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Just five decades ago, Pattaya was a sleepy fishing village whose only claim to fame was that it served as a resting place for a Thai king during his campaign to oust Burmese forces from his kingdom. In 1959, a number of American GI’s from the military base in Nakorn Ratchasima (Khorat) began to use it as a place for R & R. The word soon spread and from somnolent village it grew into one of the world’s top tourist hotspots attracting over eight million visitors in 2017.

Today the beachside town, just 150 kms from Bangkok, boasts of an eclectic range of diversions that appeal to every taste and preference; from top golf courses to go-kart courses, or sailing, polo windsurfing, snorkelling and scuba diving, Pattaya has it all. And as night falls, the city comes alive in a blaze of lights, tempting with fine dining, beer bars, cabarets, pubs and discos.

Pattaya is a top destination for Indian weddings due to its close proximity to Bangkok, its wide variety of international chain hotels catering for weddings of all sizes, its endless entertainment possibilities, vibrant nightlife, and family-friendly appeal



Golf at the Khao Kheow Country Club

Go deep sea fishing or sailing with Pattaya Boat Charters

Do a wine tasting at Silverlake Vineyard Ocean Marina Yacht Club

Learn to dive with Jomtien Dive Center Pattaya

Zipline with the Flight of the Gibbons


Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Big Buddha Hill

Nong Nooch

Sanctuary Of Truth

Art in Paradise

Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks,

Underwater World

Koh Larn (Coral Island)

Cartoon Network Amazone



The diversity of cuisines represented in Pattaya is wide: Thai, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese; French, Swiss, German, Italian, Hungarian, Scandinavian, British, and Arabic. From street food to fine dining, and from rooftop bars to beachside eateries, the city offers something for everyone.


The Glass House

Au Bon Coin

Café des Amis

Bruno’s Restaurant & Wine Bar

Caprice Restaurant & Bar

Indian by Nature

Yes Vegan


Mantra Restaurant & Bar



If there is one aspect of entertainment that defines Pattaya, it is the nightlife. From the beer bards on Beach Road to upscale rooftop bars and cabaret shows, the city is a Party Central.


Horizon Bar

Roof Sky Bar

Hopf Brew House

Tiffany’s Cabaret Show

Hard Rock Café



From small shops selling local goods to large shopping malls offering international brands, Pattaya boasts an exciting shopping scene.

Central Festival Pattaya

Central Marina Pattaya

Outlet Mall Pattaya

Gems Gallery Pattaya

Jim Thompson Factory Sales Outlet

Recommended Hotels

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

Dusit Thai Pattaya

Intercontinental Pattaya Resort

Insider Tips

  • Examine closely cars and motorbikes when renting them, and drive with caution.
  • Beware of pickpocketing, especially in crowded places such as Walking Street.
  • Make sure you know the rules of the venues before you go in: some offer free admission but won’t let customers go until they pay hefty bills. Likewise, ask for the price before ordering food or getting a massage at the beach. Don’t participate in illegal gambling.
  • Bargain in a friendly manner with local vendors.

Getting There

Pattaya is just a two-hour drive from Bangkok. Bangkok Airways flies from/to Koh Samui to U-Tapao, the nearest airport to Pattaya.  The second closest airport is Suvarnabhumi, in Bangkok. There is also a train service that takes 3.5 hours from Bangkok to Pattaya.