Looking to party on paradise beaches? Love a lively destination with plenty of fun on the menu? Pattaya’s reputation as one of Thailand’s top party resorts is well deserved, with hundreds of bars, clubs and adult hotspots. Alongside the vibrant nightlife and international crowd, you can also find plenty of other attractions in this beautiful city. Situated on the scenic Eastern Gulf coast, Pattaya is home to stunning white sandy beaches, loads of watersports, and some seriously luxurious hotels. While 2017 holidays to Pattaya naturally appeal to young travellers looking for fun and a lively night out, families will also find plenty to keep the young and young-at-heart entertained, from watersports to zoos. And culture vultures will love the nearby temples and religious buildings that are so iconic in Thai culture. Pattaya is also a fantastic shopping destination, with vast malls, crafts stalls and everything in between.
At a glance
- Currency: Thailand Baht
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +7
- Average flight time: 13h 55m
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There's a lot more to this four-kilometre crescent of coastline than just sand and sea. Decades of established tourism have resulted in all kinds of watersports and other water-based activities such as parasailing, being available. Floating restaurants and diving boats can also be found here.
Be sure to visit the magnificent Sanctuary of Truth – a massive temple carved out of wood showing impeccable attention to detail. Follow this up with a visit to the famous Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden – a 500-acre attraction of themed and landscaped gardens, elephant shows and rides as well as an eatery.
Although the impossibly soft, white sand, and crystal-clear blue waters are appealing enough, Pattaya Beach Road is the place to be. Only a row of palm trees away from the beach, here you'll find some of the best shopping opportunities, restaurants and nightlife in all of Thailand.
Wine and Dine
Holidays to Pattaya are bound to revolve around all the delicious food on offer. Whether you dine in exclusive restaurants, or pick up something from the many street food stalls, you’re guaranteed to be satisfied. Street food culture is huge in Thailand, and Pattaya is no exception. Wander through the many food markets, and try as many delicious treats as you can to truly get a taste of Thailand's flavours.
Being home to a large international community that includes many expats, plenty of exclusive dining options are available, offering European as well as Thai and fusion cuisines. Royal Grill Room and Wine Cellar has a dimly lit, hushed atmosphere and serves arguably the best steaks in Pattaya. Located in the south of the city, this is an ideal place for a romantic dinner, or a special occasion. Mantra Restaurant and Bar gracefully combines cuisines from across the globe under one roof. A stylish and modern venue, it is a rare example of a restaurant where although the menu is extensive, the food quality remains impeccable.
Pattaya's fabulous four-kilometre stretch of beach makes it an ideal destination for families. The natural bay causes the water to be calm, making it a safe space for young children. Older children and adults will enjoy the many different kinds of watersports available, and you’ll find numerous schools located on the beach offering courses for all ages and skill levels.
The Pattaya Park Hotel is a huge family orientated resort with its own water park. Splash around with the little ones, and watch them enjoy the epic water slides. Another option is the wonderful Underwater World aquarium in Pattaya. An educational and magical experience, you get to observe marine animals in their natural habitat.
The whole family will enjoy a day trip of island hopping. Pattaya's excellent location means many smaller islands not far off shore can be reached. This gives you the chance to explore Pattaya's coast from the sea, and discover more magnificent beaches where the kids can build sandcastles.
Action and Adventure
Pattaya is also perfectly suited for adrenaline junkies looking for an action-packed holiday. The abundance of watersports and other water-based activities attracts many visitors every year – from waterskiing to windsurfing, everything is available. In addition to this, opportunities to hire speedboats also exist, as well as parasailing – a must try from anyone who's never had a go, or wants to go again. Explore the stunning landscape from the air and discover Pattaya's wonderful coastline like you've never seen it before.
Life's a Beach
Pattaya Beach is a four-kilometre crescent of soft, white sand bordering the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The natural bay causes the sea to be calm, making this an ideal beach for families with young children, as well as watersports enthusiasts. Plenty of watersports are available to all ages and skill groups, such as wake boarding, water-skiing and wind surfing. Several diving schools can also be found along the beach, making scuba diving an attractive option.
In addition to this, a host of day trips to smaller islands can easily be organized. Located not far from Pattaya's shores, some of the most stunning and serene beaches can be found here, with the added bonus of having a tropical island to yourself if you're lucky.
Pattaya offers some of Thailand's most vibrant and exciting nightlife. Pattaya Beach Road is 500-metres long, and home to some of Thailand's largest and most exclusive nightclubs, go-go bars, cocktail bars and restaurants, which stay open until the early morning hours. As the name suggests, no cars are allowed on the street after 6pm, which helps foster a lively and sociable atmosphere.
Ruby Club is a lively bar, equally popular amongst locals and tourists offering a casual and sociable atmosphere. If you're looking to dance the night away, then check out Flexx Club located on Walking Street. Offering great cocktails, and loud electronic music, this is usually the first place people head for a wild night out.
Pattaya is an ideal place for couples looking for a romantic holiday getaway. Treat your significant other to something truly special – many exclusive hotels offer spectacular deals on spa packages, making a day of wellness and blissful relaxation at a hotel spa an attractive option.
The many elegant and upmarket restaurants mean that there are plenty of options for an intimate dinner with your partner. Enjoy a few exotic and colourful cocktails before heading out for a romantic stroll by the beach.
Spend a day walking through the magnificent Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden and witness a stunning display of colours and exotic fauna. Take a day trip to Koh Larn – also known as Coral island – to see even more remarkable beaches, and with a bit of luck have a paradise island to yourselves for a while.
Despite its appeal for party animals, Pattaya has plenty to offer for those looking to explore the city's cultural side. The most prominent symbol of Thai tradition and spirituality are spirit houses, which most businesses and households have on display. These honour ancestral spirits, and show that Animism – the worship of spirits – is still very much alive in this part of the world. What’s more, there are two large sacred fig trees located in the city – these are a good opportunity to learn about the prominent role fig trees play in Buddhism as well as local traditions. You’ll notice that passing motorists honk their horn at the trees out of respect for the spirits.