All you need to know about Pattaya

Pattaya Beach section JoeDuck/Flickr

Pattaya Beach section ©JoeDuck/Flickr

You surely know that Pattaya is a famous Thai seaside resort situated on the Eastern Gulf Coast of the country. It lies about 150 km southeast of the capital city. Besides the coastline and the islands which belong to Pattaya, the resort is mostly famous for its beer and go-go bars. In the last years there have been made efforts to create more family-friendly attractions and activities here. Although sex tourism is still going strong in Pattaya, the resort also attracts families and holidaymakers looking for beaches from around the world. In case you would like to visit the resort, I suggest you to read my guide below. It will contain all the information you need to know about Pattaya.

How to get there

The resort of Pattaya is situated about 147 km from Bangkok. It can be reached in a 2-hour drive. Actually there are two convenient ways to get to Pattaya by car: via the Highway 7 (Bangkok-Chon Buri-Pattaya Motorway) or via the Highway 34 (Bang Na-Trat Highway). If you want to visit Pattaya by plane, you have to get to the U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport (more simply Pattaya Airport).

You can also opt for visiting Pattaya by bus, minibus or by train. There are first and second class buses starting mainly from Bangkok. As for the minibuses, these operate between Pattaya and Bangkok’s hotels. The cheapest way to reach Pattaya from Bangkok is by rail. Pattaya has two train stations. As you can see, there are numerous options to choose of.

Pattaya Beach section JoeDuck/Flickr

Pattaya Beach section ©JoeDuck/Flickr


The famous Pattaya Beach is a 3-km long coastline which runs along the city centre. This gorgeous beach is abundant in hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. Besides, there are hundreds of go-go and beer bars, discotheques and clubs along the beach. There are also numerous museums and galleries in Pattaya. As for the temples, there are also numerous sacred places here, including the Sanctuary of Truth, Wat Yanasangwararam Woramahawihan or Ban Sukhawadee.

For the kids’ entertainment there are zoological gardens and theme parks in and around Pattaya, too: Mini Siam, Pattaya Elephant Village, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, the Million-Year Stone Park and Crocodile Farm and Underworld Water. Alcazar Cabaret is also very popular among tourists.

Pattaya Beach section JoeDuck/Flickr

Pattaya Beach section ©JoeDuck/Flickr


As for the accommodation, Pattaya has a huge selection of inexpensive mid-range hotels. Of course, there are splurge hotels in the resort, too. Whether you are looking for a budget, mid-range or a luxurious hotel, there are numerous options to choose of. As Pattaya is a tourist resort, hotel pricing is highly seasonal.

Pattaya Beach JoeDuck/Flickr

Pattaya Beach ©JoeDuck/Flickr


There are numerous restaurants, eateries, food courts, fast food stalls, food markets, fruit sellers and even coffee peddling tuk-tuks in Pattaya. These are both Thai and non-Thai-cuisine restaurants, although the majority is international eateries. From budget to vegetarian, from mid-range to splurge restaurants, there is a large variety of eateries here.




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