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Travel Guide
Koh Lan featuring boating and general coastal views

Located 150 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, Pattaya has long been regarded as the naughty little sister of the Thai capital. The massage parlours, go-go bars and discos have been the big attraction since the 1960’s, when US soldiers on leave from Vietnam would come here to let off steam. Take a walk down Walking Street in the evening and it’s clear that the nightlife culture remains the big selling point for Pattaya.

Pattaya is a lively coastal city with entertainment districts full of bars and restaurants. It is known for its nightclubs and beer bars with go-go dancers, though it also has a family-friendly side and opportunities for cultural outings. Get a sense of the range of cultures and ethnicities in this fast-paced municipality.

Among the fascinating cultural icons is The Sanctuary of Truth in the northern outskirts. Marvel at the large, wooden structure of the temple and inspect the many wooden sculptures. Learn about Eastern Philosophy through themes such as the Cycle of Living, the Goal of Life and the Ancient Life. . Rent a boat for a small fee for this intriguing bazaar, where stalls float on a lake. Bring the kids to Mini Siam for its model villages from across the globe.

Go to Pattaya Beach to sunbathe and enjoy the views of the Gulf of Thailand. Stroll between the palm trees of the coastal boulevard of Pattaya Beach Road and dine at one of the many restaurants facing the water. Expect a tropical climate with the dry season from December to February and wet weather from May to November. for the city’s famed nightlife and red-light district. Dine at a seafood restaurant and enjoy live music at the bars and nightclubs. Walk up and down this street, which is pedestrianized at night, to experience the delights and eccentricities of Pattaya.

Find Pattaya on the eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand in the southern part of the country’s northern half. Fly to Pattaya International Airport and take a taxi or bus north for 25 miles (40 kilometers) to get here. Bangkok is 68 miles (110 kilometers) farther north.

Pattaya is a cosmopolitan giant that showcases its cultural gems by day and its nightlife entertainment after dusk.

Where to stay in Pattaya

Z by Zing
Z by Zing
3 out of 5
279/278-279 Moo 12 Somprasong Plaza, Jomtien Beach, Nongpreu, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
The price is £12 per night from 27 Aug to 27 Aug
Located in South Pattaya, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. Pattaya Floating Market and Dongtan Beach are also within 3 miles ...
3.9/5Very Good! (240 reviews)
"very good and near beach and quite place. Good staff"

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2020

Z by Zing
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
4.5 out of 5
429 M.9, Pattaya, Chonburi
Fully refundable
The price is £34 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
This family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya Beach. Central Festival Pattaya and Walking ...
4.4/5Excellent! (991 reviews)
"Great location and the hotel has everything I would get breakfast included as very few places open early"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2021

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya
5 out of 5
333/101 Moo 9 Nong Prue, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £70 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
Located in Central Pattaya, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya Beach, and Central Festival Pattaya. Soi L K Metro and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
Great Hotel - slow service at times
"Hotel was very good although there were way too few staff, leading to large delays with service at times - likely due to covid-19 causing savings to be made"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2021

Hilton Pattaya
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