The Ultimate Food and Travel Information Guide to Pattaya, Thailand
Pattaya is the dreamland or candy land for bachelors and men who want to have fun. Located in Thailand, Pattaya is a famous destination for bachelors as well as family and kids. I say this because Pattaya offers much more than Massages and Strip clubs even though people travel for only those. I can say without hesitation, that Pattaya is one of my favourite city for various reasons. Pattaya offers beautiful sightseeing destinations to look for, activities to experience, and beer bars to relax. So if you are ready to travel to Pattaya this below information might be the best guide for you.
Weather, Seasons & Best Time to Visit
Pattaya is very hot due to its geographical location. Located close to the ocean, Pattaya humid feels like you are in a desert. Even though Pattaya's temperature is not consistent throughout the year, it feels hot. The highest temperature goes up to 32°C, and the lowest will be 22°C. The climate also determines the low and high season. The high season is the summer season which starts from Mid-February till the end of September, which is precisely after the rainy season. The best time to visit Pattaya to avoid paying more for everything is travelling between September to the first week of November.
Cost of Living
Pattaya is one of the cheapest destinations in Thailand and even the world. There might be fluctuation in the Thai currency, but Pattaya seems to be more economical in all aspects. The hotel rent is much cheaper than any European countries and even in Asia. Even the five-star properties are much lower than in other places.
Best Area to Stay
You can stay anywhere in Pattaya, but the purpose of your visit might change the location. If you are travelling for adult fun, the best area to stay is near to Walking Street or in and around Soi Buakhao. These areas help you navigate your way to the best adult entertainment destinations in Pattaya. However, if you are travelling with your family, wife, and kids then, I would recommend areas around Jomtien beach. Jomtien beach is much calmer and is the most scenic destination ever.
Choosing the Best Hotel
Choosing the best hotel in Pattaya might be difficult because not everything online is the truth. There are instances where travellers face massive difficulty only because they booked a hotel online without proper research. There are plenty of different properties in Pattaya you can rent like a hotel room, apartment and even hostels but thorough research is a must. My advice is that you check the hotel's website, read up some reviews and get clarity on your stay locations. I love to stay at serviced apartments than hotels or guest houses because serviced apartments seem to be cheaper than hotels and have much better rooms. Now for those who love to pick up girls, they have one more thing to take care. Many hotels charge extra for bringing in guests from outside. Even though many properties in Pattaya do not charge anything extra, some might. If you are travelling for those temptations, then its better to check with the property, if they allow a walk-in guest. The term used is 'Joiners fee' for an extra charge, and if it says 'Guest Friendly' then, it is free of cost.
Important Sightseeing Destinations
Pattaya does have a list of Sightseeing Destinations depending on your choice. Below is the list of Sightseeing Destinations divided into sections based on the travellers' preference.
Adventure Traveller - The Traveller who is looking for some select activities vary from Water Sports to Sky is the Limit. Pattaya also has ATV, Park Tower Dive, Go-Karting, Xbungy etc.
Family Traveller - There are a lot of places to visit in Pattaya as a family. The sightseeing destinations like Mini Siam, Tuxedo Illusion Hall, Art-In-Paradise, Nong Nooch Dinosaur, Mimosa, Dolphin Show, Upside Down etc. is best for a family visit.
Solo Traveller - As a Solo Traveller my advice is for you to explore places like Walking Street, Soi 6, Soi LK Metro with some sightseeing destinations.
Must-Visit - There are some sightseeing destinations which are a must as a traveller. The sightseeing destinations like Big Buddha, Sanctuary of Truth, Soi Khao Chi Chan, Floating Market etc.
My advice for the travellers is to make a list of things which interests you then heading to those places and feeling left out. I made this mistake of going to Mini Siam as a Solo Traveller, and I was bored to death.
What & Where to Eat?
Pattaya is a great place to eat, and it is very cheap. Pattaya is best for having fresh seafood and Thai street food. If you are going to Pattaya then, make sure you try Shrimp noodles, Tom Yum, Steamed Fish, Fried Chicken, Coconut Pan Cake. Do not forget to try my favorate dessert Sticky rice coconut milk with mango. If you want to go an extra mile then, you can eat Crocodile Satay, Deep-fried Scorpion, Silk Worm, Raw Oyster, Jelly Fish etc. The best place to experience Thai cuisine is the Floating Market. The other areas are to go to any night market or behind Walking Street on South Pattaya Road.
