This exotic beach
resort welcomes approximately 5 million
visitors a year. The friendly and hospitable
Thai nature boosts its promotion, frequently
bringing back the repeat visitors and constantly
increasing the number of newcomers.
Pattaya city is located on the eastern coast of the country at latitude
13 N and longitude 101 E in the area of Chon Buri province. It is 147
kilometers from Bangkok and lies parallel to Sukhumvit Road on its east
and the coastline on its west. Pattaya occupies an area of 208.1 sq.
km. that is divided into 53.44 sq. kilometers of land and 154.66 sq.
kilometers of islands and sea. Its coastline is 15 kilometers long.
Pattaya has a plain on the coast with some high mountains to the south.
The area on the east slopes down towards the sea on the west.
Pattaya currently integrates the delights of a
1st class beach resort, city-like dining, shopping and night entertainment
facilities with more than 300 assorted hotels, thousands of shops, restaurants
and bars. In addition, there are an array of sports and recreational
activities including beaches, golf courses, tennis courts, go-kart, gyms
for working out, weight lifting and Thai-boxing gear. Pattaya offers
a broad range of things to do. During the day, one may enjoy riding elephants
or driving humble automatic mini-bikes, monstrous motorcycles, or even
monster multicolored convertible Jeeps. Others go for shooting firearms,
scuba diving and surfing, deep-sea fishing, speed boats, scooters, water-skiing,
parasailing, or aerial sports such as gliding ultra-lights and flying
motor-propelled gliders. On the other hand, at night, there are restaurants,
bars, theaters, cabaret shows, night clubs, bowling halls, billiard & snooker
clubs, discos, sauna & massage parlors, not to cite its absolutely
incredible shopping which is available non-stop both day-and-night.
Pattaya City has been administered under a special
autonomous system since 1978. It has a status comparable to that of a
municipality and is administered separately by the mayor of Pattaya City,
who is responsible for making policies, organizing public services, and
supervising all employees of Pattaya City Administration.