Pattaya is always switched on and fun. This vibrant coastal city shot to fame in early 1980s, and stayed there. From sunrise to sunset, Pattaya’s beaches are constantly brimming with life, as water sports lovers and sun worshippers take to the waters. After dark, the action shifts to the streets, as revellers explore its electrified nightlife scene, where drinking and partying continue until dawn. Apart from water sports and nightlife, Pattaya offers endless possibilities when it comes to accommodation and entertainment. It has outgrown its image as a seedy beach town to a destination for a wider audience; whether couples, families or business travellers, Pattaya has something for everyone. Only 147km from Bangkok, Pattaya is the closest of Thailand’s major beach resorts to the capital city.
Pattaya like most of Thailand has the typical tropical climate and sees tourists almost all through the year. Here’s a monthly break-up of the climate so you can plan your trip better.
November to February: The best time to visit Pattaya is from November to February when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold and remains mostly pleasant. This is also the peak tourist season and most beaches and other places of attraction are packed with visitors. One can expect short spells of rain and regular days of bright sunshine. But do try to make all your bookings in advance because places get sold out and prices tend to rise.
Apart from exploring the beaches, there is much more that can be done at Pattaya. One can opt for exclusive tours to explore the Siam Pattaya and Chanthaburi Sapphire Mines. Adults can tantalize their senses by watching Cabaret shows performed by the Tiffany or Alcazar Group. The brave-hearted could ride the Rocket ball or the Flight of Gibbon. Pattaya has a cartoon network theme park, which is the first of its type. Tourists can also visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not. You can admire Pattaya’s flora and Fauna at Nong Nooch Botanical Garden, Khao Kheow Open Zoo, the Elephant Village or at the Under-Water World Marine Park.
Koh Samet beach is famous of all. The star attraction of Pattaya is plenty number of speedboats, parasailing, jet skis and floating restaurants. Another water sport is scuba and snorkeling in Koh Larm coral island, it will remain the best vacation of all time.