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Pattaya Travel Guide

Pattaya is a beautiful city on the eastern coast of Gulf of Thailand and a day trips to Pattaya will also make you fall in love with the place. It is approximately 150 kms from the city of Bangkok. Pattaya has experienced a great transition, from a military centre during Vietnam War to a tourist destination.All Pattaya travel itineraries can be designed for tourist of different interests because of the diversity of that place.

 The city of Pattaya is famous for its beach resorts, religious temples, water sports, theme parks, zoos, Botanical Gardens, Walking Street, and lot many other places to visit. Pattaya offers an exotic natural beauty and amazing night life to the tourists who visit this place. Travel to Pattaya and explore the allure of this fascinating beach destination.There are many diverse things to do in Pattaya at night also..So peopele who like to wonder in night will be more excited and happy by experiencing Pattaya nightlife..

Pattaya city was a small village where fising was done until the 1960s. Many American servicemen have also witnessed Pattaya city on R&R (rest and relaxation) basis. Pattaya developed into a popular beach resort. Now greatly expanded, it attracts over 4 million visitors a year.Each one of you should visit Pattaya city at least once.

Best Time To Visit Pattaya

Pattaya experiences a tropical wet and dry climate during the year. The weather in Pattaya comprises of Hot & Dry season which last from December to February, Hot & Humid season which lasts from March to May, and hot & rainy season which lasts from June to November.

The summer season in Pattaya can be extremely hot. The best time to visit Pattaya is from November to March when the climate is cool and pleasant.  Plan your trip to Pattaya around these months to make the most of it..Things to do in Pattaya in June and July are not that good as tourist season ends at that time..Plan your trip in October as it is best time ever to explore tourist attractions in Pattaya Thailand.

How To Reach Pattaya

One can reach Pattaya by plane through Suvarnbhumi Airport which the closest airport to Pattaya. The Airport is located approximately 120 kms away from Pattaya. Air conditioned Buses and taxis from the Airport can used to reach Pattaya. It is well connected to Bangkok by road through Motorway 7 and Sukhmvit road. The Pattaya trip planner suggests the ‘Baht Buses’ or Blue Buses for cheap transportation.

Motorbike taxis is a good choice for local commutation within the city. Motorcycle and Car also available on rental basis or one can opt for walk to explore the city.

Tourist Attractions In Pattaya


Pattaya is known for its beaches, offshore islands, theme Parks, Underwater attractions and the list is endless to say. Following are the major tourist attractions in Pattaya which one can explore in and round the place.

  • Pattaya Floating MarketIs also one of the top tourist place in Pattaya city..
  • Pattaya Elephant Village: The elephant village is a wonderful place for these elephants to stay in. Animals who have been working in circuses and events find a wonderful refuge in this sanctuary. In a way it is like a retirement home for the elephants. 
  • Three Kingdoms Theme Park: The Three Kingdom’s theme park is a wonderful and serene attraction in the eventful city of Pattaya. It features several structures built in traditional Thai styles in a huge garden. The attraction is perfect for older families and older tourists.
  • Million Years Stone Park: The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm are together an amazing tourist attraction for the Pattaya Tourist.
  • Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical GardenA stroll down the park will bring you face to face with several butterflies and birds flitting amongst the pretty flowers and plants.
  • Pattaya Beaches: Ranking  top in the list of activity and sightseeing in Pattaya are its beaches. Pattaya being a coastal city has exclusive beaches which mainly consist of Ko Lan, Pattaya Beach, Jomtien Beach. There restaurants, shopping centers, Bars, Beachside hotels along the beach side. It provides water sport activities like parasailing, jet skiing and so on.
  • Pattaya Off shore Islands: There are several small islands located in the offshore of Pattaya. The islands include “Near island”, “Far Island” and the “Coral Island” which can be easily accessed through a ferry or a speedboat. Scuba Diving is very popular sport activity here. Pattaya itinerary planner suggests that you visit a minimum of two islands to marvel at the underwater beauty of the place.
  • The Sanctuary of Truth: This is one of the most enchanting places to see in Pattaya. Satchatham Temple is marvelous temple which was designed by Lek Wiriyapan. The temple if fully built of wood and has amazing wood carvings and is excellent example of Architecture. It received the Outstanding Tourist Attraction Award from the Tourism Industry Award.
  • Mini Siam: Mini Siam is an amazing place which has small replicas of various Monuments and historical sites of the World. Any Pattaya vacation planner will list it as a hot favorite. The replicas were built in 1986 and have several featured Thai buildings. One can also see the European and American Building replicas like Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, and The Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • The Bottle Art Museum: The Bottle Art Museum is the first of its kind in Thailand. It is created by Peter Bedelais who has crafted around 300 miniature art. These include tourist’s attractions, Thai houses, windmills and Chinese palaces.
  • Riplely’s Believe it or Not Museum: The museum is founded by Robert Ripley and has collection of over 350 amazing, fascinating items throughout the world which includes optical illusions, replica of Titanic made purely of Matchsticks. All the artifacts and the items are divided in to ten themes. There is motion Master theatre in the Museum which displays Flight Simulator Technology to the visitor.
  • Wat Khao Phra Bat: Wat Khao Phra Bat is situated on Khao Phratamnak. It lies opposite to the viewpoint on the hill. It is an imitation of the Buddha's footprint. The Monument in memory of Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak, the Father of modern Thai Navy is very nearby to the place.
  • Underwater World of Pattaya:  It is one of the best thing to do in pattaya with kids as they enjoy playing in water and even we get an opportunity to spend quality time with our kids here.. Pattaya offshore water is home to many species of fishes, corals, marine animals. The underwater World is an aquarium which features the underwater life of Pattaya. The aquarium is around 100 meter acrylic tunnel which displays fishes, sharks, aquatic animals. The overall aquarium is divided into three zones which include Coral Zone, Cartilaginous fish zone, Sunken Ship Zone. This is something that you should try out of all  in Pattaya.
  • Sriracha Tiger Zoo: The Sriracha Tiger Zoo is a zoo in Sri Racha, a city on the outskirts of Pattaya, a seaside city in Chonburi Province, Thailand. It is about 97 km from Bangkok
  • Bira Circuit Pattaya : The Bira Circuit is a recent addition to the Pattaya attractions. Located not far from Pattaya, this circuit is sure to be an exciting place for racing enthusiasts and Formula 1 fans. With a 65 acre premises, this place is certainly a racing track to be reckoned with.


