Located just 140km from Bangkok along the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand, the bustling city of Pattaya is one of the country’s most exciting seaside destinations. Travelling from Bangkok to Pattaya takes less than 2 hours via bus, minivan, or taxi. Buses leave from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) and the Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit), while minivans services leave from Victory Monument and Khao San Road. The weather in Pattaya is relatively calm, which makes the city a perfect year round destination. Still, the very best months to visit are during the high season from December to February, when the air is cooler and there’s little rainfall.
Pattaya has three large beaches, Naklua which is home to boutique hotels and serviced apartments, Pattaya Beach where most of the 5 star hotels, shops and malls can be found, and Jomtien Beach, a quieter beach that tends to cater more to families, couples and locals. Pattaya beaches may not be as tropical as those in the south of the country, but they boast a wide range of activities to keep visitors entertained. Watersports such as paragliding, jet skiing and banana boating are available on Pattaya Beach, and Jomtien. There are also a number of beach stalls, which serve food and drinks all day long. When it comes to daytime entertainment there is a host of excellent activities in Pattaya. Popular attractions include the Sri Ratcha Tiger Zoo, Underwater World, Mini Siam and Mini Europe, the Pattaya Elephant Village, the Pattaya Crocodile Farm, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum.
Visitors can also enjoy go-karting, paintballing, horse riding and fishing trips. There are number of great places to go scuba diving in Pattaya. Popular dive spots include the shipwrecks of the Hardeep, HTMS Kood and the HTMS Khram. Several of the other islands around Pattaya such as Koh Larn and the Far Islands, are also home to some beautiful diving and snorkeling spots. Golfing enthusiasts will be please to know that the golf courses in Pattaya are amongst some of the very best in the country. With so many visitors, Pattaya hotels and resorts cater to tourists from all walks of life. Cheap guesthouse accommodation can be found through the city, while the Pattaya Beach and the hillside of Big Buddha Hill boast 5 star hotels.
To meet the needs of so many tourists, Pattaya restaurants serve cuisine from all over the world. Whether you’re looking for the freshest seafood, juiciest steaks, or the most authentic Thai cuisine, the restaurants in Pattaya have it all. Pattaya nightlife is some of the most vibrant in the country. Boasting an endless amount of pubs, bars and clubs, partygoers are spoilt for choice. Many of the bars are located around Walking Street, although great establishments can be found all over the city. Pattaya is well known for its adult entertainment, however, since most of the action is kept behind closed doors the streets are still rather tame. Popular with tourists, expats and locals, Pattaya, with its wide range of activities, exhilarating nightlife, worldwide cuisine, and accommodation to suit everyone’s budget, is perfect destination for anyone looking for sun, sand, sea and fun.