A hotch-potch of a city teeming with expats, hoard of tourists and locals, Pattaya is a bustling city any time of the day. Whether you want to relax by the beach or go for a night of fun and revelry, Pattaya has you sorted on both front.
Essentially a resort city, it offers everything from stunning night markets to luxury stays for the most discerning traveller. While you might find the best hotels in Central Pattaya, avoid the area if you want to escape the crowd of the city. Once booked your rooms in Pattaya, get started on an exhilarating exploration of this coastal city.
First up, visit the Sanctuary of Truth. Made entirely of wood, this temple offers a stunning view of the entire ocean. A celestial-like atmosphere engulfs you ensuring tranquility as this place is a rich culmination of religious shrines and cultural monuments. Next up, head to the Buddhist temple of Wat Phra Yai. Perched atop a hill between Jomtien and South Pattaya, it is famous for its giant Buddha statue. Pay your respects and spend some time in solitude when you are here.
Once you are all caught up with spiritual places, head to the turquoise blue waters of Ko Lan, a small island just 7 km from Central Pattaya. Take a ferry to the island and spend your day on a banana boat ride or simply venture into the villages. There is plenty to do here for an entire day.
As the sun goes down and you have spent too much time relaxing in your hotel in South Pattaya, Thailand, head to Walking Street to party all night. A defining part of Pattaya, this place is perfect for all those nightcrawlers who love to venture out in the night and are not afraid of letting their hair down.
A 500 metre long street, you will find flashy nightclubs, go-go bars and restaurants here. Make note that vehicles are not allowed here after 6 PM so be ready to walk. Neon lights, loud music and an overzealous crowd will greet you at Walking Street. If you plan to party all night, book the best hotels to stay in Pattaya to crash in after an eventful night. Book your hotel with OYO for a comfortable stay.
For shopping, head over to the Central Festival Mall where you can find anything you desire. Then there are the famous floating markets, Pattaya Night Bazaar and Jomtien Beach Night Market. For amazing discounts, you can visit the Outlet Mall. You might be able to grab some of your favourite brands at almost 70% discount.
If you want to purchase some traditional Thai Silk, you can visit the Jim Thompson store located at the Royal Garden Plaza.
OYO hotels in Pattaya generally charge fares between ฿401 to ฿2440, depending upon the type of room you will choose. For instance, a single standard room with basic amenities will be cheaper whereas a spacious 2 bedroom apartment with a sea view will be costlier.
To enjoy the nightlife, you can visit the Alcazar Cabaret show to witness spectacular cabaret shows by the artists. If you want to have a luxurious experience, visit the Horizon Rooftop Bar where you can relax on a large sofa and view the city from the 34th floor! You can also visit the Thepprasit Night Market for some quick shopping along with enjoying the colourful surroundings consisting of live performances, live music, streetside bars and food stalls.
If you are looking for an action-packed evening, visit the Max Muay Thai stadium to witness a live Muay Thai match. They might also let you participate in a match if you are up for it.
You can ride the local bus called Beach Bus that traverses across the city, taking the visitors through the best spots such as Pattaya Floating Market, Jomtien Beach Road and Dolphin Roundabout. Perhaps the cheapest mode of transport is Songthaew which is a pick-up truck. Then, there are small minivans called Tuk Tuks that can be a fun ride and help you explore Pattaya comfortably. But make sure you negotiate the fares before getting on it.
You can rent cars from local rental companies such as SixT and Avis to roam around. Motorcycle rentals are also popular. You can rent a motorcycle without any driving experience and license.
The weather in Pattaya can be described as hot all year round. November to February mark the most pleasant months when it is not very hot or cold. March to May is the scorching summer season and the humidity is very high during these months. Between the months of June and October, the temperature fluctuates and occasional downpours can be experienced.
The Pattaya OYO hotels offer a variety of facilities such as satellite TV, AC, spotless linen, attached bathroom, CCTV, reception, daily housekeeping service, tea/coffee maker, mini-fridge, queen-sized bed, seating area, coffee table, side desk hairdryer, microwave, parking and free WiFi. Many hotels also have a swimming pool, in-house restaurant, banquet hall, 24x7 check-in and check-out.
You can hire cabs and reach Pattaya from Bangkok. By car, Pattaya is around a 2-hour drive from Bangkok. Frequent buses are available from Bangkok to Pattaya too. Pattaya is also well-connected to Bangkok by train. A regular train goes from the Hualamphong Station of Bangkok to Pattaya.
There are some great places near Pattaya for a weekend getaway. They are the world-famous city of Bangkok, Coral Island, Island of Koh Samet, Khao Yai National Park, Hua Hin, Trat, Ratchaburi, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Pathom and Ayutthaya.
The best places to visit while you are in Pattaya are Pattaya Floating Market, Walking Street, Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum), Frost Magical Ice of Siam, Coral Island, Tuxedo Illusion Hall, Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum and the Sriracha Tiger Zoo. You can also visit The Sky Gallery, Tutu beach Cafe and Skoop Beach Cafe to relish the amazing food.