– All you need to know about Pattaya

Popular with tourists and expats alike, Pattaya has attracted nine million visitors only in 2014 and is mostly famous for its sunny beaches, legendary nightlife and 24/7 party atmosphere. is your comprehensive online travel guide to Pattaya, Jomtien and Thailand, providing you with all the information you need before traveling to Funtown. Do I need a visa to visit Thailand? How can I find a cheap hotel or guesthouse in Pattaya? Find everything you need to know about holidays, life and lifestyle in Pattaya here on our website. Useful info for tourists, “long stayers” and expats alike.

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No More Double-Entry Tourist Visa After November 12, 2015

Nongkhai border checkpointOnce the new multiple-entry tourist visa becomes available at Thai consulates worldwide on November 13, double-entry and triple-entry tourist visa will no longer be available.
What is more, it seems like you’ll be able to apply for the new multiple-entry visa only in your home country or country of residence – and you may need to show a bank statement.
As a result, Thai consulates in the SEA region, such as in Laos, will only issue single-entry tourist visa in the future. and the number of back-to-back applications may be limited. Read more

Blacklisting for Visa Overstayers?

Rumours are once again rife that the controversial new overstay rules proposed in July 2014 might actually take effect soon. In fact, all it needs is the prime minister’s endorsement.
Currently, foreigners who overstay their visa have to pay of a fine of 500 Baht per day – up to a maximum of 20,000 Baht – but are not banned from returning to Thailand. Under the new overstay rules, tourists would risk getting blacklisted from re-entering the kingdom for up to 10 years. Read more

Pattaya Travel Guide – From Fishing Village to “Funtown”

Pattaya city sign above Bali Hai pierSince Pattaya’s “discovery” by U.S. soldiers in the 1960s and its rapid transformation from a virtually unknown fishing village to one of Thailand’s most popular destinations, Pattaya has gone through some significant changes but always remained loyal to its “Funtown” image.
Less than a mere two-hour drive Suvarnabhumi Airport and Bangkok, Pattaya has become famous for its tropical beaches, multitude of nearby tourist attractions, excellent restaurants and shopping facilities but, most notably, its world-famous nightlife that kick-started Pattaya’s tourism boom.

Baht bus on South Pattaya Beach RoadPattaya in the 21st century, however, can no longer be reduced to its bustling nightlife, thousands of beer bars, nightclubs and massage parlours. While Pattaya’s “adult entertainment industry” certainly still plays a major role in attracting tourists to the city, more and more couples and families, many from emerging source markets, have discovered Pattaya recently as their new favourite destination – and this with good reason.
Indeed, Pattaya today is more than just the old “Disneyland for adults” and has something on offer for everyone – young and old, single and couples, families and pensioners alike.

Tourist Attractions & Sightseeing

Elephant show at Nong Nooch Garden near PattayaIf lazy sunbathing on Pattaya or Jomtien beach and the the city’s bustling nightlife shouldn’t be enough to keep you busy round-the-clock, Pattaya has a wide range of tourist attractions that cater to whatever your taste may be.
In the last couple of years only, Pattaya has seen the addition of a vast number of new attractions that appeal specifically to family vacationers and reflect the city’s changing tourism profile.
Some of the “must-see” places of interest include, for example, the Sanctuary of Truth, exciting crocodile and tiger shows, a boat trip to Koh Larn island just off the coast of Pattaya, and the Pattaya Floating Market. Read more

Activities & Things to Do in Pattaya

Pattaya is Fun for the whole family!If you’re a sports and outdoor enthusiast, Pattaya has more than 20 of Thailand’s finest golf courses, all in tropically evergreen landscapes and within a 60-minute driving distance from the city center.
Fun for the whole family and kids is always guaranteed in one of Pattaya’s brand-new amusement and water parks. And if you’re the more adventurous type – elephant trekking in the jungle, a thrilling jet ski or banana boat ride, bungee jumping or a scuba diving trip, might be just the thing you need after a night on the town? Read more

Pattaya Nightlife – “Disneyland for Adults”

GoGo bar in PattayaHaving said that Pattaya has revamped its image significantly in recent years and is surely on its way to establish itself also as a “family-friendly” destination – Pattaya’s notorious nightlife and red-light districts are certainly still the city’s main attraction. In fact, Walking Street – Pattaya’s prime entertainment zone – has developed to some kind of tourist attraction in its own right in recent years.
At a rough estimate, there must be around 2,000 nightspots all over Pattaya, from so-called “beer bars” and hostess bars, live music venues and traditional pubs, to ultramodern discos and dance clubs with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems; from A-GoGo and coyote bars with “sexy shows” to world-renowned transvestite cabaret shows.
Never mind what the neighbours say. Following a day of lazy sunbathing, sightseeing and shopping, that’s all part and parcel of the unique Pattaya-by-night experience and should be on every visitor’s must-see list. Read more

