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Pattaya Travel Guide: Best Places & Time to Visit, Delicacies

Indian embassy near Pattaya

Embassy of India
42nd Floor (75/32-33, 20th Floor for Consular, Passport and Visa Services)
Ocean Tower 2, Soi Sukhumvit 19, Klongtoey, Wattana
Bangkok – 10110
Contact number: (662) 2580300-6

Visa Process for Indian visitors to Bangkok

The following documents are required to get a visa to Bangkok, Thailand

  • Original passport valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in Thailand
  • Confirmed air tickets with E-ticket Number
  • Proof of funds to cover the stay (10,000 Baht per individual in case of Visa on Arrival)
  • Confirmed hotel bookings

About Pattaya

Pattaya is a beach city running along the eastern coast of Thailand. Today the place is abuzz with tourists, who visit here to enjoy a stay in resort hotels, condos and wish to indulge in some fun activities. Close to the hillside is Wat Phra Yai Temple, a place revered and cherished by the tourist because of its special display of an 18m-tall golden Buddha statue.

Here are some of The best tourist places in Pattaya

  • To host the corporate big-wigs in style, there is designer golf course spread across the city, overlooking the Pattaya Bay. Indulging in Golf here is clearly one of the best things to do in Pattaya surrounding the bay.
  • Places to visit in Pattaya include a necessary trip to Mini Siam Pattaya and Chanthaburi Sapphire Mines. Mini Siam Pattaya is a destination with a miniature focus. The place has its first Thai heritage miniature replica and many miniature replica models of the wonders of the world. There is the London Bridge replica, Pyramid, Emerald Buddha Temple and Statue of Liberty, and many others.
  • A very popular Pattaya’s city point of interest is Koh Samet, also known as the Paradise Island. It is considered to be a holistic part of the city tour as the journey begins from Pattaya itself. The visitors are required to take a ferry from Ban Phe to reach Koh Samet. The complete trip is a visual treat with the sparkling sand display, the crystal blue water and a pristine beachfront providing an awe-inspiring sight.
  • Pattaya also has various museums and peaceful religious destinations. They are major crowd-pullers for the city through the year. Another famous temple is the Sanctuary of Truth which houses the heritage and history of Pattaya on a magnificent display.
  • The Art in Paradise centre is a must visit amongst the tourist destinations in Pattaya. It is super-cool to be here, as the centre displays 3D paintings. For more fun, add Ripley’s Believe It or Not in your must-visit list and get ready to board a spiced-up activity list, which includes the red trains, ghost trains, waxwork, haunted tours and aquariums.
  • Also, it is interesting to observe how the vendors sail and make a viable marketplace of Thai boats. For more shopping, there is a bustling walking street and many classy malls like the Royal Garden Plaza, Mike Shopping Mall, Central Festival Mall and the Outlet Mall. Thepprasit Night Market and Pattaya Night Bazaar are also some of the popular shopping tourist attractions.
  • Pattaya also hosts the first cartoon network themed amusement and water park in the world.
  • Another famous tourist destination is Underwater World Pattaya, a modern ocean aquarium, fitted with a pedestrian tunnel to help people enjoy the marine life view underneath, up-close.

How to reach Pattaya from India

Suvarnabhumi Airport, also known as Bangkok International Airport, is one of two major international airports serving Bangkok. The quickest way to reach Pattaya from India is to take a flight from any of the major cities of India to Bangkok. The duration of the shortest flight is about 4 hours 15 minutes. To reach Pattaya from Bangkok, tourists have to cover a distance of about 147 km by road. Hire cars or use the reliable rail network.

How to reach (All Location)

The best way to tour Pattaya is to board the Beach Bus plying on the circular line in the city. It will take you to the top sight-seeing attractions like Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya Floating Market and Dolphin Roundabout. To reach anywhere and everywhere in Pattaya, use the Songthaews, which are two-bench pick-up trucks and cover all the tourist spots in their multiple journeys. Cherish a fun experience with TukTuks. These are mini-vans shining in red or yellows and must be used for simply fun since they don’t carry a fixed price tag. For private excursions, in and around Pattaya, rent a car. There are English-speaking drivers from reputed car rental companies. Better still, opt for a self-drive and let the suspense of the unwinding roads open at its own pace. Tourists even have an option to ride a motorcycle.


