Pattaya lies 150 km to the south-east of Bangkok, less than two hours by road, and stretches for some 15 km along the Eastern Seaboard. Thailand’s largest resort divides the coast into traditional fishing villages, other resorts such as Bang Saen and
Rayong, new industrial centres, the towns of Chonburi and Sriracha, and the port and naval base of Satthip. Pattaya beach is a sandy bay with a view of coral islands on the horizon. The region is full of agricultural products including sugar cane, rubber, and fruit trees.
Pattaya in the 1960s was just a little fishing village, until a few Bangkok residents began to spend their weekends here and made a local tourist industry. The only hotel of any size was the Nipa Lodge: other accommodations tended towards holiday bungalows and beach huts. The Vietnam War saw the start of Pattaya’s international repu tation because the resort was used as an official leisure centre. The U- Tapao Airport, which was built for American use at the time, and shops, services, bqrs and hotel accommodations were improved.
Pattaya is now a city in its own right and with its own administration. The government development program for the Eastern Seaboard has transformed the region. Five international schools, four hospitals were built in the area.
Pattaya affords a great variety of accommodations to suit every pocket. Facilities vary from luxury hotels with private beaches to baysidc hotels and bungalows, and economy class hotels and guest houses.
As a beach resort with city status, Pattaya has something for everyone. There is just about everything you can think of for leisure. There is everything for children, for the sports enthusiasts and for those who arc simply looking for warm sunshine.
Pattaya is one of the oldest diving centres in this part of Asia. It has a year-round diving season with good visibility. There is a great variety of marine life and coral. Visitors can windsurf, water ski, sea walk, and swim, sunbathe, sail, or go on trips to coral islands. They can rent water scooters to explore.