Pattaya Beer Bars

Open-air beer bar in South PattayaYep, now we’re talking about Pattaya’s notorious nightlife and thousands of bars and nightclubs; last but not least – let’s face this pretty fact – Pattaya’s beautiful and charming ladies.
Roughly estimated, it’s got to be something like 1,000 to 2,000 “beer bars” all over Pattaya, perhaps even more? So regardless of where you stay in Pattaya, if you’re looking for a nearby place to have a drink, chat with one of the ladies – or to find sexy female companionship for a couple of hours or the rest of the night – you’ll never have to search for very long.
Although beer bars are concentrated most densely in the South Pattaya area, bars can be found virtually anywhere around Pattaya. And let’s get this straight from the start: Although the female staff of a beer bar will usually all be prostitutes, bars in Pattaya aren’t just some kind of “brothels”. In fact, they’re pretty much like your local pub back home and invariably friendly places where anyone looking for a fun time is welcome. The only crucial difference is that the bar maids are also available for extra services in your room … Read more

Pattaya GoGo Bars

GoGo bar on Walking StreetA visit to one of Pattaya’s (in)famous GoGo bars (that’s pretty much the equivalent to Western-style strip joints and table-dance clubs) should surely not be missing either from your to-do list in Pattaya, regardless of whether you’re a single male, a straying husband or an adventurous couple.
Pattaya currently has more than 80 GoGo bars situated all over town. While the better part is located in the Walking Street area of South Pattaya, an increasing number of GoGo bars and coyote clubs can also be found on Soi LK Metro off Soi Buakhao.
To start with, why not just have a look around our popular nightlife pictures and video galleries to get a feel for what’s awaiting you in Funtown? We’re sure you’ll acquire a taste for it very very quickly. Read more

Where to Stay in Pattaya?

Hardrock Hotel PattayaPattaya has an extensive choice of inexpensive budget rooms and mid-range accommodation, as well as an ever-increasing variety of more upmarket options and luxury resorts.
Standard room rates at guesthouses start from approx. 400 Baht per night during the “low season”. Mid-range and more upscale accommodation is available from just above 1,000 Baht a night – that’s just a bit over 30 US dollars! So even if you’re on a budget you can always afford to stay “in style”.

Thai Visa Information

Pattaya immigration office on Jomtien Soi 5Nationals of most European, North and South American, as well as many Asian countries, do not need a visa to enter Thailand if they wish to stay in the kingdom for no longer than 30 days and for tourism purposes only. If you wish to stay longer than that most visitors can easily apply for a tourist or other visa at a Thai consulate in their home country.
Our general Thai visa pages provide you with all the info you need before traveling to the Land Of Smiles. Do I need a visa to travel to Thailand? Where can I find the nearest Thai embassy or consulate, and what kind of visa can I apply for? Finally, how will the new stricter visa regulations affect long-stay tourists and expats?

Pattaya Bar Girls – No Money, No Honey?

Bar girls waiting for customers on Soi 6Pattaya has been built on its thriving sex industry, that’s no secret. In fact, prostitution – in spite of not being “strictly legal” in the kingdom – has a lively and longer tradition in Thailand than modern-day mass or “sex” tourism and is deeply ingrained in its culture.
Unless you’re a real blockhead it probably won’t take you long to figure out that Pattaya bar girls are actually all hostesses or – to put it bluntly – prostitutes. If there is mutual understanding bar girls will accompany you back to your room for an hour or two or the rest of the night to provide you with a bit of sensual relaxation. Up to you, as they say – and your wallet.
To take a girl out of her bar, customers will have to pay a so-called “bar fine” (money paid to the bar directly so that the lady can leave with a customer) of usually around 300 to 500 Baht in a “regular” bar … Read more

