Meaning the 'south-west monsoon wind" Pattaya resort is located on the eastern coastline of Thailand's exotic Gulf of Siam and is approximately 140 km southeast of the capital city of Bangkok. Pattaya is second only to Bangkok in high rise buildings, as many condos for foreign residents are built, and has a modest skyline. The city's economy benefits from its relative proximity to Bangkok. The main attraction of Pattaya is its long curving beach. Stretching to the south, the hill rises and extends well into the sea. On top of the hill is a temple with a large-seated Buddha at the crown. There is a good panoramic view of beautiful Pattaya Bay from this hill-top temple.
Pattaya is Thailand's premier beach resort and attracts annual more than 5,000,000 tourists from all over the world. Pattaya provides high standard hotels, restaurants, sports, entertainment, shopping facilities, reasonable prices and a wide variety of nearby tourist attractions, boasting some of the finest Eurasian restaurants catering to all budgets and tastes, Pattaya has it all. The resort is Thailand's most important diving centre and the east coast is also a paradise for golfers.
It is Asia’s prime tourist destination drawing family, couple and single visitors to experience its enticing nature as well as vibrant ambience it has to offer. Different parts of Pattaya offer distinguished atmospheres to suit a wide range of preferences. Family travellers may prefer a quiet atmosphere of Jomtien and Pratamnak. Worldly known as entertainment city, Pattaya offers a variety of vibrant nightlife for fun-loving visitors with a number of nightclubs, bars, pubs and shows in South Pattaya and something in between will also find the likes easily here. Myriads of sports and activities on land, in water or even in the sky are available including golf, fishing, jet ski, kite surfing, and paragliding. Sightseeing opportunities are plentiful such as museum, theatre, gardens, zoos, amusement parks and many more.
Pattaya enjoys a tropical wet and dry climate, which is divided into the following seasons: warm and dry (November to February), hot and humid (March to May), and hot and rainy (June to October). The most comfortable time of year coincides with the peak tourist season, which is over the Christmas and New Year period.
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Pattaya, the popular Thailand resort, has just been named Golf Destination of the Year 2012 for Australasia and Asia. This prestigious award was voted for by over 400 global tour operator members of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO). Previous winners included Malaysia and Thailand, but this is the first time that an actual region has won this award. Spain, the United States and Thailand are currently the big three international golf destinations.
Pattaya's best kept secret is undoubtedly the quality and value of its golf courses. There are 21 golf courses within 1 hour of Pattaya which are designed by the very best golf architects and designers. Clubhouse facilities are excellent with everything you might need and more including swimming pools, massage facilities, great restaurants, shower and locker rooms. Quite simply, golfing in Pattaya is a match for anywhere in the world at a fraction of the cost with each course offering a fantastic experience for golfers of all abilities.