Pattaya has become on of the most famous beach resorts in Southeast Asia, particularly popular with those looking for a lively party nightlife. However, families and young travellers alike will enjoy the sweeping sandy beach with plenty of watersports opportunities, the warm climate and cheap shopping and restaurants. The area offers a host of trips and unique things to do (such as riding an elephant!) from the excellent choice of holiday rentals in Pattaya.
The top draw to Pattaya is the local beaches which curve around the Bay of Pattaya. Hat Jomtien, is a relatively quiet beach while Hat Naklua to the north is the most family-friendly beach. Food stands, bars and souvenir stalls line the beach and there are plenty of watersports on offer, including windsurfing, jet skiing, sailing, banana boat rides, water skiing and parasailing. Snorkeling is a family-friendly activity and diving is a popular sport with several specialist companies offering PADI diving courses and trips to several wreck dive sites around Pattaya. Dining out on fresh seafood and lobster in Pattaya is an affordable luxury or sample the local cuisine at the street stalls. Pattaya is known for its nightlife venues and there are nightclubs, pubs, bars and cinemas as well as cabaret performances to suit all tastes. For more cultural pursuits, meditation sessions and massage can all be enjoyed. There will be opportunities to visit a Thai kick-boxing show, a traditional local sport held daily at the major stadiums around your Pattaya holiday rental, which is preceded by elaborate ceremonies and loud music.
For a taste of the Thai culture, the Pattaya Elephant Village offers the chance to take in an elephant show or enjoy a ride on one of these gentle giants. Just offshore there are day trips to the trio of islands: Ko Larn, Ko Krok and Ko Sak which offer excellent snorkeling in the clear warm waters. For families, Ripley’s Believe or Not has a fine collection of curious oddities to amuse all ages. A day trip to Bangkok is an opportunity to take one of the tours around the local wats, or temples, to see the huge buddhas as well as the Royal Palace. Trips on the Chao Phraya River will include a visit to a floating market and the chance to see local waterfront homes.
Holiday rentals in Pattaya enjoy warm temperatures all year round from 31°C (88°F) in December to 35°C (95°F) in April. The best time to visit is in the dry season between November and April when a few showers may be encountered but are unlikely to spoil your sunshine holiday.
Most visitors enjoying holiday rentals in Pattaya fly into Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International (BKK) Airport. Pattaya is 120km southeast along the coast. Bus travel is the most common means of local transport, but taxis are relatively inexpensive and car rentals are available. Once in Pattaya it is very easy to get around the central area on foot and taxis, songthaews and tuk tuks are everywhere.