Thai Massage & Body Massage

Relaxing Thai massage on Jomtien beachTraditional Thai massage isn’t just healthy, it’s a perfect form of relaxation too. Especially after an adventurous day touring the city’s markets and attractions, or hours of lazy sunbathing on Pattaya’s sunny beaches, a traditional Thai massage session of an hour or two is both relaxing, refreshing and healthy.
Massage parlours can be found all over Pattaya and in virtually every side-street, with prices starting from approx. 200 Baht per hour.
But to be clear about this: In opposition to a widespread Western misconception, traditional Thai massage is a therapeutic practice and not to be confused with the kind of erotic “body massage” that Thailand has become famous for and focuses less on health benefits but relaxation of a rather sensual kind, typically including a “happy ending” … Read more

Jomtien Beach Travel Guide

Jomtien beach just south of PattayaJomtien is located just a few kilometres south of Pattaya within a 10-minute driving distance from the city centre.
Nestled within its own wide bay with a six-kilometre stretch of sandy beach, Jomtien is the perfect choice for tourists who seek a quieter and more relaxed alternative to Pattaya’s traffic and noise but don’t want to miss out on the city’s bustling nightlife and other amenities.
Jomtien’s essential bonus is that it provides all the features of a relaxed beach holiday in a less “touristy” environment, but just around the corner from the hustle and bustle of South Pattaya and Walking Street. Then again, Jomtien itself has undergone a massive development and hasn’t just become a destination in its own right but one of Pattaya’s most favourite residential areas, featuring a fair share of nightspots and a remarkable bar scene of its own. Read more

Pattaya Ladyboys – A Hot Encounter of the Third Kind

Sexy Pattaya ladyboy on Soi 6Ladyboys surely aren’t everyone’s “cup of tea”. While some guys swear they’ve had the hottest sex ever with a ladyboy in Pattaya, others might despise them as a matter of principle, or simply not know how to tell a ladyboy from a “real” girl.
But like them or not, ladyboys aren’t just an Internet fad – their often massive silicone boobs and extra gateways on the rear side are simply additional sweeteners most Thai girls can’t offer.
If you wish to learn more about Pattaya ladyboys, learn how to spot a ladyboy, and find out where to meet ladyboys in Pattaya, feel free to have a look around our popular ladyboys page to find all the info you need.
If alternatively you’d rather meet a cute Thai ladyboy online before you even visit Pattaya, this free ladyboy dating site offers a good opportunity to make yourself more familiar with what might be your secret object of desire? And if you’re more serious about your “ladyboy adventure” and wish to date a “normal” ladyboy that doesn’t work in a bar, MyLadyboyDate is the perfect platform to hook up with decent Thai ladyboys that don’t just want your cash.

Dating “Normal” Thai Girls?

Thailand has millions of sexy ladies that don't work in the bar industryTalking about dating sites – bar girls in Pattaya work for cold hard cash. Fair enough. That’s what they’re in Pattaya for.
But what if all those commercial pay-for-play adventures aren’t your cup of tea? Meeting “normal” Thai ladies who have never worked in a bar and aren’t dating you just because you’ve paid their bar fine, has always been a bit tricky.
But in fact, thanks to modern technology, meeting a “normal” Thai girl has never been as easy as now in the age of Facebook and messaging apps.
With Internet access available even in the most remote village these days, there are now hundreds of thousands of cute Thai ladies with more romantic ambitions that increasingly hook up with foreign guys on social networking and dating sites.
So if you want to meet a Thai cutie straight from the countryside that isn’t just keen on your money, then dating sites like Thai Friendly are definitely worth a shot these days. While the most popular Thai dating sites are free to join anyway, even paid membership plans are still considerably cheaper than a single night of buying overpriced lady drinks for a bunch of bar girls in Pattaya … Read more

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Shopping in Pattaya

Shopping in PattayaSecond next to Bangkok, Pattaya is Thailand’s prime destination for shopping fanatics and bargain hunters. No kidding, you can literally take a flight to Bangkok without virtually any luggage except for your passport and some cash, because everything else is available here – and this at considerably cheaper prices than in your home country.
From contact lenses and cheap reading glasses to a complete set of shining new teeth; from precious gemstones and necklaces to fake Rolex watches; from counterfeit designer clothes and football shirts to breast implants and tailor-made suits; from Thai-style handicraft and souvenir junk to brand-name clothing at wholesale prices – Pattaya’s simply got it all.
Find out where to buy what at the the best prices in our Pattaya shopping guide and directory.

