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Pattaya is always switched on and fun

Lining Pattaya's beach are shopping centres selling all kinds of wares. After the sun sets, things really hot up in Pattaya town. It's loud and occasionally lewd, with lots of bars and restaurants competing for your custom.

Essential information for Pattaya

Local Time

Language

Flag of Thailand
Thai

Currency

Thai Baht
Official currency of Thailand

Flight Information

17h 35m
Pattaya (PYX)
Direct

Flight schedule

  • Direct flights to Bangkok depart daily with EVA Air or Thai Airways. Onward flights to regional airport are operated by Thai Airways or Bangkok Airways.

Do I need a VISA?

British citizens do not require a visa for stays less than 30 days.

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Siteseeing Ideas

The world-famous cabaret shows are without doubt great fun, featuring the katoeys, better known as ladyboys. For a break from Pattaya's hectic pace, visit Wat Khao Prayai, a quiet, hilltop temple complex with great views.

   Paradise perfected: Pattaya Holiday Highlights

Switched on, fun, and always exciting, Pattaya has gone from backpacker central to family-friendly, offering everything from top quality beach breaks to historical tours for culture vultures. It’s had a complete revamp over the past few years, and is now a destination that swings from full-on partying to opulent 5-star luxury resorts, and all points in between. Pattaya holidays give you the chance to dive head first into the ocean one day, and feet first into the local culture the next.

Holidays to Pattaya take you to an exotic part of the world that’s right at the top of most people’s wish lists. So come chill out in a relaxed, laid-back spot that blends in everything you need for a perfect holiday-of-a-lifetime. This mish-mash of high culture and serious partying, so-laid-back-it’s-horizontal relaxation and top-end luxury makes Pattaya one of our favourite destinations.

Those beaches! Oh, wow, those beaches! Think white sand that has the texture of icing sugar, caressed by azure-blue water where you can see right to the bottom, all topped off with bags and bags of room; yep, you’ve hit the jackpot with Pattaya beach holidays.

Try some 5-star luxury with the Hilton Pattaya, which is slap-bang in the middle of the beach, and close to the centre of town, too. This is the definition of opulence, with a ton and a half of wow-factor-50 thrown in for good measure. If you tire of the beach then you can laze around in the infinity swimming pool, hand the kids over to the babysitting service while you head out for a night on the town, or check out one of the 20 (yes, 20) golf courses nearby.

For your holiday to Pattaya, you’re going to want something really special, so it’s lucky we’ve got some top quality hotels for you to check out. Better still, why pay for everything individually when you can wrap everything up into one bundle? Our Pattaya holiday packages include your flights, transfers and accommodation, so you can budget your spending money without worrying. Or why not plump for an all-inclusive option so your meals and drinks are paid for too. After all, this is your holiday, so it’s time to let us look after the details while you kick back and relax!Here’s some of our favourite places to stay:

  • Amari Pattaya – this is one seriously classy hotel, and you’re just seconds from the beach, too. Go low-rise and surround yourself with a tropical garden, or pick a room in the high-rise Amari Ocean Tower and get dibs on those dazzling sunsets from your very own balcony.
  • AVANI Pattaya Resort and Spa – fancy something a little more luxurious on your Pattaya holidays? This’ll hit the spot perfectly. You’ve got 8 acres of tropical garden, infinity pools, a swim-up bar, and a sushi restaurant for when you simply have to tuck into a salmon skin roll, washed down with a signature cocktail.
  • InterContinental Pattaya Resort – dial the luxury stakes up to 11, because this recently revamped hotel has everything you need for the perfect holiday to Pattaya with a loved one. You don’t even need to worry about car hire, thanks to the complimentary shuttle service that takes you from the hotel and right into the heart of Pattaya, so you can go exploring. After all that hard work haggling for bargains in the markets, head back and get pampered to within an inch of your life at the gloriously opulent spa.

The beach in Pattaya stretches for 3 miles, so there’s always plenty of space to stretch out and relax. If you can bear to tear yourself away for a while, though, (and we know, it’s tough), then Pattaya holidays can be a chance to explore local culture, stunning natural beauty, and some seriously good shopping.

  • Buddha Hill – Not only is this beautiful spot home to the biggest Buddha in Pattaya, but the views from the top of the hill are breathtaking, especially at sunset.
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not! – This may be a world-wide brand, but Pattaya’s Ripley is full of treasures, artefacts and, let’s be honest, some downright weird stuff you won’t see anywhere else. Great fun for the family.
  • Massage your worries away – if you’re on an all-inclusive holiday to Pattaya then your hotel or resort probably offers spa treatments. However, that doesn’t stop you from seeking out some pretty special Thai massage experiences that’ll make you forget all about the gas bill and that broken fence back home.
  • Siriporn Orchid Farm – Thailand’s favourite flower is the exotic orchid. Find out why these rare and beautiful flowers rouse such passions among collectors with a tour of the Siriporn Orchid Farm.
  • Shop ‘til you drop – Got some spare spending money burning a hole in your pocket? Head to the Central Festival Pattaya Beach Complex and haggle your way through over 300 stores and boutiques.

Pattaya is very family-friendly, and the majority of resorts welcome kids with open arms. However, if you’re here with a loved one or a group of friends then Pattaya is also a hot party spot, with lots of bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues all vying for your attention. Some bars are perhaps a little more ‘adult’ than others, but generally you can go from 2-4-1 cocktail joints to banging clubs without breaking a sweat. If you see the words ‘Katoey Cabaret’ then expect some pretty risqué entertainment.

  • By songthaew – this is Pattaya’s public transport system, which runs both buses and taxis (you won’t see any tuk-tuks in Pattaya). Look for dark-blue taxis and pick-up trucks that have been converted to carry passengers (also known as Baht buses).
  • By bus – local buses are cheap and a great way to make new friends as everyone’s very chatty and friendly.
  • Songkran - April – get wet and wild with the locals in the Songkran Festival, which is the Thai New Year. As it falls in the hottest month of the year, the locals celebrate by having huge water fights that’ll have you giggling like children.
  • Buffalo racing - October – ever seen a buffalo race? No? Then you’re in for a treat. Head down to Chonburi Province and put a couple of quid on number 4 in the 3.30 race.
  • Wonderfruit Festival - December – Thailand’s answer to Glastonbury, you’ve got live music, entertainment, traditional dance alongside ultra-modern techno, and a great atmosphere. Far out, man!

We’re slap-bang in the tropics here, so expect two very clear ‘seasons’ – the dry season and the, well, okay, not-so-dry season (actually, the lines are a little blurred as it’s hot all year round).

  • January–April - You’re in the hottest part of the year around this time, with January and February the drier of the months. Expect the mercury to hit the low to mid-30s°C, with plenty of sunshine. The ocean is at its warmest at this time of the year, in the high 20s°C, so you definitely won’t need a wetsuit.
  • May–August – consistently hot day and night, so thank goodness for that air conditioning in the hotel! Head to the beach for a cool breeze that takes the edge off the 30+°C temperatures.
  • September–December – Drier but definitely not cooler, with the average high in December hitting 31°C, making Pattaya holidays the perfect choice if you fancy some winter sunshine.

If our quick tour around Pattaya has tempted you, why not check out our Pattaya hotels and holiday packages in more detail and start planning your break today!

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