Whether you’re looking to lounge on the beach, party at exclusive nightclubs or learn about the rich heritage and culture of the beautiful country of Thailand, Pattaya is a top choice of Thailand holiday destination in 2019 / 2020. Pattaya deserves its stellar reputation as one of Thailand’s main party resorts, with an abundance of clubs, nightlife hotspots and bars. Owing to its location on the Eastern Gulf coast, Pattaya is the proud owner of a number of scenic white, sandy beaches and has world class water sports facilities. If you’re looking to learn about Thai culture and heritage, you’ll love visiting the close by temples and religious landmarks, while shopping buffs can shop ‘til they drop at one of the many huge malls, or browse for souvenirs at the street markets.
There’s a lot more to Pattaya than sea and sand, with a selection of top class attractions that cater to all tastes. Over the decades Pattaya has evolved into a top class tourist resort, resulting in all kinds of activities being offered here including parasailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. If you prefer to be more laid-back on holiday, you can even eat on the water at one of the sophisticated floating restaurants. There’s also diving boats, helping you get up close and personal with the underwater world. The majestic Sanctuary of Truth is a temple carved in wood with intricate pattern and remarkable attention to detail, making it a must-see for your Pattaya holiday. Next, see the famous Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, showcasing 500 acres of immaculately-landscaped gardens, rides and elephant shows. Of course, the soft white sands and crystal clear waters can make it hard to drag yourself away from the beach, but if you do manage to muster up the willpower, head to Pattaya Beach Road for the town’s best shopping amenities, nightlife and restaurants.
Pattaya Holidays give you the opportunity to try a wide range of delicious cuisine, with everything from wallet friendly street food to gourmet restaurants. Thai cuisine is famous for its street food, which is a huge cultural phenomenon here. As you walk through the streets you’ll find a wide variety of dishes and snacks on offer at the market stalls, making it easy to satisfy your hunger as you make your way around Pattaya. In general, Thai cuisine is famous for lightly cooking items to preserve freshness and vitamins, adding strong aromatic tastes and spices to provide a vibrant burst of tastes in your mouth. Thailand is a haven for foodies as Thai cuisine differs from other world cuisines in that it rejects more simple flavours in favour of mixing complex flavours and textures to create overall harmony. As Pattaya is home to a substantial international community and many expats, you’ll find plenty of international food options too. Some of the best venues to eat here include the Royal Grill Room and Wine Cellar, which has a quiet atmosphere and dim lighting for a romantic dining experience. There’s also the Mantra Restaurant and bar, a great place to enjoy dishes from a wide range of cultures all under one roof, with impeccable standards of cooking.
There are many wonderful attractions for families in Pattaya, making it an excellent choice of holiday destination for families with children of all ages. Of course, no family holiday in Pattaya would be complete without at least a day spent at the beautiful Pattaya beach, a four-kilometre stretch of soft sand and calm waters. Thanks to the natural bay here the waters are particularly calm and gentle, making it a safe environment for families with young children. Perhaps you’re bringing along your parents too for a multi-generation family holiday, in which case the shallow, calm waters are also ideal for more mature holidaymakers and those with limited mobility. Pattaya Beach is ideal for active families looking to enjoy a wide range of water sports, including diving, boat yours, windsurfing and paddle boarding. At Pattya Park Hotel, you’ll find a massive family-oriented resort with its own water park facilities, while you can spend a day at the Underwater World Aquarium to come up close and personal with your favourite sealife. If you’re looking to spend a day shopping, you can island-hop to reach the island’s excellent shopping facilities, enjoying scenic coastal views as you travel between the islands.