Learn Thai Language

Thai traditional way of lifeEver wonder what your Thai GF and her friends in the bar talk behind your back, or what these “hieroglyphs” she’s posting on Facebook actually mean?
Thai is a fascinating language with melodic sequences of sounds and words and an ostensibly irritating alphabet. But unless you have a knack for learning languages you might initially find it impossible to master even the basics of Thai.
Then again, it’s certainly not as hard as it seems to develop some fundamental Thai skills. In fact, it’s much easier than you would think at first glance.
Our Thai language pages don’t just give you a brief introduction to the history and structure of this fascinating language – you can also pick up some basic Thai vocabulary and learn lots of useful phrases … Read more

Pattaya Gay Scene

Boyz Town is Pattaya's prime gay entertainment zoneAs the rest of Thailand, Pattaya is extremely gay-friendly and has a fairly developed gay scene. In fact, homosexuality in Thailand isn’t just accepted and tolerated – being gay is a normal feature of everyday life.
Albeit less developed than the straight bar scene, Pattaya’s gay scene is similarly organized. Aside from the city’s world-famous transvestite cabaret theatres, there are dozens of host bars where you can simply have a drink and chat with the male staff, as well as numerous A-GoGo and show bars. The only crucial difference from straight venues is that the service staff, the hosts and dancers, are attractive young males … Read more

Long-Stay Tourists & Expats! New Stricter Visa Regulations

Visa run to the Thai-Cambodian borderIt’s certainly never been easy for expats and long-stay tourists to obtain a proper visa for Thailand that allows them to stay in the kingdom for longer than just a couple of weeks or months. Since August 2014, this hasn’t become any easier.
While it remains to be seen how strictly the new rules will be enforced, we’ve compiled a summary of the main changes in our news blog.
Most importantly, if you have arrived in Thailand without a visa and stay here under the visa exemption scheme, out/in visa runs are no longer a viable option to extend your stay in the kingdom indefinitely, but you’re advised to apply for a proper visa at a Thai consulate.
While tourist visas were not affected by the crackdown and there is no official limit to the number of back-to-back visas you can apply for, student visa holders were hit hardest by the new, considerably stricter requirements for ED visa extensions that went into effect in August 2014 … Read more

7 Responses to – All you need to know about Pattaya

  1. Pattaya is a wonderful place if they could have some control over the people they are letting into Thailand.

  2. Pattaya has been criticized for quite a few years now – too many Russians, to many Indians. But the truth is, it’s still as much fun as 10 years ago if not more. There are now more go go bars and beer bars then ever. Sure, some bars especially around 3rd road (further off the beach) are fairly quiet these days but I wouldn’t complain about that, it just means there are more girls for me to select from :) Others complain about rising prices but if you look around there are still happy hours until 9pm for beer below 100 Baht at a lot of beer bars and a stroll down Walking Street you find draft beers for 60 or 70 Baht. You just need to know which places to go and you’ll have fun. Just the bar fines have gotten somewhat out of control, I think 800 Baht, 900 or sometimes even 1,000 Baht is too much even for a go go girl as they they’re asking 2,000 Baht plus themselves on top of that. I think the bar owners will react on that sooner or later if they see they lose customers who just aren’t ready anymore to pay these high bar fines (escept maybe the guys from Baccara who have mostly Japanese clients who don’t mind spending 8,000 Baht for one night out). And then down in Soi 6 you still get your short time fun including the room charge for 1,000 Baht – just like 5 years ago. And after that you can go in one of the bars in that Soi to play pool for free and enjoy a few cool beers for below 100 Baht as well. You can say a lot about Pattaya but it’s still fun as ever and definitely not too pricey yet. Great website mate by the way!

    • Cheers Stefan. As for bar fines in GoGo bars, I think there are various reasons, for example, rental prices in Pattaya and key money have been skyrocketing in the last 10 years, unfortunately not only in prime locations like Walking Street or so. Of course, the girls in Pattaya are demanding higher wages too, which is only fair enough imo. The main problem for bar owners though I think is that it’s getting increasingly harder to find suitable girls for the bar job. To start with, thanks to continuously declining fertility rates, Thailand simply doesn’t have enough young women anymore. As a result, many GoGo bars these days have to hire girls via agencies, which comes at substantial extra costs. I agree that in order not to lose customers bars owners will soon have to find a workable solution, especially given the continued depreciation of the Euro; I’m just not quite sure what that could be?

      • That’s a good point, the birth rate has decreased in the past couple of decades and that will certainly put bar owners in trouble to find not just willing but also “talented” staff. What I assume is that the go go bars will completely vanish in the future, maybe not within the next 5 years but in the long term. One reason as you mentioned the changing demographics with less young Thai girls but also in my opinion because of more lucrative options for the girls. Especially the massage and escort industries will continue to attract workers as it’s just so more convenient for them to sit around all day playing on their phones while waiting for customers that they quickly serve and get paid in an hour or so instead of drinking beer all day long and doing one, maximum customers a day. Let’s see where the industry is moving, it’s gonna be interesting to watch and follow.

