There's no doubt you've heard about Pattaya before and probably because of it's seedy reputation and its famous Walking Street with hundred of Gogo Bars and Clubs.
But Pattaya is so much more than a hectic nightlife (even though that's mostly why I go there).
Shopping Malls, Beaches, Waterparks, Water Activities, Rooftop Bars, great beach restaurants, big resorts...
And the best part? It's only a 2 to 3 hours from Bangkok to Pattaya so it's the perfect beach getaway to have a break from the city of angels.
How to Get to Pattaya ?
You've got all kinds of options to go from Bangkok to Pattaya.
- Ekamai Bus Station to Pattaya
You can take the bus in the photo above for as cheap as 118 baht and it takes about 3 hours.
Nothing luxurious but you've got the AC, and for the price, it's as good as it gets.
There's a bus that leaves every 30 minutes. Tickets are available at the counter only. It's first come first serve only and you can't book online.
If you want to book online, you can use the form below and check the prices for vans, premium buses, and private taxis. That goes from 150฿ for a bus ticket to over 1,500฿ for a private taxi.
- Taxi from Bangkok to Pattaya
Of course, that's gonna be more expensive but if you're sharing the ride with a few friends it's really not that bad.
There are a few websites that offer rides from as low as 1,500฿. Just type "taxi Bangkok to Pattaya" and you'll find plenty of options.
Or you can use Grab Taxi, to order one but you're looking at over 2,000฿ easy.
Where to Stay in Pattaya ? Hotel, Pool Villa...
Pattaya has some really cool hotels and as in the rest of Thailand, you'll find every price range.
But the real deal in Pattaya are private villas and resorts.
Where it's gonna be hard to find a villa in Bangkok where you can party with your friends, Pattaya have tons of options.
Quick tips if you plan to party there:
- Most places don't allow noise after 10 pm in residential areas, so check with your host before you book.
- Look at all the pictures, make sure you have good privacy, you don't want people passing by watching what's going on inside your villa.
- Compare prices between Booking.com and Airbnb. Even though Airbnb tends to be easier to use, most villas are on both platforms and usually have different prices for whatever reason.
If you're there with a big group I've made a selection of villas with 5 bedrooms and more on MojoSons Events website here.
Check the options Available
- Book on Airbnb and get up to 1,650฿ off your first booking. It's what we use 70% of the time for our guests and friends. They have the largest selection, the reviews are genuine and the in-app chat helps a lot to sort details.
- Check deals on Thailand Holiday Homes. Not always the cheapest but you've got a really serious and reliable agency service. The villas are always well maintained and the staff is here to accommodate your special requests.
- Use Booking.com, work for both hotels and villas.
What to Do in Pattaya ?
Pattaya is changing a lot and in a good way.
Whether or not you fancy big shopping malls and touristic attractions, that give the city more options and attracts a different crowd than the one in Walking Street.
Believe it or not, you'll see a ton of families there and it's not really surprising.
Even though the prices are going up, Pattaya is still a pretty cheap beach destination compared to Koh Samui or Phuket.
And again, it's only a few hours from Bangkok.
Central World and Terminal 21, two of the main mall's empires in Thailand have built their malls next to each other and they're HUGE !!
Even if you're not into shopping, like me, there's still a lot to do in or around Pattaya. You have water sports everywhere, you can join a yacht cruise or a plan a private yacht party with your friends, go to a shooting range or see temples...
There's really a ton you can do.
Where to Party in Pattaya ?
That's the question I've been asked the most by far and that's a subject that will need its own dedicated page.
The good news is, I'm working on it right now.
But even without my recommendations, you can't go wrong in Walking Street.
You have everything in the same street. Clubs, Bars, Live Music, Muay Thai fights, restaurants, and of course, Gogo Bars. A ton of Gogo Bars. 🚨
As entrance is free in most places, just go in, feel the vibe, and get a drink if you like it.
There are so many places, it would take you forever to try them all.
But if you're in good company, you'll have fun everywhere. And if you don't, just go from bars to bars and I'm sure you'll make friends, all sorts of friends.
Still, here are a few places you should absolutely checkout
- Best Gogo Bars : Look for Skyfall, Dollhouse, Baccarat, and Sapphire.
- Best Clubs : Insomnia is always the go-to place. But for something more modern and high end, try also Lucifer 2.0 and 808.