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Luxury Living In Pattaya Thailand

Updated on June 6, 2011

It may be a surprise to some but Pattaya in Thailand has some of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels in the country. Pattaya is very much a secret Thailand location enjoyed in the main by the Chinese, Russians, Koreans and Japanese.

The rest of the world is there too but living in the down market hotels or staying in their own apartments and houses. These are the people who took a day trip from Bangkok and said 'Wow!' and kept coming back or settled there. Pattaya is very much an aquired taste but is a taste that lingers like a fine wine. Pattaya can be all things to all men, and women, if you give it a chance. Pattaya grows on you.

The luxury living is not for me. I am content with my lumpy bumpy bed in my room in the backstreets. Besides I cannot afford the luxury hotels. I have seen them though. I have even sat in their lobbies and foyers for a cold drink or a coffee. I know something of the opulence of the rooms too. These have been described in detail by bar girl friends who have frequented the luxury with their clients.

Pattaya Bay at Sunset

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How many hotels?

How many hotels are there in Pattaya? There must be hundreds and something to suit every pocket. From a simple fan room at 180 Thai Baht and up.

The remarkable thing about Pattaya luxury hotels is that they are affordable to the moderately wealthy from the Western world. If you are in a position to and can afford it then enjoy the best.

Here is a selection:

The newest and largest hotel in Pattaya is the five star Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort. The deluxe rooms start at under 4,000 Baht and progress up to suites which are in the area of 17,600. This is a beautiful place and even if you chose not to stay there you would probably want to visit to experience the 'Lost World' theme. 

The Amari Orchid Resort and Tower is another five star Pattaya offering. Rooms here start at a little under 6,000 Baht per night. The Amari Orchid Resort is also well known for its pampering rejuvenation packages.

Pattaya Beach

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The Royal Cliff Beach Resort is really four hotels in one. They are four star and up and all share a secure and beautifully maintained 64 acre site right on the beach. They offer a range of special packages. There is probably a price to suit every pocket above 4,000 Baht.

The Siam Pura Resort is yet another example of how luxury living can be re-defined to something even more special.

There are, as I say, hundreds of hotels in Pattaya. If the luxury living does not quite fit your pocket take a look at the Backpackers Guide to Pattaya in Thailand or Long Stay in Pattaya. There is definitely something for everyone in this magical part of the Kingdom of Thailand.


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  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    Juan Smith - very rarely have I ever come across a squat toilet in Asia. Way out in the countryside then yes but in towns and cities they are Western type. The general cleanliness of toilets in Asia is over and above anything you will find in the West.

    Toilet paper is a rarity but there is always water to wash yourself. I much prefer this as it is far cleaner than using toilet paper. When you are cleaned with water you are truly clean and not just smudged.

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    Juan Smith 

    11 years ago

    Hey Peter, what kind of bathrooms are there for those cheap places you stay at? Like you, I just need an acceptable bed with no luxury needed. BUt I can't stand eastern squat bathrooms. And I would like the bathroom to be clean. Any suggestions?

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    4hourmike - I could not agree more. Views are wonderful but do you really want to spend a thousand a day on something that you might look at for only 20 minutes a day. The hotel might have 6 eating venues but outside there are hundreds. A pool...yes great but I am not going to waste my day lying by a pool. I can do that on the beach or pay for a pool elswehere. Two nights in the cheapest room in any of these hotels would pay my room rent for a month. Luxury is great if you are on holiday, have the cash and a job to go back to. Wallow while you can I say, treat yourself, it would be worth it.

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    theglobalspirit - Thank you Stacey for your kind words and I will give serious thought to your suggestion. I definitely need some financial input right now. Times are tough.

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    11 years ago from Thailand

    I'm with you, Peter. About 800 baht a night is a stretch for me. I'd rather take the other 4000-6000 and spend it with the Pattaya girls. You're absolutely right, though, compared to prices in Florida, Hawaii,and other parts of the world, these resorts are a real steal.

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    dohn121 - I still sleep in my lumpy bumpy bed. One day I might earn enough to buy a new mattress. There are two very tiny lizards in my room and one extremely realistic looking artificial one which I glued to the wall. Outside there are several and in the bar downstairs there are dozens. One jumped out of my mug yesterday when I picked it up to make a cup of tea.

    Pattaya is definitely worth a visit. If it doesn't blow your mind it expands it.

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    11 years ago

    I discovered Thailand and have always wanted to visit. Now thanks to you I will put Pattaya on my list.

    You need to write what you are doing down as a proposal and send it to television stations. You could so be a star because what you are doing is amazing. Please just send them a short 1 page proposal with links to your hub pages. The world would love you as we do on Hub.

    Stacey & Bobby

    PS: If you would allow me to do it I'll submit the proposals for you for free and no strings attached. I'd just like the world to see what you are doing and enable you to make some money. I'm starting a class in about two weeks and I'll be tied up but let me know if you'd like me to do this.


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    11 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

    I sure would like to got to Pattaya one day Peter--that is right after I visit the country of my birth: Laos. I just hope I don't get a "lumpy, bumpy bed" like you did. Did you see any lizards in your room while there?

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks seemorebangkok. The Amari is a good location. If you are fit enough it is a brisk beach road walk to walking street. Out of my price range though...sadly. Though No...I reckon if I could afford to live elsewhere I would stay in my magical little back street.

  • seemorebangkok profile image


    11 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

    I've stayed at the Amari Orchid last year and just last month I recommended a good friend of mine to stay there as well. He snagged a room there for about 3000 baht. It's a really nice hotel and I like the way Amari runs their hotels. As always you've got some great info Peter!

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    11 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks Sarah...I too am the poverty stricken one but I thought I better give examples of the other side. An average one night stay in a scruffy London Hotel can cost over a hundred quid. In Pattaya you can have luxury for a little over half the amount.

  • sarahtrudeau profile image


    11 years ago from India

    You are the mad researcher/ hubber, Mr. Dickinson!!! I wish I could afford to stay in a luxury Pattaya hotel, but I always end up in a scruffy Ko Phangnan bungalow instead ;) Maybe when I strike it rich!!



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