2012-09-10 by System Administrator
Located just 140km from Bangkok on the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand, Pattaya’s bustling beaches and thriving tourist industry make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
Less than 2 hours from Bangkok via bus, minivan, or taxi, Pattaya is a fun filled city boasting a huge range of accommodation and cuisine of for all types of holidaymakers. It’s also home to the most vibrant nightlife the country has to offer.
Although Pattaya can be a year round destination, the is between December and April when its neither too hot, nor too wet.
Pattaya’s beaches may not be as tropical as those in the south of the country, but they boast a wide range of activities to keep visitors entertained. The main beach, Pattaya Beach, attracts most of the visitors while those looking for a quieter affair tend to head to Jomtien Beach to the south, or Naklua Beach to the north.
Situated between Pattaya Beach and Jomtien is Buddha Hill (known as Khao Phra Bat, or Khao Phra Tamnak in Thai.) A top this hilly outcrop of land sits the Wat Khao Phra Bat temple – home to a large seated golden Buddha and a statue of the founder of the Thai Navy, Kromluang Chomphonkhetudomsak. From here visitors can enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the city and its bays.
Watersports including jet skiing, paragliding, and banana boating are available on Pattaya Beach and Jomtien. There is also an underwater submarine tour where visitors can explore the ocean floor without getting wet.
For those who wish to scuba dive, snorkel or simply spend time in a more picturesque setting, boat trips to neighboring islands are also on offer. One of the most visited islands near Pattaya is Koh Larn. This small island has a variety of accommodations, and although it does get busy from 9-6 with daytime tours, most people leaving the island in the evening, which means there’s chance for overnight visitor to enjoy real peace and tranquility.
Pattaya also offers a wide range of choice when it comes to day trips and tours. The most popular of which include the Pattaya Crocodile Farm, Million Years Stone Park, the Sri Ratcha Tiger Zoo, Mini Siam and Mini Europe, the Alangkarn theater, the Pattaya Elephant Village, the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden and Resort, Underwater World, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, and the Pattaya Waterpark.
Throughout the year hosts number of annual festivals and celebrations including the famous transgender Miss Tiffany Universe beauty pageant held in May, the Top of the Gulf Regatta sailing event held at the end of April and beginning of May, the Pattaya Marathon held in July, the Pattaya Pride, Gay Pride festival held in November and finishing on World Aids Day on the 1st of December.
Pattaya is also a great place to experience some of Thailand’s more traditional festivals. Loi Krathong – a light festival in which people release small candle-lit floats on the water and Chinese Fire (Khom Loi) Lanterns into the sky usually falls in November, depending on the lunar calendar. Thai New Year (or Songkran in Thai) is also a great festival to experience. For those unfamiliar with the water-fighting celebrations that make up much of the fun, expect to get wet during the daytime and early evening.
Most cities in Thailand celebrate Songkran from 12th-15th of April, however the festivities in Pattaya go on a few days long until around 18-19th. These delayed dates also attract many people from Bangkok wishing to continue the celebrations.
With all Pattaya has to offer, and being so close to Bangkok, this exciting city is great destination for a weekend getaway or long vacation.
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