Pattaya - Located on the Gulf of Thailand, 147 kilometres (approx. 2 hrs) south of Bangkok by expressway. Pattaya is one of Thailand's oldest and most established resort areas. Set along a 4km bechfront this colourful city is renowned for its shopping, nightlife, seafood restaurants, assorted international cuisine and water sports.
Accommodation is based largely around the main strip of Pattaya Beach and a wide selection is available to suit all budgets. The southern section of the beach turns lively and entertaining at night and many bars and nightclubs are found in this area, as are many shopping stalls and local food vendors.
A day trip cruise to outlying islands - including nearby Coral and Lan Islands - is a very popular activity. Here water sports, rstaurants and quiet beaches can be enjoyed. Other attractions of the area include some of Thailsnd's best golf courses, elephant show, go-karts and Pattaya amusement park.