Pattaya is a fun and vibrant city that offers so much more than sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.

But there are a lot of accommodation options and knowing where to stay is super important.

Which is exactly why we put together this guide for where to stay in Pattaya.

This article was written for travellers, by travellers. It lists the five best neighbourhoods to stay in Pattaya and organizes them by interest.

So no matter what you’re looking to do, you’ll be able to find the best place to stay to make your travel dreams come true.

So whether you’re looking for a fierce party, a little relaxation, or a vacay the whole family will remember – you’ve come to the right place!

Here is our guide for where to stay in Pattaya, Thailand.

Where to Stay in Pattaya

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Pattaya.

Best Hostel in Pattaya: Nonze Hostel

This attractive Pattaya hostel is ideally located on Pattaya Beach. It is within walking distance of the city’s best bars, clubs and restaurants. It comes complete with a relaxing outdoor area and a cosy lounge. They provide 110 box beds and each reservation includes a delicious breakfast.

Best Airbnb in Pattaya: Simple but cute bungalow

It might look simple, but this Airbnb has got everything you could wish for. The bungalow is made out of wood but very clean and comfortable, with a mosquito net and fan inside. Enjoy the evening after a long day at the beach in your private balcony hammock. The beach itself is only 100m away from your home, right after the host’s restaurant where you can enjoy a nice dinner.

Best Hotel in Pattaya: E-outfitting Boutique Hotel Pattaya

Thanks to its great location, this is our pick for the best hotel in Pattaya. It is close to CentralFestival Pattaya Beach as well as eateries, shops and sightseeing. You’ll enjoy free wifi and a coffee bar, as well as air-conditioned rooms and a welcoming seating area.

Pattaya Neighborhood Guide

FIRST TIME IN PATTAYA
Pattaya Beach, Pattaya
FIRST TIME IN PATTAYA

Pattaya Beach

Pattaya Beach is the ideal place to make your base if you’re visiting Pattaya for the first time. Not only is this neighbourhood centrally located, but it’s packed with awesome attractions and activities, delicious restaurants and fabulous shops that will keep you entertained both day and night.

ON A BUDGET
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ON A BUDGET

Jomtien Beach

Jomtien Beach is a small town located immediately south of Pattaya. Although it isn’t technically part of Pattaya, the two are so closely connected that they practically form one municipality.

NIGHTLIFE
Walking Street Pattaya
NIGHTLIFE

Walking Street

Walking Street is the most infamous neighbourhood in Pattaya. It is the main tourist area for nightlife and many of the offerings are centred around Pattaya’s sex industry.

COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
Ko Lan, Pattaya
COOLEST PLACE TO STAY

Ko Lan

Travel nearly eight kilometres across the Gulf of Thailand and you’ll arrive at the island of Ko Lan. Also known as Coral Island, Ko Lan is a stunning piece of paradise renowned for its pristine beaches, adventure activities and its fresh and delicious seafood.

FOR FAMILIES
The Sanctuary of Truth Pattaya
FOR FAMILIES

Naklua

Naklua is a neighbourhood set north of Pattaya Beach. It is home to one of the nicest beaches in the region as well as some of the most iconic attractions in Pattaya.

Pattaya is a resort town on the Eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand and popular with those backpacking Thailand.

It is infamous for its lively and vibrant party scene and is home to a whole host of gogo and beer bars, massage parlours and cabarets. While it’s undergone a recent revitalization, the party and nightlife scenes are still thriving in Pattaya.

There are plenty of fantastic things to see in Pattaya for travellers of all styles and budgets. To help you plan your travels, this guide will explore the five best neighbourhoods in detail.

Naklua is located at the northern end on Pattaya. It is a quiet district where you’ll find beautiful beaches, historic monuments, calm seas and a range of all-ages activities and attractions.

Head south from here and you’ll arrive in Pattaya Beach. The centre of the city, Pattaya Beach is packed with action and adventure. From museums and shops to restaurants and bars, this is the ideal place to stay if you’re keen to take in all that Pattaya has to offer.

Walking Street is the most infamous area of Pattaya. The city’s bustling nightlife and red light district, this is where you’ll find a myriad of bars and nightclubs, as well as pubs and dancefloors.

Continue travelling south and you’ll pass through Jomtien. A popular and relaxed neighbourhood, Jomtien is home to a great beach, tasty restaurants and a good selection of budget Pattaya hostels.

And, finally, hop across the water to the island of Ko Lan. Set nearly eight kilometres off the shores of Pattaya, Ko Lan is an island bursting with beautiful beaches, adventure activities, and fresh and delicious seafood.

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Pattaya’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

Now, let’s take a look, in more detail, at the five best neighbourhoods to stay in Pattaya. Each is a little different from the last, so be sure to pick the one that’s right for you!

