Destination guide

Pattaya – a place to let loose and unwind

Hedonism and family fun combine in Pattaya to create one of Thailand's best-loved seaside resorts. It pokes out into the sparkling blue waters of the Thai Gulf, some 135 kilometers from Bangkok, meaning all the Pattaya vacation rentals that dot the beaches and the buzzing streets are easily accessible from the capital. Days can be spent lazing on the powdery sands of Jomtien Beach or splashing in the palm-shrouded waters of Wong Phrachan Beach, to the north – they are 2 of the best. Nights, meanwhile, are the province of Muay Thai bouts, rollicking rock clubs, and red-light dance bars.

Things to do

Pattaya – watched by the Buddha

Pattaya's not just about channeling the feel-good vibes of Thailand's tropical beaches. It can also be your ticket to some mystical Buddhist shrines and temples. In fact, the whole town is watched over by a golden Buddha effigy, sitting up on the appropriately named Buddha Hill. Head there for some awesome sunset views that see Pattaya Bay turn shades of yellow, pink and red in the evening. At the base of the statue is the Wat Phra Yai Temple, a montage of mystical snake carvings and spinning prayer wheels that's often wreathed in incense.

Activities

Shindig and chill in Pattaya

Pattaya is master of the dual arts of daytime chilling and nocturnal hedonism. If you're keen on hitting the shore with the whole family, you might want to consider booking Pattaya vacation rentals that dot the yellow-hued powder of Jomtien Beach, in the south. If you're looking to crank up the romance, a secluded villa overlooking Wong Phrachan Beach might be better. To be in the thick of the action, between Thai boxing rings and sleepless cocktail bars, you'll find the pads around hedonistic Walking Street to your liking.

Weather

When Pattaya is soaked in sun

Thailand's tropical climate swings between 2 seasons in the southern Gulf region. Roughly speaking, the rains start around May and last all the way through until November. That's when the so-called dry season starts. However, it's rarely entirely without downpours, as the name might suggest, especially if you're looking to book Pattaya vacation rentals before Christmas. Still, the days will invariably be hot – think temperatures in the high 80s – and laden with sun, so there's loads of time to soak up rays on Pattaya Beach.

Natural features

Punching out from the Pattaya crowds

Pattaya spreads out along the Thai Gulf just south of Bangkok. It's one of the first major seaside resorts outside of the capital, which ensures the main beachfront of Pattaya Bay is usually packed during the dry season. Don't worry – there are loads of places you can go to escape the crowds. Northwards is Naklua, home to more secluded Wong Amat Beach and the casuarina-shaded arc of Crescent Moon Beach. Even more of an escape is the island of Ko Lan. It's got white-sand bays, like Tawaen Beach, to kick back on and swathes of underwater coral reefs.

How to get there

How to get to and around Pattaya

The nearest airport is in Pattaya (PYX-Pattaya Airpark), located 7.2 mi (11.5 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Utapao (UTP-Utapao Intl.), which is 17.9 mi (28.8 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Pattaya Station or Pattaya Tai Station to see more of the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around Pattaya?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,241 vacation rentals near Pattaya. From 402 Villas to 107 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Pattaya for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Pattaya?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Pattaya:

  • Jomtien: 477 vacation rentals
  • Na Kluea: 1,079 vacation rentals
  • Nong Prue: 112 vacation rentals
  • Wong Amat Beach: 76 vacation rentals
  • Huai Yai: 45 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Pattaya?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Pattaya. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pattaya Beach: 1,235 vacation rentals
  • Walking Street: 1,233 vacation rentals
  • Central Festival Pattaya Beach: 1,228 vacation rentals
  • Pattaya Pier: 1,226 vacation rentals
  • Art in Paradise: 1,226 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Pattaya listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Pattaya?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 402 Villas in Pattaya. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Pattaya include:

  • Houses: 107 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 675 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 12 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Pattaya?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,002 vacation rentals with pool available in Pattaya. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.