Pattaya is a resort city in Eastern Thailand. It is situated on the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand, only about 150 kilometres south-east of Bangkok. Pattaya is the closest to Bangkok major beach resort of Thailand making it very popular with tourists.
Pattaya is a vibrant coastal city which is busy from sunrise to sunset as well as after dark. Pattaya’s beaches are crowded with sun bathers and water sports lovers so don’t expect calm and idyllic environment here. After dark, the streets of Pattaya are full of action as travellers explore city’s nightlife and enjoy drinking and partying until dawn.
Beaches in Pattaya
Pattaya Beach is a 4 km long beach which is parallel to the city centre. This beach is not a great spot for sunbathing or swimming as it’s overcrowded, dirty full of speedboats and jet skis here. But if you are into water sports, this place might be just for you. Pattaya Beach Road is running just near the beach and it’s full of restaurants, shopping areas and bars.
Jomtien Beach is a 6 km long stretch of sand located to the south of Pattaya Beach. This beach is much more relaxed than the central beach of the city. Jomtien Beach should be your choice if you like lazing on the beach but want to have a variety of attractions, such as restaurants and shopping malls, nearby. Jomtien Beach is much quieter, especially at night, making it a better choice for families and couples.
Naklua Beach and Wongamat Beach
Naklua Beach and Wongamat Beach are the beaches in the northern part of Pattaya. Naklua Beach and Wongamat Beach are probably the nicest beaches in the area, making them your top choice if you want to enjoy a beach holiday in Pattaya.
Koh Larn, also known as Coral Island, is an idyllic island with beautiful beaches located just 7 km west of Pattaya. Koh Larn beaches are the nicest around Pattaya making them a perfect day-trip destination. If you would like to spend your day swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing, jump on the boat and visit this nice little island.
Attractions in Pattaya
The worldwide famous Walking Street is the hub of Pattaya’s nightlife and one of the most crowded places in the city. The street is closed for traffic from 6 pm to 2 am. Walking Street is a place where you will find the city’s best nightclubs, beer bars, restaurants, go-go bars and cabaret show venues. At night the street comes alive with neon lights, loud music, street performances and party animals from around the world. This is the place where the bad boys go when the good guys are expelled to paradise!
Other attractions in Pattaya
The Sanctuary of Truth is one-of-a-kind 105-metre high teak structure of a temple in Pattaya, featuring intricate wooden carvings that are a good example of Thai craftsmanship.
Big Buddha at Wat Phra Khao Yai is one of the largest Buddha images in the world.
Buddha Mountain or Khao Chee Chan is a 130-metre high hill, with the Buddha image engraved on it.
Wat Yansangwararam is a huge unique temple complex that comprises of many buildings built in Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Swiss architectural styles.
Khao Pattaya Viewpoint is a hilltop offering panoramic views of Pattaya city and Pattaya Bay.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is a recreation park with a lake, orchid nurseries, waterfalls and a nice landscape.
Underwater World Pattaya is one of the most modern ocean aquariums in Asia with a 100-metre long underwater tunnel.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum is a world famous tourist spot featuring various strange, shocking and beautiful exhibits.
Mini Siam and Mini Europe is a model village featuring miniature replicas of famous structures from Thailand and all over the world.
How to get to Pattaya?
You can get to Pattaya from Bangkok by bus, by plane or by train.
Buses to Pattaya
There are regular bus services from Suvarnabhumi Airport and from Bangkok’s Eastern (Ekamai) Bus Terminal to Pattaya. Buses to Pattaya leave from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit) as well. Check for buses to Pattaya from Bangkok.
Flights to Pattaya
Pattaya is only about 120 kilometres from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), making it easily accessible from anywhere in the world. Pattaya is also served by scheduled flights via U-Tapao International Airport (UTP) which is connected with Koh Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani as well as with cities in China, Malaysia and Russia. Check for domestic flights to Pattaya:
Train to Pattaya
Taking eastern line train to Pattaya is another option to reach the resort city. The trip from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station to Pattaya takes about 3.5 hours.
Weather in Pattaya
Pattaya has only two seasons - the wet and the dry. Between November and May the weather is mostly dry with little rain expected for much of this time. The wet season in Pattaya occurs between May and October.
For more detailed information about Pattaya's weather patterns during the year check Weather in Pattaya.
After visiting Pattaya you are planning to continue your trip up north ordown south? Check when is the best time to visit Thailand's other destinations and choose destination with the best possible weather conditions.