#1 Pattaya Beach – Where to Stay in Pattaya First Time

Pattaya Beach is the ideal place to make your base if you’re visiting Pattaya for the first time. Not only is this neighbourhood centrally located, but it’s packed with awesome attractions and activities, delicious restaurants and fabulous shops that will keep you entertained both day and night.

By day, Pattaya Beach is a popular destination thanks to the massive CentralFestival Pattaya Beach shopping and entertainment complex. Asia’s largest beachfront shopping mall has more than 350 shops for you to explore, so if you’re looking to add a few items to your closet, this is the place to do it!

By night, Pattaya Beach is a thriving district with bars and bistros, restaurants and nightclubs packed with tourists and locals all looking for a good time.

Pattaya Beach, Pattaya

Things to See and Do in Pattaya Beach

– Browse exhibits dedicated to everyone’s favourite stuffed animal at the Teddy Bear Museum.

– Catch an outstanding show at the Alcazar Cabaret.

– Dig into a tasty plate of food at Craft Cottage.

– Dine on succulent steak at Beefeater.

– Eat delicious Swiss dishes at The Bistro.

– Enjoy sweeping views of Pattaya at the Sunset Lounge.

– Grab a slice at BRONX Pizza.

– Indulge in a variety of pub games at Legends Pool and Sports Bar.

– See incredible works of 3D art at ART IN PARADISE.

– Shop until you drop at CentralFestival Pattaya Beach

– Sip cocktails high above the city at Horizon Bar.

– Soak up some rays at Pattaya Beach.

Best Hostel in Pattaya Beach: Nonze Hostel

This attractive hostel is ideally located on Pattaya Beach. It is within walking distance of the city’s best bars, clubs and restaurants. It comes complete with a relaxing outdoor area and a cosy lounge. They provide 110 box beds and each reservation includes a delicious breakfast.

Best Airbnb in Pattaya Beach: Simple but cute bungalow

It might look simple, but this Airbnb has got everything you could wish for. The bungalow is made out of wood but very clean and comfortable, with a mosquito net and fan inside. Enjoy the evening after a long day at the beach in your private balcony hammock. The beach itself is only 100m away from your home, right after the host’s restaurant where you can enjoy a nice dinner.

Best Hotel in Pattaya Beach: E-outfitting Boutique Hotel Pattaya

Thanks to its great location, this is our pick for where to stay in Pattaya Beach. It is close to CentralFestival Pattaya Beach as well as eateries, shops and sightseeing. You’ll enjoy free wifi and a coffee bar, as well as air-conditioned rooms and a welcoming seating area.

Best Hotel in Pattaya Beach: At Mind Exclusive Pattaya

At Mind Exclusive is a stunning and modern four-star hotel in central Pattaya. Comprised of 141 rooms, this hotel offers a variety of fantastic features to ensure a comfortable stay. They provide wake-up service, laundry facilities, and a shuttle service for guests.

#2 Jomtien Beach – Where to Stay in Pattaya on a Budget

Jomtien Beach is a small town located immediately south of Pattaya. Although it isn’t technically part of Pattaya, the two are so closely connected that they practically form one municipality.

It is a popular tourist destination that attracts travellers from all over the world thanks to its beautiful beach and its relaxed atmosphere. Here you can enjoy sunshine and sea life with a more laid-back vibe than you’d get at Pattaya Beach.

The area of Pattaya is also home to a high concentration of cracking backpacker hostels and top-value hotels, which is why it’s our pick for where to stay in Pattaya if you’re travelling on a budget.

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source: Melinda van den Brink (Flickr)

Things to See and Do in Jomtien Beach

– Dine on fresh and delicious Thai food at Cabbages & Condoms.

– Eat tasty Italian and French fare at Bruno’s Restaurant and Wine Bar.

– Enjoy a spicy and savoury meal at Indian by Nature.

– Hike up to see the stunning giant Buddha statue.

– Indulge in great dishes as you take in the stunning views from Ruffino Restaurant & Lounge.

– See your favourite sea creatures up close at Underwater World Pattaya.

– Snack and sample your way through the Jomtien Beach Night Market.

– Spend a day lounging at Jomtien Beach.

– Take a boat ride around the Floating Market.

– Visit the Tiger Park Pattaya.

Best Hostel in Jomtien Beach: Yes! Vegan Bed & Vegan Foods Pattaya

This is our favourite hostel in Jomtien Beach thanks to its comfortable beds and delicious vegan food. It boasts four bedrooms with 20 modern beds. You’ll also enjoy a variety of features including lockers and dry cleaning. A short walk from the beach, this hostel is ideally located in Jomtien Beach.

Best Airbnb in Jomtien Beach: Functional room in condominium

This extremely affordable Airbnb has got it all. A rooftop with 360° view, a restaurant and bar, shops and a spa – and you have access to everything. Your room in the condominium is simple but got all the amenities you need, from kitchen to workspace, fridge and even a microwave. With mostly great reviews, this place is a great choice when travelling on a budget.

