Pattaya is a city in Thailand, located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 165 km southeast of Bangkok. It is a popular tourist resort which caters for over five million tourists annually. Located only one hour from Bangkok airport, Pattaya offers sunny beaches and a wide variety of attractions and activities.
Pattaya's attractions are equally popular by day or night with quite a few day trips worth making. The lengthy beaches at Pattaya Bay and Jomtien are sunnier, softer and more relaxing than back home, complete with beer vendors and deckchairs. And offshore Koh Larn is perfect for those seeking a tropical paradise. Then there's the amusement parks of Mini Siam, Nong Nooch Gardens, The Waterpark and Tiger Zoo, even the Sanctuary of Truth adds a remarkable touch of culture. But many find the nightlife the real highlight, centred around the go go bars and discos of Walking Street or the quieter beers bars in lanes off Beach Road.
Things to See & Do
* Views of Pattaya from Khao Phra Tam Nak or Khao Phra Bat
* Underwater world
* Pattaya Elephant Village
* Monkey Training Centre
* Buddha Hill
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Baht (THB)
Language - Thai
Population - 110,000 approx
Land Area - 22.2 km²
Electricity - 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT plus seven hours
International Country Telephone Code - +66
Travel Links - There is a fast ferry service between Pattaya and Hua Hin that takes just over 3 hours. Thailiving Ferry provides a high speed Catamaran ferry service between Pattaya and Hua-Hin.
The ferry operates a regular schedule of three crossings per week. Wed, Fri and Sun. The crossing takes about 3:15h departing from Pattaya at 08:30 and from Hua Hin at 12:30
Pattaya is also accessible from Bangkok by bus and train.