Hua hin or Pattaya, what to choose for vacation

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Pattaya is unprecedented popular resort in Thailand, but not the only. Being on the same coast of the Gulf of Thailand's Royal resort of Hua hin is an excellent alternative to the noisy and filthy Pattaya, especially if you are looking for a more relaxed and quiet place and the best beaches. Here's how a more objective comparison of resorts that will help you quickly determine the choice:

  • Seasons and weather

    Both resorts are year-round, and there is almost always (with the exception of the happening from time to time of unpredictable weather conditions) clear, warm weather. Even in the rainy season at both resorts you can comfortably relax and sunbathe, because the rains are short.

    Resort/month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Hua hin                        

    * best time to visit;
    appropriate time to visit;
    not a recommended time to visit

  • Beaches

    The beaches of Pattaya are considered to be one of the worst among all the beach resorts of Thailand. Indeed, the city beach of Pattaya wants to be much more clean, well groomed and uncrowded. But what can you do, because it is the most popular resort and also a very large city.

    Hua hin also boasts a lovely clean, uncrowded and wide beaches, giving a head start in some points pettiskirt beaches. Even in urban areas they are much better than Pattaya, to say nothing of areas outside of the city. And like warm water, like in Hua hin, probably not anywhere else in Thailand.

    Read more about beaches in Pattaya here, about the beaches of Hua hin here.

  • Attractions & sightseeing

    This issue is not all clear. On the one hand, in Pattaya and close to the sights quite a bit (Bangkok and Ayuthaya not count, they are far away), while in Hua hin and its surroundings have quite a lot of interesting places. On the other hand, in Pattaya offers a lot of cheap group tours to all corners of Thailand and even into neighbouring Cambodia and Laos, including in Russian. Nothing can be found in Hua hin. Excursions there is, of course, also sold but not as many and not as cheap. And it is almost impossible to find guides in Russian, at least not yet.

    Read more about attractions in Pattaya here, about the attractions of Hua hin here.

  • Entertainment

    Pattaya – the capital of entertainment, especially for adults. Hua hin is also something that is, and even your neighborhood with the girls and bars, but the scale is much more modest. In the evenings in Hua hin there is always somewhere to go, but still young and active after a week stay can become boring.

  • Infrastructure

    In both areas the infrastructure is well developed, and none of these resorts will not lack in anything. However, Pattaya is more a major city, thus the choice of hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, shops and entertainment here a lot more. What else is good in Thailand almost everyone here is translated into Russian language menu in the restaurants, descriptions of excursions, service in the Russian language, etc. Here you can feel confident entirely without knowledge of foreign languages. Hua hin in the Russian language yet a rarity.

  • Shopping

    Objectively, in Pattaya city for shopping much more than in Hua hin. There are a huge number of large shopping centers (in Hua hin just a couple of them, and they are much less Pattaya), many markets and several supermarkets. In Hua hin you Souvenirs and gifts will remain, but opportunities are much smaller.

  • Russian language

    As we mentioned, Pattaya is much more comfortable for those who don't know any languages besides his native Russian. Here for many years home to a large Russian-speaking community, there is a whole Russian district, TV and radio in Russian.

  • How to get

    The difficulty with that alone to get on one or the other resort on arrival at Bangkok airport there is no accomplished. Budget on the bus ride here and there, just as with the comfort of a taxi. Pattaya, however, is much closer to the airport and the fare to her below. And the overall number of vehicles coming to Pattaya, much more will have to wait for the bus departure at a fixed time, as in Hua hin.

    To Pattaya by bus can be reached in less than an hour by bus from 134 baht (see currency of Thailand, the exchange rate) or taxi from 1100 baht. Read more how to get to Pattaya from the airport here.

    In Hua hin can be reached in 3-4 hours by a direct bus for 305 baht taxi ride from 3000 baht. Cheaper to get a minivan through Bangkok. Read more about how to get to Hua hin from Bangkok airport here.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Glebs 23 August, 2016
Please tell me , I want next year to celebrate our honeymoon . What better resort to go the beach that would be less, prices priemlivye. something for young people ...
admin on 23 August, 2016

If you look at the resort on the mainland, I would prefer Hua hin. Prices there are normal, because in any case it is cheaper than on the island. It is not so dirty and noisy like Pattaya, and at the same time everything is there, including the area with bars and restaurants. There are several night markets, so if the bars get tired of walking, it is possible to the night markets at least every evening to walk. Of course the beach in Hua hin with Pattison in my opinion even close to put it is impossible. However Hua hin last half of the year several times flashed reports of incidents, including the recently bombs exploded, but it's like in life you're lucky/unlucky.... Because this today can happen anywhere in Thailand or even anywhere.
If the island is to watch, that it was cheap, you need to choose promoted and developed. So look in the direction of Phuket and Koh Samui. There is, in principle, everything is there, and beaches and entertainment, you only need the right place to choose for the soul.
Well, so is difficult you more specific advise something, too little input data. ...
Timoffei 21 January, 2017
I prefer Krabi, although it is an expensive resort in Thailand. Nature in Krabi the most beautiful. Time visit Krabi is from November to March, the hottest month of April. Then the rainy season begins, I do not advise to go from may to October. The sea in Krabi is pretty clean and almost no waves. In Krabi a wide variety of animals: monkeys, lizards, lemurs, insects, and many more who. Minus Krabi lack of interest, expensive public transport. In Krabi I recommend to go to someone who needs nature and the sea. ...
February 20, 2017

if you go in June to August and rarely do the waves ...
Alexpower 29 June, 2017
Hello! Going to make the journey to Thailand. Decided to make a very interesting trip with great company, excursions, getting around the Islands. This trip is perfect for those who are first-time flyer in Thai, and for those who were already there, but wants to see much more!
Date: from 21 October to 4 November 2017 - 15 days
Phuket; Khao SOK; Koh Phi Phi; Koh Samui; Bangkok.
If you wish to join, we will be glad to see) ...
maria81nef September 5, 2017

I thought there in the summer is not the season ...
larisk 8 August, 2019
To go to Thailand in the summer is definitely! Samui is a popular choice for summer holidays! We went with a friend last year in July. In 12 days it rained twice and that briefly and was very handy - just such an incredible freshness! The beaches are empty, prices on trips low (Park Paradise is a must visit - great views, infinity pool well, and animal and poultry ,of course, which you can feed), in cafes too, all cheap. On a private experience was convinced that Thailand in the summer - a great option to get acquainted with this amazing country, enjoy a vacation, get a lot of positive emotions and beautiful photos. ...
alenkisss 6 September 2019
For me, Siberian resident, Thailand in the summer - it's just a salvation! At that time few tourists, accordingly, I feel free, different kinds of fruit access, and most importantly - the prices are adequate. The coolest weather, warm sea... and if we go to Thailand in August, you can extend summer for another month, and it's always a good idea! As for the hotel, I always try to choose the most comfortable as the 9 days have to pass so that you didn't care poor service and poor hotel, especially if you're going on vacation with the family. The last time I stayed at the Centara Blue Marine Resort & SPA felt like home, only home was with our coolest Spa, delicious breakfasts, comfortable beds (very cool there pillow)) If You face the question "when to go to Thailand" is by far summer! ...
admin September 7, 2019

This question should not even stand. Go there at any time. ...
parll12 September 7, 2019
He certainly has not been to Thailand, but friends too visited several times on business trips and just relax. The stories are so diverse country that each will be something new. And even if not the first time to go there, every time a find everything fresh and new, so I think in a short time too visit and leave their impression) ...