Pattaya, Thailand


Pattaya by Kimmam

Pattaya is a seaside resort situated on the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand and about 150 km southeast of Bangkok. Pattaya occupies most of the coastline of Bang Lamung District (one of the eleven districts that comprise Chonburi Province). Pattaya's main attraction is its beach, stretching 3 km through the city centre and a lively area with its hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, night spots and shopping malls.

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Pattaya is famous for its go-go and beer bars but has made some efforts to provide more family-friendly attractions and activities. Though the sex industry is still visible and strong, Pattaya also attracts family vacationers from around the world. Besides lazing under the sun and dipping into the sea, popular water sports here include boat rides, jet skiing, para-sailing and wind surfing. Other activities or attractions include golf, island trips, theme parks, gardens and the zoos. However, if you are offended by the sight of fat old European men with young Thai women, then Pattaya is probably not the place for you.

Aerial view of Pattaya by Sergey S. Dukachev

Local authorities have taken efforts over the few years to improve the quality of the beaches but they are still lacklustre by Thailand's standards. Over-development brought by mass tourism has destroyed some of the natural charms the area once had. However, the plethora of hotels and guest houses as well as easy access from the capital and airport makes it a popular weekend getaway. Catering for over 5 million visitors annually, Pattaya is also able to offer an excellent range of eating options from Thai to European.

Small road in Pattaya by Khaosaming

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