It depends on how much time you have on your hands. Both Pattaya and Phuket are quite similar in terms of what they offer: beautiful beaches and nightlife. However, Phuket is much further down the Thai peninsula and requires a flight to reach. Getting to Pattaya is much simpler and can even be done as a day trip from Bangkok.
There are multiple modes of transportation to get to Pattaya from Bangkok. By far, the most popular one is via bus. The bus stations in the Eastern Bus Terminal (Soi Ekkamai), Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit), and Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) all have frequent buses that depart between 5:30am to 6:00pm (or even 11:00pm depending on the station), and cost around THB120. Bus trips take approximately 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on the traffic.
Or book a private tour.
1. Walking Street. The road is closed to traffic from 6pm and over 100 bars stay open 'til the early hours.
2.Pattaya has a thriving temple scene. The Sanctuary of Truth is a teakwood temple site home to countless Buddhist shrines and displays impressive religious architecture – it's worth a visit in our book.
3.Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is another beautiful place to visit in Pattaya
4.Culture lovers shouldn't miss Pattaya Floating Market, a colorful display of local life held daily from 10am
It's best to do a bit of research and find a Bangkok holiday package that visits the Pattaya attractions most appealing to you. For a beach day and trip to the spectacular Coral Island, consider this Pattaya tour from Bangkok.
1. Horizon Bar located on the top floor of the Hilton Pattaya Hotel.
2.For a unique evening of entertainment, check out V2O Ice Bar & Cocktail Lounge.
3.If you're keen to try the local cuisine while in Pattaya, visit The Flying Vegetable for hearty, healthy Thai dishes.
4.To indulge while on vacation, we'd recommend Cafe des Amis which serves numerous world cuisines and manages to do them all justice.
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