Action & Adventure
Pattaya is ideally-suited for outdoor enthusiasts looking for an adrenaline pumping holiday experience. Thanks to its striking natural beauty and balmy weather, you can always find plenty of outdoor activities to get your blood pumping. With a four-kilometre stretch of sand and shallow, calm waters, beach activities are the main draw here when it comes to outdoor activities. There’s a multitude of water sports to enjoy including scuba diving, wind surfing, jet skiing and paddle boarding. You can also hire a speedboat for an exhilarating experience, or go parasailing to get the best views of the island. In and around Pattya you’ll also find a huge variety of sports and active pursuits including horse riding, dancing, bowling, bungee jumping go-karting, paintball, tennis, yoga and martial arts. Outdoor exercise is a popular activity here thanks to the wonderful weather and martial arts heritage of Thailand. You’ll find many exercise groups and clubs outside that you can join, including aerobics and jogging groups. Badminton is also popular in Thailand, so you’ll find a number of badminton courts and badminton facilities at gyms and leisure centres.
Pattaya Beach boasts four kilometres of soft white sands that border the famously clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Here, the natural bay shields the beach from the rough sea waters, providing the perfect spot for families with young children and water sports enthusiasts. If you enjoy keeping active at the beach and taking part in beach and water sports, you’ll enjoy the wide range of sports available here including volleyball and football on dry land, and water sports such as diving, wakeboarding, water-skiing and windsurfing. There are several diving schools dotted along the beach providing the equipment you’ll need for scuba diving at affordable prices.
Pattaya has some of Thailand’s most exciting nightlife venues. Pattaya Beach Road is 500 metres long and is home to some of the country’s most exclusive nightclubs, cocktail bars, restaurants and even a few raunchy go-go bars. The road is entirely pedestrianised with no through access for cars on the street after 6pm, creating a safe environment for nightlife and entertainment. Over the past couple of decades thanks to Thailand’s growing eminence as a must visit destination for young backpackers, Pattaya’s nightlife scene has become world famous. Pattaya’s Beach Road is also known as the ‘Walking Street’ and is a bustling mass of discos and bars with dazzling neon signs. If you’re holidaying on a shoestring and are looking for good venues for cheap drinks, try Sois 7 and 8, while you can up the raunch factor at the ladyboy bars of Sois 6/1 and 13/1. If you’re looking for gay clubs, head to Pattayaland and Boyztown, or if cabaret is your thing, you can visit the Second Road.
Pattaya is an excellent place for couples to spend a romantic getaway with just the two of you, giving you the prime opportunity to spend quality time together away from the stresses of everyday life. There are a number of top class adults-only resorts in Pattaya, giving you the chance to holiday in style. Many of the exclusive hotels in Pattaya offer great value deals on couples-oriented spa packages so you can unwind with a soothing massage or get your skin glowing with an expert spa facial ready for date night with your significant other. As you’re never far away from an upmarket restaurant here, there’s no shortage of options for romantic candlelit dinners and exotic cocktails. When it comes to couple-friendly attractions, spend a day strolling hand-in-hand through the spectacular Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens, or head to Koh Larn Island (also known as Coral Island) for even more variety of stunning beaches.
If you’re looking for a culturally enriching holiday experience in Thailand, it’s worth bearing in mind that Pattya is a lot more Westernised than much of Thailand and embodies the parts of Thailand that have adapted to tourism and globalisation to embrace and cater to outside cultures. The fact that Pattaya has a more Western feel that many other parts of Thailand is not a problem for many holidaymakers and adds to the appeal, as you are sure to feel integrated here and find many aspects of Western culture that will appeal to you alongside the traditions of life in Thailand. There are in fact many culturally-significant attractions in Pattaya, the most obvious of which are the Thai Spirit Houses that you’ll find dotted around the streets. Spirit houses reflect Thai’s heritage in Animism (the worship of spirits) and show that spirituality is still very much alive and well in Thailand. There are also two prominent holy fig trees in the Pattaya area, one in Soi Rompho in Jomtien, and another one which is named ‘the tree’, which you’ll find in Naklua. Thais believe that spirits live within these sacred fig trees and place artefacts beneath them to keep them safe. You’ll notice that motorists beep their horns as they approach these trees to pay their respects. As you’d expect due to its location in Thailand, you’ll also find a large number of Buddhist temples including Buddha Hill, Buddha Mountain and Yansangwararam.