Pattaya resort is located on the eastern seaboard of Thailand's exotic Gulf of Siam and is approximately 140 km southeast of the capital city of Bangkok and about 160 Km from Bangkok International Airport Today Pattaya is Thailand's premier beach resort and attracts annually more than a million tourists from all over the world.
Pattaya provides high standard hotels, restaurants, sports, entertainment and shopping facilities. The resort is Thailand's most important diving center and the east coast is also a paradise for golfers, there are 15 international standard courses within 30-40 minutes of Pattaya, all with excellent facilities at inexpensive rates, making the resort an ideal centre for golf vacations.
Pattaya and its accompanying beach area of Jomtien offer a wide range of sea sports activities -- swimming, windsurfing (especially off Jomtien), para-gliding, jet-skiing, sailing and deep sea fishing. Diving clubs offer scuba further south around some interesting old wrecks and at the offshore islands. The offshore island of Koh Larn is a popular day trip for visitors, to enjoy the superb beaches, view the coral, dine on very fresh seafood and just relax.
If you prefer more privacy, the islands of Ko Pai and others further out are virtually deserted, visited mainly by dive boats and charters. Back on the mainland, there are plenty of things to do, such as visiting Khao Kheow, Thailand's largest open zoo where you can wander and view a wide range of animals, or join the night safari. For a bit more danger, the Sri Racha Tiger Farm houses tigers, crocodiles and other exotic animals. More docile are the pachyderms of Pattaya Elephant Camp where the elephants put on a daily show and take visitors on brief treks.
Pattaya comes alive at night, with a wide variety of restaurants offering everything from seafood by the beach to find French and Italian cuisine. Afterwards, visit some of the many pubs, beer bars, discos and other interesting places to hang out, like Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum.
A must for visitors is the outstanding cabaret at Alcazar or Tiffany's, where beautiful performers put a superbly choreographed shows nightly.