Over the past few decades, Pattaya has really come into its own as a world-class holiday destination. Are you looking for a laidback holiday? A nightlife-filled and exciting vacation? Or do you simply want to be within close proximity to many golf courses? Check out our guide to the best areas to stay during your Pattaya holiday.
City location for your Pattaya Holiday
The obvious choice when it comes to holidaying in the region is in the heart of downtown Pattaya. The city has the most stunning choice of international restaurants, bars and world-class shopping centers. There is not much you can’t find in City for your Pattaya Holiday. There is a vast choice of hotels on Pattaya beach Road, Second Road, in Naklua and on Pratumnak Hill. This ensures competitive prices all around. With so many things to see and do, it’s no wonder why most people opt to stay in the city.
The is only one drawback to staying in such a location is the same you will find in every city. It can be really busy on the roads and depending on the time of day, getting in and out of the city can become tiresome. Other popular areas in the heart of the city include Pratumnak Hill and Naklua. If you are visiting Pattaya to play golf, this location might not be the best for you because you will have to continuously drive outside of the city, although Siam Country Club and Phoenix Gold Golf Club are both nearby and will take less. We can safely say that if you want a more rounded Pattaya holiday experience with bars and restaurants nearby, Downtown Pattaya is the best choice.
Pattaya Holiday at Jomtien Beach
If you enjoy a more laidback holiday experience, but still want to be close to Western-style eateries and exciting nightlife? If so, Jomtien Beach is the perfect place to stay. This is also an ideal holiday location for families. As Jomtien is not as densely populated as Pattaya City, it is easier to get out onto Sukhumvit Road. This makes the surrounding Pattaya holiday attractions a less stressful experience.
Along Jomtien Beach Road, Thappraya road and Thepprasit Road, there are some great value for money hotel choices. Jomtien is known as the home to some of the city’s finest restaurants. It’s a popular place with foreign ex-pats. There are so many great restaurants in Jomtien such as News Steaks, Frasers, Café des Amis, and many more. Jomtien is such a popular destination for a holiday because it merges a more laidback atmosphere. Jomtien is conducive to families and couples. But it still has lots of bars and amenities that make it a great place to stay.
Staying in East Pattaya
One of the most up and coming areas on the Eastern Seaboard. We call it locally as ‘East Pattaya’, or ‘Pattaya Darkside’. Don’t let the latter name put you off though. Because it was called the ‘darkside’ many years ago because the area didn’t have street lights at the time. Hence the ‘dark’ reference. The reference has nothing to do with exploring the delights of ladyboys for the first time.
East Pattaya is a vast area on the opposite side of Sukhumvit road to the city with the most notable areas being Lake Mabprachan, Nong Prue, Nong Pla Lai and Banglamung. These are areas with heavy foreign expat communities and also some cool resorts and hotels. Areas such as Lake Mabprachan, Soi Khao Noi and Soi Khaotalo have some fantastic value for money international restaurants and an understated nightlife scene, but are relatively laidback areas to stay during your Pattaya holiday.
The best part about East Pattaya is that if you are visiting Pattaya for a golf holiday, there are many courses within close proximity. Siam Country Club is located in East Pattaya, and you will also find it much easier to access other Pattaya golf courses such as Burapha Golf Club, Pattaya Country Club, Laem Chabang, and even the back-route to Huay Yai where you will find Phoenix, St. Andrews 2000, Rayong Green Valley and more. Not many holidaymakers know about East Pattaya, but we are sure that over the next few years it will become immensely popular, especially with the golf holiday sector and expats who live and work in the city.
Na Jomtien, Huay Yai and Bangsaray
Although many people who come to enjoy a Pattaya holiday like to book hotel and resort rooms in the heart of the city, more and more holidaymakers than ever before are exploring the delights of booking a luxurious holiday villa rental outside of the city. One of the best places to rent a holiday villa in the region is at Na Jomtien or Huay Yai. Both these areas are located to the north of Pattaya over towards Bangsaray and Rayong.
The amount of affordable villa rentals is what makes staying in Na Jomtien and Huay Yai so desirable. These areas have beautiful countryside locations and are between a 10-15 minute drive into Pattaya City. These areas are also very popular with local foreign expats who work in the city, many of which have families. In Huay Yai and Na Jomtien, you will find some of the city’s best and most popular attractions such as the Pattaya Floating Market, Mimosa Pattaya, the Amazone Cartoon Network Water Park and Nong Nooch Gardens.
A little bit further away from Huay Yai on your way to Rayong, one of the most beautiful places to live or holiday in the region is Bangsaray Beach. This picturesque area is known as having one of the most beautiful stretches of sand on the entire Eastern Seaboard, alongside some quality villa and apartment developments that are taking the area to the next level. Along the main stretch at Bangsaray beach, you will also find some of the most delicious seafood restaurants and a handful of quality eateries that appeal to the region’s foreign expat communities. If you do stay in Bangsaray, you will have a lovely laidback time and easy access to a stunning beach.
As we mentioned above, if you are a single person looking to stay in the heart of the action near to lots of bars, clubs, eateries, shopping options and excitement, nothing can match staying near Pattaya beach Road or Walking Street. Alternatively, if you are with your other half or a family and want a more wholesome Pattaya holiday experience that still has easy access to bars and restaurants but is a little more peaceful, Jomtien beach is the ideal choice.
If you want to bask in a private and beautiful place with a stunning beach and laidback attitude, not many places in the region can match Bangsaray. If you are a family and you want to have a holiday in a relaxing place, but still be close to Pattaya holiday attractions and all the things that enhance a holiday, we would suggest somewhere in East Pattaya such as Lake Mabprachan.
There is so much choice when you are thinking of booking a Pattaya holiday that it only makes sense to have all the info close at hand so you can make the best-informed decision for your holiday convenience.