sun and fun make Pattaya one of the most popular destinations
for visitors to Thailand. Pattaya, on the eastern coast
of the Gulf of Thailand, was a small fishing village until
the early 1960's when it was 'invaded' by American soldiers
and sailors seeking rest and recreation while on leave
from serving in Vietnam. It has since blossomed into a
cosmopolitan city dedicated to the pursuit of excitement,
pleasure and adventure.
to get to from Bangkok by air conditioned bus, Pattaya offers
every imaginable form of water sports, plentiful and affordable
golf courses, including some designed by the most famous names
in the game, and stimulating nightlife.
last few years Pattaya has, in an effort to broaden its appeal
to family vacationers, toned down some of the rowdy behavior
that had given it a dubious reputation. But you will still find
a profusion of clubs and cabarets which cater to every taste
and persuasion, and Pattaya's famously charming hostesses will
still delight all your senses. Pattaya is the ideal destination
for those seeking non-stop entertainment. It has boisterous
go-go bars, clamorous discos and tumultuous nightclubs. Visitors
seeking deserted and unpolluted beaches and a laid back atmosphere
should go elsewhere.
guesthouses in every price range have more than 12,000 rooms
available, and while Pattaya is not the cheapest beach resort
in the region, it is competitively priced when compared to
similar vacation destinations. It is unsurpassed in the variety
of services and activities available.
it's many well equipped and reasonably priced dive shops Pattaya
is a favorite destination of scuba enthusiasts from all over
the world. While there are other, superior, dive sites in
Thailand, Pattaya is the most convenient to Bangkok and is
the jumping off point for trips to Ko Laan, and the nearby
islands of Ko Sak and Ko Krok. More advanced divers seeking
a more challenging experience may want to head out to the
more remote Ko Man Wichai or Ko Rin, where visibility is better,
or to the shipwrecks near Sattahip.
immediately north of Pattaya, is quiet and unpolluted. It
doesn't have as many restaurants or expensive resort hotels
as it's neighbor to the south, nor the rowdy nightlife, but
all these are available for the 10 Baht cost of a 20 minute
songthaew ride to Pattaya beach. Similarly, Jomtien beach,
around the headland to the south of Pattaya, is quieter and
less congested but has good quality accommodations and restaurants.
beach is world renowned for the variety and unrestrained hedonism
of it's nightlife, though city leaders have in recent years
made an effort to confine the commercial sex industry to an
area of south Pattaya beach. The frenzied merrymaking diminishes
as you move up the beach road to central and north Pattaya,
and to neighboring Naklua beach.
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