BY Guinness Bear

Top 10 Reasons to Enjoy a Pattaya Family Holiday

When we think of Pattaya, a family-style holiday destination is not what initially springs to mind. You might usually think of beers, babes, and nights out but Pattaya has so much more 🥇 

What many people don’t realize is that Pattaya has some of the best family attractions of any major tourist destination in Thailand. More than Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok? Maybe more than all of them combined! 🏆

Here are 10 reasons to enjoy a Pattaya family holiday 🧔


#10 People living in Pattaya

Pattaya has roughly one million residents, and it receives a record number of tourists each year. Residents of Pattaya are amiable and very welcoming, which is one of the reasons to enjoy a Pattaya family-friendly holiday. In my opinion, tourism in Pattaya and Thailand is only possible due to the friendly nature of the locals 🥇 By looking at the massive number of tourists arriving here, we can safely assume this. Therefore, you can find family-friendly tourist destinations and places to stay and enjoy authentic foreign eateries from all over the world. The people of Pattaya are very welcoming and that's why I have to put it in my top 10 reasons to enjoy Pattaya family holiday 🧔


#9 Not Just the Sin City of Southeast Asia

Pattaya has changed a lot in the recent past, and a lot of family-friendly parks, and shopping malls have emerged 🏅 There are many reasons to be in Pattaya with your family. Family-friendly accommodation and activities are the 9th reason to be here. If you are visiting Pattaya with your family, there are plenty of accommodation options for you. I would recommend North Pattaya, which has a quiet and calm environment away from the central hustle and bustle. There you can find all sorts of places to stay 🧔

Pattaya is filled with fun activities for families as well. You can enjoy a day trip to one of the nearby Islands or waterparks in Pattaya. If the day is getting hotter, you can take your kids to the beach, such as Jomtien beach, to cool off. Pattaya also has several shopping malls where you can take your kids to cinemas and kid-friendly activities. Seeing is believing, and one has to see that Pattaya is not just a sin city anymore; it is a place for families to visit and enjoy and have fun during their holidays.


#8 Pleasant Climate of Pattaya

I must say that the climate of Pattaya is one of the many reasons visitors flock here 🏅 as it has four seasons which are wet, dry, warm, and tropical. Most tourists are from Europe and Russia, where winters are harsh, and seek the beautiful climate. The best time to visit Pattaya is from November to February when the weather is neither hot nor cold and remains pleasant 🧔 This is one of the peak seasons for tourism in Pattaya. From March to May, the weather in Pattaya is hot and humid, and beaches become packed during this season. Don't forget to bring sunscreen when visiting this season. June to October is the wet season, and Pattaya receives consistent rainfall, making it ideal for many tourists as accommodation becomes affordable. And as always don't forget to bring an extra set of clothes after you enjoy the rain.


#7 Dining In Pattaya

Pattaya keeps welcoming tourists all year long. Due to a large number of foreign tourists, the menus in hotels and restaurants have diversified 🥇 You can easily find any cuisine from any part of the world. Local Thai dishes are also stars of the show, and street food can be found in abundance that will keep you craving for more. You can dine on the beach and on the rooftops of the city's tallest buildings. With a choice of hundreds of food outlets, restaurants, and hotels, eating in Pattaya is the 7th top reason to enjoy a Pattaya family holiday 🧔


#6 Become Shopaholic In Pattaya

Pattaya is a bustling city with life and everything. Shopping is one of the favorite activities of all locals and tourists 🥇 And becoming a shopaholic in Pattaya is the reason to enjoy a holiday with your family in Pattaya. You can come across large shopping malls to street markets, and you can find anything anywhere from high-end fashion accessories to bargain deals, you name it, and Pattaya has it 🧔

The largest seaside mall and the largest jewelry store in the world are in Pattaya. Some of the recommendations are:


Central Festival Pattaya Beach

Business Hours: 11 AM – 11 PM
Location: 333/99 Muang Pattaya, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20260

This Huge shopping mall dominates the Pattaya beach skyline, and you can find all sorts of brands along with a movie hall, bowling alley, great food options, electronics stores, and much more.


Pattaya Floating Market

Business Hours: 9 AM – 8 PM
Location: 451/304 Moo 12, Nongprue, Banglamung. Chonburi 20150

The floating market offers a sneak peek into authentic ways of life. You can hop onto a floating boat and roam around four market sections and pick up beautiful souvenirs, handicrafts, ancient toys, and more.


Pattaya Night Bazaar

Business Hours: 11 AM – 11 PM
Location: 519/106 Soi Nong Thep, Tambon Bang Lamung, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150

Although named a night Bazar, this market is open all day, and visitors come looking for budget shopping in Pattaya. With a massive array of shops, you can find clothes, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, and even souvenirs in the Pattaya Night Bazaar.


#5 Because Pattaya is Amazing!

What is there not to love about Pattaya? It really is amazing for a family holiday! Do not get caught up in the ‘Pattaya is only about partying’ talk because it’s simply not true. In a few years’ time, we might be talking about Pattaya being the best family holiday destination in SE-Asa! It is definitely moving in the right direction 🧔 🏅 And is the fifth reason to enjoy a Pattaya family holiday.

