Pattaya is a vibrant coastal city that shot to fame in the early 1980s and has remained one of Thailand’s most popular vacation destinations ever since. From sunrise to sunset, its beaches are constantly brimming with watersports lovers and sun-worshippers enjoying the surrounding waters. It’s considered one of Thailand’s better scuba diving destinations, having consistently calm waters throughout the year and the most interesting shipwrecks to discover.

    After dark, the action shifts to the streets, where you can experience an electrified nightlife scene that lasts until dawn and is significantly more budget-friendly than Phuket’s or Bangkok’s. While the city has a reputation as an adults-only party place, Pattaya is a great destination for just about everyone, from couples and families to solo and business travelers. The city is 147 km from Bangkok, making it one of the closest beach resorts to Thailand's capital city and a popular weekend getaway for the capital’s residents.

    Where & what to eat in Pattaya (and vicinity)

    • 7 Great Restaurants in Pattaya

      These great restaurants in Pattaya are chosen from a broad selection. They offer menus featuring anything from simple Thai street food for a couple of baht to the finest choice steaks priced at a couple of thousand baht. Being home to an international community of expatriates and tourists from across the world, the cuisine available is similarly varied, with the...

    Where to shop & what to buy in Pattaya (and vicinity)

    • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Pattaya

      The best places to go shopping in Pattaya include a varied array of malls, markets, stalls and even a bazaar. The impressive collection of malls caters to a range of budgets and needs. Most have some sort of gimmick or quirk that sets them apart and makes them fun as an attraction instead of being just a collection of stores...

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    • Getting to Pattaya

      Getting to Pattaya from Bangkok is easy as the cities are well connected via Highway 7 (Expressway) and Highway 3 (Bangna-Chonburi route). Several long-distance buses depart from Bangkok’s Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) every 30 minutes. Should you wish to arrive in style, you can even fly from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport to U-Tapao Airport in Sattahip, south...

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