Pattaya is a unique and really fun city; it is 2 hours from Bangkok by road. It is a world famous party town. It is impossible to get bored or not have something to do in this 24 hour city. Pattaya has expanded vastly over the last 30 years. Pattaya has so many attractions, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, shops and markets that it is impossible to list them all. Here are just a few ideas of what’s in town for you.
Pattaya Beach is a vibrant place to meet friends, laze in the sun or relax and eat Thai food. There are lots of bars & restaurants on Beach Road so if the beach is not your thing you can sit in a bar look out sea or watch the world go by.n.
Here you can also pick up novelty items and souvenirs, you can barter with the vendors this is all part of the Thai culture and it is fun too.
Things to do
There are just a few ideas on things to do in Pattaya.
If you like being pampered there is Spas and massage centers all over the city. These massages vary from Traditional Thai & oil massages to the more exotic and adult minded Soapy massages.
Pattaya is surrounded by golf courses. From award winning PGA courses to cheaper options there is a course for every golfer. Many local bars and pubs offer golfing days and weekly competitions.
Other leisure activities include fishing trips and diving trips. If you go to Bali Hai Pier you can organize trips very cheaply.
The city has cinemas, bowling and other family orientated activities; these can be found at Central Festival on Beach Road. This is a modern shopping Centre with international restaurants, shops and medical centers.
Pattaya offers trips to nine different islands. The most popular and largest being Koh Larn. Koh Larn has six beaches to choose from. This island is inhabited so it is easy to find restaurants and bars and you can rent a motorbike to explore the island.
Another island worth mentioning is Koh Ling (Monkey Island). This island is inhabited by gibbons and every day many visitors take the trip over to see them.
A short journey outside Pattaya and you can visit the world famous Koh Samed (Samed Island). This is very popular during the Thai summer months. You can get the ferry from Rayong which is about an hour from Pattaya.
There is so much to do in Pattaya – it has something for everyone. Age and budget are no problem here. The best way to find out is explore the city; the transport options are really convenient and cheap. Pattaya is a safe city and there are hidden gems all over.
Pattaya is a shoppers dream; from markets to international shopping centers Pattaya has it all.
If you are looking for cheap clothing there is a market in Soi Buakhao. Every Tuesday and Friday you will find lots of stalls selling all types of clothing and designs. Here you can barter and get a better price.
The Pattaya Floating market is a nice relaxing day out away from the city center. It has 100s of shops and places to eat. You can enjoy the wooden style houses and boats on the water.
There are huge supermarkets and smaller western supermarkets all over the city. The main two supermarket chains are The Big-C and Tesco Lotus. Here you can buy Thai groceries and a choice of Western groceries too. For specialized Western foods you can visit Foodland in Central Pattaya – this supermarket has all of your favorite cheeses, meats and breads from back home.
If you enjoy Thai food, international food or fast food then Pattaya is the place to be. Pattaya caters for every taste and every budget. From $1 bowls of soup to 5-star award winning kitchens.
For international fine dining there is a selection of hotel restaurants. The most popular being The Mantra found in the Amari hotel and The Edge restaurant at the Hilton, both with international top quality meals and buffet specials and both on Pattaya Beach Road.
For Thai foods Pattaya has a great selection. Down every street you will find the famous Thai street food and snacks, most for around $1 (USD). As for restaurants you have many small hole-in the- wall soup shops and Thai chicken and rice stalls.
There are many great mid-range Thai restaurants too. A great choice is Ruen Thai on 2nd Road. Here not only is the traditional Thai food delicious and reasonably priced, you also get an authentic Thai experience with traditional dance and music being played while you eat.
Nearly all of the city’s pubs offer a Western menu; here they normally have an international breakfast menu and quite often daily specials for lunch and evening meals.
Pattaya is a 24 hour city, you will always find something delicious to eat.
The nightlife is what made Pattaya famous and it doesn’t get much better than this. Often referred to as the city of sin due to its adult themed nightlife options, Pattaya has evolved. Yes, the city still has thousands of adult bars and gogos, but it also does have other options now too.
There are many pubs and sport themed bars throughout the city, here you can enjoy a Western meal, draught beer and a chat to expats and holidaymakers from every corner of the world. These are traditionally open 24/7.
The city has discos and dance bars too. These are mainly concentrated in and around the famous Walking Street.
Walking Street is a popular destination for holiday makers to visit at night. With its street entertainment, seafood restaurants, gogos and bars its bright lights and party atmosphere are truly unique.
There are many side streets full of beer bars, the most popular areas are Soi 6, Soi 7, Soi 8 and Soi Buakhao where you will find hundreds of beer bars, here you can play pool and bar games, drink and have fun with the ladies or meet friends for a chat.
For gogos the most up and coming area is LK Metro, found on Soi Buakhao. This street has lots of bars too. Many are owned by expats and this is a real fun area to hang out.
Every corner of Pattaya has nightlife. The local Thais and foreigners all like to party here together. It really is a unique experience. Most people who visit will return again and again.