In a class of its own, Pattaya is unique as a beach resort with city status. Located a two-hour drive southeast of Bangkok, this once tiny fishing village has developed into a renowned international playground. Colourful and alive with activity, it is unrivalled as a beach resort, offering more attractions in greater profusion than any other single destination in Southeast Asia.
Watersports are centred around on two main beaches, Pattaya itself, a 3 km. stretch of sand and majestic bay, and Jomtien, a 6 km. largely straight beach situated around the headland from Pattaya. To the north, Wong Phrachan Beach provides a quieter spot for swimming and relaxation. Alternatively, excursions can be made to the offshore island of Ko Lan where there is a well-developed and popular beach. But the emphasis of Pattaya is more on activity than relaxation, and in addition to a host of watersports is an excellent choice of land-based activities, ranging from golf to horse riding, from archery to tennis. Come night-time, the action scarcely diminishes as vacationers flock to the resort's neon-lit bars, discos, nightclubs, restaurants and shops. Indeed, to the basic ingredient of a superb coastal location, Pattaya adds just about every other amenity you can think of for recreation, entertainment, sightseeing and simply fun.