is Thailand's premier beach resort and annually attracts
hundreds of thousands of pleasure seeking tourists from
all over the world. Pattaya's relaxing tropical ambience
is perfect for a memorial holiday experience for families,
couples and single visitors.
Up until about thirty years ago, Pattaya was little
more than a fishing village. American GI's from bases
in Nakhon Ratchasima 'discovered' the beach, resulting
in it becoming an R 'n' R spot during the Indo-Chinese
wars. Over the years it has developed into the full
scale international resort that it is today.
Pattaya beach touches the shoreline in a 4 km long arc.
The southern beach is well renowned for its night-time
activities. The streets alive to the hustle and bustle
of the entertainment halls, crowded bars and restaurants.
The northern beach is more sedate, well for Pattaya.
A few kilometres south of Pattaya is the beach of Jomtien,
with a cleaner beach and a cleaner reputation. A full
range of water sports, along with equipment to hire
can be arranged at many places both at Pattaya and Jomtien
For those of a more sporting nature, indoor or outdoor,
Pattaya has the facilities for a whole range of sports
that cater for all ages, and all levels of physical
exertion. There are bowling alleys, snooker halls, archery
and several of the leading hotels have tennis courts.
For those wanting to tone their bodies for the beach,
there are several gyms and fitness centres around the
town. More fun sports are also available; go-karting,
parasailing and paintballing skirmishes.
Golfing enthusiasts can challenge the greens at nearby
international courses. Of course there are also the
usual water-borne activities to enjoy as well. Although
it is more associated with its debauched patrons, it
is more than fast food restaurants and A go-go bars.
It is not just a Patpong-sur-le-mer: it has amenities
for the whole family to enjoy. With theme parks, water
parks, amusement arcades and many of the leading hotels
having 'childrens clubs' to keep the kids entertained,
the whole family can find something to enjoy in Pattaya.
Along with all this, a wide variety of accommodations,
restaurants, and entertainment all help to make Pattaya
one of Thailand's prime tourist attractions.
Pattaya is 140 Kilometres by road from Bangkok. There
is a motorway
that runs from Bangkok to Chonburi and a new dual carriage
from Chonburi to Pattaya. Unfortunately it can take
an hour or more to
get from the airport to the start of the motorway so
many drivers will
choose to use the Bang Na Expressway which passes by
the airport and
now goes all the way to Chonburi. The fastest way by
road is to take the
Bang Na Expressway, turnoff at the Bangkok - Chonburi
Turn right on to the Motorway and then follow the signs
Following this route I've completed the journey in less
than 1 hour 30
Thailand has a tropical climate with three seasons:
Hot (March-June), Rainy (August-October) and Cool (November-
It is hot all year round, there is little difference
between the hottest and
coolest months, and average temperatures are around
27? C. Pattaya's
coastal location means more breezes than say Bangkok
and the rain tends
to come in short and heavy bursts rather than prolonged
over days, but
no matter when you come, you'll have a good time.