Rows of jet skis, water scooters and windsurfers line the tideline as music from restaurants, bars and clubs drifts down to the beach, promising a fun-filled night ahead. On the sand, visitors from all over the world soak up the sun as enterprising locals energetically ply their wares and services. It’s this good-natured atmosphere that has made Pattaya Beach one of Asia’s most popular beaches.
The 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) crescent of sand that stretches along Pattaya’s north western border has been the focus of tourist activity since the 1960s. While several of the neighboring beaches have followed suit and become attractive tourist destinations in their own right, Pattaya Beach remains the unrivaled original.
Rent a deckchair, sit back in the shade of a palm tree with a coconut cocktail and enjoy the good natured vibe as venders float by offering everything from massages to lottery tickets. Float above the ocean on a parasail ride, hurtle through the water on a banana boat, or be whisked out to the nearby coral island of Kho Larn, where you can dive, snorkel or fish the day away.
Partake in some serious retail therapy on Beach Road where boutique stores offer a mind-bending array of fashion, jewelry, and souvenirs. Stop in at one of the many bars or restaurants along this strip to refuel and watch the passing parade. After sunset, head for the neon-lit central and southern areas where you’ll find fine dining restaurants and the more risqué bars and clubs for which Pattaya is famed for. If the southern area is not to your taste, the northern end of the beach is more laid-back and family-friendly.
Despite being a city beach, Pattaya Beach offers clean, safe water for swimming. It can get crowded on weekends, but the quieter beaches are always just a stroll away.
Located in Central Pattaya, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Festival Pattaya Beach and Pattaya Memorial Hospital. Pattaya Beach and Hard Rock Cafe are also within 15 minutes.
Nestled on the beach, this North Pattaya resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tiffany's Show, World Gems Collection and CentralMarina. Art in Paradise and Pattaya City Hall are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps away from CentralMarina and Art in Paradise. Alcazar Cabaret and Tiffany's Show are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Central Pattaya, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Hard Rock Cafe, Pattaya Beach and Pattaya Memorial Hospital. Alcazar Cabaret and Central Festival Pattaya Beach are also within 10 minutes.
This hotel is located in Pattaya (Central Pattaya), close to Central Festival Pattaya Beach, Pattaya Avenue and Mike Shopping Mall. Also nearby are Pattaya Memorial Hospital and Ripley's Believe It or Not.
Located in Central Pattaya, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Central Festival Pattaya Beach and Pattaya Memorial Hospital. Hard Rock Cafe and Pattaya Beach are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Central Pattaya, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Garden Plaza, Ripley's Believe It or Not and Central Festival Pattaya Beach. Walking Street and Pattaya Memorial Hospital are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Central Pattaya, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Festival Pattaya Beach, Ripley's Believe It or Not and Pattaya Memorial Hospital. Royal Garden Plaza and Hard Rock Cafe are also within 15 minutes.