Discover luxury and boutique hotels in Pattaya

Beach seekers and nocturnal creatures: pack your bags for Pattaya, a newly family-friendly seaside city where swish resorts adorn the palm-lined suburban coast. Forget its raunchy rep – if you haven’t explored Pattaya’s PG side, you’re missing a trick. Efforts to tame the town’s titillating tendencies have paid off, and while the pulse-pounding nightlife is here to stay in the city centre (including on its lively crescent beach), just-out-of-town Jomtien, Naklua and Ko Larn Island offer soothing sands where the more mellow crowd hang out.

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When to go

For the best beach weather, aim to visit between December and April. Any later than that and rising temperatures plus rainier days can make things a little sticky. June to October is when monsoon season strikes.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is the closest international hub. Direct flights are available from European cities including London, Paris and Frankfurt; flights from the US usually connect via Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Beijing and Seoul. From Suvarnabhumi, it’s an hour-and-a-half taxi ride to Pattaya. If you’re coming from elsewhere in Thailand, U-Tapao Airport is another, slightly nearer, option.
  • Automobiles

    Driving in Pattaya is only for the daring. Skip the car rental and leave the hectic city traffic to the locals.