Best Hotel in Jomtien Beach: BarFly Pattaya

BarFly Pattaya is conveniently located in Jomtien Beach. It is within walking distance of the seashore as well as great bars, restaurants and shops. They offer well-equipped rooms with comfortable beds, bottled water and free wifi. All of this combined makes this our pick for the best place to stay in Jomtien Beach.

Best Hotel in Jomtien Beach: The Pat Hotel

Large rooms, a central location and an outdoor pool – its no wonder this is one of our favourite hotels in Jomtien Beach. This hotel has 47 recently refurbished rooms each outfitted with modern amenities. You’ll enjoy easy access to Jomtien Beach’s top attractions, as well as lively bars and delicious restaurants.

#3 Walking Street – Best Area to Stay in Pattaya for Nightlife

Walking Street is the most infamous neighbourhood in Pattaya. It is the main tourist area for nightlife and many of the offerings are centred around Pattaya’s sex industry. Efforts have been made to clean the neighbourhood up in recent years, but it is well worth mentioning that it’s still home to Pattaya’s red light district.

But, there’s more to Walking Street than gogo bars and massage parlours. This lively and vibrant neighbourhood is packed with bars, pubs and nightclubs that come alive after dark and thrive until the early hours of the morning. So whether you’re looking for a glass of wine or a night of dancing, you’ll find it in Walking Street. A visit to walking street should feature on any Pattaya itinerary.

Walking Street Pattaya
source: Roman Lashkin (Flickr)

Things to See and Do in Walking Street

– Catch a show at legendary Castro Bar.

– Cool down with cocktails at ICE BAR V20.

– Dance the night away at Disco Mixx.

– Don’t miss the chance to party Club Insomnia.

– Drink and dance all night long at Discotheque Endorphin.

– Eat, drink and watch sports at Gulliver’s Walking Street.

– Enjoy a night of drinks and dancing at The Pier Disco Club Pattaya.

– Hear great R&B at 808 Club.

– Listen to live music at Hot Tuna Bar.

– Party until dawn at Lucifer Disco.

– Visit the famous and intricate temple, Wat Chai Mongkon.

Best Hotel in Walking Street: The Classroom Hotel

The Classroom Hotel is a fantastic option if you’re looking for budget accommodations near Walking Street. It is located at the heart of the district and is a fantastic place to walk back to after a night of drinking, dancing and partying. Rooms have king-sized beds, air conditioning and small kitchenettes.

Best Airbnb in Walking Street: Private room in tower

This home is located in the best area if you want to experience the nightlife of Pattaya. Your room in the condominium provides a kitchen, fridge and even a washing machine. There are also other facilities like a gym, pool, sauna and a rooftop in the same tower. “Walking Street” is a short walk from this Airbnb, so you can still enjoy a good nights sleep.

Best Hotel in Walking Street: Signature Pattaya

Located at the heart of Pattaya, this four-star hotel is one of our favourite in the city. It is conveniently situated for sightseeing, dining and nightlife options. This hotel offers spacious rooms with a variety of wellness amenities. You can also enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and a unique on-site restaurant.

Best Hotel in Walking Street: Honey Lodge

Honey Lodge is a modern and colourful three-star hotel – and it’s our pick for where to stay in Walking Street. It is within walking distance of Pattaya Beach as well as great shopping, tasty restaurants and lively clubs. Each room comes complete with air conditioning, bottled water, a refrigerator and a mini bar.

#4 Ko Lan – Coolest Place to Stay in Pattaya

Travel nearly eight kilometres across the Gulf of Thailand and you’ll arrive at the island of Ko Lan. Also known as Coral Island, Ko Lan is a stunning piece of paradise renowned for its pristine beaches, adventure activities and its fresh and delicious seafood.

Occupying just 5.6 square kilometres, Ko Lan is the perfect place to make your base if you’re looking to enjoy the beaches and seashores of Pattaya without the throngs of tourists. Here you can sit back, relax and bask in the sun, and indulge in fresh and delicious seafood, which is why it’s our pick for the coolest neighbourhood in Pattaya.

Ko Lan, Pattaya

Things to See and Do in Ko Lan

– Bask in the incredible views from beautiful Tawaen Beach.

– Dine on fresh and delicious seafood at Pause Bar.

– Enjoy the incredible views from the Windmill Viewpoint.

– Hop on a motorbike and explore the island on two wheels.

– Indulge in incredible seafood, fresh fruit and produce at Sea Space.

– Lounge in the sun at Nual Beach.

– Rent snorkels and explore what lies beneath the waves and off the shores of Samae Beach.

– Rest and relax on Tien Beach.

– Soar through the air on a tandem paraglider with Fly Koh Lan.

