Pattaya is a bustling coastal city in the province of Chonburi, Thailand, located around 147 km (91 miles) south-east of Bangkok on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand and boasts a vast shoreline of sandy beaches. It first became popular during the Vietnam War for R&R (rest & recreation), and is now a fantastic travel destination that attracts many types of traveller, including couples, families, backpackers and business travellers. It is also a popular ex-pat location, with many 'Farangs' (foreigners) settling here in the Land of Smiles.

Pattaya has plenty on offer, caters for numerous tastes, and is a wonderful place to visit - many people do not want to leave! From partying to relaxing on the beach, to an array of water-sports, golf and shopping; and from seeing the sights to experiencing the culture, you are sure to find many activities to enjoy your time here.

The City has a wide variety of shopping opportunities including numerous markets, large malls/shopping centres, night markets and a floating market. There are many popular attractions in the area, including the Sancutary of Truth, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Big Buddha and an array of cabaret shows. It's also a great base to explore further afield from, being close to Bangkok and not too far from Cambodia, Laos, Mynamar and Vietnam.

Pattaya nightlife is well known for being vibrant, providing an abundance of restaurants, bars and clubs, and caberet shows, along with the famous 'Walking Street', Thai Bar Girls and interesting shows; there are also plans to build a super casino imminently, the first casino in Thailand! However, the city also offers quieter areas such as Jomtien, which is very family friendly, that also has numerous restaurants and entertainment venues.

Districts of Pattaya

Pattaya was once a collection of small fishing villages, and now it is a bustling city formed of several districts. However, each area has retained its own identity and name. 

The areas of Pattaya are: Pattaya City (central Pattaya / Pattaya Klang, in the middle); Nakula & Wong Amat (to the north), East Pattaya (the "dark side"), Pratumnak Hill, Jomtien and Na Jomtien in the south.  A short way out of the city you will find wonderful, peaceful villages such as Baan Amphur and Bang Saray, which are also along the coast and boast fantastic beaches.

Pattaya is close to the fantastic, beautiful islands of Koh Larn, Koh Khrok and Koh Sak (the 'near' islands) around 7km offshore, and the islands of Koh Phai, Koh Man Wichai and Koh Rin (the 'far' islands), being located further to the west of the 'near' islands. All of the islands are accessible from either Bali Hai Pier (by Walking Street in central Pattaya) or Ocean Marina (in Na Jomtien).