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Pattaya Tourism

Popularly known as Thailand's Sex capital and party hub, Pattaya is a coastal city in the Gulf of Thailand that, over the years, has steadily grown out of its infamous tag. It is located 150km southeast of Bangkok, a two-hour drive away. The beaches and islands in Pattaya offer a wide variety of watersports, snorkelling options, restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops, making it ideal for families, friends and couples. The nightlife in Pattaya is quite famous for being loud, flashy and handsy. 

Walking Street in Pattaya is characteristic of bright street lights and signs hovering over open bars, go-go bars and women standing along the streets. Cabaret shows such as the Alcazar Show and Tiffany's Cabaret Show also are popular tourist attractions during the night. Located within a two-hour drive from Bangkok, most tourists to Pattaya come via trains, buses or cars from the capital.

Established around a wide crescent-shaped bay, Pattaya is an ideal destination for adventure lovers and party buffs. With its beautiful and serene beaches, swaying palm groves and clear blue sky, Pattaya can make anyone fall in love with its diversity. The city caters to the varied interests of its visitors, offering a plethora of tourist attractions ranging from zoos, theme parks, botanical gardens, temples, markets, illuminating streets at night, water sports activities and relaxing tropical settings.

Pattaya is divided into three zones: North, Central and South, each offering something different. The place attracts many tourists every year to explore and enjoy the raw beauty of nature sprinkled across Pattaya. 

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Nightlife in Pattaya

Globally known for its happening nightlife, Pattaya offers plenty of entertainment and fun options. South and Central Pattaya are the major hubs, offering endless amusement ranging from pubs, bars, beer cafes and discotheques to transgender cabarets, karaoke bars, go-go bars and restaurants, all lined up along the Pattaya Beach. All the venues are pulsating with loud music and drinks are served liberally. The northern part of the city is quieter but has its fair share of pubs and bars to choose from.

Pattaya Walking Street is also one of the major tourist hubs glowing with vibrant neon signs while housing hundreds of beer bars, massage parlours, discos, more than 30 go-go bars, numerous authentic Thai restaurants, street stalls selling delicious seafood and much more. The street is closed for vehicles between 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM, which is its legal closing time. For cheap drinks and ladyboy bars, Sois 7, 8 and Sois 6/1, 13/1 respectively are the best places to visit. Pattayaland and Boyztown are flocked with gay clubs while Second Road is best for cabaret shows.

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Shopping in Pattaya

Pattaya, like most of Thailand, is a paradise for shopaholics even though it cannot compete with Bangkok. However, there are plenty of options to choose from - numerous floating markets, classy malls, supermarkets and bazaars. Some of the best things to buy include clothes, footwear, jewellery, silk, plants and handicrafts. The place is also known for its gemstones as the hub of gem mining industry, Chanthaburi is located nearby. While at floating markets, make sure to test your haggling skills to the best and beware of fake products. Learn More About Shopping in Pattaya.

Exchanging Money in Pattaya

The currency in Pattaya can be exchanged at either bank (major banks of Thailand being Bangkok Bank and Thai Farmers Bank), which are open from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday to Friday or there are numerous authorized currency exchanged counters dotted all across the tourist places.

One can also get it exchanged at the airport. Most of the hotels will also exchange the currency but at poor exchange rate. One will find bank branches at most of the shopping centres and market place. ATM Machines are easily available for 24 hours all around the city and accept all major credits cards including Visa and MasterCard.

Most of the international credit cards are widely accepted in Pattaya. ATM Machines are easily available 24 hours all around the city and work with all major credit and debit cards including Visa and MasterCard. Traveller's cheque is another option, which is also readily accepted and preferable over credit cards owing to low processing charges (THB 33 per cheque as compared to THB 180 charged by Thai bank for foreign cards). Make sure you carry cash while shopping at local street markets and use your cards wisely to avoid any fraud.

