Situated on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Pattaya receives millions of visitors annually. A visit to Pattaya is a wonderful way to explore the beaches along the Gulf of Thailand. Relaxed and family-friendly Jomtien Beach is a hot spot for watersports and seaside massages. The giant Buddha of Wat Khao Phra Bat keeps watch over the city, and the wooden Wang Boran Sanctuary of Truth pays homage to Buddhist and Hindu art and architecture. At night, tons of bars and strip clubs attract an adults-only crowd.
Where to stay in Pattaya
Pattaya has an extensive choice of inexpensive budget rooms and mid-range accommodation, as well as an ever-increasing variety of more upmarket options and luxury resorts.
Standard room rates at guesthouses start from approx. 400 Baht per night during the “low season”. Mid-range and more upscale accommodation is available from just above 1,000 Baht a night – that’s just a bit over 30 US dollars! So even if you’re on a budget you can always afford to stay “in style”.
Shopping in Pattaya
Second next to Bangkok, Pattaya is Thailand’s prime destination for shopping fanatics and bargain hunters. No kidding, you can literally take a flight to Bangkok without virtually any luggage except for your passport and some cash, because everything else is available here – and this at considerably cheaper prices than in your home country.
From contact lenses and cheap reading glasses to a complete set of shining new teeth; from precious gemstones and necklaces to fake Rolex watches; from counterfeit designer clothes and football shirts to breast implants and tailor-made suits; from Thai-style handicraft and souvenir junk to brand-name clothing at wholesale prices – Pattaya’s simply got it all.
The best shopping opportunities can be seized along the southern stretch of Pattaya Beach Road and on Pattaya Second Road in South Pattaya. To satisfy the needs of more quality-conscious buyers, Pattaya also has an ever-growing number of brand-name clothing stores, art galleries, Thai jewellery shops and tailor shops.