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Is Pattaya the Right Holiday Location for You?

If Thailand is on your list of places to visit, then you are probably wondering whereabouts in Thailand is best to go.

Pattaya is one of the most popular places that will come up in your search, but is its reputation really deserved?


Pattaya is situated on the Eastern coast of Thailand, only around 100 kilometers away from Bangkok. Formerly a quiet fishing village, this coastal city became super popular in the 1980s and has remained a favored choice ever since. Now lined with hotels, bars and restaurants, this vibrant city is incredibly popular as a party destination. The Walking Street of South Pattaya is lit up with neon lights and closed to traffic after 6pm, with countless bars and nightclubs for endless fun.

Built around Ao Pattaya, the crescent-shaped bay, this city can be enjoyed by both party-goers and sun-seekers alike. Whilst the Southern part of Pattaya is very much alive with nightclubs and bars, cabaret clubs and go-go bars, the Northern part of Pattaya is a little more relaxed favorable to those seeking a slightly quieter trip. This family-friendly coastal resort is a great destination for those seeking a fun-filled holiday, with both thrills and culture alike.

Things to Do

Not short of activities, you won’t be bored in Pattaya. As well as the stunning beaches and vibrant night-life, Pattaya offers lots of attractions to suit every taste. Art in Paradise is an art gallery that can be found in the North of Pattaya and offers an experience unlike ‘normal’ art galleries. You can also find stunning gardens at the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Na Jomtien.  For culture seekers, you may take interest in the Pattaya Floating Market of Jomtien, with vendors selling postcards and handicrafts from canoes and traditional boats. The walkways are built on sturdy stilts, making this a go-to village for souvenirs. Wat Phra Khao Yai is also in the South of Pattaya and is commonly known as the ‘Big Buddha Hill’. This temple is frequently visited by locals to pray, as well as being a popular tourist location.

Eat and Sleep

As a hugely popular tourist destination, Pattaya is not short on accommodation and restaurants, so finding places to stay and eat won’t be difficult. Pattaya, Jomtien and Naklua all offer a different experience and atmosphere, so where you choose to stay will depend on what kind of holiday you are looking for. You have plenty of choice though, as Pattaya has everything, including: beach resorts; family resorts; luxury resorts; affordable hotels; business hotels; serviced apartments; and pool villas. Finding something to suit your tastes and meet your judgement won’t be an impossible task and there are tons of holiday sites online that can help you find what you are looking for.

As for restaurants, if you aren’t going all-inclusive in your accommodation, then you don’t need to worry about finding somewhere to eat. Even the fussiest of eaters can find somewhere to suit their tastes. You can find all kinds of cuisines including traditional Thai food, as well as bakeries and cafes and different cuisines such as British, Chinese and Italian restaurant Pattaya, so everybody is catered for.

So, have we convinced you?  Why not book a holiday and find out for yourself!

By MikiMo

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