Daily Budget for Pattaya

Pattaya is a destination offering facilities for all kind of visitors. If you are planning a trip to this beach destination, below are the daily-basis expenses for different types of travellers. The cost mentioned here is approximate per day per head cost excluding the hotel charges (including food, water, local transport, entertainment, tips and handouts, local transportation, souvenirs and alcohol cost) Budget travel: THB 678 approximately Comfortable travel: THB 1229 approximately Luxury travel: THB 2116 approximately

Language of Pattaya

Central Thai is the official language of Thailand including Pattaya, which is commonly used in business and tourist areas. However, people usually converse in southern Thai dialect that sounds pithier and faster than Central Thai. English is also widely spoken and understood, especially on the beach and other tourist areas. Some of the useful Thai words one should know while travelling to Thailand are (krub is used for males and kha is used for females): Sawatdee (krub/kha): Hello Sabai dee ru (krub/kha): How are you? Sabai dee (krub/kha): Fine Khob Khun (krub/kha): Thank you Chai: Yes Mai Chai: No Dai: (you/I) can Mai Dai: can not Nee Tao Rai: How much?

Pattaya Customs

  • Pattaya is one of the major tourist hubs of Thailand with people of various communities and religion residing here including Thai, Chinese, Malays and Hindus. However, there is as such no restriction on what to wear.
  • It is one of the major beach destinations and thus one must carry short, t-shorts, swimsuits and lightweight clothes for summers.
  • If you are planning to visit a Buddhist temple, dress conventionally and take off your shoes before entering the temple complex.
  • Monks do not accept anything from a woman and they are not supposed to touch monks.
  • The rear seats of the buses are usually reserved for monks and one has to vacate it if needed.
  • Do not say anything disrespectful for the royal family as one could be subject to penalty.
  • Also, avoid talking to anyone in a loud or violent manner, no matter how big an issue is.
  • Tipping is usually not practised in Pattaya, however, it is appreciated especially in the hospitality sector. A tip of TBH 20-50 is commonly paid to a porter and 5-10 per cent for other staff. A generous tip of TBH 100 is usually given to massage ladies.

History of Pattaya

Pattaya was originally known as 'Thap Phraya', implying army of Phraya to mark the surrender of Nai Klom's army to the army of Phraya Tak without indulging in any fight. Later the name Thap Phraya changed to Phatthaya (northeasterly wind towards the beginning of the rainy season) and then to Pattaya as per the actual phonetic spellings. The city became renowned as a recreational centre after the Vietnam War, especially amidst the American GIs. Once served as a sleepy village by the sea often used as a place of rest and recreation by American officers back in 1959, today Pattaya has transformed dramatically as one of the major tourist hubs of Asia.

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What is the best time to visit Pattaya?

The best time to visit Pattaya is from November to March which is the winter season. The city faces a tropical wet and dry climate type throughout the year and thus is prone to heavy rainfall. The weather in winter is cool and pleasant with figures ranging between 23-degree Celcius to 30-degree Celcius. The monsoon begins around July and extends up to October. The summers are extremely hot with an average high temperature of 32-degree Celcius.
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What is the local food in Pattaya?

Restaurants at Pattaya serves not only authentic Thai cuisine but also Asian, continental and other food as well. One can either visit numerous restaurants at hotels and resorts offering well presented delicious multi-cuisine food or plenty of eating joints and stand-alone restaurants with equally mouth-watering food. One will find lots of eating outlets along Pattaya 2 Road and Beach Road, while a South Pattaya is clustered with lip-smacking seafood stalls, which is specialty of the city. Make sure you try out delicious mangos teens, durians and rambutans that are available between May and September. Spicy papaya salad (som tam) and spicy-sour chopped pork salad (larb) is also a favourite among locals, especially one originally belonging to Isaan region.
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How much does a package cost for Pattaya?

The packages for Pattaya start at INR 8500 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top hotels in Pattaya?

There are 2871 in Pattaya which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Pattaya are baan suay tuk, Pattaya Pool Villa, Amazon Residence by Pattaya Sunny Rentals, Pattaya Northpoint, Studio Viewtalay 3 Anastasiya, Laguna Beach Resort. You can see all the hotels in Pattaya here

What are the things to do in Pattaya?