    • Pattaya is better now than it was ten years ago? Stefan dude, you weren’t even in Pattaya 10 years ago! I can remember bar fining girls in Patts for 100 baht and 500 baht all night for young eager good looking girls. Today, Bangkok has way better pricing for go go’s than pattaya without the hordes of tourists, I don’t want tourists taking photos while i’m taking some chick to short time!. In general Pattaya is a hole, more so now than it ever was. Cheap short times on Soi 6, yes, take some photos of the girls on soi 6 and compare them to my photos of girls on Soi 22 Bangkok! I’ve lived in both places 20 years ago and over the past 7 years. You used to be able to take girls under 20 to the clubs on walking street, now they won’t let you in, the biggest attraction that Pattaya USED to have was the abundance of beer bars that overflowed with hot women, now they work in Bangkok G-clubs or as coyote girls, the beer bars have been replaced by hotels (just look at 7&8). Pattaya wants ridiculous bar fines for Go Go girls, damn i’d rather pay for a coyote (Bangkok doesn’t have this problem). Japanese paying 8000 baht for a girl? That’s a myth, how many Japanese guys you personally know pay that, or you hear it from someone else? However my biggest problem with your statement is this, Pattaya used to be a friendly place, it’s not anymore, everyone wants to fight you, all the mamasans are quick to yell at you, don’t leave a tip and you’ll get cussed at, the girls will swear at you (English & Thai) generally everyone hates you in Pattaya. It wasn’t always like that. It’s been going downhill for years and will continue to do so.

  3. Pattaya is awesome don’t know where all you naysayers are from I’d live there the rest of my life if I had the cash and I’m sure anyone visiting this site would too, at least for me as a twenty something pretty good looking guy it trumps Bangkok, chiang mai, phuket, koh Samui is upping it’s game I gotta admit that. Nightclubs like ibar go all night then you have that bar around the corner that goes til midday and all the other spots in Thailand closing at 2am the atmosphere on walking St is better than anywhere else I’ve been from Cambodia, Vegas, Tokyo, NZ, new York everyone is just on a happy buzz that I’ve met I guess if your out looking for trouble you will find it and I don’t know anywhere else where you can buy a bottle of Jack black label at a club for the price of two vodka/rebulls in Most western clubs or bars.

    Not to mention World class facilities, malls, golf courses, good language schools, awesome muay Thai training camps centrally located, nice modern condos for 10k thb per month, hospitals, great Western food not so much thai, decent enough beaches, koh larn and other beaches in short distance.

    Cheap nasty sex available all day long for next to nothing it’s almost $250nzd per hour for a mid twenties chubby mum hooker in Auckland/Sydney or Chinese girl that is telling you to finish 10 minutes in the experience just doesn’t come close to what this place offers.

    Come to pattaya loaded with cash stop being cheap and go out to have fun you will come to realise that thai people and girls are a fun seeking people that are very family oriented, generous and helpful and if you treat them with respect and not third world citizens you will understand what I mean.

    That’s my rant anyway see you soon pattaya I’ll be back in 2015 kicking thai pads, having fun and getting blasted.

    • I totally agree mate… I suppose it would be a fantastic discovery for a young man these days, with plenty of cash to spend. I also see where these old timer’s, who frequented Pattaya in the mid 90’s are coming from. Nearly 100 Baht to the British Pound at one point, bar fine of 150 Baht, 500 Baht to the girl for all night, and decent hotels for 250 Baht per night. Not to mention how attractive and friendly the ordinary bar girls were. My main point is, is that Pattaya used to be a destination for the working class man of Europe, Australia, USA, etc. who could really afford the delights of the place. It’s not so much that the people who are moaning about Pattaya these days are tight-wads, it’s just that we were the people who at one time could afford one or more trips to paradise per year, but now we can’t.
      I’ll close with this little analogy… “Imagine if at one time you were paying for burgers and eating stake, and now you are paying for stake and eating burgers.” What would that be like.
      Keep on rocking in Pattaya everyone. By the way, if anyone would like a glimpse at what Pattaya was like in the mid to late 90’s, please feel free to have a look at my book that’s on sale and was kindly covered by your webmaster on this very (most excellent) website. ‘Walking the wild side-the life of a sex tourist’ on e-book or paperback via Amazon.

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