to Ekkamai BTS (42 THB). You’ll see all the buses located next to Sukhumvit 42, on the side of the Gateway Mall.
Transportation in Pattaya is much like the rest of Thailand, although due to its status as an international tourist destination, sometimes prices may be a bit higher. Remember to haggle if taxis are charging you non-metered fare.
There are 3 main bus lines in Pattaya. Green, Yellow and Red. All buses depart from the Big C supermarket and fare is 20 THB for a one way trip.
Modified truck beds that have been transformed into two rows of seats facing each other. There is a roof on top to shelter passengers from the rain and sun. Songtaews are an efficient way to get around most of Thailand, although they’re a bit slower than taxis and motor taxis because you have to drop off other passengers along the way. Fares range from 10 to 50 baht. Ask what the fare is (it’s usually quoted per person) before you get on, and pay when you get off.
this is often one of the most efficient ways to get around Pattaya, as motor taxis (also called moto sai) can weave through traffic. You’ll know a motor taxi by their drivers who wear vests with numbers on the back. Fares range from 20-100 THB depending on the distance. Make sure you ask what the fare will be prior to hopping on.
Taxi - most taxis in Pattaya have meters, but drivers won’t want to use them. Make sure you negotiate the price before accepting the ride.
South Pattaya (Walking Street)
Central Pattaya Beach
North 2nd Road
Soi Buakhao and Soi LK
A blissful, peaceful sanctuary made entirely of wood in the midst of the bustling city of Pattaya. Temple style clothes are required, so shoulders and knees covered for both sexes. However, even if you’re dressed for the beach, you can borrow clothes at the front for a deposit of 200 THB and get it back when you return the clothes.
Opening hours: 8am to 5pm daily
Entrance fee: 500 THB for adults, 250 THB for children. If you book online, there’s a 10% discount.
Pattaya’s beaches are beautiful and all, but there’s just something about being on an island that’s a bit different. Koh Laan is just that island. Incredibly easy and quick to get to from Pattaya, Koh Laan is a fantastic day trip for all types of travelers. Accommodations are easy to find once you get there as well.
Opening hours: everyday
Entrance fee: free
A family favorite, this zoo is home to over 8,000 animals ranging over 300 different species. Animals are sheltered and roam freely in a 2,000 hectare zoo area. Tigers and large felines are the centerpiece of this zoo’s collection. There are additional activities beyond traditional zoo features such as animal shows, elephant trekking and night safaris.
Opening hours: everyday from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
Entrance fee: 300 THB per person, for both adults and children.
The ultimate one stop shop for daily goods, souvenirs, food and general people watching. The floating market is situated at an artificial river of 100,000 square enter.
Opening hours: 7:00 to 21:00 everyday
Entrance fee: free to enter, but be sure to bring baht to spend!
More fun for the whole family! With two other locations in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Art in Paradise Pattaya knows what its audience wants: fantastic, weird, realistic 3D photos!
Opening hours: 9:00 to 10:30pm daily
Entrance fee: 500 THB for adults and 300 THB for children
Sunscreen - you’ll occasionally see a physical reminder to wear sunscreen on fellow travelers. Many Westerners come to Pattaya and want to return home with a glorious tan, and go about it by not wearing (enough) sunscreen. The sun is a bit different here in Thailand, as in it’s a lot stronger and you’ll more likely to burn. In addition, sweat tends to make sunscreen sweat off, so don’t forget to reapply!
Whitening cream - a lot of the cosmetics in Thailand have whitening cream in them, including sunscreen and facewash. Be aware of this if you’re trying to go home with a tan!
ATMs - most of the ATMs in Pattaya will take international debit cards, but the cash will come out first, encouraging people to take their cash and leave their ATM cards behind. Make sure you take your card with you, getting a replacement while on vacation can be rather difficult.