For centuries, Pattaya was a small, sleepy fishing village 150 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, facing the Gulf of Thailand. In 1961, Pattaya was discovered by a group of American servicemen from Nakhon Ratchasima and it gradually became a world famous beach resort. Today, Pattay is one of Asia’s premier beach destination attracting families, couples and single visitors. Accommodation ranges from luxurious hotels with superb convention facilities (MICE) to simple guesthouses and homestays. Pattaya offers a wide range of activities and attractions for memorable holidays. Pattaya is renowned for its nightlife, available throughout the city, especially Pattaya Walking Street. Greater Pattaya features numerous sporting opportunities both on land and water including golfing, game fishing and scuba-diving. Golfers are well catered for with a wide selection of designer golf courses. Theme and amusement parks, museums and botanical gardens offer a variety of leisure activities and entertainment for all family members.
These are connected by the three major east-west aligned roads: North Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Nua), Central Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Klang) and South Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Tai). North Pattaya Rd is a dual carriageway and carries the highest volume of traffic to and from Sukhumvit Rd.
With the development of the industrial estates of Laem Chabang to the north and that of Map Ta Phut to the south, Pattaya is becoming a major business hub and attractive residence destination for Western, Japanese and Korean expatriates.