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Exploring Pattaya

Pattaya is one of the most popular cities for tourists to visit in Thailand. Located on the east coast of the Gulf, it is actually a young city when compared with the history of the country, being developed just 40 years ago and becoming popular with US soldiers enjoying R—R during the Vietnam War.

Pattaya hosts over five million visitors annually, and offers a wide range of activities that include a healthy collection of dining spots, watering hotels, comfortable resorts, diverse cultures and several natural attractions.

Sights nearby

Any visitor will have heard that the beaches here are highly popular, with all sorts of vacationers. The sandy Pattaya Beach is highly developed, allowing tourists access to rows of hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and street hawkers all lined up for the taking. The nearby Walking Street is a highlight for those seeking a vibrant nightlife scene, with live music playing and lights coming from hundreds of bars, go-go bars, discos and even Muay Thai matches in open arenas.

Culture lovers and history buffs will be attracted to the various sacred landmarks. Buddha Hill is one of the highest points in Pattaya, with a huge statue of Buddha at the summit. There is also a Chinese-themed area dedicated to Confucius and Lao-zi, respected figures of ancient history. The nearby hill provides unobstructed views of sunsets, a daily wonder that any visitor will love. Other sacred places worth visiting include Chaloemphrakiat Park, Sanctuary of Truth and Wat Yanasangwararam Woramahawihan.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

If you are after traditional Thai food, Pattaya may not be the best place to try it as most restaurants here cater to Western tastes. There are a large number of international restaurants offering food from around the world and Thai restaurants serving up standard Thai dishes such as noodles, green and red curries, and fried rice.

Shopping opportunities in Pattaya can be found in abundance. There are a number of large shopping malls and an even larger number of independent shops and boutiques to be found. If it is souvenirs you are after or even beach accessories, the best place to head is the beachfront stalls. These can be found lining the southern end of Beach Road and sell a range of accessories and clothing as well as CDs and DVDs. They open every day until late at night.

Public transport

The closest airport is U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport, but serves mainly domestic flights to Phuket and Koh Samui. Another way of reaching Pattaya is by driving about two hours from Bangkok, using either Highway 7 or Highway 34. There is also a bus service that connects Bangkok to Pattaya, and the buses are generally air-conditioned and comfortable two and a half hour trip.

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