Boutique hotels, delicious restaurants, theme parks, golf courses, shopping plazas and year-round diving make our Destination of the Month, Pattaya, a great holiday hotspot, if you’re looking for a Thai beach holiday with plenty to do.
What to see
Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens is bursting with beautiful flowers and stunning landscapes, plus don’t miss their legendary shows including Thai dancing, boxing and drumming.
Pattaya Floating Market (locally known as the Four Regions Floating Market), sells souvenirs, food, art and clothing from the north, northeast, central and south Thailand.
Wat Phra Khao Yai boasts the biggest Buddha in the region, at 18m in height. High on a hill it watches over Pattaya and its site is not just a tourist attraction but an active temple too.
What to do
Swing through the jungle rainforest canopy of Chompoo Wildlife Sanctuary along a 3km zipline course. Two hanging sky bridges and rappel descents add to the adventure. Not for the faint hearted!
Get away from the hustle and bustle and explore the reefs and wrecks of Samae San and Pattaya’s islands with Pattaya Dive Centre.
With more than 30 golf courses, you’ll be spoilt for choice come tee time. Check out some of the best courses and resorts here.
Chill out on Ao Pattaya, a crescent-shaped bay that was one of Thailand’s first beach resorts in the 1960s, or venture further afield for two of the prettiest sandy spots in the area, Ko Samae San, a tiny island with good snorkeling and Hat Nahng Ram, around 35km south of Pattaya.
Where to stay
Take your pick from the several award-winning luxury Royal Cliff Group hotels, situated on a 64-acre private parkland estate, overlooking the stunning Gulf of Thailand. With world-class spa and dining services, plus a fabulous Stay and Play Package (in partnership with Cartoon Network Amazone), for those travelling with kids, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
With 270 rooms, outdoor and children’s pools, a spa, fitness centre, tennis courts and several delicious dining options PLUS a great location, this is a perfect choice for those wishing to explore all the golfing, snorkeling and shopping activities nearby.
Boasting 246 rooms with sweeping city and beach views, its central downtown location is perfect to explore all the shows, shops and sporting attractions in the area and its bars, restaurant and massage pavilion help guests relax after a busy day of sightseeing.
Hipsters will love this quirky boutigue hotel with its luxury art deco décor and handy location, next door to the Central Festival entertainment complex, full of fashion outlets, a cinema, bowling alley and spa.
Nestled next to the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, this 262-room resort is the first five-star beachfront property in Na Jomtien, offering spacious luxury accommodation, all with panoramic sunset views of the Gulf of Thailand.
With an all-year round warm climate, Pattaya is a great destination any month of the year, but the most popular time to go is from November to April, when there is little rain and lots of sunshine.