The different world experience of Pattaya
International travel has increased in the past few decades due to the advancement in communication technology and better means of travel. Although all countries and cities of the world have something of interest for foreign travelers, but some cities have become tourist hotspots due to certain factors and Pattaya is one of them. Although all of Thailand is a magnet for western tourists, Pattaya has a special appeal and every year thousands of people from across the world come here to spend their holidays, which is why Pattaya tourism is booming.
For a long time, Pattaya carried a reputation of a city which provided entertainment options mostly for adults, but now the city is trying to go beyond this reputation and become a destination for different age groups and both genders. There are hundreds of beer bars, go-go clubs and massage parlors, which go with the earlier reputation, but now many mega shopping centers and amenities are also coming up to attract tourists with other interests. Pattaya is also home to a large number of cultural and action packed attractions and world class restaurants which give a boost to tourism in Pattaya.
Pattaya is built around a crescent shaped bay which goes by the name of Ao Pattaya and it was the first beach resort of Thailand in the 1960s when it was frequented by American GIs. North Pattaya is more up market compared to South Pattaya which is a nightclub hub. There is a laid back resort Jomtien with a beach called Hat Dongtan which is friendly towards gay people. Jomtien lies to the south of Pattaya while to the north there is Naklua which is a quiet beach destination with some high end resorts at Wong Amat. However, the best beaches in Pattaya are on the Ko Samae San which is a small island providing opportunities for good snorkeling, and the Hat Nahng Ram run by the navy which are 35 km south of Pattaya.