EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PATTAYA
Pattaya is a seaside resort on the Eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand, about 150 km southeast of Bangkok. Pattaya is mostly famous for its go-go and beer bars, but local authorities have made some efforts to provide more family-friendly attractions and activities. Although the sex industry is still going strong and sex tourism remains the key money earner for Pattaya, the resort also attracts local families and holidaymakers from around the world. If you are going to be offended by the sight of fat old men hand in hand with young Thai women, then Pattaya is probably not the place for you.
Efforts by local authorities over the past few years have improved the quality of the beaches, but they are still lacklustre by Thailand’s standards, and overdevelopment has long since destroyed some of the natural charms the area once had. However, the plethora of hotels and guest houses, and easy access from the capital and airport, make it a popular weekend getaway. Catering for over five million annual visitors, Pattaya is also able to offer an excellent range of eating options and a wide variety of things to do. Its population is a colourful mix of nationalities and ethnicities from near and far. On weekends and holidays, Pattaya Beach is crowded with domestic visitors, many of them day-trippers, from Bangkok and surroundings, since it’s a 2-hour drive from the nation’s capital. On these occasions, the daytime might not be so comfortable for some foreign tourists, but at night, everything goes as usual.
Pattaya occupies most of the coastline of Bang Lamung District (one of the eleven districts that comprise Chonburi Province). This article only deals with Pattaya proper, which spans the areas to the east of Naklua Beach and Pattaya Beach, plus the Buddha Hill headland (which is immediately south of Pattaya Beach).
WHERE TO GO IN PATTAYA
Pattaya is known for its lively party atmosphere, but that’s not all there is to this famous coastal city. Stretching along Thailand’s eastern seaboard, Pattaya is split into three main areas – Naklua, Pattaya Beach and Jomtien – with a few other districts within easy reach. Each has its own unique atmosphere and attractions, with some parts being more traditionally Thai and others which are packed with high-end resorts.
WHERE TO GO EAT IN PATTAYA
The sheer range of choice available to diners in Pattaya is amazing, ranging from high-end haute cuisine to budget street snacks and covering everything in between. At each level, you can find Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Italian, British, American, French, German, Arabic, Russian and many more national styles represented. You don’t have to dine at hotel restaurants to find the finest local and imported ingredients prepared by skilled and experienced chefs, with a great choice of reasonably-priced independent eateries to choose from. Even for the fussiest of palates, there is a place in Pattaya that’s perfect for you.
18 COINS PATTAYA, THAILAND
Address: 198/20 Soi Buakho, Central Pattaya, Chonburi, 20150 Pattaya Central, Thailand
Telephone: +66 38-416-962-3