Dynamic experiments were conducted on model single piles of 25 mm diameter having different length-to-diameter ratios and embedded in a simulated elastic half space filled with clay soil. Pile response was observed and measured using a Data Acquisition System. Pile response to dynamic lateral loads was also predicted by a simple 2D soil-pile interaction finite element model using the software, PLAXIS. The observed and predicted pile response to dynamic lateral load was compared and it was found that the simple 2D-model reasonably predicts the natural frequency of the soil-pile system; it highly overestimates the peak displacement amplitude. The model predicts the depth of occurrence of maximum bending moment with reasonably good accuracy for all piles in medium stiff clay.