Another place in Thailand with very mixed reviews. It is super busy and a bit sleazy in places but Pattaya certainly has plenty to offer, even if your not a booze seeker. (Just be sure to stay away from the walking street area.)
We had a very short stay in Pattaya to meet up with Sean’s friend (who recently moved to Thailand from the UK) and his lovely family.
Things To Do:
Our favourite thing to do in Pattaya was to visit the viewpoint, it’s free to walk up and it’s a pretty easy walk. The views over the harbour and the city are beautiful. The viewpoint is a good place to watch sunset.
Next to the viewpoint is the Big Buddha which also has some amazing views over the city. You will need to cover your knees and shoulders ladies.
The beaches in Pattaya are beautiful, even if they are super busy. The best beach is the one at Jomtien Beach, there is a thick line of palm trees at the back of the beach which provides plenty of shade, there’s nothing worse than a beach with nowhere to hide from the blistering sun.
The night market at Jomtien Beach is open daily. All the night markets in Thailand were pretty good.
Where To Eat:
Mikes Mexican was reasonably priced and really good food. They do smaller size meals if you’re just after a lunchtime snack, otherwise portions are huge.
Pattaya has its own airport, its about 1 hours drive from the city centre and a mini bus transfer will cost 250B per person with drop off at your hotel.
Alternatively, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport is 1 hour and 30 minutes away but a coach transfer will only cost 120B, the bus leaves every hour and drops you next to the Grande Caribbean Resort.
Where To Stay:
We stayed at Hotel Zing, it was perfect for the price range. It had 2 swimming pools, one on the roof, clean modern rooms and it only cost £15 per night on hotels.com. Breakfast was an extra 180B each.