The seaside resort of Pattaya, situated on the South-East Coast of the Gulf of Thailand, is a fantastic destination for first time callers to the country. Catering to millions of visitors every year, Pattaya is a visitor-friendly ‘starter area’, allowing foreigners to dip their toes in Thai culture without drowning. The town has been catering to foreign visitors for a while, and you are guaranteed to be made to feel at home. It is a vibrant city, by day and by night, and a perfect escape for the family of groups of friends interested in a huge variety of affordable activities. From water sports to theme parks, zoos to exciting shopping and entertainment and Thai history and culture; Pattaya is a wonderful example of how exciting Thailand can be and the hospitability of its people.
A common misconception is that Pattaya, like the rest of Thailand, is only frequented by sex tourists. In fact authorities have introduced a slew of family-friendly activities which make it a great place to get away with the kids. There is even a cabaret show perfectly safe for them to gawk at.
This beautiful, affordable country always has warm, sunny weather (April is the hottest month with temperatures reaching 33 degrees and very high humidity), but the best time to visit is between November and February after the monsoon season but before it gets too hot and sticky.
Holiday in Pattaya
Perfectly geared at offering an exciting and unique experience to its visitors, Pattaya can be explored in a number of ways.
The 3km stretch of Pattaya Beach faces the calm, warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand and a variety of water sports from the boldy adventurous to the good plain fun: such as jet skiing, banana boating and kite surfing to scuba diving or sailing. Running along the beachfront you will find a huge variety of restaurants and shopping, malls and cinemas to make a day or two spent by the beach perfectly entertaining.
Further inland, excursions and activities in Pattaya include micro lighting, go karts, paintball, quad biking and golf. There are numerous theme parks in and about town, including Underwater World, Pattaya Water Park, and the beautiful Million Year Stone Park and Crocodile Farm, with death-defying crocodile shows to entertain adults and kids alike.
Apart from lodging crocodiles and fish, the many zoos and animal themed attractions include a tiger zoo and an elephant village, so an outing to explore the indigenous fauna of the region is easy and fun.
When the sun starts to set, head back into town to the famous ‘Walking Street’, the hub of Pattaya’s nightlife. With multitudes of bars, restaurants and clubs, this heady neighbourhood is also packed with late night shopping so make sure to take enough cash along.
Renting holiday accommodation in Pattaya
When choosing somewhere to stay in Pattaya, it makes sense to find your own little piece of Thailand away from the crowds. So rather than squeezing into an overpriced hotel room alongside every other foreigner, consider staying in a holiday rental. Whether you are looking for a villa with a pool, a terraced beachfront apartment or a city centre bungalow; living like a local and stretching out is so much nicer than a hotel room. And cheaper too. And after a visit to Pattaya’s floating food market, nothing beats being able to return to your very own kitchen and cooking up a lemongrass flavoured feast.