Pattaya is a popular seaside resort area in Thailand. It's popular with both domestic and international travelers and it's close proximity to Bangkok, which is about 150 kilometers away, makes it an easy beach destination. The city is very developed and there is little left of the natural beauty that was once there. The local authorities have tried to clean up some of the party hard reputation that this area has, but the beer bars and clubs remain a focal point of the city. Still, there has been a growing number of family friendly attractions that have popped up around town.
The most central beach, Pattaya Beach, runs for three kilometers along the city center. It's lined with hotels, restaurants, bars, and clubs and the area comes to life at night when there is music playing and tons of people out and about. There is no shortage of things to do in the area and Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, is also quite popular.
Jomtien Beach appeals more to families. It's in the southern part of the city and it's a more relaxed place to visit. There's also a popular amusement park that kids enjoy visiting nearby.
The beaches in Pattaya stay very crowded and it's not uncommon to be harassed by hawkers selling any number of things. The sand is typically lined with beach umbrellas and there are all kinds of water sports and activities available including jet-skiing, water skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, and more.
The accommodation in Pattaya is as diverse as the tourists that visit. There are many upmarket hotels and there are a range of cheap guesthouses and hostels, as well as anything in between. Soi Buakhao is a popular area with longterm visitors because of its cheap guesthouses. There are also budget options along Soi LK Metro and Soi Honey Inn. Most of the budget options are not found on booking websites and it's really not necessary to book in advance. Cheaper guesthouses are often found above bars and massage shops so they're typically pretty loud. It's best to invest in some good earplugs if you're hoping for a good nights sleep. Most guesthouses also allow smoking in the rooms.
If you do decide to make reservations in advance, there are a couple of hostels listed below. You can book through hostelworld or any other booking website.
A quiet and safe hostel for backpackers and groups of friends.
Dorm Bed: $18.26
Nonze Hostel is a great option for travelers who want a clean, comfortable, and quiet place to stay. It's very safe and secure and it has a welcoming atmosphere. It's not the most social hostel, so if you're traveling alone it can be tough to meet other guests, but if you want an affordable and relaxing place to spend the night then this is a good option.
The hostel has 110 beds in total that are spread between single rooms, two bed dorms, and eight bed dorms. Every morning they serve a delicous breakfast. There's also an outdoor area where guests can relax with a cold drink and a book. Internet access is available as well.
The hostel is located on Beach Road and is walking distance to many things including restaurants, bars, and shops. The facilities are clean and the staff are friendly and helpful.
If you're looking for a modern and comfortable place to stay that won't break the bank then this is a good option.
183/6 Moo 10 Pattaya Beach Road Nongprue Banglamung ,
A good hostel for solo travellers, backpackers, and small groups of friends.
Dorm Bed: $7.43
The Five-O is another option in Pattaya for backpackers and budget travelers. The atmosphere feels a bit more like a hotel than a hostel, but there are dorms that sleep four or six people. With the smaller dorms you can choose between either a female only room or co-ed. There is also a private room available that can sleep as many as five people. This is a good option for a small group of friends.
The hostel is located just a short walk from the beach. It's a bit outside of the center of town but it's near several bars and restaurants. It's also near a small water park.
The hostel has a television room, a pool table, darts, and board games. There's also a dining area and a small kitchen. The on-site bar offers drinks for a reasonable price and the swimming pool is a nice place to relax, soak up some sun, or meet other guests.
352/39-42 Moo 12 Banglamung, Chonburi ,
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