Close to the hillside is Wat Phra Yai Temple, a place revered and cherished by the tourist because of its special display of an 18m-tall golden Buddha statue.

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Best time to visit

Pattaya like the rest of Thailand is a year-round destination. November to February offers the best climate experience since it is neither too cold nor hot. One can expect sudden bouts of rain and a sunny day. March to May is hot and humid, but still, the destination is flocked with tourists. It is, however, less crowded than what it is from November onwards. June to October in Pattaya are rainy months. During this time, it is not too crowded, and the weather is cool. During the off-season, the tourists can look in for best deals and offers.

What to pack?

  • Carry loose and comfortable cotton wear.
  • Use light woollens in the winter months.
  • Carry a waterproof jacket for the unpredictable rain spell.
  • Always carry a swimwear as per your personal preference.
  • Carry a pair of sandals or flipflops for long beach walks, or if you plan to join the 500-m long Walking Street Tour on the Pattaya’s Beach Road. The city springs to life during the night with thumping music, food, street performance and a lot of dance.
  • Carry smart casual wear for dinner.
  • Carry a high SPF sunscreen, hat or cap, shorts, towel and your sunglasses.

Top delicacies

  • Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad)- It is shredded raw papaya, with sweet and salty flavour with accompaniments.
  • Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)- It is made with fresh ingredients like lemongrass, lime leaves, shallots and more.
  • Pad Krapow Moo Saap (Fried Basil and Pork)- It is minced pork mixed with a lot of holy basil along with other ingredients and flavours.
  • Khao Niaow Ma Muang (Sticky Mango Rice)- It is prepared by mixing slices of mangoes with sticky rice and topping it up with thick coconut sauce.
  • Khao Tom (Rice Soup)- It consists of broth made from jasmine rice. Ginger, lemongrass, eggs, meat and fish sauce.

Top Indian restaurants in Pattaya

Alibaba tandoori curry restaurant

  • Located at: 1/13-14 Pattaya Klang Rd, Next to Krungthai Bank, Banglamung, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
  • Cuisine: Indian, Asian, Gluten-free Food
  • Contact No.: +66 86 835 5817

Indian by nature

  • Located at: 306/64-68 Thapraya Road, Towards Jomtein, Chateau Dale Complex, Pattaya City, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
  • Cuisine: Indian, Asian, Vegetarian-friendly
  • Contact no.: +66 38 364 656

Crown of India

  • Located at: 99/1-2 Pattayasaisong Rd, Muang Pattaya, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
  • Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian-Friendly
  • Contact no.: +66 38 423 009

Shopping list essentials

  • CentralFestival Pattaya Beach is a tall structure with 300 shops. Shop for high street fashion brands here.
  • Royal Garden Plaza in the same complex has souvenirs, jewellery, electronics and beachwear.
  • Pattaya Floating Market is to shop for clothing, handicrafts, art and jewellery.
  • The Mimosa Thai handicrafts are popular.
  • Pattaya Night Bazaar offers exclusive discounts on clothing, souvenirs, mobile phone accessories and small electrical gadgets, and street-lined luggage stalls.

Healthcare centers

  • Bangkok hospital Pattaya
  • Pattaya international hospital
  • Banglamung hospital
  • Pattaya city hospital

Basics of local communication

The restaurant menu will be provided in English, or make sure to ask for it. The waiters will, however, communicate in Thai. So, learn to greet using Thai phrases. People might speak in heavy accents too. Learning these basic Thai phrases will gain appreciation and smiles from the locals:

English Thai
Hello Sawadee krub
Yes Krup/ Ka
No bplao
Do you have water? Mee naam mai krup?
Thank you Kkop khun krub for men and kkop khun for women

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