Pattaya has several shopping Malls which provide wide variety of products and shopping in Pattaya can be an interesting activity for tourist of all ages.

  • Central centre Pattaya: The Central Centre Pattaya is Big C departmental store with retail shops, boutiques, cinemas. It provides food, electronic items, hardware appliances and household goods.
  • Fly Now Outlet: FN factory Outlet is leading manufacturer and distributor of Fashion Apparels, Leather goods.
  • Lukdod Shop: The place is well known for all the souvenir products like wooden Thai handicrafts, home décor item, antique furniture, Thai silk. There is a facility that one can order things online and that would be shipped to any part of the world.
  • Nightlife in Pattaya is a favorite activity for young tourists and there are many bars and clubs to try out Thai Alangkarn Theater Pattaya.
  • Alcazar Cabaret
  • Tiffanys Ladyboy Cabaret

Hotels & Restaurants In Pattaya


Various options are available for accommodation in Pattaya. They vary from Luxurious hotels, exclusive beach resorts to simple Guesthouses as per requirement.  Here one can find accommodations ranging from 5 stars to 3 star hotels, theme based hotels with various exclusive facilities. Following is the list of Hotels, Resorts and Guesthouses which are very popular in Pattaya. Where to stay in Pattaya is not a matter to worry with so many hotels and resorts in Phattaya.

  • Dusit Thani Pattaya: Dusit Thani is a 5 star luxury hotel located in the northern bay of Pattaya with beautiful sea view. It offers world class facilities with luxurious accommodations, spacious suites, beachfronts. Dusit Club Room and Dusit Grand Room provides an idle place to hold world class business meetings, Seminars and conventions.
  • Holiday Inn Pattaya: The hotel has luxury rooms with large floor to ceiling windows, private balcony. It provides sauna and special tea tree spa for relaxation and rejuvenation. There are three outdoor landscape pools and also a fitness centre. The hotel has café and lounge which serves delicious food.
  • Sabai Resort: Sabai Resort in Pattaya is widespread in 16 acres of tropical Gardens with three Swimming pools and Pool Bars. The resort provides room as well as villas which is a perfect blend of Thai culture and modern décor.
  • Fourteen Again: Fourteen Again is modestly luxurious guesthouse with modern rooms including Spa Bath, two swimming pools, a sauna and a night club. The Guesthouse serves delicious meals in its restaurant and exclusive drinks at the bar. The Guesthouse is good option for travelers who wish to get all facilities with reasonable prices.


The restaurants in Pattaya serve delicious variety of cuisines which varies from authentic Thai Food, Chinese cuisine, Italian Cuisine, Indian Cuisine.

Thai Cuisine: Restaurants like Thamanthai, Suttangrak best Thai dishes and Pataya seafood specialties like stir fried Sea Crab with curry Powder. Even the Street food can taste amazing for those who want to get the real taste of Cuisine. Pok –Pok or SomTam thai Salad, Kebabs, Thai curries, salt egg salad, Sweet Mango and Coconut Rice Stalls, Duck noodle Soup at Buakhao market, Issan Food or North Eastern Thai food like soh Larb Pbet and many other Thai street food are quiet popular.

Seafood: There is abundant fresh seafood in Phattaya and restaurants like Oriental Star, Sattahip, Mom Aroi are very popular.

International Food and other Cuisines: Eastiny Plaza Restaurant, Ahaar, Café New Orieans, Ace Café, PAN PAN Restaurant, Fuji Restaurant, Swiss food Restaurant, Irishman Bar, Saigon Bistro, Hard Rock café are few places in Pattaya which serve International food and several other cuisines.

Festivals & Events In Pattaya

There are many festivals and events that are held throughout the year which mainly includes Chinese New year, Loi Krathong and Pattaya Songkran are all cultural events. Events like International Festival, Pattaya Classical Guitar Festival are also hugely popular.

Chonburi Buffalo Races: Take place in October.

Pattaya Vegetarian Festival: Take place in October.

The Pattaya Festival: Take place in November.

Loy Krathong Festival:  Take place in November.

Thailand Speed Festival: Take place in  nov or dec.