Fast Facts: Pattaya Family Holiday

  • Pattaya has more family attractions than any other Thai holiday destination
  • The city is home to the best 2 water parks in Thailand
  • Pattaya has more zoos and theme parks than the rest of Thailand combined
  • If you search a little, Pattaya also has some stunning beaches
  • Pattaya is changing and is now a top-notch family destination


#4 Natural Sights and Pattaya Beaches

Pattaya might not be in the same league as St. Lucia, Phuket, or the Maldives in terms of beautiful beaches 🏅 but it can still hold its own. The area has some real surprises and hidden gems. The main beaches in Pattaya and Jomtien are a little too over-commercialized, but there are some great options if you are willing to look around. A 20-minute drive out of the city to the east, you will find Bangsaray Beach and the Royal Thai Navy Beach known as Sai Kaew. These are the two most beautiful in the region and offer a stark contrast to Pattaya Beach Road 🧔 You could opt to take a short ferry ride over to Koh Larn for only 100 THB from Bali Hai Pier. At Koh Larn you will be catapulted into a world of untold natural beauty. Koh Larn Island has several stunning beaches and crystal blue seas just like those in the South of Thailand, all just a short ferry ride away!


#3 Pattaya Family Holiday Zoos and Theme Parks

Kids have such a great time on a Pattaya family holiday 🥇 as there are so many family-style attractions, zoos, and theme parks. Did you know that the city is home to the largest aquarium in this part of Thailand? How about Pattaya having the most popular night safari? Did you know that Pattaya has a park with ancient stones that are millions of years old? Here are some of the best Pattaya zoos and Pattaya theme parks that are ranked highly on TripAdvisor 🧔


Check out these recommendations!

  • Underwater World Pattaya – This aquarium is located in a very central location on Sukhumvit Road between Pattaya and Jomtien. Underwater World Pattaya Aquarium is a purpose-built facility that is famous for its 105-meter-long water tunnel. The park is home to a varied number of sharks, stingrays, fighting fish, and all manner of turtles and aquatic delights. The tickets cost (subject to change) 500 THB for adults and 300 THB for kids. It’s a great few hours of fun that also offers a very educational experience.

  • Million Year Stone Park & Crocodile Farm – If you want to see ancient stones that are millions of years old, crocodile, snake, and monkey shows, and lots of other animals such as bears and much more, an afternoon or full day at the Million Year Stone Park is amazing family fun. Locate a 20-minute drive outside the city at Nongplalai, the zoo is easy to reach. The price of tickets is 400 THB for adults and 200 THB for kids.

  • Khao Kheow Open Zoo – This beautiful open zoo and safari park is situated approximately 40-minutes outside the city. It's home to the stunning Bengal Tiger and is known as an animal-friendly zoo. There is also a night safari option that takes place at 7 pm and 8 pm. The ticket prices for this zoo are 300 THB per person.

  • Nong Nooch Gardens – This is one of the most memorable theme parks in the Pattaya region. Located over at Bangsaray in stunning countryside, come and check out the mesmerizing botanical gardens, rides, and lots of wildlife features. This is one of the most popular Pattaya family holiday attractions for tourists of all ages. Ticket prices cost 500 THB.


#2 Pattaya Water Parks

Some of the newest and most modern Pattaya family holiday attractions 🥇 were built in recent times. Two of the most popular in the region are Amazone Cartoon Network Water Park and Ramayana Water Park. Both parks are located in the Bangsaray region, just a 20-minute drive from downtown Pattaya. They offer state-of-the-art water slides that create awesome aquatic adventures! Come and get down with all your Cartoon Network favorites such as Finn & Jake, Ben 10, The Regular Show, and much more.

The choice of water slides at the Amazone Cartoon Network is simply stunning. Amazone is open 7 days per week and ticket prices start from 790 THB! Ramayana Water Park was built in 2016 and is already lauded as the best water park in the region. It is definitely the cheapest and best value for money. With ticket prices that start from 600 THB, the value is great. Pattaya has some of the awesome water parks you can find and it has to be the second-best reason to enjoy a family holiday here 🧔


#1 Pattaya is cleaning up its act!

I like kids a lot. I used to be one myself back in the olden days.  Now I have a couple of kids of my own, I am starting to see Pattaya in a different light 🏆 The ethos and philosophy of Pattaya tourism are changing. And has been for the past 7 or 8 years. Pattaya was always known as a ‘City of Sin’, but the cleanup is now in full effect. Major party areas such as Soi 6 and even Walking Street have been undergoing crackdowns in recent times.

Pattaya is moving away from its seedy nightlife reputation and is trying to create a wholesome and family orientated. In recent times, we have seen the construction of lots of infrastructure such as the Pattaya underpass and ferry terminals to Hua Hin. Other plans are in place such as reinventing Walking Street. The Thai government is finally moving ahead with the decision to change the city’s reputation for the better. Lots of Pattaya family holiday attractions have been constructed over the past 5-years. Especially in the surrounding countryside areas in Nong Prue, Huay Yai, Na Jomtien, and Bangsaray. Pattaya is not the same place it was 10 years ago and in 10 years’ time, it will be almost unrecognizable.


Pattaya has changed and it has taken a new perspective on the holiday which makes it the top reason to enjoy a family holiday in Pattaya 🧔

Pattaya is one of the crown jewels of the natural beauty of Thailand. There are countless reasons to visit Pattaya on a family holiday because it has transitioned from being a sin city to more family-oriented tourism. Ensure you don't miss the top 10 reasons to enjoy a Pattaya family holiday and create some memories here 🧔

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Guinness Bear

Hi, I am Guinness Bear. I am a prolific traveler and spend my days traveling across the most beautiful places and recommend it to you. So join me on my trips and enjoy every part of it.


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