Being so close to Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi Airport, Pattaya is a popular weekend destination that also draws crowds of Eastern European package tourists and single males. This means there are plenty of hotels to suit a varied crowd, and whether you need your menu in Russian, a place that asks no questions about unregistered guests or a nice up market place to avoid the riff-raff, Pattaya has it.
Pattaya doesn’t have many hotels that are right on the beach as many are highrises set a block or more back from the shore. Where you stay depends on why you’ve come to Pattaya so take note of our below guide.
South Pattaya hotels
These are the most central but also among the noisy action. In this area you’re minutes from Pattaya Beach and also right in among the lanes of girlie bars. This is convenient it you’ve come to Pattaya for some naughty nightlife but not ideal for families.
Not all hotels in this convenient area are among the sleaze, some are really respectable and you can easily avoid the bars, especially beyond Pattaya 2 Road. By the time you reach Pattaya 3 Road or Sukuhmwit Road you’ll probably need a tuk tuk to reach the beach, or a brisk stroll.
North Pattaya hotels – Naklua
Far more exclusive and up-market, this area is also known as Naklua and typified by smart weekend condos owned by wealthy Thais. There are also some nice hotels all among a leafy environment. Naklua is a peninsula with a series of small private beaches which are open to the public but generally only attract guests of the hotels in the area. Here you can avoid the noise and distractions of Beach Road, yet be a five minute taxi ride from the action.
Jomtien beach Pattaya hotels
This long stretch of a beach is a slightly quieter alternative to Pattaya Bay and isn’t nearly as lively or chaotic by night. It’s favoured by the package tours, many of them Russian, and offers a pleasant enough experience for anyone who’s escaping a freezing European winter and doesn’t expect the beauty of the Andaman. There’s plenty of entertainment and tourist facilities here but it is somewhat remote from the main action of Pattaya central, perhaps a 15-20 minute taxi ride away.