Pattaya is one of the most varied cities in Thailand, with a range of activities and things to see and do – so we wanted to share this quick guide to Pattaya, for those visiting for a weekend.
We’ve condensed things into this easy and concise guide to help you get the best of your trip.
How To Get Into The City
Not being a major city, it’s not immediately obvious how to get from Bangkok to Pattaya.
Although Pattaya doesn’t have an airport directly in the city, there is a small airport about 30km away, although it only services routes to and from a handful of locations. It’s only a 2-hour drive from Bangkok and there are great rail connections so your best option is to visit via Bangkok.
The beach here is the largest in all of Thailand, in fact, many consider it the main and only reason to visit Pattaya. As with any beach resort, there is a lot to do from watersports, restaurants, and night-life. As with any beach resort, it can get very busy and if you like the quieter experience then it’s probably best to turn up earlier rather than later. There are also a lot of smaller and more rural beaches further down the coast.
Types Of Accommodation
As with most popular beach resorts the closer you wish to stay to the beach, the more you are likely to expect to pay. You are also going to experience a more noisy and vibrant evening and night-time experience, which is great for the young and those looking to party. But if you are booking a family trip then or even if you are a little more budget-conscious then it might make sense to look a little further out, destinations such as Jomtien beach may be perfect.
Where To Eat
There is a great variety of places to eat in Pattaya varying in style and cost. You only have to look around to find traditional local food and also cuisine from all over the region or the entire world. You can keep track of the budget and if you look online then you can easily find many deals on restaurants in Pattaya on the internet.
Nightlife is vibrant in and around Pattaya, and being a fully-fledged beach resort the party is never too far away. Walking Street is a prime example of what’s going on, a pedestrianized walkway coming in at over 750m long, it is a huge expansive stretch of bars, restaurants, shops, and clubs, as well as a whole load of stuff going on in the street itself.
With Buddhism being the most prominent religious practice in Thailand it’s no surprise that there is an abundance of Buddha statues and representations spotted throughout the country. But Pattaya is lucky to have two of the nation’s largest examples of these right on its doorstep.
Firstly, you can climb the hill at Wat Phra Khao Yai, known as ‘Big Buddha Hill’ for obvious reasons, to the reward of viewing the largest Buddha in the entire region, coming in at 18m tall it’s a hugely impressive sight.
If this isn’t a big enough representation of Buddha then it might be a good idea to go and see the Buddha engraving at Khao Chi Chan, a huge carving on the side of a mountain, standing tall at 130m high. It was created in 1996 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne.
For those that want to get out a little beyond the beaches into the water then a visit to Coral Island may be on the cards. An island paradise with crystal clear water, glorious fine, white sand beaches, it is only 7km from the coast and there are plenty of operators that will offer boat trips over to the island.
A perfect destination for a quick day trip for snorkelling, diving, and other water sports. It’s not the quietest now due to its popularity but still a fantastic day trip, even the journey there and back on the boats is a great part of the experience that is suitable for young, single people and families alike.
Ramayana Water Park
If you are looking for a bit of a thrill or just need somewhere for the kids to blow off steam while you chill out for a while then Ramayana Water Park is a huge and impressive destination and you can easily spend a whole day there. Interestingly the whole water park is built on the ruins of a forgotten ancient city which may sound odd, but it is not built over the whole thing and there are also opportunities to explore other areas of the old city and even go caving nearby.