Where to do shopping?
For all your shopping freaks, Pattaya is the place to explore. The cheap pricing and haggling for the purchase is the best experience. There are some large malls in Pattaya like Central Marina, Terminal 21 but I would recommend shopping at Night Bazaar, Jomtien Night Market, Pratamnak Night Market, Thep Prasit Night Market etc. Buy some really fashionable clothes, artefacts, Painting, memorabilia and so on.
Pattaya is a great place to get a massage, you name it they got it. From a very professional Thai massage to happy ending massages, everything is available in Pattaya. There are different types of Massages in Pattaya like
Traditional Thai Massage - Like an artistic yoga massage done with your clothes on and usually done by an old Thai woman.
Oil Massage - The Thai Oil Massage is a form of Indian Ayurvedic Massage done by using a couple of oils, aroma and traditional techniques.
Foot Massage - Generally Pattaya is famous for its foot massage, can be found in almost all the corners of the city.
Happy Ending Massage - Also called as the full-service massage is oil massage with hand-job, blow-job or sexual services.
Nuru or Soapy Massage - A Japanese invented delightful massage given by a nude girl on your nude body with the use of aroma filled soap.
LadyBoy Massage - Performed by Ladyboys. They offer all the services mentioned above.
Travel Tips to Pattaya
Pattaya is one of my favorate city to relax and explore but if you are not careful, you might end up on the wrong side. The following are some really important tips for you to know before you land in the Sin City
1. Scams - Watch out travellers, Pattaya does have a lot of scammers. The scam varies from small taxi overpricing to a big scam like Jet Sky. Now I cannot list out all the scams for you but I can definitely list out some common ones like
Jet Ski / Motor Bike Scam - To be short, you rent out a Jet Ski and at the end of the term, the lender discovers scratches, dentures and ask you to pay for the damages. If you don't pay, you might get into a lot of trouble. So my advice is don't rent Jet Ski / Motor Bike in Pattaya.
Ping Pong/ Sex Show Scam - You are walking on the street and someone approaches you and invites you to a Ping Pong show absolutely free. Don't go! I mean 99% of the Ping Pong/ Sex show involves a rip off scams, therefore, do not go.
Gemstone Scam - This is the most common and popular among all the other scams. Taxi driver convinces you to visit a gem shop with him and he offers to drive for a less or no charge at all. Do not encourage him at all because it is all fake.
2. Nightclubs - There are many nightclubs in Pattaya, getting to know each of them before entering is a must. There are 7 types of nightclubs you can see in Pattaya
Thai Local Nightclub - There are some good Thai nightclubs in Pattaya which are purified for great Thai music and party. You will not find any working girls aka prostitutes but all casual women and men. The clubs like Differ, Yes, Spark are some of the local Thai nightclubs.
Resto Bars - There are some regular Resto-bars in Pattaya and some really good micro-breweries. Make sure you check it out Hooters on Beach Road for some yummy chicken wings.
Beer Bars - Beer Bars or as I call it Fun Bars are nightclubs for cheap beers and fun working women. These bars have short time rooms above and if you love the girl sitting next to you take her to the room for some extra buck. The girls here are cheap comparing to other big bars. The best beer bars can be found on Soi 6, Soi Made in Thailand.
Agogo Bars - Agogo Bars or as I call it Fancy Bars are nightclubs with hundreds of working women. Some Agogo bars also feature topless dancers and everyone looks like a model. These girls are expensive as well as the bar fines are expensive but its all worth it. The drinks are also priced on the higher side.
Gentlemen's Club - Gentlemen's Club in Pattaya are a casual strip club with attached private rooms. Nothing much to talk about but it's worth a try.
Ladyboy Bars - Ladyboy Bars are one of the popular bars in Pattaya and very unique. These bars feature sexy Ladyboy for your company and it is as usual as the other bars.
Bars in Boyz Town - If you are into studly looking men. If you know what I mean.
Do not ring the hanging bell in any club. If you ring it then you have to buy everyone drink at the rate of 200 baht per drink.
3. Language - Many Thai People do not speak English therefore learn little Thai to navigate around Pattaya. The first thing to learn is the greeting i.e., Sawadee Ka/Krap and saying Thank you i.e., Kapkun Ka/Krap (Ka is used by Women and Krap is for men). Make sure you learn how to say food i.e., Xāh̄ār (Ahaarn) or else you will definitely go hungry.