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The best of Pattaya
A city with two contrasting faces, Pattaya appeals to the carefree tourist who’s after raucous nightlife pursuits, as well as those looking for wholesome adventure activities and family friendly fun—and, worry not, our list of best things to do in Pattaya caters to both types of folks. This city has it all, whether you love shopping, culture, entertainment, dining or the bar scene. Ready to explore? Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
Located less than couple of hours’ drive from Bangkok, the sunny seaside town of Pattaya has hundreds of hotels, resorts, shops, things to do and entertainment options to keep its eight million annual visitors busy—but it's the notoriously raucous nightlife in Pattaya that the city is probably best-known for. There’s no getting around it: sex is big business here. However, there’s much more to modern Pattaya than go-go bars, massage parlours and ping-pong shows. These days, there are plenty of great live music spots, chic bars and world-class clubs balancing out the less salubrious aspects of life after dark in one of Thailand’s most visited cities.