The top things to do in Pattaya are Walking Street, The Sanctuary of Truth, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya Beach, Tiffany's Cabaret Show, Pattaya Night Bazaar. You can see all the places to visit in Pattaya here

What are the places near Pattaya?

The top places near to Pattaya are Bangkok which is 100 km from Pattaya, Hua hin which is located 107 km from Pattaya, Koh samui which is located 391 km from Pattaya, Koh si chang which is located 42 km from Pattaya, Koh poda which is located 48 km from Pattaya

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Q. How to go Bangkok airport to pattaya?

Bommoju Vishwanath

4 years ago
There are bus services at the Suvarna Bhumi airport at a very less price from Bangkok to Pattaya
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Joysurjya Hagjer

5 years ago
Pattaya was absolutely fun but a little scary too, at least for the first time. Located about 2 to 2 and a half hours away from Bangkok, this coastal city is probably one of the hottest destinations (Read More)in Thailand. The water based activities are worth it. I had a lot of fun parasailing, jet skiing and scuba diving. Coral Islands is accessible through motor boats only and it is really fun once you reach there. There are other beach activities, souvenir shops and even hair styling salons which will really get you in the mood. Once you come back to the city, the nightlife pulls you in. I shopped with my family and visited many live concerts in the street bazaars. Late at night, we even watched the famous Alcazar show and it will be something I will always remember for life. As I mentioned earlier, it can get really scary too if someone is not well accustomed to the night life. But with an open mind, the experience I got from Pattaya is something I probably will not get anywhere else.

Tanvi Akhauri

5 years ago
Pattaya was a short trip from Bangkok I easily made by road in approximately 2 hours. Buses and taxis are readily available. During the day, I visited the Pattaya Beach, which was a bit too crowded f (Read More)or my liking and only fairly clean. The highlight, however, was the parasailing I engaged in. When I was trailing through the air, it was the calmest I had ever felt. The Tiffany Cabaret Show is a must-see. The ladyboy performers are gorgeous, and their performances are breathtaking. It was a complete celebration. I tried some local foods- glass noodles, som tum, pad krapow moo saap- all highly recommended. I regret not visiting the Walking Street, a popular nightlife haunt, due to the shortage of time. With its street lined with nightclubs and bars, it is the one-stop party destination. This tops my to-do list for my next visit to Thailand.

Sanjana Chawla

5 years ago
Pattaya, situated in Eastern Thailand is a beautiful resort that attracts thousands of tourists each year from many countries, especially India. Famous for its chain of beaches and sprawling nightlif (Read More)e, Pattaya is the perfect place to get rid of all your stress and tensions. My favourite thing about Pattaya has to be its crystal-clear waters and beach sports. One can enjoy para sailing, jet skiing and several other water-based activities. The coral reefs in Pattaya are something you can't afford to miss. The underwater experience has been my favourite out of the lot because it felt amazing to feed the fishes underwater and to freely swim in the clean aqua. Pattaya's walking street is full of street foods, flower sellers and thrift shops. Thailand is famous for its trendy yet cheap clothes and you would definitely want to invest in a floral print maxi dress or a gorgeous pair of footwear. Adults and teenagers can also visit the Tiffany Show which is like a performing opera where you can enjoy performances by artists. What I loved the most about the Tiffany Show was that it was themed on Bollywood and one could hear Hindi songs being performed on. A visit to the temples and museums is also a great option as you get to explore the religious beliefs and culture of the people in Pattaya. My favourite street food to have in Pattaya is the chicken roll that is available for cheap and the yummy sweet coconut water that I definitely miss in India! You can also find several Indian restaurants if you miss the home-cook food but I found them to be expensive. The massages and nail art salons in Pattaya are amazing and they definitely make you relax and forget all your worries. Thai spa and hot oil massages are my favourite from the trip.
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