Pattaya (Thailand)

Pattaya Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Aleksandr Zykov

A seedy place that draws

Pattaya is a town on the east side of the Gulf of ThailandActually situated along a *very* nice stretch of beach, but not really a family-friendly place
Defines seediness with its go-go clubs and girlie bars

There is no need to beat around the bush here: Pattaya, on the east side of the Gulf of Thailand and about 2 hours by car from Bangkok, is a seedy place. Our guess is that you didn't really come here looking for Thailand's finest Buddhist temples when you stumbled upon this article about Pattaya anyway, so let's just get on with it, shall we?

Pattaya for most people is synonymous with girlie bars, go-go clubs, shady massage places and well, sex tourism. Stroll around Walking Street adjacent to Pattaya Beach at night and you will realise that this is not just a case of a place getting a bad rep, seediness single-handedly defines Pattaya. It all apparently began during the Vietnam War when 500 American soldiers came here to rest and relax. Development started from there, and the rest is history.

Obviously if all of this is your thing you will know where to go and what to do (ahem). Even if it isn't really your thing but you're not put off either by the just described loud and colorful spectacle, Pattaya's sights and sounds are guaranteed to fascinate. If you wish to avoid it altogether you can instead spend time at the more family-friendly Jomtien Beach.

If you spend your time there, we reckon you may also be interested in finding out that those Buddhist sights we just referred to are not just some kind of fantasy. Buddha Hill and the gorgeous Sanctuary of Truth are some of the sights to check out if it's not Thai ladies (or ladyboys) that you are after. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Pattaya is a city in Thailand's region of Chon Buri. It has a population of 107,406, is situated at an altitude of 39ft and the best airport to fly into is UTP (Utapao, Pattaya)
  • The main spoken language here is Thai, and the average English skill is intermediate
  • The currency used in Thailand is the Thai baht (THB)

Pattaya Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

0.6 0.6 2.1 2.5 5.8 4.7 3.8 3.9 8.1 8.5 2.8 0.3

More Pattaya travel resources

Guides to a place don't come much better than this one at Planetware. Although the one does come close. The Pattaya Wikitravel and Pattaya Lonely Planet can't be omitted, while if you really intend to go here with the family and your children, you may want to read Things to do in Pattaya with kids. A random blog we liked was Andy's Travel Blog.

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