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Central Thailand
140 km from Bangkok
Province of Pattaya
Population : 84 000
Thai prononciation : Pattaya


Recomm. stay
1 jour minimum


General Information about Pattaya

Pattaya's reputation as the number one hub of sex tourism in Thailand remains even if there was attempts to make that tourism coexist with family tourism. It didn't sucvceed. Gogo bars and other establishments to facilitate meetings or provide other sexy services are everywhere and not only in the famous Walking Street. Beaches of Pattaya are not that exceptional and consists in a forest of umbrellas and lounge chairs. In short, if you are not fans of sassy nightlife, Pattaya is not for you ! Or prefer Jomtien, na Jomtien or Naklua to South Pattaya. The more you get closer to Na Jomntien , the more umbrellas density decreases. Koh Larn, the beautiful island near Pattay can also be a good option especially during week days when Bangkok residents who come to spend the weekend are gone. PAttaya doesn't have a lot of traditional tourists attractions. The most famous ones are probably the Big Buddha on the hill between South Pattaya and Jomtien Beach, Sanctuary of Truth fully carved and the floating market and its huts of bamboo and wood.
Russian tourists are very numerous in Pattaya for several years and many free brochures, even shops and massage parlors magazines sign are only written in russian. If you are with your children, avoid Thanon Hat Pattaya in the evening as well as the Walking Street you will avoid embarrassing questions from your kids...

Accommodations in Pattaya

When we speak of Pattaya, you should know that there are many areas, more or less lively. Optionsto sleep in Pattaya are very numerous. This is South Pattaya with its sulphurous Walking Street that attracts the most tourists and is the busiest district. It contains the largest number of hotels and guesthouses. The tourist density in Jomtien, a little further in the South is also very important. The Russian community there is a large and small accommodation with cheap rates are less numerous. They are mostly concentrated near Thap Phraya Road. The more you go to Na Jomtien, the less umbrellas on the beach and accommodation are numerous. In the North, Naklua is much quieter. There is less accommodation. In North Pattaya, the cheapest guesthouses are located in Soi 3 and its surroundings.

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My recommandations

People often ask me what accommodations I recommaend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Pattaya.

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South Pattaya

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Weather & climate in Pattaya

Pattaya has a tropical humid and dry climate. There are three seasons in Pattaya : a warm and dry season (December to February), the best time, a hot and humid season (March and April) and a warm and rainy season (May to November).

The best moment to come to Pattaya is from November to April and especially from December to February. September and October are the rainiest months.

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Practical information about Pattaya

Note that here Songkran festival, the celebration where people splash water on each other to celebrate the Thai new year, lasts a week instead of three days like in the rest of the country. During this period (starting April 13), you can not go out in the street without risking being completly wet. So dress accordingly.
Pattaya has its own television channel: TV Pattaya. There are many buses from Bangkok to go to Pattaya (you can book your tickets online HERE)

How to get around in Pattaya ?

Surprisingly, there are almost no tuk-tuk in Pattaya. Taximeters circulating in Pattaya usually come from Bangkok and are very reluctant to use their meter. Motorcycle taxis are much more numerous and cheaper but less safe. The most common transport to get around in Pattaya remains the songthaews also called "baths buses". They usually run on defined routes and cost 10 THB for a short ride. White songthaews go to Si Racha or Sattahip. The dark blue ones mainly run between Jomtien and Naklua. Pattaya city also has a bus service on 3 routes identified by 3 colors: green, red and yellow. All routes start at South Pattaya Big C. A trip costs about 20 baht. Maps are available from the bus drivers and in most Pattaya hotels and resorts.
Renting a car in Pattaya costs from 800 to 1500 THB per day depending on the model, renting a scooter from 150 THB (often a 1000 THB bail is required). Inspect your vehicle and take pictures to avoid any problems when you give it back. And if some rental companies ask you to leave your passport, just refuse, it is illegal and could cause you problems. You are supposed to be constantly in possession of your passport. You can also use GRAB app (similar to UBER but UBER does not operate in Southestern Asia any more) to order a transportation.

How to ask in Thai to go to Pattaya ?

I want to go to Pattaya / Yak paï ti Pattaya.
Where is Pattaya ? / Pattaya you ti naï ?

Must-visits in Pattaya

Sanctuary of Truth

My opinion :
Probably the most interesting monument in Pattaya, this temple by the sea in the area of Naklua is gigantic wooden construction built according to ancestral techniques

Pattaya Big Buddha

My opinion :
Perched on the hill between the sulfur area of South Pattaya and Jomtien, the 18 meters high statue of Buddha seems to watch over the city. This is the largest statue of its kind in the Province.
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