– Swim in the crystal clear and calm waters of Ta Yai Beach.

Best Resort in Ko Lan: Phikun Resort

Phikun Resort is one of our favourite places to stay in Ko Lan. Set in paradise, this hotel has seven recently refurbished room with modern décor, air conditioning and a variety of entertainment features. It is conveniently located for exploring the island and offers free wifi and on-site bike rentals.

Best Airbnb in Ko Lan: Charming room in homestay

Nice breakfast in the morning, a relaxed afternoon at the beautiful beach and an even better evening at the close by restaurants. If this sounds good to you, then you can be sure that this Airbnb is perfect for you. Close to the beach, affordable and comfortable, the homestay offers a great place in one of the coolest areas on Ko Lan.

Best Hotel in Ko Lan: Bee Orchid

Located on Ko Lan, this three-star hotel is a great base on the island. It is close to the harbour and is well-connect to the mainland, great beaches and delicious restaurants. This hotel offers free wifi, an outdoor swimming pool, and all rooms come complete with refreshing air conditioning.

Best Hotel in Ko Lan: Baan Im Em

This three-star hotel is one of the best on the island thanks to its wonderful staff, comfortable rooms and its great location. It provides a relaxing oasis after a day of adventures. You’ll enjoy air conditioning, bottled water, and cable/satellite channels. There’s also a helpful tour desk and free wifi on-site.

#5 Naklua – Best Neighbourhood in Pattaya for Families

Naklua is a neighbourhood set north of Pattaya Beach. It is home to one of the nicest beaches in the region as well as some of the most iconic attractions in Pattaya. Here you can enjoy relaxing and calm days spent lounging in the sand or exploring the sights, which is why it’s our pick for where to stay in Pattaya for families.

This neighbourhood is extremely well-connected throughout the region, making it an ideal base for exploring. Head off in almost any direction and you’ll find a myriad of activities and attractions that will enchant and enthral all members of your family. From water parks and lively zoos, a fantastic family vacation is at your doorsteps in Naklua.

The Sanctuary of Truth Pattaya

Things to See and Do in Naklua

– Enjoy a delicious lunch with an incredible ocean view at Radius @ Cape Dara Resort.

– Explore Mini Siam and Mini Europe, a fun and interesting park that is home to miniature versions of world landmarks.

– Get up close and personal with your favourite sea creatures and aquatic animals at Monster Aquarium.

– See masterpieces by Van Gogh and Monet presented on large screens at Hello Van Gogh.

– Snack your way through the lively Lanpho Nakluea Market.

– Spend a day in the sun at Wong Amat Beach.

– Take a tour of colourful Sukhawadee House.

– Visit the Sanctuary of Truth, a spectacular wooden construction that stands 105 meters high.

Best Budget Hotel in Naklua: Romeo Palace Hotel

Romeo Palace Hotel is a fantastic option for families on a budget. It is situated in quiet Naklua and is within walking distance of lively Pattaya Beach. They provide simple rooms with comfortable furnishings. You’ll also enjoy air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, private bathrooms, and minibars.

Best Airbnb in Naklua: Family apartment close to beach

If you’re planning on travelling to Pattaya with your family, but you’re worried about the safety and neighbourhood you should have a look at this Airbnb. Located very close to the beach but in a very calm and peaceful area, you can be sure that you and your kids will have a great holiday. The home is spacious and bright, with good amenities and an onsite restaurant.

Best Hotel in Naklua: Swiss Paradise

This three-star hotel wins our vote for where to stay in Naklua. It is conveniently located near Wong Amat Beach and is close to top tourist attractions, restaurants and cafes. Rooms are outfitted with private balconies, flat screen TVs and air conditioning. Breakfast is also available each morning.

Best Hotel in Naklua: Z Through by The Zign

This stylish hotel is a fantastic base for your time in Pattaya. It is conveniently located near restaurants and cafes and is a short distance from the beach and museums. The property boasts an outdoor swimming pool, a relaxing sauna and a coffee bar. You’ll also have access to a terrace, a tasty restaurant and a stylish lounge bar.

FAQ about Finding a Place to Stay in Pattaya

Here’s what people usually ask us about the areas of Pattaya and where to stay.

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Pattaya

Pattaya is a city with so much to offer travellers. From lively nightlife and pristine beaches to excellent shopping and flavourful food, this vibrant seaside resort city has something for travellers of all ages, styles and budgets.

In this guide, we’ve looked at the five best neighbourhoods to stay in Pattaya. If you’re still not sure which is right for you, here is a quick recap of our favourites.

Nonze Hostel is our pick for the best hostel. It has a central location in Pattaya Beach and offers a relaxing outdoor space and delicious breakfast.

Another excellent option is E-outfitting Boutique Hotel Pattaya thanks to its fabulous features, excellent setting and comfortable rooms.

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