Pattaya is a world-renowned beach resort that has long attracted visitors from across Thailand and beyond. While Pattaya was once known only for its nightlife and exotic entertainment, it has broadened its appeal and you´ll find plenty of attractions here in Pattaya for all tastes.
Pattaya is in Chon Buri Province and is located around 90 minutes from Bangkok. There is so much to do in Pattaya that an overnight stay is recommended, and many people choose to spend a weekend or longer in Pattaya as part of their Thai vacation. Pattaya provides a wealth of choice in beaches, entertainment, shopping, eating and drinking, activities and cultural sites. Here we take a look at exactly what Pattaya has to offer.
Beaches in Pattaya
The main Pattaya Beach is the most popular beach resort in the country thanks to its close proximity to Bangkok. In the past only the main Pattaya beach was widely visited but now there are many other beach choices which are a little quieter and just away from the center of town.
Pattaya beaches have grown rapidly in popularity since the town was first visited by servicemen from the US in the 1960s. From this point on, the fishermen´s huts were replaced by deluxe hotels and big resorts, boutique hotels and budget accommodation. The white sand beaches are popular with people from across the world.
The main Pattaya beach is a great spot for sunbathing as well as engaging in more active pursuits like jet skiing, sailing, speed boating, water skiing, scuba diving, windsurfing, and more. There are many operators in the town offering water sports activities and excursions. Pattaya Beach is split into the north, south and central zones.
Na Klua Beach
The beach to the north of Pattaya beach is called Na Klua Beach and it was, until recently, a fishing village. The beach still retains its old-style charm and there are old buildings and a laidback atmosphere which appeal to people looking to escape the hectic world of Pattaya.
Wong Amat Beach
Wong Amat Beach, Pattaya is a secluded and quiet beach located to the north of the main beach in Pattaya. It is a great place to relax in the sun and take it easy with a drink and a book.
Dong Tan Beach
In the north, this is a quiet beach around one kilometer in length where you can find some tropical almond trees.
Three kilometers from Pattaya, Jomtien Beach is a popular option for those looking for a little peace and quiet.
Pattaya/ Image by Tim Tabor via Flickr
Other Activities in Pattaya
In addition to the water sports and beach activities popular in Pattaya, you will find plenty of opportunities for taking part in land-based activities like horse-riding, shooting, archery, bowling, tennis, paintball, karting, golf, and keeping fit. There are plenty of things to do in Pattaya.
You will also find lots of chances to shop. Pattaya has many small boutiques that sell handicrafts and local crafts including paintings, gemstone jewelry, silk, and trinkets. The larger malls offer all kinds of items from electronics to cheap clothes, and there are beach vendors and stalls offering all manner of products to tourists.
Eating and Drinking in Pattaya
The range of food and drink on offer in Pattaya is extensive. You will, of course, find seafood to be the dish of the day along with traditional Thai dishes and flavors. You will also find restaurants catering to other tastes, from Chinese food to French, Italian to Japanese.
Nightlife in Pattaya
All of Pattaya Beach is lively at night and you’ll find a huge variety of bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs catering to all kinds of tastes. In North Pattaya there are entertainment complexes for shows and performances, including the Tiffany Show and the Alcazar Cabaret, as well as many hotels and beer bars, go-go bars, and music venues.
South Pattaya has the Walking Street, which is arguably the most famous of all Pattaya’s nighttime attractions. It is closed to traffic at night and there are many shops and bars, all trying to tempt customers inside. You’ll find all you need here for a great night out, and it is a fantastic place to grab a beer on one of the outside tables and watch the world go by.
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